Let’s Remember Military Veterans All Year

by Diane Dimond on November 16, 2015

Life as a Military Vet in America?

Life as a Military Vet in America?

Now that the parades are over, now that we’ve thanked military service members for their sacrifices let’s drill down to take a look at what its really like to be a military veteran in the United States.

According to experts there are more than 23 million veterans in America. Thanks to a recent two-pronged push by corporations and the government the unemployment rate for vets is down to 3.9%. That’s a 7-year low and that is a rare bit of good news for this group.

Among the bad news: [click to continue…]


The True Hollywood Horror Story

by Diane Dimond on September 14, 2015

 ~ It is the movie Hollywood doesn’t want you to see ~

Hollywood Ring Preys on Young Actors

Hollywood Ring Preys on Young Actors

This is not your typical Hollywood film. It’s a documentary called “An Open Secret” and it pulls the ugly scab off Hollywood to reveal what has happened to some vulnerable young boys who have tried to break in to the entertainment industry.

I got a special screening and I hope throngs of people go to see it.

The “secret” referenced in the title is how so many of these youngsters have so easily fallen prey to pedophilic agents, acting coaches, photographers and public relations people. [click to continue…]


Who's the REAL Daddy?

Who’s the REAL Daddy?

Countless children go through life not knowing the true identity of their father. Shame on their mothers. And shame on the U.S. court system that, more often than you realize, forces child support on men with no DNA connection.

These false establishments of paternity, as they are called, happen in courts across the country. Our broken family court system is intent on getting someone – really anyone – on record as being responsible for the child so the state won’t be.

The result? Circles of victimized people. [click to continue…]


The Artist and her “Portrait Seen ‘Round the World” Courtesy Jane Rosenberg (not for duplication)

A word about courtroom artists, please.

In the wake of “Deflategate” or “Sketchgate” or whatever they’re calling the controversy surrounding New England quarterback Tom Brady these days, I think it’s time to speak up for court artists everywhere.

Disclosure: Jane Rosenberg, the artist at the center of the recent storm over her less-than-perfect depiction of the handsome quarterback, is a pal of mine. I have worked alongside her as the reporter covering a court proceeding, she the assigned artist.  Rosenberg is a 35-year veteran and widely considered to be one of the best in her field. [click to continue…]


The Presidential Clemency Push – Are We Ready?

by Diane Dimond on July 13, 2015

Pending Bills Don't Have to Be Passed to Help Vets

Suddenly, Agreement – But Have They Thought Things Through?

Seems like Washington is enjoying a rare political Kumbayah moment these days. Both Democrats and Republicans now agree that our justice system ran off the rails with overly burdensome, mandatory sentencing for non-violent drug offenders.

Convicts like Antwon Rogers of Cleveland Ohio who was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine — less than 5 ounces of the drug. But because Rogers had two previous drug convictions the mandatory federal three-strikes law kicked in and, at the age of 22, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. He’s been there more than 20 years.

Francis Hayden of Loretto, Kentucky also got life after his conviction for possessing more than 1,000 marijuana plants, growing on a farm he managed. Hayden also had two previous drug convictions and that third one sealed his fate.

If space permitted I could cite thousands of these over-sentenced, non-violent drug cases. [click to continue…]


Cyber Stalking Just Got Harder to Punish

by Diane Dimond on June 8, 2015

Ubiquitous Threats, Some Are Criminal

Ubiquitous Threats, Some Are Criminal

What if you got a message on your Facebook account from someone you knew was angry with you that read, “There’s one way to love ya but a thousand ways to kill ya.” You might be a bit worried, right?

What if that person continued to write things like, “I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.” And they followed up with musings about putting your “head on a stick,” and making a name for themselves with “the most heinous school shooting ever imagined.”

Would the phrase, “Hell hath no fury like a crazy man in a kindergarten class,” prompt you to pick up the phone and alert the police? I sure hope so. [click to continue…]


Who Are We As A Nation and What Do We Believe?

by Diane Dimond on June 1, 2015

We Are a Bundle of Contradictions

We Are a Bundle of Contradictions

We live in a world of confounding contradictions.

We call ourselves a peace loving people yet we continue to engage in far flung wars. Domestically, gangs, guns and drug dealing proliferate. This is not a recipe for peace by any measure.

Nearly half of us say they are morally against the death penalty. Yet, a jury in Boston – a decidedly anti-capital punishment region of the country – sentenced to death the surviving Boston Marathon Bomber, 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnav.  [click to continue…]


Why the Colorado Theater Shooter Trial Is So Important

by Diane Dimond on April 27, 2015

James Holmes Shortly After His Arrest

James Holmes Shortly After His Arrest

So here comes another headline grabbing criminal trial. James Holmes, now 27, stands accused of murdering 12 and wounding 70 others in a mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in July 2012. Opening statements in the capital murder case are set for Monday.

Ho hum, you say? I beg to differ.

This trial is massively important for anyone who wants to understand what [click to continue…]


Cookie Cutter Justice Isn’t Justice

by Diane Dimond on April 20, 2015

Kevin Rojano Nieto Will Spend Ten Years in Prison

Kevin Rojano Nieto Will Spend Ten Years in Prison

Conservative leaning friends are going to tell me I’ve gone off the deep end. My more liberal minded friends are going to tell me I just don’t get it.

But let me make it clear – one thing I am not is soft on pedophiles. That said, the case of Kevin Rojano-Nieto epitomizes to me how misunderstood our criminal justice system is and how mandatory sentencing guidelines were doomed from the get-go.

The backstory:  Veteran Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly of Orange County, California knows a bad guy when he sees one. [click to continue…]


Revenge on Purveyors of Revenge Porn

by Diane Dimond on April 13, 2015

Superior Court Judge William Gill

California Superior Court Judge David Gill

Can I get a high-five and a hallelujah for the California judge who recently sentenced cyber-criminal Kevin Bollaert to 18 years behind bars? Finally, at least some of the smarmy creatures who psychopathically roam the dark corners of the internet are being brought to justice.

Every indication is that laws and punishments are slowly but surely catching up with these creeps.

Bollaert, 27, is one of those repulsive human beings who made money off the pain of others by posting so-called “revenge porn,” sexually suggestive photographs exchanged between lovers and then used to humiliate when the relationship soured. [click to continue…]