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The False Narrative on Criminal Justice Reform:  In an opinion piece in the Orange County Register columnist Sal Rodriguez joins the chorus of pundits assuring the reading public that California's criminal justice reforms, which have released some 30,000 habitual felons into communities and kept them there with reduced sentences, have not caused any appreciable rise in crime.  He then chastises those in law enforcement who have noted that crime is increasing as "fear mongers."  Among those Rodriguez specifically targets is Michele Hanisee, President of the LA Deputy District Attorneys Association and a seasoned prosecutor.  Ms. Hanisee's response to the accusation and the narrative provides a mini-education about the real world of law enforcement.  

Baltimore Wins Murder Sweepstakes for 2017:  While the murder rate has been trending down in most U.S. cities this year, Baltimore is suffering the highest murder rate in its history.  Kevin Rector of the Baltimore Sun reports that with a couple of days to go in 2017, the city has reached a murder rate per 100,000 of 55.8.  While Baltimore had 353 homicides in 1993, compared to 343 this year, there were 100,000 more people living in the city in 1993.  This has occurred while homicide rates in Chicago and New York have declined this year.           

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re: [Another] False Narrative

~ Ah, the pacifying effects of marijuana can only take effect after consumption.
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Man bit off piece of family member's ear during Christmas Eve
argument over weed

by Caitlyn Hitt | NY Daily News | Dec 28, 2017

The victim, 35, had "fresh blood running down his face," and was immediately
rushed to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Galindo, 40, "became enraged and forced the victim to the ground and began shoving his fingers into the victim's eyes," the press release revealed.

He reportedly told the victim more than once that he intended to kill him. After
biting a portion of the victim's ear off, Galindo reportedly grabbed "a
cylindrical object and held it in his fist and tried to punch the victim."

The victim sought shelter in a vehicle. Galindo, … was chasing him and
threatening his life. Police say Galindo repeatedly punched the car's
window while his victim was inside.

He was taken to the county jail and charged with Mayhem, Assault with a
Dangerous Weapon, Criminal Threats and Violating Parole.

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~ But even after imbibing, one may still find the need to repeatedly pound a person’s
head Into the sidewalk, or to jump off a balcony, or to kill someone, &tc.

~ http://www.businessinsider.com/trayvon-martins-marijuana-use-2013-7;
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/07/28/the-terrifying-timeline-of-how-a-colorado-teen-ate-a-pot-cookie-and-then-jumped-to-his-death/?utm_term=.ef4487fc7192;

~ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/04/07/husband-killed-wife-pot-candy/100190066/ ;
~ http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/n-woman-high-marijuana-crash-killed-grandkids-article-1.3403165
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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article24749413.html

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