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Diane Dimond’S Weekly Crime and Justice Column

A Republic or a Democracy -- Let's Get This Straight

Diane Dimond | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Diane Dimond

From Washington to the heartland, we are not behaving well. We've become a selfish and myopic melting pot on many levels, working against each other toward narrow goals and not the common good.

What Glorifying the Game of Football Says About Us

Diane Dimond | Posted 12.27.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

I worry about the culture of professional football and how it has infused so many of us with the ability to look the other way and shrug when crimes occur.

Vicious, Even Deadly, Hazing Still a Shameful College Tradition

Diane Dimond | Posted 10.13.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

High school and middle school kids have reported being subjected to and voluntarily submitting to hazing rituals. But younger kids come home after class or club events and observant parents can sense if something is wrong. It's those students who go away to school who are most vulnerable.

Another Massacre, Another Distracting Blame Game

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.05.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

In the aftermath of a terrible tragedy we always look for someone or something to blame. In the case of the Isla Vista, California massacre in which s...

Urban Peace -- How Do We Get There?

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Diane Dimond

Youth courts in and around Lockett's native Toronto, Canada are so impressed by his track record with these kids they automatically funnel the toughest cases his way, sentencing young offenders to a term in this very unique program.

If We're Keeping the Death Penalty, Then Bring Back Firing Squads

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.06.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

If we're going to keep carrying out the death penalty in this country and if we are going to continue to grandly insist that they are "humane executions" then only a return to a firing squad will insure a speedy and relatively pain free death for the condemned.

Pets Help Solve Crimes

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.09.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

As far as crime laboratories go it is not very impressive looking. And it is not very big, with a permanent staff of just three forensic scientists and a few interns. But the work product that comes out of the Veterinarian Forensic Lab at the University of California at Davis is important and it has changed the way crimes are investigated and prosecuted worldwide.

The Year We Began to Understand Serial Killers

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.02.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

In the '70s the U.S. experienced a frightening uptick in the number of active serial killers. In that decade, according to the serial killer information center at Radford University, there were 450 individual serial killers at work. Over the previous decade the number stood at 156.

Your Nose Could Save Your Life

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Training with scent technology just makes good sense. Are first responders in your area ready?

Heroin Makes a Comeback

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
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A heroin high now costs less than a decent bottle of wine, a movie ticket or a meal for two at a fast food joint. Functioning heroin addicts are all around us yet, realize, they are one tainted glassine bag away from a meltdown -- or death.

Who Is Killing Whom in America?

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.07.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

We have a fascination in America about murder. Serial killers, mass murders, thrill kills. But what is the reality? How many murders are there in America? Who are the victims and their killers?

Death on the Job Dips for Cops

Diane Dimond | Posted 03.11.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Let's get real. The lower police mortality rate is not all attributable to cops being more careful on the job. Our justice system is keeping more criminals behind bars and for longer periods of time. Massive prison overcrowding, nationwide, proves that.

DNA and Death Row

Diane Dimond | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

In this time of economic strain anyone who doesn't look at ways to cut their personal or business budget is just not being responsible. Same goes for the justice system.

Who Judges the Judges?

Diane Dimond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Respect for judges is a cornerstone of our judicial system. But what happens when the judge acts erratically or even criminally? Who judges the judge?

Murderabilia Re- Dux - Now Facebook Joins the Craze

Diane Dimond | Posted 10.01.2013 | Crime
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Murder buffs befriend infamous incarcerated killers and get them to send personal items -- anything from locks of their hair or fingernail clippings to handwritten letters and autographed doodles. The sickening souvenirs are then auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Zimmerman -- A Cautionary Tale for Volunteers

Diane Dimond | Posted 09.10.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

What if both males in the Zimmerman/Martin conflict shared blame? Maybe we should be thinking about this case differently We're taught from an earl...

Murderabilia: Our Fascination With Serial Killers

Diane Dimond | Posted 09.06.2013 | Crime
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Would you believe these collectors buy serial killer's autographed photos, artwork and handwritten letters sent to people outside prison walls? Even an envelope bearing a handwritten return address commands a pretty penny.

Surrogacy on Upswing: Laws Still in Infancy

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.19.2013 | Crime
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It is not some science fiction movie plot. It is real. Human beings are being manufactured and sold - right here in America. Even more shocking is ...

A Spooky House, the Law and You

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.12.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Anyone out there live in a haunted house? It might seem like a silly question, but as home sales pick up you should know there are laws against selling a house without full disclosure.

Time to Re-Think Law on Teen Sexuality

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.05.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

What is it about the age of 18 that magically turns us into full-fledged adults with all the rights and burdens that the status implies? Nothing, really. The law had to draw a line somewhere and age 18 was chosen.

Is Your Stoplight Watching You?

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.16.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Do red-light cams really mean safer streets or are they just another way for the government to pick your pocket? Beware, more cameras could be headed your way!

Let All Jurors Ask Questions!

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.03.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

I've always wondered why jurors aren't allowed to play a more active role in the trial process. If we count on our fellow citizens to pass judgment, don't we want them to fully understand the proceedings and the facts of a case?

Calming the Volume of TV

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.30.2013 | Media
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We have all been bombarded by over-the-top, blaringly obnoxious commercials and lurched for the remote to turn down the volume, right? Well, now the law mandates there is to be an official place to complain.

America Needs a Revolution -- Part II

Diane Dimond | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Diane Dimond

Sometimes a columnist touches a raw nerve. I did that last week with my call for a citizen's "Revolution in Thinking" about how we allow our politicia...

America Left This Marine Behind

Diane Dimond | Posted 02.19.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

By the time you read this, I earnestly hope that formar Marine Lance Corporal Jon Hammar is a free man. For almost four months, he has been held in a notoriously dangerous prison on a trumped up charge that he tried to bring a military weapon into Mexico.