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 …

What Does Marlin Gipson Video Say About Harris County Constable?

In a bizarre case in which a video has gone viral, both Marlin Gipson AND the Harris County Constable may have BOTH violated nearly identical laws. CBS News reported that a police supervisor is defending the actions of a Harris 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 …

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 …

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 …

Kids Lives Matter…The New Face of Poor Policing

In Sept 2015, Six-year old Jeremy Mardis was shot and killed by Marksville Law Enforcement. Photo by Chris Few.

Look closely at the image of Jeremy Mardis, age 6. He will no longer go to school; never play baseball, never get an “A” in Phys Ed, never have a girlfriend; never, never, never grow up…all thanks to the overly-zealous efforts Read More …

Who’s the Criminal?

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.

I recently read an article from May 2013 regarding Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Faulkner County Arkansas whereby a patient, Mrs Martha Bull was literally left to die a painful, agonizing death. Her death appeared to have occurred largely because Read More …