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 Wed, 19 Feb 2020 05:10:54 -0800 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 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> 2b4bc1a146fde8945fa7ffa39a91505e We Need a Smarter War on Drugs for 02/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/20/we-need-a-smarter-war-on-drugs Sat, 08 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Did we learn nothing from the so-called crack-cocaine plague of the '80s and '90s? </p> <p>For those with fuzzy memories, the media back then erroneously and breathlessly declared that crack use had reached epidemic proportions. Newsweek declared crack was "the most addictive drug known to man." The full truth would eventually come out. Crack was only half the problem.</p> <p>Crack is created when powder cocaine is mixed with baking soda and water and cooked down into rocklike nuggets to be smoked in a pipe. It's a relatively cheap high and favored by those in poorer neighborhoods. The more expensive powder cocaine was snorted primarily by higher-income Caucasians. What was happening in the '80s wasn't just a crack epidemic; it was also a cocaine epidemic &#8212; and poor and rich alike were addicted. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 08, 2020</p> 56a2a058fe457c737f2166618f766165 The Government Can Take Your Cash for No Reason for 02/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/01/20/the-government-can-take-your-cash-for-no-reason Sat, 01 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>If you carry too much cash, the federal government can take it away from you. Yep, you read that right. </p> <p>If an agency, such as the Transportation Safety Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration or U.S. Customs and Border Protection, finds someone carrying large amounts of cash, they can confiscate it by simply declaring it to be "suspicious." This is not a rare occurrence. </p> <p>A 2017 inspector general's investigation found that over the last decade, the DEA has seized more than $4 billion in cash from those suspected of drug activity. But most of the money seized &#8212; $3.2 billion of it &#8212; never resulted in any criminal charges. This doesn't include the value of all the other favorite targets of seizure like cars or homes. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 01, 2020</p> 16bfba6364ab6306d60038d62ee70eb7 Tracking Political Donations Into Zombie Land for 01/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/01/20/tracking-political-donations-into-zombie-land Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Are you among the countless Americans who feel so passionately about the upcoming presidential election that you wrote a check to your favorite candidate? But if your candidate dropped out of the race, can you get your money back?</p> <p>At one time, there were a whopping 29 Democrats running for president . Now only 12 remain. Collectively, those candidates amassed hundreds of millions of dollars in donations &#8212; some from large contributors like corporations, some from political action committees and many from small individual contributors, maybe just like you.<p>Updated: Sat Jan 25, 2020</p> ea83faeb00345cfa948b2dba8f63f06b Bail Reform: Proceed With Caution for 01/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/01/20/bail-reform-proceed-with-caution Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>January 2020 ushered in a unique new law in New York state that abolished cash bail for defendants arrested for nonviolent crimes. Activists in the bail reform movement called it landmark legislation that stops judges from locking up the poor while they await trial simply because they can't afford bail. </p> <p>Others, many in law enforcement, are calling it "a disgrace" and say the politicians forgot to consider a most important point: public safety. </p> <p>Lawmakers nationwide are watching what happens in New York as bail reform movements press forward in their states. So far, it isn't pretty.<p>Updated: Sat Jan 18, 2020</p> ea5e34310c424b1483823b4e1da3aa85 Universities Routinely Ignore and Violate Basic Civil Rights for 01/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/01/20/universities-routinely-ignore-and-violate-basic-civil-rights Sat, 11 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This column might win me no fans on college campuses, but there is something that must be said. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Universities across the country are unconstitutionally punishing those accused of sex-based misconduct with no regard to the civil rights guaranteed of due process.</span> They say they are acting lawfully under the so-called Title IX law of 1972. But the meaning of that law has been twisted over the years by a tortured Victorian-era school of thought almost beyond comprehension. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 11, 2020</p> a6842e282e0bd8ee1493ead6ea6a48f7 Getting Away With Murder for 01/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/01/20/getting-away-with-murder-93070 Sat, 04 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It has never been easier to be an undetected serial killer in the United States. </p> <p>That's the opinion of two experts in the field of collecting murder data in America. And both men say that as you read this, there are thousands of active serial killers roaming the U.S. Some operate in big cities; others prefer the wide-open spaces of rural America. <p>Updated: Sat Jan 04, 2020</p> 7505ea897b032fad9589a8b116cc11c5 No Happy New Year for Nick for 12/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/12/19/no-happy-new-year-for-nick-or-sexual-harassment-complaints-used-as-a-weapon Sat, 28 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This will not start out as a good year for professor Nick Flor of the University of New Mexico. Beginning Jan. 1, he will be suspended from this tenured position, without pay, for a full year. He is not allowed to get another full-time job; the multimillions of dollars in grants he has received will dry up; and his ability to win new grants will be next to impossible. </p> <p>Flor's predicament follows a rather bizarre and brief interaction with a 35-year-old graduate student who reportedly has a history of pursuing and then complaining about professors.