The Week: Most Recent Social Issues:Crime and Punishment recent posts.en-usThu, 14 Feb 2013 13:17:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Social Issues:Crime and Punishment from THE WEEKThu, 14 Feb 2013 13:17:00 -0500The Christopher Dorner apologists: A guide<img src="" /></P><p>Not too many people are mourning Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer who allegedly killed four people before police tracked him to a cabin in the woods where, they say, he perished in a fire. Over his nine-day rampage, Dorner is blamed for the murder of the daughter of a retired LAPD officer, her fianc&eacute;, and two law officers; he laid out his plan to kill other officers in a long, rambling manifesto vowing revenge on the LAPD for wrongly kicking him out of the force after he reported an act of police brutality, ruining his life. His threat tied up the entire LAPD for...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:17:00 -0500WATCH: Footage of alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner's firefight<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="660" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>CBS News captured exclusive footage of the firefight between alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner and law enforcement officials. After the shootout, which killed one deputy and injured another, Dorner fled to the woods and barricaded himself inside a cabin, refusing to surrender. Officials believe&nbsp;Dorner&nbsp;then shot himself and burned the cabin down.</p><p><strong><br />More from <em>Now This News</em>:</strong></p><p><strong>*</strong> The State of the Union in 170 seconds</p><p><strong>*</strong>&nbsp;Rubio's awkward water moment</p><p><strong>*</strong>&nbsp;Obama on hackers: Stop</p> <a href="">More</a>By Now This NewsWed, 13 Feb 2013 10:16:00 -0500WATCH LIVE: Alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner engaged in shootout<img src="" /></P><p>Former LAPD officer and alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner was reportedly spotted in the remote area of Big Bear, Calif., on Tuesday afternoon. According to the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, Dorner broke into a home and held a couple hostage before stealing their car. He then engaged in a shootout with federal authorities, reportedly injuring two deputy officers. <em>CBS </em>has a live feed of the event:&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:05:00 -0500Christopher Dorner, drones, and the death of due process<img src="" /></P><p>Even with a $1 million-plus bounty hanging over his head, alleged California killer Christopher&nbsp;Dorner is still on the lam. To its credit, the Los Angeles Police Department has re-opened the case that led to Dorner's firing &mdash; and his alleged vengeance trip &mdash; but judging by the LAPD's shoot-first, verify-later spree of open-firing at the wrong people, Dorner has reason to fear he'll never get his day in court, says Matt Pressberg at the USC Annenberg journalism school's <em>Neon Tommy</em>. That should worry all of us. Due process "is not only a bedrock constitutional principle (Fifth Amendment...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:55:00 -0500Should the LAPD use drones to take out alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner?<img src="" /></P><p>Christopher Dorner, the ex-LAPD officer and Navy reserve wanted for the shooting deaths of a motorcycle cop and a former LAPD captain's daughter and her fiance, left a long, rambling note warning authorities that there will be bloodshed to avenge what he saw as an unfair end to his law enforcement career. "I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty," he wrote. "You will now live the life of the prey."</p><p>An imposing figure trained in the art of warfare, Dorner is considered armed and extremely dangerous. Southern California police are nervous...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:05:00 -0500Alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner's rambling manifesto: The most chilling and bizarre statements<img src="" /></P><p>Southern California police are still chasing Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer and Navy veteran who allegedly killed a young Orange County couple and a cop in what seems like a violent quest for revenge. Authorities warn that Dorner is well-armed, professionally trained, and extremely dangerous.</p><p>It all started Sunday when Monica Quan, 27, the daughter of retired LAPD Capt. Randal Quan, was found shot dead in a parked car outside her Irvine condo along with her fiance, Keith Lawrence. Quan's father reportedly represented Dorner in the hearings that led to his dismissal. The attacks continued...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Fri, 08 Feb 2013 10:58:00 -0500Sandy Hook controversy: Is it wrong to sympathize with a killer?<img src="" /></P><p>"I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger," Courtni Webb, a 17-year-old high school student, wrote in her notebook. Those words, which were part of a poem she composed outside of her class assignments, raised a red flag for her teacher and principal and consequently&nbsp;got her suspended from San Francisco's Life Learning Academy for violating the school's zero-tolerance policy for violence. While Webb defends her controversial poem by saying she was simply exploring ideas of helplessness and darkness that she believes are the cause of tragedies like Sandy Hook...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/samantha-rollins" ><span class="byline">Samantha Rollins</span></a>Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:25:00 -0500America's 9 craziest lawsuits of 2012<img src="" /></P><p>America is a notoriously litigious nation. A 2005 study showed that the U.S. has 3.3 lawsuits for every 1,000 citizens. And while many of them are noble and just, countless legal battles seem to be pointless wastes of time, money, or both. Here, nine of 2012's more eyebrow-raising lawsuits:</p><p><strong>1.&nbsp;</strong><strong>The inmates who sued for access to dental </strong><strong>floss<br /></strong>Four inmates at a prison in West Palm Beach, Fla., have filed a lawsuit&nbsp;claiming&nbsp;"pain and suffering" due to their lack of access to dental floss. Sheriff&nbsp;Ric&nbsp;Bradshaw says there's too great a risk of floss being used as a weapon or...