Top Ten Crime Stories of 2007

Time Magazine has a list of the top ten crime stories of 2007. Maybe it was a last minute thing, but it's woefully inadequate. Missing from the list:

  • Scooter Libby's trial and conviction in the Valerie Plame Leak Case
  • Jose Padilla's trial and conviction
  • Bernie Kerik's Indictment
  • Crack Cocaine Sentencing Guidelines Reduction
  • The 200th DNA exoneration
  • The failed Duke Lacrosse Player's alleged sexual assault case
  • Norman Hsu
  • Larry Craig Guilty Plea
  • Michael Vick Guilty Plea
  • Phil Spector Trial
  • Joseph Nacchio Trial
  • Paris Hilton
  • The Liberty City terror case acquittals
  • The convictions and sentences of U.S. troops in the Mahmoudiya rape and killings

And crime stories that as yet have produced no indictments:

  • the NSA warrantless wiretaps
  • The U.S. Attorney Firing scandal

What else did Time leave out?

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    Top Ten Crime Stories (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by LimaBN on Mon Dec 24, 2007 at 09:49:29 PM EST
    As long as we're talking about crimes that haven't produced prosecution just yet, how about the impeachment and disbarment of the four surviving members of the Supreme Court who voted for the Coup of 2000, aka "Bush v. Gore?"

    heh (none / 0) (#4)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Dec 24, 2007 at 10:30:57 PM EST
    If you want fantasy you should rent a movie..

    Genius logic (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by manys on Tue Dec 25, 2007 at 01:40:01 PM EST
    Murphy doesn't know why the nooses were there or what they mean, but she's sure they're "pranks" and have nothing to do with race.

    crime stories vs legal stories (none / 0) (#1)
    by landjjames on Mon Dec 24, 2007 at 06:38:32 PM EST
    What struck me about the Times Top 10 was they were "crime" stories and not necessarily legal or trial stories. Every story in your list refers to a trial except for the two which have yet to produce indictments.  Also whereas Time's list includes some international stories, your's is American.  Perhaps they need a second list with a different title and all your referenced cases mentioned on it.

    Jena Six case (none / 0) (#3)
    by LizDexic on Mon Dec 24, 2007 at 10:23:39 PM EST

    Jena Six's Mychal Bell Now Back to Prison...This case of racial unfairness provoked the biggest civil rights march in decades.

    Not really tue (1.00 / 1) (#6)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Dec 24, 2007 at 10:34:44 PM EST
    Truth & Reconciliation (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by squeaky on Tue Dec 25, 2007 at 03:15:29 PM EST
    The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
    -- William Faulkner

    The next thing Ifill noticed is that whites and blacks in a community talk about lynching differently -- and have very different memories of what happened in their towns so long ago. "When I spoke with my [African-American] clients, I deliberately used the word "memories" -- even though my clients often weren't even alive when these lynchings happened. Still, I discovered that they 'remembered' details of the lynchings in great detail. They'd heard the stories directly from their parents as tales of how to survive life in the towns they lived in." Ifill was struck that "memories" were invariably extremely vivid, recalled with such specificity -- where the bodies were found, how the corpses looked -- that even people born years after the event thought they'd been there themselves, even though they knew it wasn't possible.

    White people in the same towns, on the other hand, usually had very vague memories, even if they or their parents had been witnesses to the lynching. " The difference was striking between the two communities," she marveled. Nobody knew anybody involved. Usually, the lynch mob comprised "people from the next county" or "over the state line" -- people not from around here. (The people from the next county would usually point the finger right back.) Even when photos were available -- and, as Dave has noted, photos were very often available -- nobody recognized anybody. "They closed ranks, and never opened them," explained Ifill. "The lynching was not really about their community, so there was nothing to talk about."



    no, never. (none / 0) (#10)
    by cpinva on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 03:35:33 AM EST
    those of us who are perfect get really irked by those of you who think you are! :)

    ok, i read the story. let's just say i was, um, underwhelmed by mr. craig's objectivity, not to mention his glaring ignorance.

