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The OJ Simpson Miniseries

Clear your calendars because The People vs. OJ Simpson miniseries will be premiering on FXNOW tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2nd. Episodes will be available online beginning on February 3rd in case you don’t prioritize appropriately. The network is going for a crime version of American Horror Story. They will cover a real-life crime over ten episodes. This time, we get OJ.  Continue reading

Maybe Gun Control Isn’t Enough

Even as it seems like we as a nation can’t go more than two days without a mass shooting, I’ve tried to be sensitive to the rights of firearms owners and the arguments that come along with gun ownership. After all, I have family members and friends who own guns. By and large, I consider them to be on the responsible end of the spectrum. Still, even the mass execution of kindergartners couldn’t move these people off their ‘right’ to their guns.

Something about Wednesday’s events in San Bernardino flipped a switch for me on this, though. Continue reading

The New World of Cop Blanche

Cop blanche
/käp blänSH/
1. Complete freedom of police officers to do as they wish against the people, even committing crimes or violating their constitutional and legal rights, without repercussion.

The last two weeks have seen a pair of high profile grand juries fail to return indictments on police officers that utilized lethal force on unarmed suspects. In the 1987 novel Bonfire Of The Vanities, author Tom Wolfe quotes New York State chief judge Sol Wachtler, saying “a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich, if that’s what you wanted.” Continue reading

Law and Order: SVU Returns and is Crazier Than Ever


It’s no secret that Law and Order SVU has been going off the rails for years now. Now in it’s—what? 70th?—season, the show’s “writers” (you can’t convince me it’s not a room full of pot-addled monkeys churning this shit out) reach into a grab bag of the nation’s most offensive headlines and do a twisted mashup that’s so confusing, that on many occasions, the end of the episode literally has nothing to do with the beginning.

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A Year Later A Family Still Searches For Answers in Son’s Murder

On April 10, 2012, 25 year old Sam Michel was found stabbed to death in his Los Angeles apartment. A year later, his murder remains unsolved and there are no leads. His family has just announced that they have doubled the reward from $50,000 to $100,000 in the hopes of bringing renewed awareness to the case. Continue reading

Scofflaws at the Hedgerow

Police logs in small town newspapers are usually pretty amusing, but by far the best I’ve encountered is in The East Hampton Star. The Star is an old, family-run newspaper that’s got a mix of stories covering small town Hamptons life, such as it is, as well as more worldly concerns. Whenever I’ve been able to spend time in the area, the first thing I do is pick up a copy of the Star, make a giant pitcher of gin & Frescas, and dive into the local police logs. Continue reading