Yes, crime pays, for sure. Crime generally pays very well but if I was advising someone on whether or not to follow my criminal path I would suggest he throws a brick into the nearest police station, gets arrested and sees what that is like before going any further.
Not that we should have a concept of hate crimes anyway:
Greater Manchester Police is to become the first force in the country to officially record such offences in the same way as those based on disability, race, religion and sexual orientation.
The move means victims of crime who feel they have been targeted because of their distinctive clothing, hairstyle and even musical tastes will receive special support from the police.
At the moment courts only consider hate as an aggravating factor when sentencing if it is based on religion, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.
But campaigners want the law to be broadened to include a much wider range of groups and subcultures.
We all belong to some subgroup or other. And if all groups are potentially subject to hate crimes then all of us are. Which rather obviates the point of having hate crimes legislation, doesn\’t it?
If I\’m kicked to death in the street will it be because I\’m a ginger, bourgeois, a cyclist, fat, old or should we just say that kicking people to death in the street is a bad thing, murder in fact, punishable by a life sentence whoever it is that you\’ve done this to and for whatever reason?
This is the number that will be bandied about:
The study released on Wednesday by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) reveals that during the 17-month test period – when all false allegation cases were referred to the DPP – there were 5,651 prosecutions for rape and 111,891 for domestic violence in England and Wales.
By comparison, over the same timespan, there were only 35 prosecutions for making false allegations of rape, six for false allegations of domestic violence and three that involved false allegations of both rape and domestic violence.
35 as opposed to 5,651.
But that isn\’t at all the ratio of false allegations to reports of rapes. That\’s the number that are prosecuted for either, a very different matter. What if, just for example, we had a difference in the willingness to prosecute for each crime? And I don\’t think we\’d have to think too hard to come up with reasons why there might be such a difference.
Of 159 suspects linked to allegedly false claims referred to the CPS
Just by changing the definition a little bit we do start to see very different numbers, don\’t we?
And what we really want to know, if what we\’re interested in is the number of false allegations is, well, the number of false allegations. Which isn\’t something that\’s on offer here at all.
All of which means that we probably do have to fall back on the previous set of numbers that we have. That false allegations make up some 4-6% (I think I\’m recalling that number correctly) of all reports of rape.
As Georgia struggles to find new sources of pentobarbital or alternatives, death penalty abolitionists will be watching closely for any signs that they are turning to compounding pharmacies to make up the drugs for them. In October, South Dakota executed Eric Robert using a batch of pentobarbital that it had obtained from a local pharmacy.
Tests that were done on the batch showed that it was contaminated with fungus, in an echo of the 2012 outbreak of fungal meningitis that was tracked down to a compounding centre in Massachusetts.
I don\’t think that complaining that a corpse might get a fungal infection is really going to work you know.
Lembit Opik, the former Liberal Democrat MP, says he will visit Chris Huhne, the disgraced former Cabinet minister, in prison.
Mr MacShane has been married twice and has four children. It is understood he is currently in a relationship with Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of Chris Huhne, the former Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary.
Assuming that all three won\’t be banged up at the same time.
Here\’s what is actually being said:
Criminals found guilty of rape have an average of four previous convictions each, figures have shown.
Here\’s what it will morph into:
Criminals found guilty of rape have an average of four previous convictions for rape each, figures have shown.
Mark my words, this will become a common meme.
Crime falls 10% despite police cuts
The government has reignited its war of words with the Police Federation by releasing new figures showing crime has fallen steeply in the past two years despite sharp reductions in police budgets.
My immediate thought is that if there are fewer coppers reporting crimes then reported crime will fall. But I doubt it\’s that simple.
One of those numbers to be very careful about:
One in five young men in jail in England and Wales is Muslim, according to a watchdog report published today.
Cue outrage except:
The report provided no information to explain the rapid increase in the proportion of teenagers saying they were Muslims.However, it could reflect the general demographic of the wider Asian community in England and Wales which is a youthful community with a large proportion of youngsters in the peak offending age range.
It could also reflect a trend towards people converting to Islam while in jail or saying they are Muslim to belong to the most influential “group”within an institution.
It could even be used to support the idea that young Muslims are being targetted to be jailed.
But what it doesn\’t prove is that young Muslims are committing more crimes than others….not given that possibility of claimed conversion once nabbed it doesn\’t.
Murder committed every ten days by criminal on bail
And being more serious.
Holding someone on remand is taking away their liberty without a trial. It\’s therefore something done only when there is good evidence of flight risk or of the possibility of nobbling witnesses.
That 4 or 5 % of murders in the country are committed by those on bail reflects rather that a decent chunk of the criminal population are on bail at any one moment. Caught for something an awaiting trial.
The easiest way to reduce this particular number might well be to reduce the gap between arrest and or charging and actual trial. You know, speed up the court system?
Julian Assange supporters ordered to forfeit £93,500 bail money
Payments must be made within a month by nine friends and backers who originally promised to pay £140,000
You verily pays your money and takes your choice.
