Forensics TV Review: BBC’s Ripper Street on NetFlix

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.

Ok, so this is a bit of a deviation from the norm here at CriminalJusticeLaw.org, but I couldn’t help myself. I have always been a fan of mysteries, detective, and forensics shows. At one time, I believed that nothing could Read More …

Are Executive Orders Legal? Constitutional? Criminal?

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Every President issues executive orders and with each there are those who decry the use as criminal, illegal. Keeping to his campaign promises, President Donald J. Trump has been firing off executive orders like a 30s gangster with a Tommy Read More …

Will Filing Bankruptcy Make Me a 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.

Some people fear bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is a life-changing event. In times past, those facing financial troubles were villified. Even today, some wonder if such a move could label them “criminal.” Is this the case? By Craig Welch Will Filing Bankruptcy Read More …

How Can You Spot an Email Scam (Fraud or Phishing)?

By C J Oakes Various organized crime groups around the world are getting rather crafty in their attempts to get information such as bank accounts, social security numbers, and the like. One such fraudulent scheme currently circulating is supposedly sent 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 …

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 …

What IS Proper Respect for the U.S. Flag?

Each state has a flag, many cities have flags, and recently, respect for the U.S. Flag has resulted in any manner of misconception.

Op-Ed by C J Oakes, Nov 15, 2015 Respect for the U.S. Flag has been in the news lately. Across the nation, athletes have been kneeling during the National Anthem and others burn or otherwise desicrate the Flag in public. Read More …

Top 5 Global Criminal Justice News Oct. 23-30, 2016

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.

Wow. What a busy week it has been for crime and legal news. In the United States, it seems that the Presidential election is bringing out the worst in people. Yet, around the world, strange and unique criminal events have Read More …