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Diane Dimonds Weekly Column

Searching the Family DNA Tree to Solve Crime

Diane Dimond | Posted 06.12.2011 | Denver
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We all get how important the discovery of DNA has been in identifying criminals over the years. But DNA technology has now graduated and for the most part states just haven't kept up.

Tragedies Like Japan Spawn Charity Crimes

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Diane Dimond

It's not too late to give to charities serving the victims in Japan - Just give C-A-R-E-F-U-L-L-Y, please. Another tragedy born of Mot...

Our Youngest Lifers

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Dimond

America is also the only known nation in the world that allows children under the age of 18 to be tried as adults and sentenced to prison forever with absolutely no chance for parole.

Civilian Court Wrong Place for Terror Trial

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

The Obama administration had insisted on having the Ghailani trial in civilian court as a sort of proof to the rest of the world of America's moral superiority. But the end result to this test case was a near disaster.

Thieves Target Your Children

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
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Do you remember when you got your first Social Security card? I do. I was about 14 years old and wanted to take a part time job at a Dairy Queen whi...

The Media Lies to You -- Beware!

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

I took some time off my regular schedule to write a book. It's all about how we as a society have abrogated our opinion-making and handed it over to ...

Keeping the "Most Dangerous" Locked Up Indefinitely

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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You are the judge and jury on this one. There are a lot of numbers to take into account here so read carefully. A man who knew he was HIV positive ...

Why Do We Tolerate Parents Who Let Kids Go 'Barefoot'?

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
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Across the country these days - in every village, town, city and state - there is a collective effort to slash operating budgets. That's probably a wi...

When Neighbors Help Neighbors Fight Crime

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
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This is the America I told my daughter we lived in when she was growing up. "If you're ever in trouble, honey, just ask your neighbor for help. Fin...

Connecticut's Catholic Church Just Doesn't Get It

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
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If this is how the Church reacts to allegations against Dr. George Reardon, a lay member of a Catholic institution, imagine what kind of lengths it would go to in protecting one of its criminal priests.

Some Sex Crimes Get a Pass - Why?

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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By placing a limit on how far back the prosecutor can go to punish a sex predator aren't we telling countless victims that the justice system doesn't apply to them?

Glorifying the Criminal

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
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Frank Lucas is a proven liar and many of his oft-repeated fabrications have found their way into this book, presented as truth. Why should anyone buy it?

Keeping the World Out of the Courtroom

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
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Our justice system is playing technological catch up with the times. We're long past the point where a simple "do not discuss this case amongst yourselves or with others" will do the trick.

The Impact of Victim's Impact Statements

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Diane Dimond

Imagine being in a room with the person who murdered your child. How would you react? What would you want to say to the killer? Every day in Americ...

Our Nation's New Drug Policy - NOT!

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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What we've done for the last 40 years has not worked. So, why would we continue down the same path? What would happen if we put the emphasis on anti-drug therapy and education?

Death by Train -- A Teenage Trend?

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Diane Dimond

If we don't communicate about the horrors suicide leaves behind for survivors, then we deny our kids knowledge and perspective that might save them.

Committing Adultery? You Could Go to Jail

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Diane Dimond

If you're thinking of stepping out on your spouse you might want to check your local law first. In more than 20 states, including Florida, adultery is punishable by a fine or even jail-time.

Domestic Abuse - Celebrity Style

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Inside a cozy courtroom in Aspen, Colorado this week I came face to face with Carlos Irwin Estevez as he appeared to face multiple domestic abuse charges. You probably know him as Charlie Sheen.

Good News for a Change!

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Diane Dimond

Am I a Pollyanna to think that maybe the hard economic times we've all gone through the last couple of years resulted a communal feeling fighting the same common enemy, and we're less likely now to victimize our fellow survivors?

Where Guns Go to Die

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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We want police to get dangerous guns off the street, right? Well, they are -- in record numbers. Now the problem is what to do with all those confiscated guns.