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My investigative research has uncovered a major flaw in America’s court system. It has to do with how overburdened and underfunded courts deal with family disputes over what to do with an elderly Mom or Dad. A growing number of families, nationwide, have learned that once a family member turns to the courts for help their parent could be placed under an odious elder guardianship situation managed by total stranger. Families caught up in this system say it turned their aging parent’s final years into a nightmare. These are my findings about the system in one state.
(My Albuquerque Journal series was awarded the Institute for American Studies prestigious Clark Mollenhoff Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. Please read the sidebar stories in the left hand column under: More Info.) The series also won two major awards from the New Mexico Press Association including Best Investigative Public Service award.
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Thinking Outside The Crime and Justice Box is a compilation of some of my favorite and most thought provoking columns – with updates and new text. The book discusses today’s headline crime cases as well as crime and justice issues readers may not realize even existed. Compelling human stories at the core of crime are often the centerpiece of my columns and reading about stranger’s struggles can help readers better understand the dynamics surrounding crime, law enforcement and justice. Look, there is good and evil in the world and I figure it is my job to point it out.
Welcome to my home base where you’ll find my weekly Creators Syndicate crime and justice newspaper columns re-posted. The paper of my childhood — The Albuquerque Journal — continues to be my column’s showcase spot for as long as they’ll have me.
My writings here are always different. Sometimes I’ll simply tell you a story. Sometimes I’ll share my opinions, praise or criticism. Other times I’ll hold a mirror up to our society and invite you to form your own opinion. I hope the columns will give you something new to think about each time you visit. It’s a complicated world out there, full of situations of good versus evil, right versus wrong. My job is point them out. - Diane
So, what is the reality about immigration into the United States? Is it the “humanitarian crisis at the border” some speak about or is it, as others maintain, nothing much to worry about since apprehensions along the Southwestern border are now at an all time low?
Both statements are correct – to a point. Border apprehensions are down. But it used to be the majority of immigrants were solo males looking for work to send money home. Today it is mostly families with children attempting to enter the U.S. and we are simply not equipped to handle them all.
People worldwide have now watched the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” featuring two men who said, as children, they were repeatedly sexually abused by Michael Jackson. The documentary delved into how such abuse can occur, a predator’s methods and the lifelong damage it can do to a child victim. I’m not convinced most Americans truly understand how a pedophile operates.
There is still this perception that these sexual crimes are suddenly forced upon the child, that violence, restraints and bloodshed are the norm. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Is America really full of hate? Are we truly a nation teeming with victims? Outsiders could certainly come to that conclusion after digesting the steady stream of agitated comments from activists and politicians and media reports about the divisive state of our interpersonal relationships.
Hate speech, hate crimes, violence perpetrated by hate groups – all topics the media has made a near-daily staple of their coverage. Headlines scream that hate is on the rise! Facts reveal a very different picture.
Guess how many stolen guns are out there floating around America? (Hint: its in the millions!)
These are guns that most frequently make their way to the criminal element and are used with impunity because the shooter knows it will be difficult to tie to them to the weapon. Imagine the trouble this causes law enforcement as they try to find the perpetrator of a deadly crime in which a stolen gun was used. There are no sales receipts floating around when guns change hands this way.
Now we have a name. After two agonizing decades, the ‘Boy Under the Billboard’ case I wrote about last year has finally been solved. But in determining the identity of the strangled 10-year-old boy, abandoned under a highway billboard, sheriff’s detectives also unraveled a dark family mystery.
His name was Robert “Bobby” Whitt, a boy with a thick thatch of dark hair who was described as “a precious little boy, so sweet, so kind.” A child who loved to dance with his cousins and play video games and air hockey. His recently located family says Bobby adored his father and was the apple of his grandmother’s eye.
Let’s talk about a police practice known as the perp walk. It’s the walk of shame for a suspected perpetrator of a crime, usually in a case that’s top of the headlines or soon will be. As police move the handcuffed prisoner from place to place both the public and the media are allowed to be on hand to shout accusations, take photos and videos of the suspected criminal and to ask loaded questions.
Perp walks are known as the crime reporter’s red carpet because police make it so easy, alerting reporters in advance about the time and place of the event so cameras can be at the ready. It’s like a preplanned scene out of a movie complete with uniformed officers, hand and sometimes leg cuffs and a suspect that is usually trying to hide their face in some dramatic fashion.
I was raised in the great American Southwest by parents who stressed personal responsibility, integrity, compassion for others and the ability to tell a good story. Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico I absorbed the moral and ethical values I would carry with me throughout life and use daily as a journalist.
After a humble beginning in Albuquerque radio (covering the cops and courts beat) I moved east. First, radio in Washington, DC where politics was the name of the game and then to New York where I got my first taste of television. It was to be a long draw at the TV trough, from New York to Hollywood and back again. And always my most fulfilling work was done in the crime and justice genre. My long running syndicated column allows me to deep dive into the human stories behind the headlines on a weekly basis. Writing books about crime and how society reacts to it still fascinates me.
So, what is the reality about immigration into the United States? Is it the “humanitarian ...
People worldwide have now watched the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” featuring two men who said, ...
Is America really full of hate? Are we truly a nation teeming with victims? Outsiders ...
Guess how many stolen guns are out there floating around America? (Hint: its in the ...
Now we have a name. After two agonizing decades, the ‘Boy Under the Billboard’ case ...