Guilty on All Charges

I mentioned in my post back in October, Jury Duty in Marin, that I narrowly escaped having to serve on jury duty in the case People vs. Cutrufelli. The previously convicted felon was convicted on all charges. Cutrufelli broke into the home of a 90 year old man, shot him in the head (jaw as it turns out), and tied… Continue reading

The Murder Mashup

The LA Times has an interactive Homicide Report (link to the report) that features the pictures (usually drivers’ license) of the victims, a map of where each person was murdered, a brief description of the crime from the police report, and a fully searchable database of information related to:  age, gender, cause, day of the week, jurisdiction, neighborhood, race/ethnicity, circumstances… Continue reading

Increasing Transparency

I have always argued that, if you are funded with the public‘s money, the public has a right to know what you’re up to with that money.  Transparency in a democracy is essential.  It prevents such hideous excess as the city manager of Bell, CA, making over $1.5 million in publicly funded salary and bonuses, which in my mind is… Continue reading

In the Good Grief Category

“Former South Dakota State Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt — presently serving time for raping his two foster daughters — is sending bizarre ‘copyright notices‘ from prison to news agencies and outlets that use his name in print or online, claiming a ‘common law copyright‘ on his name and demanding $500,000 for any unauthorized use.” (Via: Rapist ex-lawmaker claims copyright on… Continue reading

For All My Conservative Friends…

OK, so this post is only being written for 2 people… :o) Most people who only quasi-know me, mistakenly assume I’m a just a liberal. In some ways I am. But most mistake my strong libertarian views for liberalism. And on most social issues, I tend to be very libertarian and sometimes liberal as well–and proud of it too might… Continue reading

CNN: Crime News Network

This has been bothering me lately.  I’m sorry, has the crime rate shot up or is it just too expensive to do real, substantive investigative reporting and journalism any more? CNN seems to be becoming more and more like a police blotter.  Kids shooting, stabbing, beating to death and setting other kids on fire; jealous lovers killing their boy friend’s… Continue reading