Diane Dimond from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:42:52 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Diane Dimond from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/diane-dimond-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond 25cc7b377bb092ba11aed8742ce80f6b The Devil in the Details of Police Reform for 06/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/20/the-devil-in-the-details-of-police-reform Sat, 27 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The time for serious police reforms has come. There is no ignoring that fact. Cities and states around the nation are already working on what those reforms will look like. </p> <p>Colorado just implemented a new set of standards that other jurisdictions are sure to study. This new set of standards: </p> <p>&#8212; Bans chokeholds.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 27, 2020</p> 0bf5f2934c94e5d5f6755e3fc1b494d4 Crimes Against Common Sense for 06/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/20/crimes-against-common-sense Sat, 20 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What the hell is going on in this country? When did we, the majority, stop speaking up for ourselves? Crimes against common sense seem to happen every week, yet most of us stay silent. </p> <p>Or is it that the media only highlights those who scream the loudest, leaving the impression that what they demand must be implemented? <p>Updated: Sat Jun 20, 2020</p> f8e391c71a43fa35ea6730f2c8aeccd6 A Time of Reckoning to Repair Racial Tensions for 06/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/20/a-time-of-reckoning-to-repair-racial-tensions Sat, 13 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you don't agree that black lives matter, you should stop reading now. </p> <p>Conversely, if you believe blacks in America are victims of a deadly conspiracy of systemic police racism, you may want to look away. The facts simply do not bear out that claim. </p> <p>Yes, we have heard about a horrific series of black citizens killed by police. But over the years, there have been many more white citizens killed by police. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 13, 2020</p> a3c434e6ca8504a10a3ba8917d5f0f1d Enemies of the State for 06/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/20/enemies-of-the-state Sat, 06 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As if the current COVID-19 pandemic hadn't created enough chaos in our lives, yet another outrageous, race-based police brutality case emerged to engulf the nation in its terrifying aftermath. </p> <p>Righteous street protests were infiltrated by agitators whose sole goal was to create mayhem, destroy property and upset the delicate balance of a society just getting back on its feet. </p> <p>It seems enemies of the state are lurking in every corner these days. It is clear we are being manipulated by adversaries both domestic and foreign. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 06, 2020</p> 56cdb79ab10c5e312f8387cfdde7fb85 Murder as a Public Service? for 05/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/20/murder-as-a-public-service Sat, 30 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the evening of May 14, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, James Fairbanks went to the home of Mattieo Condoluci and shot him dead. Condoluci, 64, was a twice convicted pedophile, and Fairbanks, 43, had spent years working with troubled kids in the Omaha Public School system. </p> <p>After the body was discovered, the dead man's daughter, Amanda Henry, was quoted saying, "Murdering my dad was a horrible thing, but children are much safer now." <p>Updated: Sat May 30, 2020</p> f0c6d1b9d19665dd6624159fe395ad52 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Citizen's Arrests for 05/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/20/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-citizens-arrests Sat, 23 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Nearly every state has a citizen's arrest law allowing civilians to detain someone if they have witnessed a crime being committed. Some of these laws allow only felony suspects to be held until law enforcement arrives, while others also allow those suspected of "breach of peace" misdemeanors to be held.</p> <p>Does this mean you can use any force necessary to restrain the Peeping Tom outside your daughter's window or the neighborhood vandal who is spray-painting your mailbox? Not exactly. It's more complicated than that. <p>Updated: Sat May 23, 2020</p> 99f2bb8813fed0d8751f8a53191bc025 Policing During a Pandemic for 05/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/20/policing-during-a-pandemic Sat, 16 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The classified ad might read: "Looking for college-educated applicants who can handle serious on-the-job stress, constant public criticism and loss of co-workers by suicide. Must be skilled in handling firearms, life-and-death conflicts, domestic abuse suspects, the mentally ill and drug addicts. Training in murder, arson, cybercrime and white-collar crime investigations a plus. Must feel comfortable in a bulletproof vest. Average salary: $56,300 a year."</p> <p>Think about all the hurdles a hopeful police recruit must overcome just to get into a training academy. Think of the potentially deadly challenges a police officer faces every day. Now imagine what it is like for them during this pandemic. In normal times, today's COVID-19-inspired directive to stay six feet apart would be impossible for a street cop. <p>Updated: Sat May 16, 2020</p> 4e8df11cdc06f6d13e6648f9d669406e The Pandemic Spawns a Litany of Litigation for 05/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/20/the-pandemic-spawns-a-litany-of-litigation Sat, 09 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It is a sure bet that lots of lawyers have not stopped working during the quarantine. Judging from the number of COVID-19-related lawsuits that have been filed, lawyers may be the most fully employed of all the occupations, excluding health care workers.</p> <p>The number of lawsuits stemming from the pandemic increases every day. Some of the suits seem legit, while others appear far-reaching, and some just make you mad. </p> <p>Cities and towns are suing their governors for either not acting fast enough to issue a call for quarantine or for not acting quickly enough to lift business restrictions so communities can try to get back to normal again.