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 28, 2019</p> a46119e467d44860527967cf566075bc Taking Stock of America for 12/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/12/19/taking-stock-of-america Sat, 21 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As we near the end of this decade, it is a good time to reflect on where we stand at this moment in history. It's not really standard cheerful holiday fare, but here goes. </p> <p>Half the country hates or doesn't want the duly elected president. The other half likes or tolerates him. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 21, 2019</p> c2f1c534f166090636658f3f4fafa40c Why Crime Is on the Decline for 12/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/12/19/why-crime-is-on-the-decline Sat, 14 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime." &#8212; Aristotle</p> <p>Aristotle had a point, but there are many factors that contribute to crime. Experts have told us about them for a long time. Poverty; unemployment; lack of education or adequate housing; the breakdown of the two-parent family; mental illness; drug abuse; and sexual exploitation of children (which can result in lifelong trauma and antisocial behavior) are some of the main contributors.<p>Updated: Sat Dec 14, 2019</p> 7ad87606265a96ade6d6c129d5e4f60b The Move to Find the Innocent People in Prison for 12/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/12/19/the-move-to-find-the-innocent-people-in-prison Sat, 07 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Among the most powerful people in the justice system are prosecutors and the judges to whom they present their cases. The way our system is set up, judges must rely on whatever facts a prosecutor puts forth inside their courtroom.</p> <p>It is the prosecutor who weighs the evidence police have gathered and then decides who is charged with a crime. They are the authors of the storyline presented to a jury in a criminal court. Prosecutors are the ones who suggest a sentence for the convicted &#8212; from a few years to life in prison or even death by state execution. Prosecutors hold the key every step of the way. <p>Updated: Sat Dec 07, 2019</p> 930a3631abb7d3d1e2a07faea9074bc5 Crime-Fighting Developments to Be Thankful For for 11/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/11/19/crime-fighting-developments-to-be-thankful-for Sat, 30 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">There are some citizens who, in this season of Thanksgiving, believe America is going to hell in a handbasket. I am not one of them.</span><br></p> <p>From my perch in the world of crime and justice, <span class="column--highlighted-text">I find more than 686,000 reasons to be thankful. That's the number of full-time law enforcement officers in the United States</span>: 686,665 sworn officers, to quote the latest statistics, who go out every day to help keep us safe. I know it is popular among some groups to distrust police. It is clear that not everyone who wears a badge is perfect. But when things go wrong, this is the force that doesn't hesitate to go into a dangerous situation determined to make sure the problem doesn't spread into the public at large. By the way, on average, about 85 working officers are killed every year, and that doesn't include those who die from on-the-job accidents.<p>Updated: Sat Nov 30, 2019</p> e5144441740242cd63f1bb3127f6c254 Whistleblower's Motivation: You Decide for 11/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/11/19/whistleblowers-motivation-you-decide Sat, 23 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What do you think of when you hear the word "whistleblower"? Perhaps "tattletale" or "snitch" pop into your mind. Maybe the word conjures up the image of a person who, at great personal risk, comes forward to reveal illicit activity the public needs to know. Either way, as you have likely noticed, the term whistleblower has been in the news a lot lately.</p> <p>History shows the nation's landscape littered with the shattered lives of those who have exposed corporate or governmental misconduct. Careers have been ruined. Marriages have suffered. Whistleblower suicides have occurred, and it's likely that vast amounts of liquor have been consumed by whistleblowers as they pondered whether their explosive revelations were worth it. <p>Updated: Sat Nov 23, 2019</p> 0e76178213e9db9a4e3c4b6abaf54f64 The 'Prison Groupie' Syndrome for 11/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/11/19/the-prison-groupie-syndrome Sat, 16 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Here's a word from the field of crime I'm betting you've never heard before: hybristophilia. It's pronounced HIGH-briss-toe-feel-ee-uh, and it's such an obscure word some dictionaries don't even include it &#8212; yet.</p> <p>Expert criminologists and mental health professionals define hybristophilia in a scientific way: a syndrome in which sexual arousal and attraction to another depends on having a partner known to have committed an outrage such as armed robbery, rape or murder. In layman's terms, hybristophilia is most often a female's being attracted to bad boys &#8212; or more simply put, Bonnie and Clyde syndrome.