June 2012

Athletes Shouldn’t Get an Automatic Pass

by Diane Dimond on June 25, 2012

Body By Steroids

Okay, I want the big, bad federal government to stop it! Get off the backs of these poor professional athletes. Leave them alone to simply do what they do best – rake in dollars and public adulation by playing the sport they love.

I mean, really, these are the closest thing we have to royalty in this country and they should not be held to the legal standards of mere mortals.

First, take the case of the mean ol’ federal prosecutors vs. Barry Bonds an outfielder who racked up more home runs than anyone else in Major League baseball history. This guy should be in the Hall of Fame for that accomplishment but what does the government do? For more than seven years the feds try to prove Bonds used steroids and then lied about it to some Grand Jury somewhere. What a crock! [click to continue…]

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Bravery in the Witness Box at the Sandusky Trial

by Diane Dimond on June 18, 2012

Telling of Abuse Makes a Hero

They’re all different, the men who come forward to tell their stories of childhood sexual abuse. But they all share a debilitating horror.

Psychologists say it is difficult for any childhood victim of molestation to reveal what happened to them. But it is particularly tough for young males because it goes to the very core of their budding manhood. Often, males choose to keep it secret rather than seek help to deal with the emotional problems that always occur.

So, when these victims muster up enough courage to speak I think it’s high time we start praising them. [click to continue…]

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Bad Laws Make Bad Politics

by Diane Dimond on June 11, 2012

A Smoke and Mirrors Political System

Our political system is all messed up. I won’t even couch that with an “allegedly” or a “reportedly” – it is just a mess and our federal election laws are a joke.

You want to know exactly where a candidate has gotten money to stage their expensive campaign? I sure do. I want to know what organizations or powerful people a candidate might feel beholden to once they take office. But the way the campaign finance laws are written that vital information is easily kept secret. [click to continue…]

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When A Confession Is Not Enough

by Diane Dimond on June 4, 2012

A Confession is Just the Beginning

It is hard to believe or understand but people confess to committing crimes – sometimes horrible crimes – when they are completely innocent. It happens more often than you can imagine. False confessions can be traced to unjust interrogation techniques, poor legal advice or even the mental illness of the suspect.

That’s one reason detectives involved in the groundbreaking missing persons case of six year old Etan Patz are still hard at work even though 51 year old Pedro Hernandez has now confessed to killing the boy more than three decades ago. False confessions often come in to police around the anniversary of high profile, unsolved cases and Hernandez made his self-incriminating statements to police just days before the 33rd anniversary of Etan’s disappearance. [click to continue…]

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