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Are Social Networking Sites Safe?

Posted by familydynamics on November 26, 2007

Millions of young people are putting themselves at risk of identity fraud by leaving their “electronic footprint” on Internet Web sites and blogs, the country’s privacy watchdog has warned.Concerned about the explosion of personal information available online, the Information Commissioner’s Office (IOC) has launched official guidelines for millions of people who use networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo.

The guidance includes warnings that a “blog is for life” and “reputation is everything” while entries can leave a permanent “electronic footprint” on the Internet.

The report said that the future of almost three-quarters of young people aged between 14 and 21 — about 4.5 million people — could be placed at risk by the reckless use of information.

The IOC survey found the online content “could damage the prospects of young people and leave many more vulnerable to identity fraud”.


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New Orleans Criminal Sheriff Overcharged The City

Posted by familydynamics on November 22, 2007

The Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office overcharged the city of New Orleans almost $2 million for inmates who actually were in the custody of the federal government and were already being paid for by the U.S. Marshal’s Service or Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Sheriff Marlin Gusman acknowledged Wednesday.

The Sheriff’s Office said it refunded the money Wednesday.

The double billing began after Hurricane Katrina, in November 2005, when Gusman began booking federal inmates brought into Orleans Parish Prison at Central Lockup, the same place as anyone else arrested in New Orleans, said Renee Lapeyrolerie, a spokeswoman for Gusman. The disclosure marks the second major double-billing problem Gusman has acknowledged this month. He blamed both on problems with the computerized inventory of the inmates housed at the city’s jail facilities.

Before the storm destroyed many of the jail buildings, the Sheriff’s Office maintained separate booking and billing programs for federal and city inmates.

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Interrogation Methods

Posted by familydynamics on November 20, 2007


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Looking for Maddie

Posted by familydynamics on November 18, 2007

When the authorities were searching for Maddie, they focused on her parents as possibly being involved in her disappearance.  There hasmaddie.jpg been criticism as a result of any suspicion being pointed at her parents.  Should law enforcement be concerned about such criticism?  I believe  that the authorities should focus on family members first and then weed out those individuals when necessary.  Some of her parents’ friends and family believe that her parents are incapable of causing Maddie harm.  Is there any way to gauge what a person is capable of?  I am in no way suggesting that her parents had anything to do with her disappearance.  I am merely pointing out that there is no set visual characteristics that can determine someones guilt or innocence.

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Yes, I’m Guilty

Posted by familydynamics on November 16, 2007

perrymason2.jpgThe fictional lawyer, Perry Mason, was always able to get his clients off because the real perpetrator use to break down on the stand or either in the courtroom and admit guilt. In reality though, most cases are resolved through plea bargaining.


The plea bargain was a prosecutorial tool used only episodically before the 19th century. In America, it can be traced almost to the very emergence of public prosecution — and public prosecution, although not exclusive to the U.S., developed earlier and more broadly here than most places. But because judges, not prosecutors, controlled most sentencing, plea bargaining was limited to those rare cases in which prosecutors could unilaterally dictate a defendant’s sentence.


Not until the crush of civil litigation brought on by the explosion of personal-injury cases in the industrial era did judges begin to appreciate the workload relief plea bargaining promised. In other words, plea bargaining is arguably another outgrowth of late-19th-century industrialization. The following examples illustrates this point:

1633: Galileo gets house arrest from the Inquisition in exchange for his reciting penitential psalms weekly and recanting Copernican heresies.

1931: Al Capone brags about his light sentence for pleading guilty to tax evasion and Prohibition violations. The judge then declares that he isn’t bound by the bargain, and Capone does seven and a half years in Alcatraz.

1969: To avoid execution, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. and gets 99 years.

1973: Spiro Agnew resigns the vice presidency and pleads no contest to the charge of failing to report income; he gets three years’ probation and a $10,000 fine (roughly one-third of the amount at issue).

1990: Facing serious federal charges of insider trading, Michael Milken pleads to lesser charges of securities fraud; soon after, his 10-year sentence is reduced to 2 years.

So does the guilty really pay for their crime?

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