December 2009

A Crime And Justice Wish List for 2010

by Diane Dimond on December 28, 2009

Number One Threat - Terrorism

Number One Threat - Terrorism

W ith the year end celebrations mostly behind us it’s time to look ahead. 2010 is just days away and as I do every year here’s my wish list for a year filled with better news on the crime and justice beat.

My top wish is for everyone to truly understand the threat anti-American terrorism still holds for our country. To highlight that I wish the upcoming trials in New York for the 9-11 terror suspects would be televised. Just as the Watergate hearings enlightened America … [click to continue…]

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Tiger In A Cage Of His Own Making

by Diane Dimond on December 20, 2009

All American Family Man? Hardly!

All American Family Man? Hardly!

Everyone is talking about Tiger Woods these days – even the nice man who drove me to the airport the other afternoon. He and I had an in-depth conversation about how an icon like Woods, described in the past as an All-American family man and the greatest golfer the world has ever seen, could have fallen so far so fast.

My opinion? That Woods had to be profoundly arrogant to think he could act so badly and expect silent loyalty from those involved. Woods, I concluded, must lack the character and the integrity that we were all led to believe he possessed.  How could we all be so fooled?

My conversation partner seemed to think the story was really a private matter between a husband and wife and it was the media churning up controversy. Besides, he said, “Isn’t integrity and character the same thing – what’s the difference?” [click to continue…]

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Let’s Talk About Crime Not Hide From It

by Diane Dimond on December 14, 2009

Giving YOU a Shout Out

Let's Talk About Crime!

It’s time again to give you a say on what you read in this space. Your recent letters have ranged from praise to rage – on crime and justice topics as diverse as prison reform, child molesters and crime statistics. Some of you dislike this column so much you can’t wait to read it every week just so you can write me with a complaint.

I like that.

If my words do nothing more than open your mind about important national topics then I’ve done my job. It doesn’t matter if you agree with me or not. It’s social enlightenment and dialogue I’m after… [click to continue…]

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Our Justice System and Those Ticking Time Bombs

by Diane Dimond on December 7, 2009

Epitome of a Ticking Time Bomb

Epitome of a Ticking Time Bomb

Attention all parole boards. Attention all governors who may be contemplating year-end commutations of inmate sentences. Also, may I have the attention of all judges who routinely bang the gavel at bail hearings and allow dangerous career criminals back on our streets?

It doesn’t matter how overcrowded our prisons are – it’s time to re-think what you’re doing!

Please, look closely at the recent case of 37 year old Maurice Clemmons, the career criminal who got break after break from civil servants in two states (Arkansas and Washington) and then fell through the cracks of our justice system’s so-called safety net. The end result was an execution style shooting spree in Lakewood, Washington that left four dedicated police officers dead over a coffee shop breakfast table. [click to continue…]

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