------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot Center Founder Fights Charges (An update in The San Francisco Chronicle on pretrial motions and hearings involving the prosecution of Peter Baez, the former operator of Santa Clara County's only medical marijuana dispensary. The next hearing is Dec. 23.) Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 15:40:40 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: Pot Center Founder Fights Charges Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (David Hadorn) Source: San Francisco Chronicle Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: 5 December 1998 Copyright: 1998 San Francisco Chronicle Author: Todd Henneman, Chronicle Staff Writer POT CENTER FOUNDER FIGHTS CHARGES Search excessive, lawyer argues Trying to avoid a long prison term, the former operator of Santa Clara County's only medical marijuana center went to court yesterday in an effort to get his charges dismissed. Attorneys for Peter Baez argued that San Jose police officers went beyond the scope of their search warrants in March when they conducted a ``wholesale seizure of records'' by removing all 265 client files from the Santa Clara County Medical Cannabis Center. They seek to have evidence from that search suppressed and the charges against Baez dismissed. Baez faces seven felony counts charging him with selling marijuana to people lacking a doctor's recommendation, operating a drug house and grand theft. Baez was co-founder of the San Jose cannabis center, which opened in April 1997 and closed last May 8. It opened in response to 1996's Proposition 215, which authorized the cultivation and use of marijuana for medical purposes. ``To seize all the patient files ... requires a showing that the business is pervaded with fraud or pervaded with illegal conduct. So the fact the center had been in operation with no legal difficulties for approximately a year at the time the search was executed goes to this question of whether there's any showing of pervasion of fraud,'' said defense attorney Gerald Uelmen. The district attorney's office maintains that the search remained within the warrant's scope, that the Fourth Amendment was not violated and that police officers were free to inspect the center under San Jose's regulations. ``Mr. Baez doesn't have standing to object to the search of the center,'' Deputy District Attorney Robert Baker said before the hearing in a Palo Alto courtroom. ``The local ordinance allowed that.'' Baker said the files were removed for the convenience of both the police and the center because reviewing all the files at the center ``would have taken months.'' Before his legal troubles began, Baez had been lauded by city officials for his efforts to help create a medical marijuana ordinance in San Jose and screen out people who forge a doctor's recommendation. The hearing will continue December 23.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Cop Questioned At Hearing (The San Jose Mercury News version notes defense attorney Gerald Uelmen did not complete his initial questioning of San Jose police Sergeant Scott Savage as Friday's hearing ended. Supporters of Peter Baez have said the criminal case against him stems from a vendetta by Savage.) Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 21:27:59 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: MMJ: Cop Questioned At Hearing Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Marcus/Mermelstein Family (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pubdate: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Copyright: 1998 Mercury Center Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Author: Raoul V. Mowatt COP QUESTIONED AT HEARING Lawyers for medicinal-marijuana advocate Peter Baez began grilling police witnesses Friday in an attempt to get evidence thrown out in the case against the head of a former San Jose-based marijuana center because of an alleged illegal search. Defense attorneys Gerald Uelmen, a Santa Clara University Law professor, and Tom Nolan are arguing during a hearing that police went beyond the bounds of a March warrant when they searched the Santa Clara County Medical Cannabis Center, which has since been closed. For months, Baez and his supporters have said the criminal case against him stemmed from a vendetta against him by San Jose police Sgt. Scott Savage. Savage weathered inquiries in a Palo Alto courtroom about police regulations for medicinal marijuana centers in the wake of Proposition 215, which allowed creation of such institutions to distribute marijuana to the seriously ill with a doctor's order. One of the issues Uelmen was trying to explore with Savage is why officers seized all the center's patient records and photocopied them on March 23. The defense contends that the officers should have first tried to determine which files suggested illegal behavior and seized only those. Savage said the ``quagmire of paperwork'' from Baez's former center made it too difficult to see at a glance whether the 35-year-old Gilroy man had violated the law. In one tense exchange, Uelmen asked, ``You believe you had a right to copy a file whether it appeared to comply with Prop. 215 or not?'' Savage frowned, then paused. Then he asked for the question to be repeated again. ``In reviewing it, it was difficult to determine if any of them complied with 215,'' Savage answered. Deputy District Attorney Rob Baker contended that the police acted commendably, and said the files were such a jumble it would have taken months to sort through each one at the center. Uelmen did not complete his initial questioning of Savage and, when the hearing continues Dec. 23 before Superior Court Judge Diane Northway, Savage and three other police officers are to testify. But Baez