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Mon, 26 Mar 2007 04:19:00 +0000I must apologize to you all for not having updated The Crime Blog recently. I have been extremely busy with studying for my mid-term exams. Now that they're over, I will once again be posting starting with the news of the coroners report of Anna Nicole Smith to be released early this week.
Tue, 27 Feb 2007 17:33:00 +0000Welcome to the second episode of The Crime Blog Podcast.
Fri, 23 Feb 2007 19:17:00 +0000(image) A judge has ordered that Anna Nicole Smith's body be given to the custody of the guardian of Smith's infant daughter. Judge Seidlin made no secret of his wishes: "I want her buried with her son in the Bahamas," he told a stunned courtroom. "I want them to be together."
"I'm very grateful that Anna Nicole's wishes are going to be carried out," Stern told reporters outside the courthouse. "That's all that matters."
Said Birkhead: "We all loved Anna and it's in her best interest to come together."The medical examiner, Joshua Perper, predicted the appeal would be dismissed in short order. "Probably in a day or two there's going to be a final decision," he told reporters. "So we'll be able to make the arrangements."
Tue, 20 Feb 2007 15:43:00 +0000After a five day trial, Steven Bixby (39) of South Carolina has been convicted of the shooting(image) deaths of two police officers that were at his parents home over an argument regarding 20-feet of land that would be used to widen a highway. Bixby's mother (Rita Bixby, 74) was charged as an accessory due to the fact that she had prior knowledge of the father and son threatening to shoot police if they stepped on their land (even though she wasn't home at the time of the murders).
"I started to cry but I got refocused on the job," he wrote to Taylor. "If we had wanted to, that whole day would have been an entire bloodbath."
The letters include ramblings about the significance of some numbers, including mathematical equations involving his birth date, age and length of jail time.
He says God "wants all the evil to be exposed" and mentions a premonition of the shootout: "I saw this in a dream about a month before it happened.""We the people are a majority," Bixby wrote. "The laws were made to protect us from the police."
Tue, 20 Feb 2007 15:19:00 +0000I'm currently working on the second episode of the podcast, and after getting some feedback on the first, I will be improving it a bit. It will be more dynamic and energetic, I'll write a tighter script to keep myself from saying 'ummm' or 'uhh' and I'll try to do some more things that will hopefully make it a more professional podcast and also more entertaining for the listener.
Mon, 19 Feb 2007 17:23:00 +0000(image) Conservative Arizona Senator John McCain said in his latest in South Carolina, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned..." McCain also stated that he would appoint judges who "strictly interpret the Constitution of the United States and do not legislate from the bench" should he be elected for the presidency in 2008.
Fri, 16 Feb 2007 14:35:00 +0000This little piece of news is definitely shocking to hear about.Georgie Audean Buoy (84), has plead guilty to having sex with an 11 year-old boy who was in her foster care.Due to the age of Buoy and the lack of a criminal record before this, Buoy will only serve 36 months in accordance to the plea deal. However, she must register herself as a sex offender when she gets out of prison, pay $5,000 in damages to the victim and up to $7,500 to cover counseling fees.Now, my question here is, why is there a stigma in regards to men vs. women sex offenders, how are women offenders treated in regards to their sentencing and how they're treated in the media? There is no question that male sex offenders receive harsher punishments, as the fact alone that "females comprise only 1.2 percent of arrests for rape and 8.0 percent of arrests for all other sex offenses (U.S. Department of Justice, 2002). Women who are sex offenders are most often convicted of offenses against children (Faller, 1987; Lewis and Stanley, 2000; Rosencrans, 1997; Vandiver and Walker, 2002) or low level felonies (other than rape); because of the latter, female sex offenders are often considered "less serious" sex offenders (Hetherton, 1999).""The only assessment to date of female registered sex offenders (Vandiver and Walker, 2002) focused on identifying a typology of offending patterns, including victim and offender characteristics. This review of official records revealed that these offenders were almost all white, with a mean age of 31 at the time of their first sex offense. Females comprised a slight majority (55 percent) of the victims of these female sex offenders. All had juvenile victims and less serious (if any) criminal records than their male counterparts. Vandiver and Walker (2002) were not able to gather complete data on how many of their sample of female sex offenders were related to their victims; from the data available, though, 94 percent of the victims were related to the offender."Coming to the conclusion that female sex offenders receive lighter punishments due to the fact that there is simply not a high rate of offenders, nor do these offenders commit other violent crimes or serious felonies or even have a past criminal record. Punishment is usually up to the discretion of the presiding judge, unless a case goes to trial, then a jury will decide. In any case, those offenders (female) that have been convicted of sex offenses (usually) get a lighter sentence than what a male offender would receive for the same offense.Some information taken from: Experiences and Attitudes of Registered Female Sex Offenders. Federal Probation, (68)3, December 2004. Richard Tewksbury, Ph.D. Department of Justice Administration, University of Louisville.ReferencesFaller, K.C. (1987). Women who sexually abuse children. Violence and Victims, 2(4), 263–276. Hagan, F.E. 2003. Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology (6th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.Hetherton, J. (1999). The idealization of women: its role in the minimization of child sexual abuse by females. Child Abuse and Neglect, 23(2), 161–174.Lewis, C.F. and C.R. Stanley. (2000). Women accused of sexual offenses. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 18(1), 73–81.Rosencrans, B. (1997). The Last Secret: Daughters Sexually Abused by Mothers. Orwell, VT: Safer Society Press.Vandiver, D. M., & Walker, J. T. (2002). Female sex offenders: An overview and analysis of 40 cases. Criminal Justice Review, 27(2), 284–300.[...]
