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Saturday, August 13, 2005

IL: 14 Year Old Charged With Statutory Rape of 16 Year Old Cleared

Prosecutors dropped charges against a 14 year old Illinois boy accused of statutory rape of a 16 year old girl. [Jack Chin]

August 13, 2005 in Criminal Law | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Friday, August 12, 2005

Florida Cops reenact Murder for Media; Hope to Generate Tips

A Ft. Lauderdale Bennigan's manager was killed in the parking lot; there were no leads.  As a publicity technique, the police reenacted the scenario as they think it occurred.  Story and video here. [Jack Chin]

August 12, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

NPR ALERT: Forensic Science on Science Friday Today

LA County Sheriff's Crime Lab director Barry Fisher will be among the guests on a forensic science segment on today's Science Friday on NPR.  The panelists will discuss "The Coming Paradigm Shift in Forensic Identification Science," by ASU CrimProf Michael J. Saks and Jonathan J. Koehler
Science 5 August 2005: 892-895.  Listen live here. [Jack Chin]

August 12, 2005 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

NC Makes Concealing Death a Crime

From The Dispatch:  "The General Assembly gave final approval Thursday to a bill that would make it a crime to conceal a person's death.  The measure, approved unanimously by the Senate, makes it a felony to conceal a death, fail to notify law enforcement of a death or secretly dispose of a body. Someone who assists with the act is guilty of a misdemeanor.  The bill, which already passed the House, now goes to Gov. Mike Easley for his signature. The sponsor, Rep. Jean Preston, R-Carteret, said she sponsored the measure at the request of her county sheriff.  The body of a person who died of a drug overdose was buried in the woods because the people in whose company he died were afraid of getting in trouble. The sheriff said he was unable to charge the people because there was no law against simply concealing a death, Preston said."  [Mark Godsey]

August 12, 2005 in Criminal Law | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Microsoft to Spend Spam King's Money on Fighting Crime

From  "Software giant Microsoft will invest the $7m it is expecting from a damages settlement with "spam king" Scott Richter into fighting internet crimes, paying its legal bills and "rewarding" the state of New York.  The announcement was made by Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith in an open letter posted on the company's website.  After covering its legal expenses, Microsoft will dedicate $5m dollars to helping law enforcement agencies address computer-related crimes, Smith said.  Smith said in the letter: "In appreciation of the role of the New York attorney general, another $1m of this settlement money will be directed to New York state... to expand computer-related skills training for youths and adults."  Describing Richter - who is said to have sent or assisted others in sending more than 38 billion emails per year - as one of the world's most "prolific" spammers, Smith called the settlement a milestone and expressed hope that the decision would send a clear warning to those dabbling in spamming."  Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

August 12, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Toledo CrimProf David Harris on NPR: Terrorism and Racial Profiling

Harris_1 Talk of the Nation, August 8, 2005 · After the London bombings, New York City announced random bag searches on the subway. But with 7 million people a day in the system, how do police narrow down their pool of suspects? Neal Conan and guests examine the advantages -- and abuses -- of profiling to prevent terrorism.


Tunku Varadarajan, editorial features editor for the Wall Street Journal

James Oddo, Republican city councilman from New York and minority leader

David Harris, professor at University of Toledo college of law and author of several books on racial profiling, including Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing and Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work

LIsten here.  [Mark Godsey]

August 12, 2005 in CrimProfs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 11, 2005

SD: Flurry of Criminal HIV Cases

An Iowa man has been charged in South Dakota with a criminal offense for exposing a woman to HIV; he also exposed his wife to HIV; he evidently knew he had it, did not disclose that fact, and how his wife is ill.  It is not clear whether he will be charged for exposing his wife.  The article reports that there have been several recent cases of this type.  [Jack Chin]

August 11, 2005 in Criminal Law | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Nazi War Criminal Enjoys Italian Vacation

Nonagenerian SS officer Erik Priebke, responsible for a retaliation massacre of over 300 men and boys in 1944, first persuaded the authorities to let him serve his life sentence under house arrest, and more recently to give him a furlough to enjoy the water. [Jack Chin]

August 11, 2005 in International | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Australia Investigates Sex Slavery

The article states that Interpol reports that sex slavery is the second most profitable crime in the world, after drug trafficking. [Jack Chin]

August 11, 2005 in International | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

