Too Bad This Cat Only Had Eight Lives

Image of eight cats with "Life 4 Life" superimposed over them in blood red. Caption reads, What does Life for Life Really Mean? Does it mean that ANY life can pay for the life wrongly taken or should it mean that ONLY the life which took the life can pay the price? It seems that justice in America today allows for the former rather than rightfully the latter.

May 26, 2017, at 12:15 am, Tommy Arthur was executed in Atmore, Alabama at the Holman Correctional Facility. Opinion by C J Oakes, May 26, 2017 Arthur, who had been convicted of killing Troy Wicker in 1982 under contract, maintained his Read More …

Could Prosecutorial and Forensics Misconduct Bankrupt Massachusetts?

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.

Just last month, a judge ruled in the Annie Dookin forensics lab scandal that rocked Massachusetts’ criminal justice system that prosecutors had to decide which cases to retry. The remaining cases would then be dismissed and convictions overturned. Could the cost Read More …

The Wisdom of Firing FBI Director James Comey?

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.

Just three days ago, FBI Director James Comey was fired by the Whitehouse. The dismissal of Director Comey came amid current testimony into the possible connection between members of Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. One reason was given by Read More …

What Would Marie Antoinette Think of Kevin Crissey?

justice scales with a feather on one side and $ sign on the other with the feather side heavier. Caption reads, No matter the criminal justice organization, the budget seems to always outweigh revenue alloted. This is why professionals in the field need business skills.

American Airlines did something recently which got the ire of stock analyst Keven Crissey, something which, as tradition tells it would put a smile on the face of infamous French aristocrat Marie Antoinette. Op-Ed by C J Oakes I seldom 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 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 …