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Neutrality is Not an Option in Violence Against Women Claims

February 29, 2012 by


“Do you have a minute?” The voice is intense. “Can I ask you a question?” A hand is often laid on my arm, as if to implore me to say yes. In this line of work, the topic is never easy. No one wants my restaurant recommendations. “My friend just died. He beat her up […]

Sense and Sensibility in Protecting Whistleblowers

February 28, 2012 by


It’s hard to protect whistleblowers. Occasionally crackpots, sometimes contrarians, but always risking their livelihoods and reputations for the truth, whistleblowers clearly need special protections. For federal employees, those protections exist in the form of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. The Act is intended to protect not just employees from retaliation, but their communications with […]

Senator Schumer’s Proposal for TSA Passenger Advocates Falls Short

February 27, 2012 by


Stories about TSA abuse litter the internet like confetti after a┬ásecurity theater parade. So the fact that Senator Schumer is proposing the addition of passenger advocates at TSA checkpoints is a serious step forward. Unfortunately, Schumer’s press release states that under his plan “TSA would train existing officers in dispute resolution and require the agency […]

Douglas Kennedy Just Learned an Important Lesson: Parenthood Means Greater Social Control

February 26, 2012 by


There are plenty of ways to get into trouble with the law, and while parenthood is generally associated with desistance from crime, it does open up new avenues for social control. Douglas Kennedy (yes, one of those Kennedys)┬áreportedly ended up in an altercation with nurses over his newborn infant, and whether he was allowed to […]

Where to Drop A Dime

February 25, 2012 by


Interested in crime? Do you ever wonder what the professionals have to say about the cases you read in the news? This is the place to get the inside scoop or drop a dime yourself. The Crime Dime aims to tell it like it is, with a professional eye on making sense of crime and […]