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17 Sep 2010 11:00


World: Natalee Holloway’s mom uses a van der Sloot level of judgment

  • She’s still looking for answers about her daughter. She wants to bring her daughter home.
  • Beth Holloway-Twitty’s lawyer John Kelly • Explaining why Holloway-Twitty went to the prison Joran van der Sloot is being held (as a suspect in the murder of Stephany Flores earlier this year) to directly confront the guy most commonly suspected in her daughter’s disappearance. Beyond handling this like an immature adult, it felt like it had the makings of a stunt. See, she did it with a Peruvian TV station for the purpose of creating “a TV special which would include her, the Flores family, and an interview with Joran van der Sloot.” How does this case keep getting weirder? source

01 Sep 2010 23:54


U.S.: Discovery Building gunman James Lee spent time in jail

  • 18 monthsthe amount of time he was sentenced in 2003 for smuggling an illegal immigrant in California
  • 11 monthsthe amount of time James Jae Lee, a self-described “loner,” actually spent in jail for the incident source

02 Aug 2010 10:21


Culture: Lindsay Lohan’s long struggle with prison life ends

  • 13 whole days of a 90-day sentence behind bars before rehab source

01 Aug 2010 12:03


Culture: Conrad Black on prison: Prison really sucks and it’s unfair

  • It had been an interesting experience, from which I developed a much greater practical knowledge than I had ever had before of those who had drawn a short straw from the system; of the realities of street level American race relations; of the pathology of incorrigible criminals; and of the wasted opportunities for the reintegration of many of these people into society.
  • Formerly jailed newspaper magnate Conrad Black • In an article for the National Post discussing his time in prison. Short version: Prison isn’t a lot of fun and he learned a lot about what prisoners go through on the other side of the situation. He noted the nature of some of the injustices, specifically the disparity of cocaine versus crack-cocaine sentencing. He described prisoners as  “an ostracized, voiceless legion of the walking dead; they are no one’s constituency.” As it is, though, he learned a lot in his 28 months and 18 days. Is there a chance he’ll return? It’s possible; he’s only out on bail. source

06 Jul 2010 20:34


Culture: Lindsay Lohan sentenced to jail, but who’s getting punished?

This just in: Jail has been sentenced to 90 days of Lindsay Lohan.Tue Jul 06 23:53:33 via Twitter for iPhone

  • The tall, lanky guy from “Avatar” gets it right. This is not a punishment for Lindsay Lohan. She’s so trashed that she won’t even notice what’s going on. The prison population on the other hand? They get screwed because they have to deal with Lohan for 90 days. Who wins? Twitter users sick of listening to Justin Bieber’s screed. source

25 Jun 2010 12:46


World: Wow. Bloggers a pretty common target of imprisonment

  • 120 online journalists are currently in jail over blogging source

06 Jun 2010 21:40


Biz: Bernie’s in the slammah, swagga like a ROCK STAR

  • Their impression almost unanimously was that he landed like a rock star. He was a celebrity, he had groupies, he had people clamoring for his advice, and his autograph.
  • New York magazine reporter Steve Fishman • Talking about his profile piece on Bernie Madoff, which seems to portray him like a Jay-Z like super-celeb for bilking all those rich people out of their money. Madoff reveled in his newfound infamy, and one inmate puts like so: “If I’d lived that well for 70 years, I wouldn’t care that I ended up in prison.” Let’s face it. Is he wrong? source

01 Jun 2010 10:27


World: Weird camera angle + Mahmoud Ahmadinejad = Six months in jail

They’re not really kissing. Still, Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari got an extra six months in jail (plus 13 for covering Iran protests) for this photo that landed on his Facebook page. source

26 Apr 2010 22:33


World: Manuel Noriega still in custody, but pretty well-traveled

  • Panama Noriega became de facto ruler in 1983 and, while in power was accused
    of election rigging and drug trafficking.
  • Miami After he was captured
    by the U.S., where he was convicted for drug trafficking, he was jailed for over 20 years.
  • Paris In 1999, Noriega was convicted in absentia on money laundering charges. He just got extradited today. source

26 Apr 2010 10:51


World: Evidence Mexico’s justice system really freaking sucks

  • ten Mexican mayors were arrested last year for aiding the drug war
  • nine of those mayors are already free; they mostly went back to work source