said he became more optimistic after watching Savage on the stand. ``Truth is on our side, and it's starting to show,'' he said. For about a year, Baez was the executive director of the cannabis center, a San Jose facility that sold marijuana to about 265 people. Some of his supporters, including celebrity cousin, folksinger Joan Baez, were on hand Friday. He and his colleagues met repeatedly with Savage before Baez was hit with criminal charges. In court documents, police contend sales to five members of the center were illegal because none had obtained a doctor's recommendation. They also allege that Baez was using center money to pay for such personal expenses as his home satellite television bill and garbage service. Baez also was charged with grand theft because, prosecutors contend, he received a $14,000 federal housing subsidy that stipulates he have no other income. In addition, Baez was indicted on a seventh charge, maintaining a drug house. Baez, who has AIDS and colon cancer, has said he is not guilty. He and other supporters blamed Savage, author of police department regulations for medicinal marijuana centers and the primary investigator in the case against Baez. The case is just one example of legal troubles facing medicinal-marijuana advocates. The U.S. government filed civil lawsuits in January against six Northern California clubs that provided medicinal marijuana.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Smoking and the Self-Righteous (Los Angeles Times columnist Susan Self says you know the tide has turned in the war on tobacco when a nonsmoker like her starts to feel sympathy for cigarette companies. But someone has to take a stand for principle. There have been 34 studies of the effects of secondhand smoke noted by the Congressional Research Service and only seven found significant negative health effects. One actually found benefits. What these studies mean, in the words of the Economist magazine, "is that the effects are so small as to be hard to pin down with any certainty at all." Virtue no longer seems to be its own reward.) Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 23:22:39 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: Smoking and the Self-Righteous Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Pubdate: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 213-237-4712 Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Copyright: 1998 Los Angeles Times. Author: SUSAN SELF SMOKING AND THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS If you would like a textbook lesson in mob rule, reach into your pocket and take out a cigarette. When your potential executioners are at the point of apoplexy, take a long, long drag, and blow the most perfect smoke rings you're capable of. You know the tide has turned when a nonsmoker like myself is starting to feel sympathy for cigarette companies. But like the ACLU defending the Nazi marchers in Illinois, someone has to take a stand for principle. Tiresome antismoking radio spots, with no rebuttal following, continue to pollute the otherwise balanced airwaves. Billboards depicting lung-less cowboys and sarcastic debutantes clog airspace. Then there is the TV commercial created by the state of California--and obviously financed by me--that boldly flaunts misleading statistics. After some art-house footage of a smoking toilet, the commercial triumphantly announces that 54,000 people die annually from secondhand smoke. So there. Case closed. No smoking in bars for the rest of eternity. We're the government and we're making the decisions around here. An Internet investigation revealed the following: There have been 34 studies of the effects of secondhand smoke noted by the Congressional Research Service and only seven found significant negative health effects. One actually found benefits. What these studies mean, in the words of the Economist magazine, "is that the effects are so small as to be hard to pin down with any certainty at all." That didn't sound like a scientific slam-dunk to me, so I called a less predictably sympathetic source: a public health physician at the Rand Institute. After a few nit-picking comments about the size of the control group, he told me that yes, indeed, secondhand smoke is nobody's friend, but to keep in mind that these studies were done on the spouses of smokers--people who lived with smokers, in the same house, following them around everywhere. To occasionally lurk in a smoky bar isn't going to make much difference to your health in the long run. So why do we have laws about bars and not about homes? In a free society, you get to choose what payoffs are worth what risks. You get to decide what a good life is and then promise to shut up if it's over all too quickly. A probe of the national psyche is called for. Why is cigarette smoking now considered the eighth deadly sin? Granted, there is always something patently annoying about a person who lives a little too close to the edge and refuses to apologize. Or perhaps it's because smoking conveys a contempt for the current ethos that holds health as evidence of morality. Maybe it's the refusal to join in the culture of fear. How dare you, Mr. Smoker, continue in your evil ways? Don't you think these statistics apply to you? Do you realize how much time we all spend to convince ourselves that these years of boredom are going to pay off in 30 additional years of life--grim, spartan and rife with wheat germ. Virtue no longer seems to be its own reward: If people have renounced all of life's pleasures, why aren't they at least getting tipsy on a sense of their own goodness? Like the neighbors whom you secretly suspect of calling the police to come break up the party because they weren't invited, the Health Missionaries recognize it's no