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Mike Santullo August 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm

This book will be a “gangbuster”. Based on the work Diane has done in the media, (her syndicated newspaper columns, TV and radio), and her introspective coverage of the Michael Jackson trial and previous book, “Be Careful Who You Love”, Diane’s unique style, prowess and investigative reportage guarantees it. Her timing is excellent and her willingness to take on topics that sometimes go against the “establishment” and write about them in such a compelling way makes this a “MUST READ” book.

MIKE SANTULLO
770-KKOB Radio
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sharath Mekala April 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Hey Diane,

I just read your article about neighbors helping out neighbors,
(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-dimond/when-neighbors-help-neigh_b_642175.html)

and thought that you might enjoy the social enterprise that I have founded. Coming from someone who appreciates this country, the value of our youth, and the development of our villages, I hope this gives you some satisfaction that things are changing for the better.

I hope you are having a great day. Thanks for the uplifting story.

All the best,
Sharath Mekala, President
Village Defense
http://www.villagedefense.com
678-608-4656 x2

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William R. Delzell May 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

I’m glad to see that columnist Dimond is finally questioning some old, innaccurate, assumptions about sex offenses. Her latest column acknowleges that most sex offenses against children don’t occur from “stranger danger,” but from highly-trusted family members or friends. Nor is the committer of this terrible crime necessarily male. She is now also questioning the use of many sex offender registries that Congressional legislation and appropriations have required many city and states to implement in return for federal aid to law enforcement. She even acknowleges the financial pinch that civil commitment programs are having on other law enforcement programs, let alone on public social welfare programs. I’m glad to see Dimond rethinking some old assumptions about dealing with sex offenses.

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char May 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Welcome to Florida Diane. Got real excited when I saw you on Nancy Grace tonight. I always followed your coverage on Court TV and I look forward to hearing your honest opinions on the Anthony trial. You are one class act.

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Katherine Hodge May 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Diane,
It was such a pleasure to meet you during the Casey Anthony jury
selection.!
I have followed your excellent coverage over the years–from
Michael Jackson to O.J. Simpson and enjoyed reading your
columns. If you write a book about this case, I’ll look
forward to reading it!

Katherine

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Daniel May 24, 2011 at 1:26 am

Diane,
I have followed your reporting and broadcasting career and have always admired your passion and objectiveness in reporting. You have always displayed integrity and class in all your assignments and undertakings. You are a pleasure to listen to and I like forward to the release of your next book! I am ahuge fan and would love an autographed photo if possible. Thanks again and keep up the great work! Dan

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Pat Smith June 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I have been following the Casey Anthony trial on a daily basis. I have a question that has bothered me since the beginning of the trial. Since there was only 1 decomposing hair from little Caylee, do you think that Cindy vacuumed the trunk when the car was in her garage? I would love to know your opinion. Thanks so much.

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Diane June 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

No, Cindy testified fully about her actions with the car and didn’t mention vacuuming. Remember, little Caylee’s body was double bagged in big thick garbage bags. Its a wonder they even found ONE hair from her decomposing body.

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Fima June 12, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Hello, Diane
I read your article

http://dianedimond.net/change-thinking-on-sexual-abusers/

My name is Fima Estrin and I live in Minneapolis

I came to US as Jewish Refugee on Human rights violations
in former USSR. All my relatives were holocaust survivors
I had my rights violated again in Minnesota.
I was convicted for p..rn possession in 2003, misdemeanor
conviction and placed on s..x offender register in Minnesota. There was
the similar situation. promise 100 years in prison if
I was not plead guilty.
Since 2003 as you may understand I can not find job, only short terms
projects.
Here you can find comparison of my situation as Jew pariah in USSR
and predator pariah in US

http://estrinyefim.newsvine.com/_news/2008/07/15/1667739-a-comparission-between-soviet-jews-and-sex-offenders-in-us

You may also read my story written by Irish writer Brian Rothery. Too
many examples of injustice for former political refugee on Human
Rights

http://estrinyefim.newsvine.com/_news/2010/07/29/4779710-mitsubishi-electric-automation-abandons-employee

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John July 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Diane,
I read your negative coment towards Jose Biaz. I thought he did a good job. I watched the trial from the start. When the prosecution started I was thinking Casey is done for then after watching and hearing the prosecution they really rubbed me the wrong way and I spoke to many people as I work in the public and they said the samething, so I know now it just wasnt my feelings. During Jose Biaz closing. The Prosecutor was smirking making faces. You never know what the jury may have picked up on. Dont be surprised if you get a not guilty. I do recall hearing when Jose said good morning and I heard back good morning but when the prosecutor said good morning I didnt hear a reply. I really feel the male prosecutor was very unprofessional. As far as the lady prosecutor well I will leave it this way no comment.