<p>Updated: Sat May 09, 2020</p> b8ca4d66341e5e250845aeefb58f624e All Allegations of Sexual Assault Must Be Taken Seriously for 05/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/20/all-allegations-of-sexual-assault-must-be-taken-seriously Sat, 02 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Wow. Reaction to my last column, which was focused on today's political hypocrisy, was both shockingly swift and largely off-base. </p> <p>I wrote about a new police report alleging a sexual attack by then-Sen. Joe Biden against one of his young staffers 27 years ago. I compared how her charges against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee have been received with how the sexual assault claims against Republican Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were handled. </p> <p>There is no comparison, as I pointed out. Kavanaugh got skewered for days on end by Senate Democrats and a media feeding frenzy. Biden has largely gotten a pass. <p>Updated: Sat May 02, 2020</p> 289ae1c03a05a59e0718090c203e5fc9 What Was Good for Kavanaugh Should Be Good for Biden for 04/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/20/what-was-good-for-kavanaugh-should-be-good-for-biden Sat, 25 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Sometimes, the world of crime and justice collides with the body politic. This is one of those times, although with all the news about the COVID-19 pandemic, this item may have escaped widespread notice.</p> <p>A police report, filed in Washington, D.C., in early April, accuses former Sen. and Vice President Joe Biden of sexually assaulting one of his young staffers in 1993. There is now a police investigation underway, even though the statute of limitations for prosecuting such a crime has expired. </p> <p>Tara Reade, 56, of California made the complaint. She says 27 years ago, Biden physically assaulted her at the U.S. Capitol. She claims he pinned her against a wall, kissed her, thrust his hand up her skirt and penetrated her with his fingers. She reports that at the time, "He said, 'Come on, man, I heard you liked me.'"<p>Updated: Sat Apr 25, 2020</p> bc71391f985e47c1ae302445210ff4a8 Prisoners Need COVID-19 Protection, Too for 04/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/20/prisoners-need-covid-19-protection-too Sat, 18 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>These days, we are all worried about those most susceptible to the ravages of the COVID-19 virus &#8212; not only the elderly and already sick but also those on the daily line of fire, like medical first responders and the countless essential workers still on the job. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">But my inbox is filling up with letters beseeching Americans not to forget the incarcerated locked up in jails and prisons. These places are notoriously overcrowded and oftentimes operated in dilapidated and unsanitary conditions. </span>There is no possibility for inmates to practice social distancing, to wash their hands at will or to possess a face mask. They are trapped in places that are notorious breeding grounds for germs. </p> <p>Brendaly Segarra was one of many who wrote me to say, "We see commercials of animals in cages suffering and we are moved with compassion, but when it comes to inmates they are thrown away and people forget that they are human beings that are completely helpless."<p>Updated: Sat Apr 18, 2020</p> 9b12e9b40d896b80d44c738d2a254ca2 Lessons Learned From China's Chokehold on America for 04/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/20/lessons-learned-from-chinas-chokehold-on-america Sat, 11 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Indulge me a quick personal story. Twice now, I've been duped by Facebook ads into ordering American-looking products (furniture polish and a blouse) that I later discovered came from China. </p> <p>The packages arrived months late with return addresses written in Chinese that were indecipherable and unreturnable. The blouse was doll-sized with two different sleeve lengths. Instead of furniture polish, the crushed, toothpaste-sized box I received contained spackling compound with a pointed applicator. </p> <p>I'm annoyed with Facebook for failing to disclose where their advertised products come from. I am angrier with the Chinese manufacturers who tricked me &#8212; twice. Shame on me if I fall for that again.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 11, 2020</p> ebacaa7b2d263f5cc223c8f8a480a805 'Boring' Home Confinement Can Lead to Trouble for 04/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/20/boring-home-confinement-can-lead-to-trouble Sat, 04 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I got a letter recently that made me wonder what Americans are doing to pass the time during the current pandemic and our strict stay-at-home directives. It was from an inmate at a federal correctional institute in Pennsylvania.</p> <p>I first wrote about him three years ago. In 2010, Mark B. was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison for viewing and distributing child pornography. Mark seems fully repentant now. He openly admits that as a "bored" ship's captain, he frequently logged on to see adult pornography and was lured into the darkest sections of the internet. </p> <p>"You just go click, click, click, and you don't realize what it is," Mark explained when we spoke on the phone in 2017. "Adult, teen, child &#8212; you get it all because it's all mixed together." The FBI was watching his every move.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 04, 2020</p> 643c3831b6025e3db8387aff65e41503 Fact: COVID-19 Sickens but Rarely Kills for 03/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/20/fact-covid-19-sickens-but-rarely-kills Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Yes. The world is in the midst of a pandemic of the COVID-19 virus. But in between all the political posturing and breathless, fear-inducing media coverage, can we all just take a deep, cleansing breath? In fact, take four or five. </p> <p>I usually deal in crime statistics, but this week, let's look at health statistics, shall we? <p>Updated: Sat Mar 28, 2020</p> 395afa915a4af88055008f95dd6aae0e Price Gouging in a Time of Crisis for 03/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/20/price-gouging-in-a-time-of-crisis Sat, 21 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>We live in strange times these days. Nearly every American's life has been upended by something we can't even see, a miniscule coronavirus that has proven most deadly to those who already have compromised immune systems due to age or existing illness.