Some supporters of the referendum point to a 2011 study co-authored by Arthur Alarcón, a federal appellate judge for the Ninth Circuit in Los Angeles, which found California had spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment since it was reinstated in 1978—about $308 million for each of the 13 executions since then.
There might be less costly methods of punishing people really.
Life must be made harder for criminals, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said, as he pledges to crack down on prisoners watching television and enjoying themselves.
The punishment of prison is the loss of liberty. Not the loss of the ability to find some enjoyment in life. As a certain Mr. Solzhenitseyn pointed out even those locked into the Gulag and being worked to death were able to find some enjoyments in the life they were soon to leave.
So \”stopping prisoners enjoying themselves\” is going to be something of a hard road.
But there\’s more to it than this. How do you keep order among a few hundred rapists, conmen, murderers, druggies and nonces that you\’ve decided to lock up for a few years? With a programme of rewards and punishments of course. You do your bird like a nice quiet little boy and we\’ll let you watch the footie. You start brawling and we\’ll take away your x-box.
The purpose of these \”treats\” is so that there is something to take away from those whose liberty you are already restricting.
And anyone who doesn\’t understand this is unfit to be \”Justice\” Minister.
Ghastly little tosspot.
A Sainsbury’s potato buyer accepted £5 million in corrupt payments from a key supplier, staying at Claridge’s and taking luxury holidays in return for a lucrative contract.
I have worked in parts of the world where this is actually the point of contract negotiations. Who gets what slice in the middle. This is actually what takes all the time and effort, not whether to be corrupt but how to be so.
I\’ve also worked in the UK and the subject has never even raised its head. Not even working with advertising companies which, as we all know, are staffed with the scum of the Earth.
I have a very strong feeling that there are many who don\’t realise quite how lucky and unusual we are with the business culture in the UK.
In at least one country I can think of those in business reading the Sainsbury\’s story will be wondering whether they\’re nicking enough themselves. Almst everyone in British industry will be horrified that it was happening in our green and pleasant land.
During the flight, Osbon began reciting numbers and talking about “sins in Las Vegas,” according to prosecutors. The co- pilot locked him out of the flight deck and passengers subdued him as he banged on the cockpit door, prayed and talked about “Jesus, Sept. 11, Iraq, Iran and terrorists,” prosecutors said.
If convicted, Osbon could be sentenced to as long as 20 years in prison and fined $250,000, according to U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana in Dallas.
Poor sod has a psychotic episode and you\’re going to put him in jail?
The City of London police, undaunted and eager to retain their strange independence,
The reason the City police do a lot of the fraud investigations is because the City police are the experts at fraud investigations.
They might not be quite as expert as we\’d like, this is true, but they\’re more expert than, say, the Avon and Somerset force.
For example, as one little birdie has told me, they do get a few of those City accountats etc volunteering as Special Constables. Helps a bit when you get some of the industry professionals turning up to work for free, no?
A businessman accused of being the mastermind behind an alleged £100m \’Ponzi\’ scheme was warned he faced a jail sentence after admitting charges of fraud and deception.
OK, this was a big one but Ponzis are hardly unusual.
I\’ve been invited into one or two even in my very limited business life.
But here\’s the stupidity:
Pruthi is alleged to have creamed off £38m from the fund for his own use between 2005 and 2008 when he was running Business Consulting International.
If you\’re running a Ponzi you\’ve got to know that you are. Pulling £38 million out of £100 million isn\’t something you do by chance or happenstance. And that does seem to be evidence that he didn\’t fall into the trap (ie, promise great returns through real investment opportunities, fail to make them then turn to the fraud as the original Charles Ponzi did).
So, having snaffled that £38 million why was he hanging around? There are plenty of places in this world where you can disappear with such sums after all.
That\’s the bit I never get with these things. The stupidity of not realising when to cut and run.
Manchester \’mole gang\’ escapes with just £6,000 after 100ft tunnel heist
Gang may have been left out of pocket by having to hire expensive drilling equipment, say police
OK, so they dug the tunnel, got to the target and then found that there wasn\’t as much cash as they had thought. Diddums.
That\’s not the stupidity. This is:
Police admit they are baffled at the target given the obvious expertise and determination possessed by the criminals. Even when fully stocked, the cash machine can only hold £20,000.
Even if it had \”worked\” they\’d have been making minimum wage around and about. And risking jail for that is simply stupid.
Sarah McKinley, 18, shot and killed Justin Martin with a 12-gauge shotgun after calling police and asking in a near-whisper: \”I\’ve got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes through the door?\”
\”Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself,\” a dispatcher replied. \”I can\’t tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby.\”
The dispatcher then heard a gunshot over the telephone line.
Police found Martin\’s body, knife in hand, slumped over McKinley\’s sofa, and determined the mother of a three-month-old baby – whose cancer-stricken husband died on Christmas Day – had acted in self-defense.
\”Our initial review of the case doesn\’t indicate she violated the law in any way,\” assistant district attorney James Walters told the Oklahoman newspaper. \”He should have thought about it before he went into someone\’s home.\”
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