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Life in the Desert


Christiaan VandenHeuvel


I was in the Middle East a few weeks back and had an opportunity to spend some time in the Judean desert. Its rocky, barren, windy and desolate environment is not suited for much. People, plants and animals are quickly faced with an all consuming quest for survival. Nothing but survival.

Interestingly, camels are perfectly designed for life in a desert environment. Its feet are wide and unusually padded, perfect for sandy or rocky paths. It can drink and store over 20 gallons of water at one time. None of this water is stored in its hump or humps as commonly believed, but are huge fat deposits instead. The water gets stored in the camel’s blood stream, perfectly situated to keep a camel hydrated for up to three weeks. Even more amazingly, while all other mammals have round red blood cells, the camel’s blood cells are....

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“Sometimes doing the right thing is the hardest thing to do”

By Christian VandenHeuvel

Joe was one of those momma’s boys. As one of the youngest of a large family, he gave definition to the term. His life was a life of privilege. He was babied and coddled his whole upbringing. He was not required to participate in household chores and his involvement in the family business was minimal. He bypassed all the apprentice positions and, as a teenager, landed a supervisory post, overseeing the work of his (in some cases, much) older brothers.

As if the special gifts that their father would give to Joe weren’t enough, the kid also had

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Kirk Tarman discusses criminal case motions
Posted on June 16th, 2015 by Admin istrator

Motions are one of the most important aspects of a criminal case before getting to trial.  Kirk Tarman, criminal defense attorney in San Bernardino County CA, discusses suppression motions based upon the 4th Amendment, dismissal motions, discovery motions, and more... for a glimpse into the preparation of a criminal case. ….

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Andrew Dosa discusses restitution
Posted on June 16th, 2015 by Admin istrator

Andrew Dosa, a civil and criminal defense attorney located in Alameda County CA, when interviewed by Crime and Justice Online, explains everything you need to know about restitution in criminal cases.  What is restitution?  Is it to punish the guilty or help the victim? Is it always paid?  What happens if it is not paid?  Are all criminal charges associated with restitution?  Can you use restitution to bargain away a jail sentence?  Is it applied more in civil or criminal cases?  These questions and more are answered by our expert on restitution, Andrew Dosa….

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Wally Farrell, a criminal defense attorney in Riverside County, now deceased, discussed the Death Penalty in California with Ray Hrdlicka
Posted on June 16th, 2015 by Admin istrator

Here is an entertaining and informative interview with Wally Farrell, a premier criminal defense attorney in Riverside County, now deceased, who discussed the Death Penalty in California with Crime, Justice & America Talk Show Host Ray Hrdlicka.  Is it really a deterrent? Why represent defendants charged with this type of crime?  What is “special circumstances” in the crime?  Life without parole vs. the Death Penalty.  Why does this type of case last so long?  Is it a choice between Justice or a Political and Financial cost?  Does it demean life? Or does it demean the death of victims?

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