George Christie is on a mission for relevancy. And he's taken that mission across the airwaves, via the History channel's 6 part series -- Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels.
On May 17, 2015, numerous motorcycle groups met in Waco, Texas for a Confederation of Club's joint meeting. Scheduled at a Twin Peaks restaurant, they set out to discuss laws, mutual rules, and common ground. It would be hard to anticipate that lunch with fellow bikers (which included a mix of 1 percenter outlaw, U.S. Veteran and Christian groups) would turn into bloody mayhem.
The case of Abigail Hanna--the pretty, blonde 21-year-old who allegedly kidnapped a toddler she once cared for--has the media fascinated. How can someone like her become, as the Daily Beast calls her, "the babysitter from hell"?
The criminal justice system is a tough one to work in. At least in major cases, those of us who work in this field are usually there because something awful has happened to someone. In a murder or assault case, someone's dead or seriously injured; in a white-collar case, people may have lost their life savings. The effects on the victims and those close to them can be real and tragic.
If law enforcement continues these half-measures, the real power will continue to reside at the U.S. Department of Education, which provides almost all of the funding for these predatory for-profit colleges.
While the recent release of drug offenders is a promising start, those releases were for prisoners who were already close to leaving. In the coming two or three years, we'll see several thousand more such early releases related to that initiative, with a total of tens of thousands of federal prisoners effected by the sentencing reduction.
Prosecutors increasingly use technology in the courtroom to win convictions. One of the most persuasive, and insidious techniques to get juries to convict is to use a Power Point presentation during the closing argument to visually depict inflammatory images of the crime emblazoned with the prosecutor's equally inflammatory captions.
Almost two years ago, Kenneth Thompson was running to become Brooklyn's District Attorney. Not only did Mr. Thompson promise to be hard on crime, he also promised to reexamine the cases of those who claimed to be innocent. Mr. Thompson eventually won, and, true to his word, his office has reviewed a large number of cases.
If you're flying, the indignities of modern-day air travel, with its hub travel insanity, long lines, crowds and delays are all numbing. If you think your turkey-day air travel experience is unpleasant, let's pause to recall the most famous Thanksgiving air travel crime of all time.
People who sell dangerous products have always endured a conflict. As global brands, they must weigh conscience with commerce. Efforts to keep people safe must be seriously undertaken, otherwise it is superficially selective in social good.
But even if it's legal for a judge to go outside the range of the parties' recommendations, is it a good idea? I've never been a judge, but I've become convinced that if I were ever in that position, I'd have to have a really good reason to do that.
A child died, and that is tragic. But an 8-year-old child is being charged in juvenile court with her murder. And that is outrageous. Because not every tragedy is a crime, and not every actor is a criminal.
It might seem drastic for a network to hide children whose allegations of abuse have been ignored in court, but it is infinitely more disturbing that children would feel that running away is their only escape from abuse.