April 2013

Radical Muslims Want Us Dead – Understand?

by Diane Dimond on April 29, 2013

Tsarnaev Brothers – Radical Muslims Who Spread Terror

Extreme factions of the Muslim religion want us dead – every American and everyone who embraces a religion different than theirs. We are infidels, heathens and heretics and they believe it is their mission to wipe us off the face of the earth.

I know it isn’t politically correct to publicly discuss how the most radicalized elements of the Muslim faith have targeted Americans for death. I know it is not acceptable to “profile” people based on their country of origin or religious traditions – not even when cold, hard, bloody, murderous facts directly stare us in the face. [click to continue…]

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This is What Anti-AmericanTerror Looks Like

        “Make no mistake we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this and find out why they did this.”— President Barak Obama

There will be no satisfying “why” at the end of the investigation into who placed bombs near the finish line of the Boston marathon.

Just like there was no satisfying “why” following the massacres at Columbine High School or Virginia Tech. Nothing can ever adequately explain to normal thinking people how a gunman could hunt down tiny students at a Connecticut elementary school or exterminate innocents gathered at a Tucson parking lot to see their Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords.

And so it will go with Boston. [click to continue…]

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Is Your Stoplight Watching You?

by Diane Dimond on April 15, 2013

Traffic Camera Are Everywhere

I didn’t realize I had broken the law until I opened an official envelope with a traffic ticket inside. Each time this has happened I’ve thought, “Darn those traffic cameras!” Okay, I likely said something spicier than that because there’s little else to say in one’s defense when confronted with photographic evidence that you have run a red light.

Twice New York State has sent me tickets for running a red light as I struggled to turn left in crushing New York City traffic. The third time the news came from my cousin, Sandy Hays, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She called to tell me that when I had borrowed her husband’s car during a trip to my hometown I had been caught speeding on an off-ramp near the University of New Mexico. Embarrassed, I sent her a check for $75.00 to cover the fine. A month or so later Sandy sent me a return check saying the city had [click to continue…]

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Judges Act for Justice

by Diane Dimond on April 8, 2013

Judges CAN Right Judicial Wrongs

We often hear people associated with the criminal justice system complain about how it works – or fails to work. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, police and social workers all cite specifics that they believe tip the scales of fairness.

Very rarely – if ever – do we hear from a judge. The ethics of their profession mandate they remain mum about public policy issues while on the bench.

Even after they retire the public rarely gets the benefit of their insight. I think that is a shame. Who better to help teach the public about how politician’s laws – sometimes crafted and passed with headlines in mind – actually affect citizens?

This is a story about not one — but two — judges from different states that came together to pro-actively help a woman they believed had been given a raw deal at sentencing. Their actions speak volumes about our justice system and proves there really is no such thing as a one-size-fits all sentencing. [click to continue…]

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Let ALL Jurors Ask Questions!

by Diane Dimond on April 1, 2013

Watching the Jurors Watching the Trial

I have sat in many courtrooms during my career and studiously watched the faces of jurors listening to evidence in cases ranging from murder and rape to assault and political corruption.

I’ve strained to see if I could get a clue from them as to what their ultimate verdict might be. It is journalistic gold to be able to report that a juror was seen crying, wincing or rolling their eyes in response to specific testimony.

Rarely, however, have I seen a juror telegraph their feelings. Most appear to take their jury service very seriously.

That said, I have also caught some jurors yawning and looking bored – a few times a juror appeared out-and-out asleep and not just ‘resting their eyes’ as they would explain later.

Nearly every juror I’ve spoken to at the finish of a case has admitted there were times during trial that they simply did not understand what was going on or the importance of certain testimony. More than one has told me it’s as if lawyers and judges speak an entirely different language than the rest of us.

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