President Trump Proves There are Two Sets of Laws

This poster, showing Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona well illustrates the matter of what to do when law enforcement engages in civil disobedience. Should they be treated as any other citizen? Or should there be a higher standard? Image credit: Arizona New Times

Remember when Bill Clinton lied in Federal Court and everyone was in an uproar about it? That was wrong as wrong can be. It is called perjury. In fact, in a court of law, there is really only one other Read More …

Should Confederate Monuments be Removed from Public Spaces?

image of Nazi flag superimposed over Confederate Flag. Caption reads, What does it say about so-called American's who fly the flags of vanquished enemies?

Opinion by C J Oakes The recent tragedy in Charlottesville has raised the issue of Confederate monuments in public spaces again. This has been an issue for decades, but after a petition to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert Read More …

Charlottesville Aftermath: When Does Hate Become Criminal?

image of fist with H A T E tatooed on fingers with police banner Hate Crime Do Not Cross shown over. caption reads, At what point does hate become a crime? When the leadership fails to take a definitive stance to oppose hatred.

Opinion by C J Oakes For those who have been in hiding the last few days, hate is making headlines in the United States perhaps more than ever before in our history. The news includes North Korea planning a possible Read More …

She Said, He Said…Why I Believe Taylor Swift’s Side of the Story

Country Singer Taylor Swift on winning her Emmy. Image Source: Business Insider

Opinion by C J Oakes She said, he said trials are never easy. When someone makes a claim of sexual assault, battery, or harassment with little evidence of the matter, the case largely falls to a jury to decide whom Read More …

Police Officer Kept Gun on Passenger 9 Minutes. Cool?

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.

A video circulating as in going viral shows a California Police Officer holding a gun on a passenger for nine minutes until backup arrived. Was this the professional thing to do? What the officer acting in line with the mission Read More …

All in All it’s Just a Wall…A Crafty Solution for President Nieto

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.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is faced with a decision. Cow to President Donald J. Trumps trumped up idea to make Mexico pay for his promised border wall or fight back. Trump laid down a gauntlet recently by telling President Nieto Read More …

Robber Barons Beware: How to Become Hated by Age 32

Note the reaction on Martin Shkreli's face when asked about hiking the price on HIV medication. His contempt of Congress was on full display. He reminds of the old time Robber Barons who were so blatant in their disregard for the public that they too laughed. Eventually, the laws of a just society caught up to many of them and while their likes continue to flaunt the law, none are so brazzen as this fellow. No wonder he is known as the Most Hated Man in America. Image Source: CNBC

Opinion by C J Oakes The securities and wire fraud trial of Martin Shkreli is under way and the jurors today asked the judge about intent. This is a good sign for the defense, but not so much for the Read More …

Meet the New Face of Crime: Pretty, Yes?

Michelle Carter in court awaiting sentencing in the text message suicide case that has rocked a Taunton, Massachusetts court. By encouraging Conrad Roy III to kill himself via a barrage of texts, the court found the Plainville, MA woman guilty of causing his death. She could face up to 20 years in prison for the crime. Image source: Faith Ninivaggi, Boston Herald/AP

Opinion by C J Oakes Relationships are never easy. They are especially difficult when one party to the relationship is mentally unstable. Yet, when a person is faced with a romantic entanglement that is met with constant claims of suicide, Read More …

Prosecutors Continue to Sit on Evidence for Feathers

Image of prosecutor wearing (badly) a headdress of feathers. Side of image reads, Yes, the Feathers look bad...Just as bad as a prosecutor who lets the guilty walk to convict the innocent...just for another feather.

Opinion by C J Oakes I hate corruption. Cannot stand it. Sure, we all make mistakes and no one is perfect, but when someone intentionally fails to do their sworn duty, that is different. That is abhorrent. Corruption and misconduct Read More …

POTUS Comments Beg: Has Trump Even Read the Constitution?

President Trump speaks to a crowd of police officers n New York, telling them to ignore the Constitution. Shameful. Has he even read it? Image source: ABC News.

Opinion by C J Oakes Before taking office, the President-Elect of the United States of America swears the following oath, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and Read More …