Advances in DNA – a Detective’s Best Friend

Advances in DNA – a Detective’s Best Friend

BY DIANE DIMOND Raymond “DJ Freez” Rowe got away with murder for more than two decades. As a popular fixture on the party scene in and around Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, he was “the” man to call for music at high school dances, restaurants, clubs and weddings. He was the last person his fans would have […]

DIMOND: Placing the Blame for Suicide

DIMOND: Placing the Blame for Suicide

BY DIANE DIMOND If 2019 stays on trend, more than 47,000 Americans will kill themselves this year. Their loved ones will, understandably, be consumed with grief. But some of them will then go on to try and affix outside blame for the death. Many of them will hire a lawyer and file a wrongful death […]

DIMOND: A CALL TO JUDGES TO BETTER PROTECT CHILDREN

DIMOND: A CALL TO JUDGES TO BETTER PROTECT CHILDREN

BY DIANE DIMOND There is way too much killing in America. Murders, accidental shootings, executions, deadly domestic abuse, despondent people who kill themselves, and then there is filicide. That’s when parents kill their own child. We would like to think this sort of heinous crime doesn’t happen, but it happens way too often. A study […]

Don’t Let the Media Make up Your Mind on State of the Union

Don’t Let the Media Make up Your Mind on State of the Union

BY DIANE DIMOND Following President Trump’s first State of the Union, I was left shaking my head at some journalists’ analysis of what was said. Especially troublesome to see from my crime-and-justice perch was reporters tying Trump’s mention of deadly MS-13 gang activity to all undocumented immigrants. The Huffington Post’s coverage of the issue was […]

Softening the Rhetoric on Race

BY DIANE DIMOND Now that the flaming rhetoric over the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin shooting case has mostly subsided, it seems like a good time to more calmly discuss the issue of racism in America. Does it exist? You bet it does. But intellectually honest people have to admit prejudice is a longstanding exercise practiced by […]

Open up DNA Databases to All

BY DIANE DIMOND The scene: A criminal courtroom anywhere in America. The players: A judge, a prosecutor, a defense attorney and the accused. The assumption: That all parties involved enjoy a level playing toward the twin goals of discovering the truth and finding justice. The fact: In many criminal cases, the prosecution holds the key […]