    without hitting every item, one stood out for its inaninity: none of the white students, according to mr. craig's account, had the slightest clue that, in the deep south, nooses might, maybe, possibly could be, associated with racist lynchings of the (not necessarily) distant past.

    believe that, and you have to assume these high school students are the most ignorant in the country, bar none. possible, i'll grant you that.

    however, i'd be more likely to sell you shares in the brooklyn bridge, below par.

    while i know that much of what initially came out, and was actually subsequently corrected, was wrong, mr. craig's attempts to white-wash the entire incident, solely the result of "outside media agitators", just shows how pathetic he is.


    You make a few good points (1.00 / 1) (#11)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 04:39:57 PM EST
    But if you consider that these are people born in the 1988 - 1992 time frame I don't find it strange that lynchings were not exactly at the fore front of the white students, more so by the blacks.

    And we have this:

    Myth 2: Nooses a Signal to Black Students. An investigation by school officials, police, and an FBI agent revealed the true motivation behind the placing of two nooses in the tree the day after the assembly According to the expulsion committee, the crudely constructed nooses were not aimed at black students. Instead, they were understood to be a prank by three white students aimed at their fellow white friends, members of the school rodeo team. (The students apparently got the idea from watching episodes of "Lonesome Dove.")

    So I think you can put them down as unknowing, but not racists.

    For the other stuff if you want to find racism in every corner you will believe what you believe. if you don't, then you will not. I think the article, published in the Christian Science Monitor and not the local newspaper brings some previously unknown details to light. I would have thought the Duke rape case would have made everyone cautious, but since the media skated there, they haven't changed their act.


    hahhahaha (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by squeaky on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 05:44:34 PM EST
    First you defend torture by redefining waterboarding as gentle persuasion and now you defend white southern student's overt racism by suggesting that they had no idea that nooses on trees were the premier symbol of racism's reign of terror in the south?

    Of course the nooses in the tree were meant to refer to rodeo. All those bulls with wings... and our southern correspondent, the man to shovel and deliver their sh*t aka ppj.


    squeak smears spontaneously (1.00 / 1) (#15)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 07:52:25 PM EST
    Can't help yourself, can you?? Ever thought of getting counseling?? Maybe that would tell you why many people avoid you.

    First you defend torture by redefining waterboarding as gentle persuasion

    You are a true smearer. We all know I have not done so.

    You are doing the L thing.

    Posted by Squeaky at September 19, 2005 11:19 PM

    Rove never needed proof for his smear machine, why should I.

    Of course the nooses in the tree were meant to refer to rodeo.

    Since I didn't say that I don't have to defend it.
    My advice is, if you disbelieve it, call up the FBI and tell them they are FOS. I'm sure they'll welcome your input.


    Waterboarding Is Torture (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by squeaky on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 10:21:08 PM EST
    You are the only one to disagree. YOu smear yourself with your unAmerican ideas. As far as proposing that nooses are lariots, you are FOS, as usual.

    squeak smears spontaneously (1.00 / 1) (#20)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 08:37:54 AM EST
    So being in disagreement is "unAmerican" ideas.

    How drool. Guess you believe that we had to destroy the village to save it, eh?

    And when it comes to being FOS if you are pricked with a pin you will burst.

    One more time.  I did not say they were anything but what they were. I quoted:

    Nooses a Signal to Black Students. An investigation by school officials, , police, and an FBI agent revealed the true motivation...

    Now. Thank you for demonstrating your belief against free speech. You can be sure that you will get to see it again.


    PPJ Protector of Random BS (5.00 / 0) (#21)
    by squeaky on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 12:49:17 PM EST
    Just reporting the facts, huh ppj?

     ppj great defender of the good ole boys, they were just having some fun, and meant to use lassos but all they had were nooses. The Rodeo team had no budget for real lassos so they spray painted nooses, how inventive of them.