<p>Updated: Sat Nov 16, 2019</p> 617abd016bf21902e10cee2f942020fd Let's Make Revenge Porn an Automatic Felony for 11/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/11/19/lets-make-revenge-porn-an-automatic-felony Sat, 09 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rep. Katie Hill didn't have to resign, but she did. She had not been found guilty of sexual impropriety, although the House Ethics Committee had launched a formal investigation into whether the married California representative had engaged in an affair with a congressional staffer. </p> <p>Hill denied the affair with her male staff member, but after intimate photographs of the openly bisexual politician and a female former campaign worker surfaced, Hill took to the airwaves to defend herself. She revealed she was embroiled in a nasty divorce and that her private emails and the photos had been leaked by "my abusive husband who seems determined to humiliate me." Hill's husband denies the charge. <p>Updated: Sat Nov 09, 2019</p> d1a2e20d26a1ecb34a61c16c3ba384cf Our Gun Violence Problem: What If ...? for 11/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/11/19/our-gun-violence-problem-what-if- Sat, 02 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Remember the name Ed Stack. As the CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods, a chain of 727 stores nationwide, he has shown more leadership in trying to solve the nation's gun violence problem than all the politicians in Washington combined. Stack, 65, isn't just talking the talk, he's walking the walk down the path of citizen involvement &#8212; even though it has cost his company dearly. </p> <p>In February 2018, Stack couldn't tear himself away from news reports following the fatal shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. He watched surviving students and their parents speak to reporters about the 17 dead and the emotional scars the mass shooting had left on the community. Stack says the event, perpetrated by a 19-year-old mentally disturbed former student carrying two semi-automatic rifles, had a "profound effect" on him.<p>Updated: Sat Nov 02, 2019</p> 5d90fba71a76abd0defc4c6f8095b44a Who Commits Suicide? for 10/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/10/19/who-commits-suicide Sat, 26 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As odd as it might seem, suicide used to be against the law in the United States. How in the world could you punish a dead person for taking that final, fatal act? Still, some states continue to have laws on the books labeling attempted suicide as a criminal act, although prosecutions have been rare. </p> <p>The latest statistics show more than 47,000 people killed themselves in the United States in 2017. Historically, that number has climbed higher every year. Who are these people, and what is driving them to snuff out their lives? <p>Updated: Sat Oct 26, 2019</p> 1606ebcb8b02982109e5a9ad6817d93c If You Share Your DNA, Should You Expect Privacy? for 10/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/10/19/if-you-share-your-dna-should-you-expect-privacy Sat, 19 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Imagine a day when hardly anyone is able to get away with murder. Think about that. If there were a way to almost guarantee a killer would be discovered and punished, wouldn't the murder rate go into freefall decline?</p> <p>Frivolous thinking, you say? Well, consider the forensic crime-fighting advances that have been developed in recent years.</p> <p>Homicides considered to be unsolvable are now being solved. Years-old cold cases are becoming red-hot again. Advances in DNA science allow creative genealogists to use DNA in all sorts of amazing ways to identify both the nameless dead and long-sought violent crime suspects. Guilty parties are being identified, spontaneous confessions are being given, and survivors are finally getting answers. <p>Updated: Mon Nov 04, 2019</p> 93e126ee0678da7614430f8770680d95 Facebook Needs to Face Facts on Criminal Behavior for 10/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/10/19/facebook-needs-to-face-facts-on-criminal-behavior Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Say you invented something that became so popular more than a billion people around the globe used it. Wow! You'd be famous worldwide and one of the richest people on earth.</p> <p>But then, say you discovered some of your customers were criminals using your product in nefarious ways. Terrorists were using it to communicate deadly plots among themselves. Con men were using it to scam millions of dollars from unsuspecting and vulnerable people. Child predators were using your invention to transmit horrific child pornography. What would your obligation be if law enforcement came knocking at your door asking to see information about your suspect customers? <p>Updated: Sat Oct 12, 2019</p> 4e1ef2389e9c273edecd5bd06578b7c9 This Impeachment Won't Work for 10/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/10/19/this-impeachment-wont-work Sat, 05 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This is not a column about impeaching our current president. This is a column about the impeachment process and the history of the legal route our nation is obliged to follow to oust a federal official. </p> <p>In the 231 years since the U.S. Constitution was ratified, Congress has seriously considered impeachment only a handful of times &#8212; just 19, to be exact. Most of the cases involved federal judges accused of "high crimes and misdemeanors" like being habitually drunk, showing blatant favoritism on the bench, using the office to enrich themselves, committing perjury or filing false expense accounts or tax returns. <p>Updated: Sat Oct 05, 2019</p>