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/samantha-rollins" ><span class="byline">Samantha Rollins</span></a>Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:56:00 -0500Massacre in Connecticut: 8 disturbing eyewitness accounts [Updated]<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><em>The Associated Press</em> reports that 27 people, including 18 children, were killed on Friday morning in a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Much remains unknown about the mass shooting, which is already being described as one of the worst in American history. But a picture of terror and tragedy is slowly emerging from news reports on the ground. Here, some details of the shooting as described by witnesses:</p><p class="p1"><em>The New York Times:</em></p><p >A student at the school told an NBC affiliate in Connecticut: "I was in the gym and I heard like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:40:00 -05007 heartbreaking images from Connecticut's devastating school shooting [Updated]<img src="" /></P><p>Shortly&nbsp;after 9 a.m.&nbsp;on an otherwise uneventful day in Newtown, Conn., a gunman entered a kindergarten classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, beginning a rampage that has reportedly left as many as 27 people dead, 18 of whom are children. The shooter is reportedly dead, but police continue to scour the rural terrain and keep nearby schools on lockdown. As this horrifying story continues to unfold, here are a look at some heartbreaking photos of children evacuating, families reuniting,&nbsp;and loved ones in waiting:</p><p><br /></p><p >A woman waits to hear about her sister, a teacher, following the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:20:00 -0500WATCH LIVE: NBC's TV coverage of the deadly Connecticut school shootings<img src="" /></P><p>A gunman allegedly opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday morning, leaving more than two dozen people dead &mdash; many of them children. As one of the largest school tragedies in U.S. history unfolds, read our coverage culled from social media, or watch NBC's live coverage below for the latest news and updates.</p><p>WATCH LIVE:</p><p><object id="msnbc2cdbf3" width="560&quot;" height="315" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="FlashVars" value="launch=50200805&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="src" value="" /><param name="flashvars" value="launch=50200805&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="pluginspage" value="" /></object></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/samantha-rollins" ><span class="byline">Samantha Rollins</span></a>Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:03:00 -0500The tragic Connecticut school shootings: Live updates<img src="" /></P><p>Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, a shooting at The Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. left multiple&nbsp;people dead, including several children. The suspected gunman, described as a man in his early&nbsp;20s, has also been confirmed dead. Accounts of how many people have been shot and killed vary, but CNN is reporting that between 18 and 20 children are among the victims. The reports are rolling in through social media:</p><noscript>[&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="//" target="_blank"&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;View the story...</noscript> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:40:00 -05008 curiously thoughtful thieves<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Making good on delivery promises</strong><br />After allegedly stealing a Chinese food delivery truck recently, a Connecticut man didn't just drive off. He continued to make the food deliveries. Sure, he pocketed the cash, but how happy were those customers? Happier than the suspect, certainly. Once police realized what was happening, they simply waited for the suspect at the next stop on the restaurant's delivery list, where he was arrested on larceny charges.</p><p><strong>2. Returning a stolen diploma</strong><br />On March 11, a recent university graduate was walking down a busy street in China's Guangdong province when her purse...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 15 Nov 2012 07:25:00 -0500The search for Jimmy Hoffa's body: 6 rumored burial grounds<img src="" /></P><p>Not for the first time, investigators are digging around to find the body of Teamsters chieftain Jimmy Hoffa, who mysteriously vanished in 1975. A forensics team is following a tip that Hoffa lies buried under a concrete driveway in suburban Detroit, some 30 miles east of the Bloomfield Township restaurant where he was last seen alive. He was declared legally dead in 1982, and the hunt for his remains includes many high-profile &mdash; and expensive &mdash; searches. Here's a look at the latest quest to find Hoffa's remains, and other rumored burial grounds for one of organized labor's most powerful...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 28 Sep 2012 09:50:00 -04008 U.S. mayors charged with crimes: A slideshow<img src="" /></P><p>Trenton, N.J., Mayor Tony Mack was hauled away by federal agents on Sept. 10 amid allegations that he took bribes in connection with a proposed parking garage &mdash; a fake project created by authorities trying to snare him. But the 46-year-old Democrat isn't the first leader of a major American city to have a brush with the law. Here are 7 former mayors with criminal records.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 11 Sep 2012 18:56:00 -0400The FBI's new facial recognition program: 'Big Brother' in action?<img src="" /></P><p>The FBI is spending $1 billion to put together a facial recognition database that will let it spot suspects using footage from public security cameras. The new system would mark a giant leap forward for the bureau, which for decades has been using fingerprints and mug shots to ID suspects. How will it work, and should ordinary citizens be worried about privacy invasions? Here, a brief guide:<br /><br /><strong>How would the system work?</strong><br />The program, called Next Generation Identification, is basically a more comprehensive version of the FBI's fingerprinting database, which worked about the same way in 1999 as it did...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 11 Sep 2012 07:35:00 -0400