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 …

How to Take a Life & Get Away With It?

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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 …