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
We should all have a profound respect for our jury system. In a justice system that is obviously not perfect, average citizens put their lives on hold to serve as jurors so defendants get a fair shot at impartiality. Jurors act as a counter balance to attorney’s legal maneuverings as they apply their common sense to the proceedings.
But in a world where defense attorneys use every trick in the book and bend the meaning of “reasonable doubt” beyond all comprehension jurors can sometimes be led off the path to justice. I have sat in many courtrooms and watched this process first hand.
You know that emotionally satisfying feeling you get when you help someone in need? Aaron Negherbon gets that feeling every day. And now he’s doubling down on his generosity.
In 2010, Negherbon established TroopsDirect after a college friend serving as a Marine commander Afghanistan told him of the dire need for lifesaving supplies and equipment. Uncle Sam, he was told, had sent U.S. troops to fight on foreign soil without essentials like adequate body armor, medical supplies and footwear that lasted in the desert heat.
It seems every week we hear another airline horror story. A passenger involuntarily removed (dragged while bleeding and screaming) from a United Airlines flight. A woman juggling 15-month old twins reduced to tears after an American Airlines flight attendant reportedly whacked her with her own stroller, narrowly missing one of the babies. A couple, on their way to their wedding in Costa Rica, booted off a United flight when their assigned seats were occupied by a sprawled out and sleeping passenger. Instead of allowing them to pay for upgraded seats they were ordered off the plane.
So what are your rights on an airplane?
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?
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.
We should all have a profound respect for our jury system. In a justice system ...
You know that emotionally satisfying feeling you get when you help someone in need? Aaron ...
It seems every week we hear another airline horror story. A passenger involuntarily removed (dragged ...
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 ...