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Diane July 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

My point wasn’t to question the quality of Mr. Baez’s presentation. The point of the column was to discuss how many innocent people get steamrolled in the course of “seeking justice.” Roy Kronk did his civic duty – 4x’s he called police and finally they listened. For this he gets labelled as “a morally bankrupt person” by Mr. Baez? Not fair. In my opinion it wasn’t fair to vilify George Anthony either. Neither of these people committed a crime yet they were dragged through the mud – their lives will never be the same because of what the Casey Anthony defense team did.
If I could take it a step further in Casey Anthony’s case – her defense could have been just as effective (IMO) if they’d stuck with the accidental drowning theory, stressed her “imaginary friends” and focused on a diminished capacity (mental illness) plea. THAT would have necessitated vilifying no one. ~ DD

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Kay July 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Have heard so much about how “now-a-days” and how people get so involved with these trials because of t.v., etc.
Lizzie Borden…took an axe..and gave her Mother 40 whacks..
That was in the late 1800′s and we still know about that & the trail today. Through newspaper articles and word of mouth I would think through the country people knew about it. People thought she was guilty but she was found Not Guilty after a short time from the Jury.
The Lindberg Kidnapping. That had newspaper and radios and people were involved with following that.
The Bobby Franks case. And more i can’t think of at the moment. Or go back to Bonnie & Clyde – before that Jesse James – Doc Holliday. People that we still know about.
I rem. as a young girl hearing on the radio and seeing in the papers about a little girl who had fallen down a well (this was in the 40′s) and them trying to get her out and rem. talking to a neighbor about it.
There are certain cases that make people want to know how this came to be. It’s a human thing – and it’s a human thing to want to know why when someone doesn’t say their child is missing, but lies about her being with a Nanny – why wouldn’t it seem suspicious. Some of the interest and staying with us is because we just want to Understand.

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kymbi August 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm

kay,
I wholeheartedly agree with you. When a child goes missing and the mother doesn’t report it at all, remember Cindy reported it to the police not Casey, it tends to make people want to know why and how this happened.

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Jeff H August 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm

You are a breath of fresh air on the Nancy Grace show. You are a great journalist and present the facts with responsible reporting and an non-bias approach. I have written HLN to explain that you are the only reason I have tuned in to watch the Nancy Grace Show again. Keep up the good work.

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A.Baars August 22, 2011 at 3:36 am

Frank Bender was amazing, he gave me his help in a dutch case.
I came in contact with him because of an old missing case in the
> Netherlands. In the town – where I was born and raised – a girl
> went missing in 1984. She was never found back. The only piece
of evidence in this case, was a mysterious picture of an ‘unknown man’ found in her wallet. After I recognized the man from the picture, I came in contact with Frank.He agreed to compare the picture with this men.And his conclusion was that indeed -most likely-the same person from the picture found in the wallet.Unfurtunately the dytch atorities refused any help from the famous sculpture.
I regonized Frank Benders last efford and did send this to Sandokai
productions who made a movie about him. Karen mintz did send me the following message:

Thank you for writing Antonia, I have forwarded your note to Frank and he does indeedt hink there is a strong resemblance and believes it’s worth doing DNA tests. I’ve also
think there is a strong resemblance and believes it’s worth doing DNA tests. I’ve also forwarded your note to the coroner and the police working on this case. Have you sent
any information to the police in NZ?

I wanted to know ofcourse if i was right, Frank saw the resambles to
and even requested a Dna test.Sadly enaugh he died and i still dont kow if i was right. The police does not give me an answer, infact nobody does. And that is very strange, it made me wonder what happen’t with the Dna test. I did ask Karen mitz if she knew more about the Dna outcome, but she never wrote me back.

I realy dont understand why they, afher Frank died, dont seem to be
interrested in my information any more. The woman i regonized was Marion Sandford , the resambles wheir to much to ingnore and Frank would never have a Dna Test done ,if he did not believe i could be right. If they done a Dna test and i was wrong, than why they refuse to say so? It seems to me that this is not to difficult to tell.
And i believe Franks last efford deserve’s a name.This was the best sculpture ever and also a wonderfull kind person.I have this talent to regonize people, but thats not the reason i write you. I am not afther
any reward, i asure you. My name is not important either, i do this for Frank, to honor his wonderfull work. I want you to see for your self why Frank wanted a Dna test :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/66334055@N03/

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Lisa September 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Dear Diane,

