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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Shut Up About Sex Accusations? No Way!

by Diane Dimond on January 12, 2015

Don't Shut Up About Sexual Abuse

Do Not Shut Up About Sexual Abuse

      ~ Special breed of predator uses influence and power to escape justice ~ 

One reader wrote to tell me to, “Shut up! (and) butt out” of the sex scandal involving comedian Bill Cosby.

Jason S. wrote to say I was “reprehensible” for trying, “someone in the court of public opinion,” even though nearly 30 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of various degrees of sexual assault. The last three surfaced earlier this week as I read my hate mail.

Madge DeFee and S. Freeman said I was just trying to embarrass Mrs. Cosby by writing an open letter to her last week. In it I suggested that when she declared her husband was the victim she was not facing the truth about Bill’s past bad extra-marital behavior. [click to continue…]

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Don’t Waste a New Year’s Wish on World Peace

by Diane Dimond on December 29, 2014

World Peace - Sadly, Not in Our Lifetimes

World Peace – Sadly, Not in Our Lifetimes

Don’t bother wishing for world peace in the year ahead. It is never going to happen.

There will always be pockets of turmoil and terrorism. Innocents will continue to lose their lives in places like Syria, Pakistan, South Sudan and, yes, here in the United States – in the violent, gang controlled neighborhoods we’ve ignored for too long.

For 2015, I’m going to wish for smaller miracles, things that could actually happen if we could only find the resolve to fix our problems.

I hope in the coming year law enforcement officers find themselves in fewer circumstances [click to continue…]

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Attorney General’s Resignation – Suspicious Timing

by Diane Dimond on October 13, 2014

AG Holder Resigns, Suspicious Timing

AG Holder Resigns, Suspicious Timing?

When someone decides to retire they tell the boss and within a few weeks there’s a party, maybe a gold watch, and they’re gone.

Not so if you are Attorney General Eric Holder.

Holder recently announced his retirement as the nation’s top cop but promised to stay on until a replacement is confirmed by Congress.

Here’s a double barrel prediction:  Holder isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and there could be big political fireworks ahead. [click to continue…]

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Private Investigators as Heroes of Justice

by Diane Dimond on April 21, 2014

Unsung Heroes – Private Investigators

Time for a word about private investigators.

TV dramas of the past left the impression that the primary reason to hire a P.I. was to tail an unfaithful spouse. There was always the obligatory scene in which a semi-shady looking private detective appeared with a stack of 8 x 10’s as proof of infidelity and slithered away with a check from the not-so-shocked husband or wife.

Certainly, that is one of the services a P.I. can provide but today licensed private detectives are much more valuable than just that.

These days, police departments are too busy, underfunded and under-trained to follow up on every complaint. Corporate espionage, computer hacking, identity theft and missing persons reports abound and it is the ranks of private investigators that often come to the rescue. [click to continue…]

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A Whistleblower’s Worst Nightmare

by Diane Dimond on March 24, 2014

Michael Winston – Still Paying the Price

Justice is supposed to be blind. But what happens when it turns out to be blind, deaf and dumb?

Sadly, there is not enough space here to tell you the entire 7-year saga of whistleblower Michael Winston but the bottom line is this: He got royally screwed by the California judicial system.

Winston, 62, is a mild-mannered Ph D. and a veteran leadership executive who has held top jobs at elite corporations like McDonnell Douglas, Motorola and Merrill Lynch. After taking time off to nurse his ailing parents Winston was recruited by Countrywide Financial to help polish their corporate image. He was quickly promoted – twice – and had a team of 200 employees.

It’s almost unheard of for a top-tier executive turning whistleblower but that’s what Winston became after he [click to continue…]

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Death For The Boston Bomb Suspect? Doubtful

by Diane Dimond on March 3, 2014

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Mugshot

If I were a betting woman I’d plunk down $10 right now and bet that suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, will die in prison and not in an execution chamber.

Yes, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced the feds will seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev, but chances are the 19-year-old may never face the possibility of being put to death by the U.S. government.

Why do I say that? First, let’s review some facts.

Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan, 26, are accused of planting powerful bombs at the Boston Marathon’s finish line, causing the deaths of three people and the wounding of more than 260 others. [click to continue…]

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Crime and Justice Issues On The Public’s Radar

by Diane Dimond on January 20, 2014

 

Crime Stories on Top of List

Last year’s tally is now in and the news story that garnered the most searches on the internet was … (can I get a drum roll, please?) …. A crime story!

Before I get to the winner, may I just say that life as a crime and justice columnist is sometimes a lonely one. I don’t think there’s another writer in America who – week in and week out – concentrates only on issues surrounding our justice system.

I’m fascinated by the topic but, sometimes, I wonder how many of you readers are. Sure, I get mail from many of you, and I truly appreciate it, but now I have some real statistics to back up the idea that Americans are, indeed, interested in following crime and justice stories. [click to continue…]

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