May 2010

Your Turn To Tell Me

by Diane Dimond on May 31, 2010

Think Outside the Box - And Speak Up!

Think Outside the Box And Speak Up!

These columns are designed to get readers to think outside the box on issues of crime and justice, to ponder new possibilities for dealing with crime and to meet new people you might otherwise never come in contact with.

Some of my columns elicit kind words, some spark angry comments and still others introduce me to people who amaze me.

On my column about Tiger Woods being in a cage of his own making, reader Karen Kennemer wrote, “Its time there was some outrage over the behavior of our “celebrities”… it’s time to stop worshiping the ground they walk on. We have to stop idolizing the people who entertain us.” [click to continue…]

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The Impact of Victim Impact Statements

by Diane Dimond on May 23, 2010

Predator Snarls in Court as Manhood Questioned

Predator Snarls as Manhood Questioned in Court

Imagine being in a room with the person who murdered your child. How would you react? What would you want to say to the killer?

Every day in America grieving families congregate in courtrooms to watch justice meted out to those who’ve robbed them of their loved ones. Before sentence is passed upon the convicted, judges offer family members a chance to give a “victim’s impact statement.” It’s the most dramatic, heart wrenching moment of the entire judicial process.

Such a day played out recently in a San Diego courtroom with a registered sex offender named John Gardner. He’d been free of his court-ordered GPS monitoring device for less than five months after having served 6 years for sexually attacking a 13 year old girl. At 31 years old Gardner was living with his mother when he began preying on other young girls. [click to continue…]

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The “New” Drug Policy Spin

by Diane Dimond on May 16, 2010

Change? What Change?

Hey, good news! We’ve got a new National Drug Control Strategy!

Yup, this “Blueprint for reducing illicit drug use and its harmful consequences in America,” as our President described it, was just announced by Mr. Obama and Drug Czar, Gil Kerlikowske.

So we can all breathe easier now. America is sure to make major strides in ridding our nation of this terrible scourge, right?

Not so fast. [click to continue…]

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Help Find And Stop This Man!

by Diane Dimond on May 10, 2010

John Mark Karr in Custody - 2006

Today I want to ignite a nationwide manhunt. This guy has got to be located and stopped!

I’m sure you remember him: John Mark Karr, the slight, feminine looking man with the receding hairline who was extradited from Thailand to Colorado after he very publicly confessed to killing Jon Benet Ramsey.

Back in the fall of 2006, police in Boulder, Colorado declared Karr’s confession was phony when his DNA did not match what was recovered from the murdered beauty queen’s underwear. His handwriting didn’t match the ransom note. They realized he hadn’t even been in Boulder at the time of the murder. They sent Karr packing, despite the fact that his laptop was full of child pornography, and wrote him off as a delusional loon who’d confessed for the attention.

Well, John Mark Karr hasn’t stopped his weirdness and he’s now back on law enforcement’s radar. [click to continue…]

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Time to Shake Up the S.E.C.

by Diane Dimond on May 3, 2010

The Porn Soaked S.E.C.

I wish there were a way to indict an entire government commission. Okay, well, maybe just the senior staff?

I’m speaking, of course, about the Security and Exchange Commission where as many as 33 of its top management – including senior lawyers and accountants – were apparently too busy looking at triple X-rated internet porn sites to notice brewing financial tsunamis like the implosion of the U.S. housing market, the demise of giant Lehman Brothers and rogue billionaire investment gurus like Bernie Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford who, together, decimated countless thousands of American’s retirement plans.

It was the S.E.C.’s job to look out for our financial well-being and we now see how miserably they failed. [click to continue…]

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