Are Executive Orders Legal? Constitutional? Criminal?

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Every President issues executive orders and with each there are those who decry the use as criminal, illegal. Keeping to his campaign promises, President Donald J. Trump has been firing off executive orders like a 30s gangster with a Tommy Read More …

The Night Chicago Died…Play…Repeat.

Op-Ed by C J Oakes In the song, The Night Chicago died by Paper Lace, the story is told of a major clash between police and gangsters in the 1930s. The song is complete fiction including elements like “the east Read More …

Will Filing Bankruptcy Make Me a Criminal?

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Some people fear bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is a life-changing event. In times past, those facing financial troubles were villified. Even today, some wonder if such a move could label them “criminal.” Is this the case? By Craig Welch Will Filing Bankruptcy Read More …

How Can You Spot an Email Scam (Fraud or Phishing)?

By C J Oakes Various organized crime groups around the world are getting rather crafty in their attempts to get information such as bank accounts, social security numbers, and the like. One such fraudulent scheme currently circulating is supposedly sent Read More …

Lawful to Shoot Intruder? Mom Asks 911…

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

By C J Oakes CBS News Oklahoma City reported on a by a mother who called 911 to ask if she was justified legally in shooting an intruder who entered her home? Was she? 911-What is Your Emergency? 911 operators Read More …

How to Take a Life & Get Away With It?

black Image of scales on white background with the words, "calibrate the scales" overlaid. As with any set of scales, the scales of justice must, from time to time, be recalibrated. Total balance is never achieved, but all in the criminal justice and legal systems must strive for it as much as possible.

Op-Ed by C J Oakes The perfect crime. It has been the subject of countless books, plays, and movies since books, plays, and movies were created. Committing the so-called perfect crime has been the dream of criminals; solving the perfect Read More …

Caveat Emptor Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears, Kohls Prices?

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Op-Ed by C J Oakes Caveat emptor is a concept which has long guided wise consumers. It is Latin for, “Let the Buyer Beware” and has its history in contract law. Starting in the 1950s, used car lots became associated Read More …

Why Did Bakersfield Police Kill Elderly Man of Faith?

Op-Ed by C J Oakes   To hear some in the media tell it, California would love to kill faith in America. Now, it seems that at least one police officer in Bakersfield misread the memo. On December 13, 2016, Read More …

True Criminal Justice Reform Starts with Accountability

Op-Ed by C J Oakes The United States is being swept up in a plethora of criminal justice reform bills. From Alaska to Wyoming, 46 states have some form of criminal justice reform bill pending or passed. Some seek to Read More …

Why Did Police Subdue to Death a Mentally-Ill Man?

A scene from the video in which Bernalillo police officers restrain Ben Anthony C de Baca using the prone position (on the stomach) with a knee to the back. This restraint tactic has been banned in prisons since the 1990s, yet is permitted in nearly every police department in America. The reason is is banned in prisons is because it is known to restrict breathing and commonly results in death. Given the "High-Five" police conduct at the end of the video, could this have been their intent?

Op-Ed by C J Oakes To the north of Albuquerque lies the small town Bernalillo, New Mexico. Located just off I-25, the town has nearly 7000 residents and not much else. It recently made headlines after police subdued a mentally-man Read More …