Author Archives: Bill Bickel
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A man is on trial for puncturing another man’s eye with a key during a fight outside a Philadelphia bar. The victim is on the stand, testifying, when his prosthetic eye suddenly pops out and falls into his hand. (What the judge decided) For links to CJA posts as soon … Continue reading
How Many Gun-Related Deaths Has the United States Seen in the Eight Weeks Following the Newtown, Connecticut Shootings?
The answer For links to CJA posts as soon as they go online, as well as Facebook-only content, please “like” us (using the button on the upper right-hand portion of this page). This article, and all articles on this site, are © 2013 by Bill Bickel unless otherwise noted.
Is Veganism a Religion? In Ohio, a vegan hospital employee fired for refusing to take a mandated flu shot is suing on religious grounds (because the vaccination contains animal by-product), claiming that her veganism qualifies as a religious belief. Will 3-D Printers Make Gun Control Moot? Is Bidding On an … Continue reading
Now Bill Maher says he wants to see Donald Trumps’s long form birth certificate. That actually is a good comeback, referring as it does to Trump’s similar demand of Barack Obama, but it still doesn’t change my mind about this case (and I know, Trump, Maher and I are probably … Continue reading
Jennifer O’Brien, a New Jersey first grade teacher, has been fired for writing on her Facebook page “I’m not a teacher — I’m a warden for future criminals,” and that her students should take part in a “scared straight” program. She’d intended the posts to be read only by her … Continue reading
“I think that when a child is trying to save the world, I don’t think he should be punished for it” -Mandy Watkins, mother of Colorado second-grader Alex Evans During recess, Alex threw an imaginary hand grenade into a box full of “pretend evil forces.” You’d think school officials would … Continue reading
A New Jersey high school sophomore is facing harassment charges after she took a photo of two black students and posted it on Twitter along with a racist remark. We’re at an informational disadvantage here since because of both her age and the nature of the remark, very few details … Continue reading
editorial by Ray Hrdlicka, Publisher The Guard and the Inmate….together again. Okay…we are back to our daily blog about the criminal justice system in the U.S. I would encourage responses to our blogs, not only on the subject matter of the blog, but anything you, the general public, want to … Continue reading
”Hello. My Name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to Fly”: Tuesday Morning Miscellany, February 5, 2013
Possibly the Most Unusual Murder Weapon Ever: And probably the first time CJA has added an adult advisory for a story about attempted killing Trying to cure you friend’s hiccups by pretending the gun you’re firing at him is loaded with real bullets is all great fun until… Will the … Continue reading