I don’t even know where to begin to respond to your article in regards to health care and prisoners that was in the Albuquerque Journal on Saturday, September 3, 2011. The article you authored immediately starts out by assuming that all that are charged are guilty and cost us taxpayers tons of money. There is nothing just about our justice system; which means that some of the inmates have been charged and convicted—wrongly. If judges would not impose ridiculous sentences, then perhaps we would not have so many old dying prisoners. And where do you get your information that states that “medical services for prisoners constantly increase”? Sadly, I happen to have a loved one who is in prison—and by no means has anything helpful increased in the time he’s been incarcerated. Quite the contrary actually—he is in prison in Texas and he works for the prison. But he is not paid one penny for his work. Any money that is put on his “books” must be from family or friends so that he can purchase items, like shoes and long johns, from the prison commissary. Of course, the commissary is out of necessary items from time to time and the prisoners cannot go to commissary whenever the mood strikes them. They must wait till their area is called—no particular schedule. Effective September 1st, Texas is now charging inmates $100 for medical expenses. Where does that $100 come from? Not from the inmate, but from his/her family or friends. Yet we cannot claim the inmate as a dependent because according to IRS rules we don’t provide most of their living expenses. But from what I’ve seen in the prisons in Texas, where there is no air conditioning, getting medical care and decent nutritious food are no easy tasks. We cannot send items to our loved ones, unless they come from and are sent via an approved vendor. Then we are limited to paper, envelopes and approved books. Toothpaste, deodorant—not allowed to be sent. The vending machines in the visitation area are filled with nothing but junk…fresh fruit, a good sandwich, granola—oh, no. In Texas, we are not allowed to walk around outside (but still within the confines of the prison) with our loved one…we must sit across a long table. Yet ask yourself this—society has gotten to the point where no one (or very few) will hire convicted felons—so is it any wonder felons wind up back in the system? A job, a home—those are vital to everyone—even those who have made a mistake. I do agree there are some who will continue to break the law and go back to prison; however, I believe that there are a good many in prison that don’t belong there—at least not for years and years. Give them a chance to earn a living…it takes some longer to learn a lesson than others. Get real rehabilitation in the prisons.

Your examples of the heart transplant and the sex change operation are extreme and definitely not the norm. If you think for a minute that a prisoner can put in a sick call and get immediate attention and care, you are sadly mistaken. Listen to the Prison Show (theprisonshow.org) broadcast of September 2nd regarding the quality of health care delivered at the Texas prisons. Listen to the discussion of how many cancers are not discovered before they are at Stage 4 because the inmate cannot get to see a doctor. Before you write yet another misinformed article, I suggest you look at both sides of the fence. Is living in a cell, stripped of everything you have, and all rights, is that really “free” health care? Yet as bad as it is, there are other places in the world that are worse. Remember, everyone in prison is someone’s son, daughter, father, mother, brother or sister.

By the way, its real sporting of you in your column to invite responses to your email address and then have an overly restrictive spam filter reject common email systems like hotmail. You may have received this message more than once since your website javascript comment area crashed on the last attempt.

Regards,

Lisa

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Kristoffer September 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

How in the world could you have ANY complaint about the appearance of Esteban Carpio when he was brought into the courtroom?! That sorry S.O.B. should have been shot by the officers that apprehended him. How, seriously, how can you defend such a monster?!?! How can you defend him?! It’s not like there was the question of whether or not they had the right person…. This “person” should be put to death. His life is worthless. And, so is yours after after your comments concerning his treatment. I guess the family of James Allen should just shut up and be happy with his death, even today. Six years later, his brothers and sisters should just be O.K. with the whole deal?! Your journalistic ability is worth shite! Where are the pictures of James Allen’s face and your comments on that subject?

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Diane Dimond September 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I think yours is a bit of an overreaction. His life is worthless and so is mine??? Come on, what a horrible thing to say to someone who merely wrote the man’s name. And if you carefully (without emotion) read the column again you will see I was in no way DEFENDING Esteban Carpio. ~ DD

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loena October 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

diane why does everyone think michael jackson a god or a saint. iread your book be careful who you love and other books on his pedohilla seems to me michael was a troubled man and all his family cares about is the all mighty dollar.michael was a grown man he should not have been taking baths with jordie isee the footage of jordie sitting on his lap in monaco and the prince looked like he wanyed ton throw up. his family knew whatn he was michael was bound to be exposed sooner or later.

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sally hopkins November 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Amazing Op-Ed in the November 12, 2011 Albuquerque Journal! “Confronting the Demons of Silence at Penn State” must be read by everyone. You have revealed the sickness and the cover-up of a formerly great institution, Penn State University. Your re-telling the sequence of abuse and the cover-up is powerful. The open revelations of the abuses to young boys is startling and gut-wrenching. Many more heads must roll. This is truly a morality tale about the isolation of the old boys’ networks and their freedom to function outside the laws at huge Athletic Departments in the big universities. Thank you for your astute and alarming journalism.

