Romance Can Turn Brutal – Especially For The Children

February 17, 2020

If you’re the typical U.S. consumer you just shelled out money to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Collectively Americans spend multiple billions each year on candy, flowers, jewelry or some other gift to spark romance with a loved one. Historians agree the celebration likely began in ancient Roman times with the mid-February fertility festival called Lupercalia.

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First Britney, Now Cher’s Son?

January 6, 2024

Guardianship or conservatorship can affect any family, but the prime targets are those with an attractive amount of money. However, the media tends to focus primarily on high profile cases involving celebrities. Case in point: Cher’s attempt in early 2024 to place her habitually drug addicted son, Elijah Blue Allman, under conservatorship. As I wrote…

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A New Book is on the Way …

January 8, 2023

As many faithful readers know I stepped away from my long-running syndicated crime and justice column last year to write a book about abuses within state-run guardianship and conservatorship courts. It is a topic that I’ve investigated since 2015, and in addition to devoting several columns to the issue over the years, I have also…

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Lessons Can be Learned From the ‘Media Circus’

November 15, 2021

I’ve been thinking a lot about the phrase “media circus” lately. I’ve heard it applied to all sorts of crime related stories I’ve covered during my decades as a reporter. Lately, the expression cropped up during the near wall-to-wall coverage of the Gabby Petito missing persons/homicide case. I also heard it applied recently to the…

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The Clock is Ticking on Ways to Fix the U.S. Election System

August 30, 2021

Yes. There is voter fraud in U.S. elections and we have one year before the next election to find ways to thwart it. Why do critics of changes automatically dog whistle about racial bias?

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The Fentanyl Flood Into the US – Why Can’t We Make It Stop?

August 23, 2021

The fed govt’s job is to keep citizens safe. So what about the 93,000 deaths from fentanyl last year? Why can’t the feds keep this poison out of the US?

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To Better Serve and Protect Cops Need Some Relief

August 16, 2021

It is shortsighted and stupid to simply ‘defund police’ without a plan for how to replace them as first responders. Well, here are some concrete ideas

Top Photo: Flickr, Creator:Stephen Melkisethian

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Once the Nation’s ‘Luv Guv’, Now He’s Radioactive

August 6, 2021

What is society to do with someone who has been investigated and found to have broken both federal and state laws by sexually harassing at least eleven different women? Well, in the case of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the subject of a five-month long investigation by the state’s Attorney General, apparently the answer is:…

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Americans are in Debt and the Vultures are Circling

August 3, 2021

So many Americans are struggling to regain their pre-pandemic financial footing these days. Criminals with a phone are ready to exploit that. So where’s the law?

Cover photo: wikimedia commons by Jacopo Werther

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The U.S. Constitution Says Treat All Defendants the Same

July 26, 2021

Break the law, you should be punished no matter what your ideology. So why did so many 2020 rioters escape prosecution while Jan 6th rioters did not?

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Are Guns Really the Problem?

July 19, 2021

Let’s see, there are a gazillion illegal guns out there. So what’s easier to round up? All the guns or the gangbanger criminals? Rethinking President Biden’s new crime fighting plan.

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