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Category : Letters from the Publisher

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by Admin istrator


The holidays are over, January is pretty much a memory, the winter storms across the country have brought challenges to many, and two major current events do, and will continue to, affect our world and our county. Many different perspectives come from both of these events: the War on Terrorism in Iraq and the tsunami disaster in Asia. Depending upon your perspective, significantly different lessons can be drawn from the past regarding these events. Yet it is in the humble opinion of this publisher, that one lesson, our support, should be consistent throughout all perspectives, namely, the unconditional support for OUR troops in harm’s way, and the support to....

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Posted on June 10th, 2015 by Admin istrator


A few weeks ago, I was standing in line at the local Post Office, and witnessed an example of our changing perspective of heroes. A mother and her 12-year old daughter were in front of me in line, and the daughter kept whispering to her mom. After a few minutes, I heard the mother say “go ahead.” The little girl walked up to the counter where a 50+ year old member of our military was buying some stamps. Dressed in brown military fatigues, with short gray hair, it was obvious by his military posture that he had served in our country’s military for a long time. The little girl tugged on his sleeve, he turned to her, bent down to hear her speak, and after a few moments a big smile slowly spread over his face. She smiled back and returned to her mother. When I reached the counter, the mother and her daughter were still at the counter next to me. I asked the little girl what she said to the soldier. In her answer, lies a return to our past......

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Posted on April 7th, 2004 by Admin istrator

Letter from the Publisher

Beginning with this issue, Crime, Justice & America is privileged to introduce our new Managing Editor, Bill Bickel. Bill is a crime journalist, and has appeared on, and been interviewed by major Television Networks and Radio Stations across the country. Bill is a seasoned author with a life-long interest in the criminal justice system. As a mystery writer, Bill has had a longtime....

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Category : Office of the Sheriff

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by Admin istrator

Rather than an article relating to the Sheriffs Department in each county, Crime, Justice & America would like to comment on the fiscal crisis facing every metropolitan Sheriffs Department in California.

The people who live and work in these counties have come to expect a certain level of Law Enforcement, Crime Prevention, and Criminal Detention. In the foreseeable future, these services, some of which at times have been widely criticized, may be drastically reduced or not even be available.

Imagine these scenarios:

You come home and find your house burglarized and everything taken. No one hurt? However, Law Enforcement will not investigate, or respond.

It’s Saturday night and your neighbors’ party is so loud that your kids can’t sleep and...

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Category : Police Corner

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by Admin istrator

Police Corner

At the San Jose Police Department, Chief Bill Lansdowne is known as the Chief who restored the"heart" to the department. His upbeat optimism and his commitment to providing excellent service to the community, are an inspiration to his entire staff.

Chief Lansdowne joined the Department as a patrol officer in 1966 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1971 where he was assigned to the Patrol Division as a District Sergeant. He then went to the Detective Bureau where he investigated robbery, rape, and assault cases, and to the Vice Unit where he collaborated with the F.B. I and the I.R.S. in major investigations involving prostitution and gambling.

In 1980, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and became....

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Category : County Resources for Help

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by Admin istrator

Alameda County CA Government and Public Resources.....

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Category : Faith and the Criminal Justice System

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by Admin istrator

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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Posted on June 10th, 2015 by Admin istrator

“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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Category : Pro and Con

Category : Profiles

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by Admin istrator

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley

A 27-year resident of Toluca Lake, Steve Cooley joined the District Attorney’s office in 1973. The veteran trial prosecutor was elected Los Angeles County’s 36th District Attorney on November 7, 2000. Cooley came into office with a promise to reorganize the office, and he has made good on many of his promises. Among his accomplishments are:....

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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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