Politics, Moderate



Time To Retire the Perp Walk

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Let's talk about a police practice known as the perp walk. It's the walk of shame of a suspected perpetrator of a crime, usually in a case that's top of the headlines or soon will be.

As police move the handcuffed prisoner from place to place, both the public and the media are allowed to be on hand to shout accusations, take photos and videos ...Read more

Advances in DNA -- a Detective's Best Friend

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Raymond "DJ Freez" Rowe got away with murder for more than two decades. As a popular fixture on the party scene in and around Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, he was "the" man to call for music at high school dances, restaurants, clubs and weddings. He was the last person his fans would have suspected in the brutal sexual assault and murder of 25...Read more

The U.S. Immigration System Helps Child Abusers

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

We talk a lot about sexual abuse and harassment here in the United States. We are a country with a heightened sense of what's right and wrong when it comes to sex crimes. We are also a nation that preaches to others around the globe about the evils of forced marriage and marriages involving children.

Our State Department has told officials in ...Read more

Beware: Unsettled Times Like These Spark Suicides

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

As a run-up to the Fourth of July, Americans typically buy beer, barbecue meats and fireworks. In the summer of 2020, as so many became overwhelmed by the anxiety and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans were buying guns at a record pace.

Make no mistake: more guns equal more suicides.

This is not an attack on citizen's Second ...Read more

A Time of Reckoning to Repair Racial Tensions

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

If you don't agree that black lives matter, you should stop reading now.

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.

Yes, we have heard about a horrific series of black citizens killed by police. But over the ...Read more

The 'Managing Anxiety' Defense

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

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.

Our 42nd president reappeared in 2020 to tell us that, because he felt such ...Read more

Time to Purge Bloated Sex Offender Registries

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

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.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland put his foot down and gave the Michigan legislature 60 days to rewrite its current "unconstitutional" registry ...Read more

We Need a Smarter War on Drugs

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

Did we learn nothing from the so-called crack-cocaine plague of the '80s and '90s?

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 ...Read more

Universities Routinely Ignore and Violate Basic Civil Rights

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

This column might win me no fans on college campuses, but there is something that must be said.

Universities across the country are unconstitutionally punishing those accused of sex-based misconduct with no regard to the civil rights guaranteed of due process. They say they are acting lawfully under the so-called Title IX law of 1972. But the ...Read more

Science and Making Babies: Buyer Beware

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

We live in a remarkably overregulated world. Yet, almost unbelievably, there are few hard-and-fast laws to protect those who want to create a baby the nontraditional way. When something goes wrong following a surrogate or in vitro arrangement, the aggrieved parties often find themselves in a murky space without a clear-cut legal leg to stand ...Read more

Who Commits Suicide?

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

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.

Statistics show more than 47,000 people ...Read more

Romance Scams Target Lonely, Older

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

The woman's Facebook page reveals she is a high school graduate, fit and trim-looking and nicely dressed. She lives in small town in the southern U.S. and is a devoted Christian who loves animals. Each photograph shows her with a beaming, trusting smile. She is almost always seen standing alone, and a simple scroll down her Facebook page makes ...Read more

The Move to Find the Innocent People in Prison

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

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.

It is the prosecutor who weighs the evidence police have gathered and then decides who is charged with a crime. ...Read more



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