Cybercrime

Hacker turned consultant, Kevin Mitnick (courtesy CNet)

I wrote this paper as part of a law class in the spring of 2010. It details some types of cybercrime as well as the methods that US prosecutors utilize in prosecuting them. One of the more interesting things was that cybercriminals can be prosecuted in the USA despite committing crimes outside the USA, somewhat similar to laws which allow for the prosecution of US citizens who commit child molestation while abroad.

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Ashcroft vs. Free Speech Coalition

John D. Ashcroft

Ashcroft (courtesy Washington Post)

Ah, the never ending tug of war between personal freedoms. Ashcroft vs the Free Speech Coalition concerns child pornography and the battle between free speech and the protection of minors. Of particular note is a brief political discussion where I argue that personal safety can be construed from the constitution just as much as a right to privacy. Enjoy! (more…)

COMMONWEALTH V. PESTINIKAS 617 A.2D 1339 (1992)

In Commonwealth versus Pestinikas, the question of legal duty to protect human life is examined. Specifically the concept of a contract for care and preservation is brought into question. I admit that I pose some extremes for liability, but as in most cases discretion of prosecutors and a grand jury determines whether or not a case is brought against an individual. (more…)

Proportionality and the political process

The following was a post I made in relation to a question posed concerning the use of proportionality (the notion that a punishment should fit the crime). I believe very much in the political process and it’s relevance to lawmaking and criminal justice. I raised a lot of eyebrows with this as it was my first post in that particular class and I expect it may raise some here as well; however, do try to be objective in considering my stance. (more…)

Profiling: Understanding Sexual Sadism

It seems these days that with the prevalence of movies about serial killers as well as shows such as Criminal Minds, the public can’t get enough of profilers. This paper was written in an effort to link sexual sadism across the serial rape and serial murder spectrum; however, elements could probably be applied to the mysoped child molestor/child killer as well. (more…)

Police evaluations

Police evaluation is a sticky topic as it can be incredibly difficult to measure success for line officers and for the entirety of the police organization. I’m a little bit radical in my approach to evaluation as I believe there should be some element of self goal setting for individual employees. Managers need to assist employees in setting goals that will meet overall organizational objectives. (more…)

Aggressive Patrol

This was initially a post to a discussion board I wrote. It highlights some of the political responsibility that police have when deciding whether or not aggressive patrol should be instituted. I argued for the inclusion of the community in deciding at what point aggressive patrol should be instituted. (more…)