fun to be alone. So stronger action is called for. No, I'm not going to tell you to take up cigarettes, because then I'll also have to tell you to quit blowing smoke in my face. But if you let this appalling restriction of freedom come and go without some sort of response, you are laying the foundation for further intrusions. Since the antismoking zealots have the public convinced that bar workers are basically indentured servants shackled to the cash register, it's only logical that next year they'll be demanding to inspect our homes, as there may be innocent children or nannies or cleaning people sitting around breathing. Soon, all smokers will have to register with the state and unattractive warning signs will be planted on lawns of those whose homes contain unacceptable levels of nicotine. Tanning booths, doughnuts and motorcycles will be next, and inevitably we'll be getting wake-up calls for required morning exercises with our neighbors while oversized speakers blast out inspirational lyrics. So the next time that someone asks you if they can smoke, go ahead and say no, but thank them for trying. Susan Self Works in Politics. She Lives in Brentwood
------------------------------------------------------------------- Man convicted of drug dealing says voodoo made him do it (According to The Associated Press, Olakunle A. Osoba was convicted in Columbus, Ohio, of heroin trafficking, but said voodoo made him do it. The judge didn't buy it and sentenced him Friday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (email@example.com) To: "_Drug Policy --" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Man convicted of drug dealing says voodoo made him do it Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 14:38:42 -0800 Sender: email@example.com Man convicted of drug dealing says voodoo made him do it The Associated Press 12/05/98 5:35 PM Eastern COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man convicted of heroin trafficking said voodoo made him do it. The judge didn't buy it. Olakunle A. Osoba was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison. Before the sentencing, Osoba, 50, a native of Nigeria, told U.S. District Judge John D. Holschuh that his problems started when he began living with a woman in New York. He said she was a witch who repeatedly fed him "voodoo poisonous food." His health deteriorated and he began suffering from arthritis. Osoba said he left the woman, at the suggestion of police, but she still controlled him. He said she ordered him through his dreams to send her money, and he began selling drugs to finance the payments. Osoba said he realized that Americans have difficulty believing in the power of voodoo. "But in Africa, they know better," he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Legal Office Didn't Seek Aid (The Baltimore Sun says state public defender Stephen E. Harris was accused yesterday of placing political concerns over constitutional rights. The Maryland Office of the Public Defender, which provides lawyers for the poor, requested $750,000 in October to hire eight additional lawyers in the current fiscal year, but the request came months after it sent letters to 350 defendants who were charged with drug offenses, telling them they were eligible for free attorneys but that the office could not provide them.) Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 21:35:19 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US MD: Legal Office Didn't Seek Aid Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Sat, 05 Dec 1998 Source: Baltimore Sun (MD) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sunspot.net/ Copyright: 1998 by The Baltimore Sun, a Times Mirror Newspaper. LEGAL OFFICE DIDN'T SEEK AID Legislators criticize public defender for not staffing drug courts Since May, attorneys for the poor have turned away hundreds of indigent people facing felony drug charges in Baltimore Circuit Court, saying they did not have enough staff. All the while, state legislators who control the purse strings of state government say, the Office of the Public Defender could have requested more money, but it waited more than six months to do so. The lawmakers say that was too long. State Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, a Baltimore Democrat who chairs the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, said yesterday that state public defender Stephen E. Harris placed political concerns over constitutional rights. "Constitutional protections take precedence over money disputes," said Hoffman, who spoke with Harris yesterday. "He wants to stay within his budget because he doesn't want to get criticized. His fear of being blamed caused him to do what he did." The office, which provides lawyers for the poor, requested $750,000 in October to hire eight additional lawyers in the current fiscal year. The request came months after it gave 350 defendants letters telling them they were eligible for free attorneys but that the office could not provide them. State Del. Howard P. Rawlings, the Baltimore Democrat who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said, "There are provisions in state law for emergency expenditures of state funds. I think if we are a country of laws, we ought to abide by the Constitution." Del. Peter Franchot, a Montgomery County Democrat who is chairman of the House's subcommittee on Public Safety and Administration, said the requested money has been approved. Harris would not say yesterday whether he considered asking for emergency funding. The so-called deficiency request for additional lawyers -- the office had had 32 lawyers handling felony cases -- was made during the regular budget cycle for the next fiscal year. "We began the planning for the October request in the beginning of the