Welcome

by Diane Dimond on February 21, 2013

Welcome to my home base where you’ll find my weekly Creators Syndicate crime and justice newspaper columns re-posted.  The paper of my childhood — The Albuquerque Journal — continues to be my column’s showcase spot for as long as they’ll have me.

My writings here are  always different.  Sometimes I’ll simply tell you a story. Sometimes I’ll share my opinions, praise or criticism. Other times I’ll hold a mirror up to our society and invite you to form your own opinion. I hope the columns will give you something new to think about each time you visit.

It’s a complicated world out there, full of situations of good versus evil, right versus wrong. My job is point them out.

I’m also a contributing writer for Newsweek/The Daily Beast and you can find my articles at my homepage here.

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Reactions to Police Killings Reveal Twisted Values

by Diane Dimond on May 18, 2015

Say What You Want ... But Reactions Will Vary

Say What You Want … But Reactions Will Vary

The right to freedom of speech in America gives every citizen almost absolute permission to say whatever they think about a given topic. Even if the comments are offensive to the majority citizens have a right to express their opinion.

So, go ahead – say what you want. But realize, the law does not necessarily protect you from others’ reactions to your comments. And sometimes what people say is so damnably stupid they deserve some blow back. [click to continue…]

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Who Does Hillary Clinton Think She Is? 

by Diane Dimond on May 11, 2015

Invited to Appear ... But

Invited to Appear … But

So wait just a darned minute. A committee of the United States Congress wants to schedule testimony from Hillary Clinton and she refuses the request, laying down certain conditions?

That’s not the way our system is supposed to work! If the Congress calls a citizen to the witness chair they are supposed to automatically comply. That’s how it would be for you or me. Why not for Hillary Clinton? [click to continue…]

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Stop the Running, Stop the Shooting

by Diane Dimond on May 4, 2015

Freddie Gray: Latest Symbol of Police Brutality

Freddie Gray: Latest Symbol of Police Brutality

After watching the situation in Baltimore these past couple of weeks – yet another American city strangled by violence stemming from the death of yet another unarmed black man — it suddenly dawned on me. It all starts with one stupid action.

I want to yell advice at the top of my lungs.

Stop running away from police!  

But that is only half of the problem.

Stop instinctively shooting or manhandling suspects! [click to continue…]

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Why the Colorado Theater Shooter Trial Is So Important

by Diane Dimond on April 27, 2015

James Holmes Shortly After His Arrest

James Holmes Shortly After His Arrest

So here comes another headline grabbing criminal trial. James Holmes, now 27, stands accused of murdering 12 and wounding 70 others in a mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in July 2012. Opening statements in the capital murder case are set for Monday.

Ho hum, you say? I beg to differ.

This trial is massively important for anyone who wants to understand what [click to continue…]

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Cookie Cutter Justice Isn’t Justice

by Diane Dimond on April 20, 2015

Kevin Rojano Nieto Will Spend Ten Years in Prison

Kevin Rojano Nieto Will Spend Ten Years in Prison

Conservative leaning friends are going to tell me I’ve gone off the deep end. My more liberal minded friends are going to tell me I just don’t get it.

But let me make it clear – one thing I am not is soft on pedophiles. That said, the case of Kevin Rojano-Nieto epitomizes to me how misunderstood our criminal justice system is and how mandatory sentencing guidelines were doomed from the get-go.

The backstory:  Veteran Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly of Orange County, California knows a bad guy when he sees one. [click to continue…]

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Revenge on Purveyors of Revenge Porn

by Diane Dimond on April 13, 2015

Superior Court Judge William Gill

California Superior Court Judge David Gill

Can I get a high-five and a hallelujah for the California judge who recently sentenced cyber-criminal Kevin Bollaert to 18 years behind bars? Finally, at least some of the smarmy creatures who psychopathically roam the dark corners of the internet are being brought to justice.

Every indication is that laws and punishments are slowly but surely catching up with these creeps.

Bollaert, 27, is one of those repulsive human beings who made money off the pain of others by posting so-called “revenge porn,” sexually suggestive photographs exchanged between lovers and then used to humiliate when the relationship soured. [click to continue…]

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Jodi Arias Before Turning to Murder

Jodi Arias – Seen Before Resorting to Murder

In the summer of 2008, Jodi Arias stabbed her boyfriend nearly thirty times, slashed his throat, shot him in the head and left him in the shower of his Mesa, Arizona home. Eleven days later, the attractive 28-year-old was arrested and the public became transfixed by her case.

Nearly seven years after the vicious murder Arias has yet to be sentenced on the finding that she is guilty of the first-degree premeditated murder of Travis Alexander. Two separate juries have deadlocked on whether she should be executed for the crime.

Now, under Arizona law, the death penalty is off the table and later this month a judge will finally announce her sentence – likely life in prison. [click to continue…]

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More Female Police Officers, Please

by Diane Dimond on March 30, 2015

Female Officers Could Bring Different Culture to Streets

Female Officers Could Bring Different Culture to Streets

When you were growing up and there was a dispute between siblings who stepped in to bring about a peaceful solution? Probably Mom, right?

And when mediation was necessary to decide the evening’s curfew, your punishment if you ignored it or when you were mature enough for driving lessons I’m guessing it was Mom front and center.

Soothing raw nerves, introducing diplomatic distractions and solutions and hugging away bruised feelings are all female specialties. It’s just human nature. [click to continue…]

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Applying Newton’s First Law of Motion to Politics

by Diane Dimond on March 23, 2015

Newton's Law Warns - No Motion, No Change

Newton’s Law Warns – No Change Without Outside Force

Bravo and Hooray! We the American people have officially identified what’s wrong with this country.

For four straight months now the Gallup organization’s poll question, “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” has gotten the same answer. Respondents have concluded that it is (can I get a drum roll, please?) the government.

Gallup reports the economy and unemployment, healthcare, race relations and immigration all continue to worry us but dissatisfaction with our government is the most often mentioned concern these days. In addition, Gallup says 67% of us are not satisfied with the direction the United States is headed. [click to continue…]

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Candidate Clinton Needs An Outside Prosecutor – Preet Bharara

March 16, 2015

I’ve got two people I’d like to bring together on behalf of the voters of the United States of America. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Preet Bharara. Clinton of Chappaqua, New York wants to be President. She has already served as a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State but there is no doubt that for years […]

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