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 …

Why Did Police Beat up Retired Corrections Officer?

Image of the video of CO Lanier telling his story on December 2, 2016. Caption reads, Retired Correctional Officer Ronald Lanier was beaten inside the Western Beef Supermarket in Mineola, NY by Garden City Police. It appears that police used racial profiling to determine Lanier was the black suspect they were chasing. Whether this is the case or not remains for the courts to decide. He is sueing the department and the officers involved. Of course, something like this was bound to happen eventually.

Just yesterday, CBS News New York carried an article about the beating of a retired Nassau County Corrections officer by Garden City Police. The beating took place inside a grocery store. Police and Corrections officials have always had an uneasy 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 …

Top 5 Global Criminal Justice News Oct. 16-22, 2016

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Following are the Top 5 International Criminal Justice & Law News stories for the week of October 16-22, 2016. According to the Hindustan Times, the government of India is set to consider expanding victims rights in the courtroom. This is Read More …