Forensics TV Review: BBC’s Ripper Street on NetFlix

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Ok, so this is a bit of a deviation from the norm here at CriminalJusticeLaw.org, but I couldn’t help myself. I have always been a fan of mysteries, detective, and forensics shows. At one time, I believed that nothing could Read More …

Does Capital Punishment Brings Out the Stupid in People?

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Op-Ed by C J Oakes As with any hot-button issue in America, capital punishment seems to really bring out the stupid in people, Governors and Judges included. Check out what levels of stupid are occurring in Arkansas related to executions Read More …

13 Reasons Why Bullying is a Crime

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If you have not seen 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, the new series based on the book of the same name by Jay Asher, you should. Without being a spoiler, the story opens when we learn of the suicide of Read More …

Planting Evidence to Convict the Guilty: What’s the Big Deal?

Field of black with Thin Bule horizontal line separating in the middle. Caption reads, The Thin Blue Line is a fitting symbol of the division created by professional police between the public and criminals. The fields of black above and below symbolize the public (above) and criminals (below). When police plant evidence, they break the very law they have sworn to uphold, becoming in the process, the same criminals they are there to protect the public from. This can have consequences far beyond their own crime, especially on their brothers in blue.

Police have been known to plant evidence. In some situations, the plant is intended to protect another officer who has clearly made an error in judgment, such as when a ‘drop’ is used. A ‘drop’ is an untraceable weapon, often Read More …

Kurt Eichenwald Case Shows any Tool in Wrong Hands is Weapon

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Reportedly, my grandfather was mean. So mean, that when he was in first grade, so the story goes, he killed his teacher with a baseball bat. Whether true or not I don’t know, but at a young age it taught Read More …

What if the Spank and Bank Bill Passes in Texas?

Bank your sperm or be a criminal. Will HB 4260, the so-called Spank and Bank Bill Pass in Texas?

Op-Ed by C J Oakes As if the world were not becoming much too Big Brotherish, a Houston, Texas lawmaker Jessica Farrar has introduced House Bill 4260. This strange spank and bank bill will make it illegal for men to Read More …

The One Ring Scam is Back, Beware These Area Codes

Image of white phone icon against blue background with words in red, The One Ring Scheme is Back...Protect Yourself. Caption reads, The One Ring Fraud Scheme consists of con artists using offshore telephone area codes to initiate calls to unsuspecting people then hanging up. Some will call the number back out of curiousity and find they are charged a steep connection fee. Do not fall prey to this scam, which has been modified; scammers now leave messages to the effect that there is an emergency, there is an important message, or you have won some sweepstakes prize.

Bookmark and share this page because it contains information vital to protecting you and those you care about. The “One Ring Scam” has been around since before smart phones, before cell phones. Back in the days when 900 numbers began Read More …

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 …