    Yeah facts are helpful (1.00 / 1) (#23)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 09:01:33 AM EST
    they help to keep you from making stupid claims.. well let me be accurate. They keep everyone but squeak from making stupid claims. But then squeak has told us he doesn't let facts stop him. No sir, when he wants to smear, he just does it... because he knows. As he wrote...

    I have no problem with alleging that Rove's grandparents were Nazi's. Even if they were not, he uses Goebbels' propaganda techniques as a bible and may as well be a born and bred Nazi.

    So you keep on making it up as you go along. I'll keep on paying attention to the CSM and the FBI.
    They're not perfect, but they have a helluva better record than you.


    Why Is It (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by squeaky on Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 01:59:08 PM EST
    That white GOP southerners are the few who are defending the racism in Jena? You are among the vast minority who wear blinders, or have lost their senses around this event.

    And why do you (1.00 / 1) (#26)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 12:10:19 PM EST
    make things up??

    Racism exists sequeak, although it isn't everyplace you seem to think is. You willingly believe everything you want to believe, ignoring FBI reports and the Justice Department's Civil Right's division reports.

    Yet you willing believe things that are demonstrably  false.

    Why is that?


    FBI Report (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by squeaky on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 12:34:08 PM EST
    Does not deny that there is racism in Jena. Just because they did not link the noose incident to the beatings which happened months later does not mean that the noose incident was not racist.

    A noose hanging from an oak tree at a southern high school can mean only one thing unless you have severe brain damage.


    Rodeo Is Big In LA (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by squeaky on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 06:06:08 PM EST
    More nooses found. Must be that after the rodeo they hang the bull from an oak tree and then start the barbecue.

    See that there!! (1.00 / 1) (#16)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 07:59:57 PM EST
    You got that ole FBI beat!  Call'em now!

    Not eactly (none / 0) (#12)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 05:24:27 PM EST
    and after three days' suspension, the three white students who hung the nooses were allowed back to school.


    Another myth concerns their punishment, which was not a three-day suspension, but rather nine days at an alternative facility followed by two weeks of in-school suspension, Saturday detentions, attendance at Discipline Court, and evaluation by licensed mental-health professionals

    That's a very huge difference in facts, and one that would have been easy for Democracy now to check. It brings into question Democracy Now's ability to check facts.

    Per Democracy Now:

    Last December, six black students at Jena High School were arrested after a school fight in which a white student was beaten and suffered a concussion and multiple bruises.

    What witnesses described:

    The event on Dec. 4, 2006 was consistently labeled a "schoolyard fight." But witnesses described something much more horrific. Several black students, including those now known as the Jena 6, barricaded an exit to the school's gym as they lay in wait for Justin Barker to exit. (It remains unclear why Mr. Barker was specifically targeted.)

    When Barker tried to leave through another exit, court testimony indicates, he was hit from behind by Mychal Bell. Multiple witnesses confirmed that Barker was immediately knocked unconscious and lay on the floor defenseless as several other black students joined together to kick and stomp him

    That's not a "fight," of any kind. It is a planned attack.


    heh (none / 0) (#19)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 08:28:54 AM EST
    The use of "a school yard fight" instead of "attack" denotes that the Democracy Now article has a certain viewpoint. In case you don't know, this is not unheard of. See the CSM article and cpinva's comments. And unlike you, I noted that

    You make a few good points.

    That's called being fair and balanced.

    Bell had at least four prior violent-crime arrests before the December attack, and was on probation during most of this year.

    As for trials, despite your snark, it appears the JD system had failed miserably in he past.


    Say what??????? (1.00 / 0) (#25)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 12:03:13 PM EST
    that the DA predicts the outcome of a trial, an unAmerican proposition to say the least.

    A District Attorney type predicting the outcome of a trial is unAmerican??

    Good grief. By the very fact they are prosecuting they are predicting. Or do you think they prosecute people they don't think are guilty.


    Jena is Time's #2 Story (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Mon Dec 24, 2007 at 10:33:22 PM EST
    and they did mention Mychal Bell.