The Reality of Young People Sentenced to Life Without Parole

The Reality of Young People Sentenced to Life Without Parole

BY DIANE DIMOND Last week, I wrote about the plight of Pamela Smart, who, in 1991, at the age of 22, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder her husband. Gregg Smart was shot dead by his wife’s 16-year-old lover and another teenager. Pamela was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. […]

Bad Laws Make Bad Politics

BY DIANE DIMOND Our political system is all messed up. I won’t even couch that with an “allegedly” or a “reportedly” — it is just a mess, and our federal election laws are a joke. You want to know exactly where a candidate has gotten money to stage their expensive campaign? I sure do. I […]

Your Tax Dollars Circling the Drain

BY DIANE DIMOND What if your boss decided to reward you and your fellow workers with an all-expenses-paid getaway? Wouldn’t that be great? You could stay in a nice hotel and spend some quality time networking with your colleagues, and in the evening you could enjoy cocktails and special entertainment and indulge in expensive dinners. […]

America’s Newest ‘Most Wanted’ List

BY DIANE DIMOND In the unlikely event they make a movie of my life story, a good place for the opening scene would be the post office in Albuquerque, N.M., where my mother used to take me as a child. Scene one, act one would be me making a beeline to the bulletin board displaying […]