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 …

Why Did Police Beat up Retired Corrections Officer?

Image of the video of CO Lanier telling his story on December 2, 2016. Caption reads, Retired Correctional Officer Ronald Lanier was beaten inside the Western Beef Supermarket in Mineola, NY by Garden City Police. It appears that police used racial profiling to determine Lanier was the black suspect they were chasing. Whether this is the case or not remains for the courts to decide. He is sueing the department and the officers involved. Of course, something like this was bound to happen eventually.

Just yesterday, CBS News New York carried an article about the beating of a retired Nassau County Corrections officer by Garden City Police. The beating took place inside a grocery store. Police and Corrections officials have always had an uneasy Read More …

Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr Helped by Marijuana

Chart showing U.S. deaths 2007-2013 from three drugs. Caption reads, According to the United States Department of Justice, more deaths result from Prescription drug use than any other . In fact, these kill more than Cocaine and Heroin combined.

Op-Ed by C J Oakes, December 2, 2016 In case you missed it, the Golden State Warriors completed their 2015-2016 season by breaking the record set by the Chicago Bulls way back in the 90s. But you would not be Read More …

Doing Business Overseas: Increased National Security Risk?

Employees comprise the greatest threat to systems security, yet many American corporations with defense contracts choose to locate overseas. Why? Image Source: BetaNews.com

Does doing business overseas create an added security risk for major corporations which also hold U.S. Defense contracts? Op-ed by C J Oakes, December 2, 2016 President-Elect Donald Trump succeeded in efforts to protect the Carrier jobs in Indianapolis, Indiana. Read More …

Is Killing an Active Shooter Legally Justified?

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With all the shootings of late and the potential for gun violence, would killing an active shooter get an average citizen into trouble with the law? by C J Oakes, December 1, 2016. Just this morning, a hostage situation took Read More …