Thu, 15 Feb 2007 07:26:00 +0000To podcast or not to podcast, that is the question.
Wed, 14 Feb 2007 19:47:00 +0000Julie Amero (40), a Connecticut substitute teacher was showing a hair style website to her students, when she clicked a link that inadvertently went to a porn site, displaying pornographic depictions of oral sex.The principal of the school said that there was no firewall protection because the vendor's bill was unpaid.Amero faces up to 40 years in prison.What I want to know is, why wasn't there any anti-spyware/adware and firewall in place? In my opinion, I believe the principal is responsible in part due to the fact that the budget wasn't balanced properly in order to pay the vendor who supplies the software for the school. However, that doesn't mean that Amero is off the hook. What was she doing showing students a hair style website? Unless she was teaching cosmetology or a hair styling class, she had no reason to be showing students those type of sites. Her lack in judgement could unfortunately land her in prison for up to 40 years.Is 40 years excessive? I think so. So how does one determine what length of time she deserves to serve? What factors are considered when coming to that conclusion?I believe that Amero should not face any incarceration time, as this was an unfortunate mistake that as even computer consultant Herb Horner testified for the defense that the children had gone to an innocent Web site on hair styles and were redirected to another hairstyle site that had pornographic links. "It can happen to anybody," Horner said.The defense argued that the images were caused by adware and spyware -- programs that are often secretly planted on computers by Internet businesses to track users' browsing habits. They can generate pop-up ads -- in some cases, pornographic ones. have said in her defense, " ." However, as Mark Steinmetz of the jury stated, "So many kids noticed this going on," Steinmetz said. "It was truly uncalled for. I would not want my child in her classroom. All she had to do was throw a coat over it or unplug it. We figured even if there were pop-ups, would you sit there?" Instead of leaving it on, why didn't she pull the plug or at the very least just turn the monitor off?"What is extraordinary is the prosecution admitted there was no search made for spyware -- an incredible blunder akin to not checking for fingerprints at a crime scene," Alex Eckelberry, president of a Florida software company, wrote recently in the local newspaper. "When a pop-up occurs on a computer, it will get shown as a visited Web site, and no 'physical click' is necessary."Smith, the prosecutor, would not say what he plans to recommend when Amero is sentenced March 2. John Newsone, a defense attorney in Norwich familiar with the case, said Amero might be spared prison or face perhaps a year to 18 months.Principal Scott Fain said the computer lacked the latest firewall protection because a vendor's bill had gone unpaid. "I was shocked to see what made it through," he said.But Fain also said Amero was the only one to report such a problem: "We've never had a problem with pop-ups before or since."Amero should be fired as a substitute teacher for that school system and not be allowed to teach again. This may seem harsh, but doesn't going to prison for up to 40 years seem even harsher? Her lack of judgment proves that she doesn't have the common sense needed in order to be in charge of a class of students. I have a right to say this, as I myself am a substitute teacher in my free time.[...]
Wed, 14 Feb 2007 18:32:00 +0000While I hesitate to even post about Anna Nicole Smith, especially since its been covered exhaustively over the past week. I do however make this post with a different goal than what the major news outlets have had.
Wed, 14 Feb 2007 02:41:00 +0000(image) John Evander Couey has plead guilty to the rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford. He was charged with capital murder, burglary with battery, kidnapping and sexual battery on a child less than 12 years of age.
(image) Jessica, a vivacious and happy third-grader, was abducted one night from her bedroom in the small town of Homasassa.
Her body was found three weeks later, on March 19, 2005, buried in garbage bags behind a mobile home a short distance from her own house. She had her favorite stuffed dolphin and her hands were bound by speaker wire, but authorities say it appeared she had tried to poke her fingers through the bags. She died of asphyxiation.
Couey, who was arrested for previous sex crimes involving children in 1978 and 1991, was living with his half-sister at the trailer near the Lunsford home. But authorities searching for Jessica didn't know that, because he had moved there without telling them as required under sex offender registration laws.
As the search intensified, Couey traveled to Georgia, where he was arrested on an unrelated Florida warrant. He confessed to Jessica's abduction and murder to two Citrus County sheriff's detectives who traveled there to interview him, but that taped confession was thrown out by a judge because Couey wasn't allowed to consult a lawyer as he requested.
That means the jury won't hear what is perhaps the strongest evidence against Couey. But the jury will be told that Couey described where to find Jessica's body and that he told jail guards and others about his alleged role in the crime. Prosecutors have DNA and other evidence placing Jessica in the Couey mobile home before she died.
Wed, 14 Feb 2007 02:31:00 +0000Simone Roundtree (30) stands accused along with her friend Katrina Batista (27) of forcing Roundtree's 10-year-old son to stand outside in subfreezing temperatures as a punishment.
Tue, 13 Feb 2007 20:17:00 +0000(image) After almost 12 hours of jury deliberation, Cynthia Sommer (33) was found guilty of the 2002 fatal poisoning (arsenic) murder of her husband, Sgt. Todd Summer (23) of the US Marine Corps. After complaining of stomach pains, cramps, and other illnesses Sgt. Todd Sommer died suddenly on February 18, 2002. His death was originally ruled as cardiac arrhythmia with unknown etiology. More than a year later, scientists found elevated levels of arsenic in Todd Sommer's tissues: more than 1,000 times the normal level in his liver and 230 times the acceptable level in his kidneys.
Tue, 13 Feb 2007 19:48:00 +0000Welcome to the very first post for The Crime Blog. This blog will be updated with information regarding past and current court cases, constitutional right issues and other legal issues that arise within our culture today.