NM: Rare Criminal Libel Conviction

A civil rights litigant against the Albuquerque police department was charged with, and convicted of, criminal libel.  If the story is right the charge was based on a letter written by the defendant's attorney, claiming that a particualr officer had committed a series of crimes.  An appeal is planned.  Criminal libel is also big news in Ghana (because of a recent repeal) and Thailand (based on a prosecution). [Jack Chin]

August 11, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Another Rookie Robber Mistake

Leaving wallet at crime scene. [Jack Chin]

August 11, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

White Collar, Juvenile Crime on Rise in China

Story here. [Jack Chin]

August 11, 2005 in International | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

57-Month Delay

does not violate right to speedy trial, says Georgia court.   Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

August 11, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Outrage in Sweden Over Viagra Rapes

Members of the public in Sweden are outraged over the fact that a man with a criminal record for rape was able to commit additional rapes by getting a prescription for Viagra.  Some are calling for background checks before Viagra is dispensed.  Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

August 10, 2005 in International, Sex | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Inmates Present Rehabilitation Program They Designed

From Reuters:  "Inmates serving life sentences at a Pennsylvania prison have adopted a unique tactic to promote a program of personal change for fellow convicts and help end a culture of crime that boosts the U.S. prison population.  The program, which goes beyond traditional rehabilitation regimes to "transform" offenders, was presented by the convicts themselves at the maximum-security Graterford prison outside Philadelphia to academics attending the World Congress of Criminology, held this week at the University of Pennsylvania.  Academics hailed the meeting as a unique event in criminology and said the prisoners' program offered a fresh chance to end the cycle of crime that helps fill America's overflowing prisons.  "Never before have distinguished academics agreed to spend the day in prison discussing the causes of crime with inmates," said Susanne Karstedt, program chair of the conference and a professor at Britain's Keele University.  Some 70 inmates in brown prison uniforms welcomed some 150 delegates to the prison, the sixth-largest maximum-security jail in the United States, with 3,425 inmates, 770 of whom are serving life sentences.  The prisoners' group, calling itself LIFERS, has met each Saturday night at Graterford for about the last two years to conduct its "transformation" program with other inmates who have at least the prospect of release.  Inmates who take part in the program are urged to renounce street codes such as revenge, violence and materialism and replace them with what the lifers see as more genuine traits of manhood such as honesty, restraint and responsibility.  The inmates, many of whom have no chance of parole, say attempts by police, academics or social workers to end the culture of street crime and violence in many American cities is doomed to failure because such outsiders have no credibility.  Only those who have lived the street culture have a chance of persuading its members to change their behavior and abandon codes of machismo that often create urban mayhem, they said."  More . . .  [Mark Godsey]

August 10, 2005 in Sentencing Corrections | Permalink | TrackBack (2)

New Fourth Amendment Case

Seventh_circuit From  "Nothing in the Fourth Amendment prevents probationers from knowingly and intelligently waiving their right to be free from suspicionless home searches as a condition of probation" says the Seventh Circuit in State v. Barnett.   Decision here.  [Mark Godsey]

August 10, 2005 in Search and Seizure | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Runaway Bride Mowing Lawns As Restitution

Story . . .  [Mark Godsey]

August 10, 2005 in News | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

NU CrimProf Drizin Honored

Steven Drizin, clinical professor of law at the Northwestern University School of Law, has been awarded the Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award by the American Bar Association.  Drizin, assistant director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic and legal director of the clinic’s renowned Center on Wrongful Convictions, was cited for “outstanding dedication and commitment to improving the juvenile justice system.”  Details. . .  [Mark Godsey]

August 10, 2005 in CrimProfs | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Montana Supreme Court Upholds Garbage Search

But they require reasonable suspicion. Opinion here, with an interesting concurrence. [Jack Chin]

August 9, 2005 in Search and Seizure | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 8, 2005

New Article Spotlight

Douglas Goodman and Bruce D. Mann of the economics department at the University of Puget Sound have posted An Empirical Investigation of More Police Time: Crime and Midsize Cities, 1990 v 2000 on SSRN.  Here's the abstract:

We find more police reduces crime. Our results suggest crime can be reduced if personally assigned vehicles enhance officer productivity and increase police visibility. Program efficacy declines as an economy’s condition improves. We introduce the size of the police force variable in a novel manner that shows on the margin the number of police does matter. We also find evidence to indicate that local efforts to minimize vacant buildings will benefit the community by suppressing criminal activity and reported crime, at least partial support for the “broken windows” policy for community policing.

To obtain a copy of the paper, click here.  [Mark Godsey]

August 8, 2005 in Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)