</p> <p>So, during this volatile time, what would cause Amazon &#8212; the place where so many Americans shop &#8212; to remove more than a million coronavirus-related products from its online marketplace? Simply put: price gouging and misleading COVID-19 claims by vendors.</p> <p>One such banished seller was a pair of brothers in Tennessee. After the first U.S. coronavirus death, Matt and Noah Colvin scoured their region and bought up nearly 18,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and thousands of packets of antibacterial wipes. Their plan was to sell them on Ebay and Amazon for as much money as they could get. After some of the brother's sanitizing bottles sold for up to $70, both online marketplaces banned the Colvins' transactions. In fact, Ebay announced it was removing all offers for hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, face masks or any other product mentioning coronavirus or COVID-19.<p>Updated: Sat Mar 21, 2020</p> ab367c16d3e464a22ff52ad036248167 The 'Managing Anxiety' Defense for 03/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/20/the-managing-anxiety-defense Sat, 14 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Let's see a show of hands. Who, among readers of this column, has experienced some anxiety in their lives? Ahhh, as I suspected, there are lots of hands in the air. Everyone has had moments of stress, strain and fear to deal with. The trick is how you handle it. </p> <p>Our 42nd president recently reappeared to tell us that, because he felt such enormous pressure during his tenure as commander in chief, he turned to extramarital sex with a woman half his age as a way of "managing my anxieties." </p> <p>Speaking to producers of a newly released Hulu documentary about his wife, former President Bill Clinton admitted his behavior with young Monica Lewinsky was inexcusable, but he seemed to justify the affair as a legitimate way of relieving professional pressure or, as he put it, "something that'll take your mind off it for a while." <p>Updated: Sat Mar 14, 2020</p> 2a65f19ecfbd9aa3ddea3209119e8a81 Robert Durst: Is He a Serial Killer? for 03/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/20/robert-durst-is-he-a-serial-killer Sat, 07 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The strange little man currently on trial for a 2000 murder in Los Angles admits he has killed before. He is now charged with putting a 9-millimeter bullet into the head of his longtime friend, Susan Berman, a woman who authorities believe knew his deepest, darkest secrets. </p> <p>In 2001 in Texas, this man admitted he shot his aggressive next-door neighbor in the face. The jury believed his self-defense claim and acquitted him, even though the dead man's dismembered body parts, found floating in Galveston Bay, did not include the head, which would have either proved or disproved the killer's story. </p> <p>This same defendant is also suspected in the disappearance and murder of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, in New York back in 1982. But since no body was found, no charges were ever filed. Oh, and homicide detectives in both Vermont and two locations in California believe he might have also been involved in the murders of three young women between 1971 and 1997. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 07, 2020</p> 634990bce9bd2d7970234a78239f9e2e Not Everyone Rejoiced at Weinstein Verdict for 02/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/20/not-everyone-rejoiced-at-weinstein-verdict Sat, 29 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The verdict in the Harvey Weinstein sex crimes case was described as both a disappointment and a victory. Some court watchers felt the shamed movie mogul should have been found guilty on all counts. Others said the decision ushered in a new era for survivors of sexual assault and tamped down, once and for all, defense attorneys' tactics of blaming the victim.</p> <p>For Denise Conroy of Chicago, none of those things was the point.</p> <p>"Watching that trial," she told me, "I just kept getting madder. Why didn't (those women) report it when it happened? I thought, 'What the hell took you so long?'"<p>Updated: Sat Feb 29, 2020</p> fbc9288842a24f09a4428fa5be31e71a Time to Purge Bloated Sex Offender Registries for 02/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/20/time-to-purge-bloated-sex-offender-registries Sat, 22 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Those who fight for a more equitable way to keep track of sexual predators won a big victory in Michigan last week. That is a state with some 44,000 names on its sexual offenders registry. </p> <p>U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland put his foot down and gave the Michigan legislature 60 days to rewrite its current "unconstitutional" registry statute. Last spring, Cleland set a 90-day deadline for lawmakers to rework the law, but he was ignored. This time, he's serious. </p> <p>Everyone agrees we need to keep track of career sex criminals after they are released from prison. Once they've been convicted of violent sex crimes, it's possible they'll reoffend. A public safety monitoring system makes sense. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 22, 2020</p> c4b041e84b94a011ea0313a722b0b595 Romance Can Turn Brutal -- Especially for the Children for 02/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/20/romance-can-turn-brutal-especially-for-the-children Sat, 15 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you're the typical U.S. consumer, you just shelled out money to celebrate Valentine's Day. Collectively, Americans spend multiple billions of dollars each year on candy, flowers, jewelry or some other gift to spark romance with a loved one.</p> <p>Historians agree the celebration likely began in ancient Roman times with the mid-February fertility festival called Lupercalia. This involved the toga-wearing men getting naked, sacrificing dogs and goats and then using strips from the hides to chase down and whip local females. The women voluntarily submitted, somehow believing the beating would improve their fertility. Two days of forced coupling followed.<p>Updated: Sat Feb 15, 2020</p>