Monthly Archives: April 2014

Revisiting the Eighth Amendment

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. An overview of the death penalty: Eighth Amendment analysis requires that courts consider the evolving standards of decency to determine if a particular punishment constitutes a cruel or unusual punishment. When considering evolving standards of decency, courts both look for […]
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As the Korean Ferry Tragedy Unfolds

As more details emerge about the tragic sinking of the Korean ferry, it is so sad to learn the finding that many of the students had the same type of injury, broken fingers. Why? “presumably from the children frantically trying to climb the walls or floors to escape in their last moments…” <snip> Most of the […]
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Passover & Easter: A Celebration of Life

As many nations celebrate Passover and Easter around the world, I was inspired to send this photo I took from my own backyard in Long Island on this splendid day.   I was struck by the beauty of trees flowering and signs of Spring finally emerging after a long, arduous winter. I climbed behind the patio wall in my […]
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Thoughts on the Symposium at the U.N.: Towards Preventing Genocide

The Symposium today at the United Nations entitled, Towards Preventing Genocide, Nations Acknowledging their Dark History: Transforming Denial, was well-attended and most interesting. Kudos to Dr. Ani Kalayjian, coordinator, the speakers, sponsors, all involved in organizing the conference, and the young student winners of the Krieger Essay Contest. Some thoughts to walk away with:  History despite […]
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Murder, Femicide, and Violence Against Women

Honduras tops the list of nations with the highest murder rates according to a cutting edge United Nations document just released (© March 2014). And five other countries in Central America and South America made the top 10 list (note that the global homicide rate is 6.2 per 100,000): Honduras has the world’s highest murder […]
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Boredom and Crime

Charges today were upgraded to felony murder against Marcell Dockery, the 16-year-old from Brooklyn who allegedly started a fire last weekend that led to the death of an NYPD officer: http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/marcell-dockery-charges-upgraded-to-felony-murder-after-death-of-officer-dennis-guerra-1.7681242 When the story broke, it was alleged that the: …teenager told detectives that boredom led him to set fire to a mattress in the hallway […]
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Fort Hood Tragedy

As we all follow this tragedy – and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, and those suffering in the wake of the shooting – we are reminded of the earlier 2009 incident. I called News 12 Long Island to correct an error they made that was being recycled every 20 or so minutes, […]
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