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January 1, 2008

This Week’s Issue Will Come in a Brown Paper Wrapper

Filed under: Bill Bickel, Britney Spears, Jamie Lynn Spears, media, teen pregnancy — Cidu Bill @ 9:08 pm

OK! magazine has paid Jamie Lynn Spears — Britney’s 16-year-old sister — one million dollars for “the exclusive story” of Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy. Maybe I’m missing something, but exactly what details are OK! paying for? We can probably figure out the details for ourselves (though perhaps there were some things Jamie Lynn didn’t understand at the time), and anything even remotely detailed would fall under the category of child porn.

But seriously guys… Way to celebrate and reward teen pregnancy!

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December 27, 2007

No New Trial for Donald Blom

He’s guilty as hell, a sadistic killer and possibly a serial killer as well — so should it matter that he didn’t get a fair trial?

November 20, 2007

Hillary B

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When Tom Toles wrote this, was he suggesting Hillary is indeed a devious b—-, or that the media is obsessed with making her out to be one?

November 9, 2007

Playing with Matches

smokey.jpgCalifornia authorities have determined that one of last month’s California wildfires – one which destroyed 21 homes and injured several people in the Los Angeles area – was accidentally started by a 10-year-old boy playing with matches. Now they have to decide what to do about it, the options including removing him from his parents’ custody, placing him in juvenile detention, and handing his parents a multi-million dollar tab.

The rule of thumb when dealing with juveniles is whether the child understood that his actions were wrong – but it’s not so simple in this case: It’s one thing to understand that playing with matches is wrong, and quite another to anticipate that you might be laying waste to your entire neighborhood.

July 26, 2007

The Apology That Wasn’t (OT)

Filed under: Bill Bickel, courtrooms, crime, Crimeweek, Duke University, headlines, media, Mike Nifong — Cidu Bill @ 7:03 pm
  • You will read headlines today claiming that former Durham (North Carolina) District Attorney Mike Nifong issued a statement in which he admitted that the Duke lacrosse players were innocent, and that he apologized to them. His statement actually did neither. (article)

July 17, 2007

Texting Drivers, Swimming with Suspects, and Jurors in Love

  • July 16 Crimeweek
  • July 13, 2007

    Once the Media Decides You’re Famous… (OT)

    July 9, 2007

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning

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    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning:
    A review of the book that’s the basis of this summer’s ESPN series

    July 1, 2007

    The Diaper Story Gets Changed (OT)


    Of course you remember Lisa Nowak, the astronaut who drove 950 miles from Houston to Orlando earlier this year, wearing a NASA-issued adult diaper to eliminate the need for rest stops, in order to confront a woman she believed was her rival for the affections of a fellow astronaut.

    Well, according to her attorney, Donald Lykkebak, Nowak was wearing her normal undergarments: The media had gotten the story wrong because there were diapers in the trunk of her car – toddler-sized diapers that had been there since 2005.

    Lykkebak explained that the whole family, adults and children alike, had used the diapers when they were forced to evacuate their Houston home in the wake of Hurricane Rita – diapers that were designed to fit a waist between 15 and 19 inches.

    None of which explains why Nowak told an Orlando police detective that she’d used them during her February 5 drive so she wouldn’t have to stop at restrooms (though presumably she did have to stop for gas) – or why, if the diaper detail is a “preposterous tale,” as Lykkebak calls it, he waited almost five months to refute it. He refers to this as “the biggest lie” about the case, which doesn’t bode well for the now-former astronaut who faces attempted kidnapping, battery, and attempted vehicle burglary with battery charges.

    The truth might never be known, since the diapers were never taken into evidence.

    Doesn’t matter. Facts notwithstanding, Nowak will always be The Astronaut Who Drove From Texas to Florida Wearing a Diaper, because that’s how we’ll choose to remember the story.

    June 12, 2007

    Crimeweek, 6/12/07

  • Now It’s Mike Nifong On Trial / Young Enough Cute Enough White Enough / Lisa Stebic, Tara Grant, Shawn Hornbeck and the Death Penalty for Child Molesters
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