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Matt Ross January 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm

“A New Year’s Wish For Better Justice” was excellent.
I just wish that “better justice” would be shown for ALL crime victims, including those who are now ignored by the “justice system”, as well as the mainstream media.
I’m talking about the estimated 1/2 million victims of organized stalking, who are ignored by police, politicians, and the media.
The United States Department of Justice not only ignores victims of this type of stalking, they actually lied about the number of such victims (www.nowpublic.com/world/gang-stalking-new-doj-foia-documents-prove-doj-knows-truth/
The criminals who engage in organized stalking do so with impunity, knowing that the police will do nothing to stop them.
Since you have a “willingness to take on topics that go against the establishment”; I’m hoping you will want to investigate this “Most Ignored Crime in America.”
(www.multistalkervictims.org)

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George April 24, 2012 at 11:57 am

Is very difficult to find a Lawyer in this days. Who if you find one should have tons of money. definitely we do not have Justice; The real Justice should have everyone without money to bay the court cost only . And should not have a liar Lawyer which you do not know what is going to do on us; The lawyers make the innocent people guilty . this is take place every day in courts these unacceptable acts. The Lawyer should be voluntary to pepresent us. It should do not be reguired by law. because we do not have Justies . and the Judge should be only Judge. Thank you

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Bill Tom..... June 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Thank you for the article about our effort to found the Missing

I always tell those who want to read it to “Google Diane Dimond Cops in the Sky” and they always find it at the top

Bill

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Robert L. Olson October 23, 2012 at 8:06 am

This was a great article and it is about time somebody had the moral courage to say what needs to be said. I am a retired NYS police investigator but I have always had a passion for justice. I don’t know if you recall but we did correspond in the past regarding the Marty Tankleff case here on Long Island. I was a huge advocate for Marty and it kills me that the murderers of his parents are well known but will never be brought to justice for pure political reasons. I think your story has more credibility because no one would ever confuse you for a bleeding heart liberal.

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Ellen Bergh November 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

Enjoyed you over the years and glad to hear your viewpoint on
Sandy. Be safe.

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JLee May 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

Ms Dimond:

I find your post disturbing. Perhaps it is because throughout history there has always been some faction that has felt it had the moral or religious right to call others “infidels” and to annihilate those who did not believe in their ideals. The early Christians did so during the Crusades of the Middle Ages, the Huns did, and too many political entities have done so in recent history. In each case, we could call them “radical” or “fundamental” to their times.

The problem is that as many of the comments here show, their elevation as the “radical” of this generation does nothing to convince others that Muslims as a whole shouldn’t be segregated and cast with suspicion.

As you’ve pointed out, there are “radicals” in every society, every religion and every walk of life. It’s a matter of which side you stand on as to whether someone else is a radical extremist. So respectfully, I see no difference between people like Adam Lanza and any other radical who aims to do harm to another and those you group as “Muslim radicals.”

We in America are no different than any other group in this world that has been subject to terrorism. Life in Israel during the PLO attacks years ago taught me that, and I can say with certainty that as Americans we hold nothing over any other citizenship or country in what we have experienced from terrorism. But how we choose respond to it, with the humanity and dignity that God accorded us, is what makes us truly different from those around us.

I wish you would put your considerable talents in communication to finding ways to convey to others that the true danger of radicalism is in its potential to distort our own humanity in how we regard those different from ourselves. And only we are capable of being better than those whose motives we fear.

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Saria Nadeem March 27, 2014 at 8:54 am

Dear Diane,

Thank you for your article “Jurors Urge Review of Their Verdict”, in Huffington Post. I loved your article, and wanted to share my story with you.
I agree that sometimes the justice system doesn’t work. However, I did not realize it until I lost my trial in March 2011.
My name is Saria Nadeem. I was a plaintiff in a sexual harassment and discrimination case against my former employer KPMG in San Francisco, California (Saria Nadeem v. KPMG). I represented myself against KPMG in the trial. KPMG was represented by one of the largest labor law firm in the USA. My trial lasted 11 days spanning over 2 weeks in San Francisco Superior court located at 400 McAllister Street in San Francisco, California.

As you rightly said in your article, “the attorney might be inexperienced and botch things.”
I represented myself at the trial even though I was not an attorney, and was not able to get critical evidence in front of the jury. Judge made rulings at the defendant’s request and excluded critical evidence. I clearly botched things.
Sadly, I not only lost the trial but KPMG also obtained a judgment against me for $22,417 for trial related costs from the court in June 2011.
It was very stressful for me to have a substantial judgment against me as I never incurred any debt before.
I am a U.S. citizen but in 2012 I moved back to Lahore, Pakistan to live with my family.
I have just started a project for myself. If you like you could view my project by following the link below:
http://www.gofundme.com/7tcaq8

I look forward to your comments and suggestions. Please let me know if you have questions for me and if you like more information about my case. If you like you can directly contact me at : sariacpa@gmail.com

Kind Regards,
Saria Nadeem

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