Bloodletters and Bad Actors
Mefi's Own Max Sparber looks at the early days of Omaha theater, back when it was a frontier town, its amusements were questionable, and vice was rampant, with occasional forays into more recent performing arts misbehavior. [via mefi projects
posted by The Whelk
on Jun 11, 2014 -
The final confessions of a Silk Road kingpin
Patrick O'Neill recently undertook an astonishingly open set of interviews with Nod, a major black-tar heroin and cocaine dealer who traded on Silk Road.
By our third phone call, Steven Lloyd Sadler was a fugitive.
Facing federal charges for drug trafficking and distribution, Sadler decided he'd rather skip the trial and jail sentence altogether. He was pulling away from Seattle, where he was charged, and we talked for hours. He began that particular conversation on speakerphone, attempting to circumvent the state’s law prohibiting the use of cellphones while driving, but noisy interference forced him to pick up the call.
"They'll be pretty pissed off at me," he said, referring to his federal public defenders.
posted by jaduncan
on Jan 24, 2014 -
A Rob Ford video has been found by Toronto cops.
Toronto police chief Bill Blair says the video cannot be released or described, and will be placed before the courts because some unnamed person will be charged with extortion. While he never mentions the word "crack", he does say that the video is congruent with what has been described in the media and does not appear to have been doctored. [more inside]
posted by maudlin
on Oct 31, 2013 -
Over the last year and a half, I have been visiting São Paulo and, especially, Rio de Janeiro, observing the process of “pacification,” by which the government attempts to peacefully enter and reestablish state control over the most violent enclaves of the city, those dominated by drug gangs called traficantes, or by syndicates of corrupt police called militias. Until 2008, when the pacification program started, the traficantes controlled roughly half of the favelas, and the militias the other half. Both still hold power in most favelas. The ultimate aim of the state government of Rio’s plan, called the Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora (UPP), or Police Pacification Unit, is to drive both of these groups out and replace them by the state. (SLNYRB)
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Aug 29, 2013 -
"Twelve years ago, Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin go unindicted and possession is a misdemeanor on par with illegal parking. Experts are pleased with the results
." [more inside]
posted by vidur
on Mar 27, 2013 -
Bill Moyers Journal, April 17, 2009
From crime beat reporter for the BALTIMORE SUN to award-winning screenwriter of HBO's critically-acclaimed The Wire, David Simon talks with Bill Moyers about inner-city crime and politics, storytelling and the future of journalism today.
Sorry for the one link post.
posted by dougzilla
on Apr 21, 2009 -
Thirty-six years after
the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse
recommended that "simple possession" of pot be decriminalised, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has introduced a bill
, co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), to remove federal criminal penalties for possession of up to 100 grams (about three-and-a-half ounces) of marijuana and the not-for-profit transfer of up to one ounce (28.3 grams). Drug reform advocates
lit up hailed
the legislation as "an important step toward bringing federal law into line with scientific fact, practical reality and public opinion." Is America, at long last, having a collective moment of sanity?
posted by kliuless
on Apr 20, 2008 -
may be the hidden link between hip hop
and the 1980s alternative rock group, House of Freaks
. According to the New York Post, journalist Ethan Brown
has accomplished "making the Stop Snitching movement seem reasonable"
in his new book Snitch: Informants, Cooperators, and the Corruption of Justice
. Brown argues that harsh mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses
have created a "cottage industry of cooperators" and informants
who fabricate evidence, because Provision 5K1.1
of federal sentencing guidelines gives leniency in exchange for "substantial assistance to authorities." According to Brown, two of these criminal cooperators
included Ray Dandridge
and Ricky Gray
, the perpetrators of the Richmond spree murders
that ended the life of Brian Harvey
of House of Freaks, his wife, and his two children. On the other hand, Mark Kleiman
argues that the Stop Snitchin' movement has driven homicide clearance rates
so low that, in some cities, "you have a better than even chance of literally getting away with murder." [more inside]
posted by jonp72
on Dec 11, 2007 -
In the "debate" over the War on Drugs, there's a lack of nice quantitative data presentation in one place. Brian C Bennett
aims to rectify that
. From trends
in alcohol initiation relative to legal age limits, to investigation
of the deaths
classified by CDC as marijuana-induced. There are lots of charts, as for cocaine
purity over the years, or treatment admissions
, or arrest
trends. The site map is your quick
guide to the 2000 charts & articles.
posted by daksya
on Feb 27, 2006 -
91 pounds of LSD?
...at that dosage level, Pickard and Apperson possessed 2 billion hits of acid—enough to give every person in the Western Hemisphere two doses and still have 250 million hits left over.
is writing about acid again at Slate.
posted by Gankmore
on Mar 15, 2005 -
Elliott could no longer bear the waste. He had six staff and a budget of £3.5m a year. He had a potential client group of 25,000 users ... but at the end of all his work and all that public money, the total number of detox beds he was able to provide was five.
The Guardian reports from the front-line of the drugs war. (part two
) You may have no interest in Drugs or the UK but read this superb piece for a profile of a bureaucracy in farcical, tragic, total collapse.
posted by grahamwell
on May 23, 2003 -
Right. Let me get this straight
A security guard found
a handbag unattended
in a night club. He then searched
the bag, supposedly looking for ID, and found a small packet containing a white powdery substance, which he handed over to the Central Narcotics Bureau.
A woman, Ms. Low, later says the handbag belongs to her.
The Judge notes that "There was no denial that this was her handbag. She claimed it was hers."
Ms. Low's friend, after being offered immunity from prosecution, then says they both
snorted cocaine earlier on in the evening.
On the basis of the evidence presented, Ms. Low is sentenced to 18 months in prison.
posted by netsirk
on Aug 6, 2002 -
Yasmine Bleeth only gets two stinking years probation.
Yeah, she gets court costs, yeah, she gets community service. But no jail time. Unless it's because she only had (only had?) less than 25 grams of cocaine...oh, and driving under the influence. The question this post begs is: Is this another instance of a double standard for celebrities? I've heard about double standards for child molestation (a football player in New York), murder (Ray Lewis), etc...and there are obviously MANY instances of celebrities getting preferred treatment when it comes to drug charges. I guess this is just another one.
posted by taumeson
on Jan 10, 2002 -