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.
(This is a five-part Albuquerque Journal series that printed from Nov. 26 - Dec. 1, 2016. Please read the sidebar stories found to the left of the main article under the legend: MORE INFO.)
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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
There’s a new forensic tool that’s being developed that going to knock your socks off!
Investigative Science Professor, Glen P. Jackson, from West Virginia University, spoke with me recently about his advances in crime fighting, and while it’s all kind of “science-y”, I think you’ll agree it is fascinating.
“I don’t want to de-fund (a) state or city. But if they’re going to have sanctuary cities we may have to do that – certainly that would be a weapon. ~President Donald Trump
It has been said we are a nation of laws and laws must be followed to insure an orderly society. That’s the ideal upon which America was established. But today laws of the land are frequently ignored.
Remember that old movie, “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming!”? Well, may I — your constituent – ask you to turn your attention away from all the current partisan bickering and realize that the Russians are already here and infiltrating who-knows-how-many aspects of American life?
Guilty, guilty, guilty….” The jury foreman pronounced that verdict 45 times as former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, charged with dozens of counts of sexually molesting young boys, stood at the defense table with his hand casually tucked inside his pants pocket.
I attended every day of that unforgettable trial and can hardly believe it took place nearly five years ago.
An indictment indicates she laughed all the way to the bank…
In my continuing effort to inform readers about what can happen when a family asks a judge to decide a dispute over what to do with their aging parent – may I call your attention, please, to the state of Nevada?
The Sagebrush State spawned a court-appointed guardian to beat all others!
Second in a two part series …
Imagine the windowless rooms where unspeakable acts happen to children at the hands of profiteering adults. Imagine the terror and pain inflicted on innocent children as criminals capture the sordid action on video or photographs. This is at the core of what is believed to be the multi-billion-dollar, worldwide child porn industry. How producers of this filth can ease their conscience with cash is beyond my comprehension.
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.
There’s a new forensic tool that’s being developed that going to knock your socks off! Investigative ...
"I don't want to de-fund (a) state or city. But ...
Dear Lawmaker, Remember that old movie, “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming!”? Well, ...
Guilty, guilty, guilty….” The jury foreman pronounced that verdict 45 times as former Penn State ...
An indictment indicates she laughed all the way to the bank... In my continuing effort to ...