summer. We have been working on this for quite some time," Harris said. He declined to comment further. Some officials, including Franchot, say Harris was placed in an untenable position. Baltimore's Administrative Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan opened two drug courts in May to address an influx of cases. The courts were opened after the legislative session and near the end of the budget cycle, when obtaining additional funds is more difficult. Franchot said the legislature has placed "demands" on Harris to manage his $42 million budget better. Last fiscal year, Harris promised not to go over budget, as he had done the previous year, Franchot said. Harris' predecessor, Alan H. Murrell, drew much criticism for routinely going over his budget. "The legislature has been very aggressive in criticizing previous deficiencies," Franchot said. "A lot of demands have been made" on Harris. Franchot said the blame for the crisis falls on the "dysfunctional" operation of the court system in Baltimore. Prosecutors, public defenders and the courts need to communicate better, he said. Harris is "not blameless, because there is some gamesmanship going on," Franchot said, but "fundamentally, the problem is a management problem." "It is the responsibility of the judiciary to bring all the parties together and propose constructive reform so we don't have these crises occurring that affect innocent people's lives," Franchot said. Maryland's Chief Judge Robert M. Bell said yesterday that he will meet next week with court officials to discuss the future of the two new drug courts, including the possibility of shutting down the courts until the public defender's office can staff them. Though public defenders started handing out the letters in May, the shortage of lawyers did not become a crisis until October. Harris, Kaplan and Bell, along with others, met to work out a temporary solution so that charges against some of the defendants would not be dismissed. Defendants must be tried within six months of their first court appearance, so the group of court officials developed a plan to bring many of the defendants initially turned away by the public defender's office back into court to be given attorneys if they wanted them. The plan covered only November. As of Dec. 1, the drug case courtrooms were again empty of public defenders. The court arranged for volunteer lawyers to take cases for the first two weeks of this month. The lack of public defenders has had defendants greeting court proceedings with blank stares and mystified looks. One man facing 20 years in prison on felony drug charges had only his mother to consult when prosecutors offered him a plea bargain that would keep him out of jail. George L. Russell Jr., a former Baltimore circuit judge, said the public defender's office walks a tightrope because lawmakers are reluctant to fund lawyers for defendants. "Prosecutors have no problem because people think they are on the Lord's side. The public defender's office historically has been an afterthought," Russell said. Harris "doesn't want to say a thing to upset the legislature."
------------------------------------------------------------------- 2 DeKalb cops shot during raid of alleged drug house (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the two DeKalb County prohibition agents were recovering at home from minor gunshot wounds they suffered during a Thursday night raid on a suspected drug house in Belvedere. The suspected shooter, Dwight Brown, surrendered to police, who charged him with aggravated assault and marijuana possession.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (email@example.com) To: "_Drug Policy --" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: 2 GA cops shot during raid of alleged drug house Date: Fri, 4 Dec 1998 20:45:35 -0800 Sender: email@example.com December 5, 1998 2 DeKalb cops shot during raid of alleged drug house By R. Robin McDonald The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Two DeKalb County police officers are recovering at home from minor gunshot wounds they suffered during a Thursday night raid on a suspected drug house in Belvedere. Officer John Germano, 32, and Officer P.B. Hilton were shot as they broke through the door of a house at 1815 San Gabriel Ave. in central DeKalb off Memorial Drive. Neighbors and members of the Belvedere Civic Association have complained about drugs being sold out of the house, police said. The officers were executing a search warrant when they were wounded, probably by the same bullet that passed through both of Hilton's legs and then struck Germano, who was standing beside him, DeKalb Capt. Derwin Brown said. Both officers were treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and released early Friday morning. As the police officers entered the house about 11 p.m., they spotted at the end of a hall "a hand gun come around the doorway," Brown said. "The gunshot came from down the hallway." At the time, there were five adults, including the suspected shooter, two teenagers and six children ranging in age from 5-10 in the house, police said. The suspected shooter, Dwight Brown, 42, soon surrendered to police, who charged him with aggravated assault and marijuana possession. Police also arrested Linda Brown, 42; Shonterie Brown, 18; Thomas Perdue, 20; and a 15-year-old on felony drug charges. Neighbors said one of the women now under arrest is known to neighborhood children as "the candy lady" because she sells them candy. "She probably sold candy to the kids and dope to the adults," Capt. Brown said. Police raided the house after civic association members, whose clubhouse is next door, complained that illegal drugs were being sold openly on the street, often by occupants of the house who would flag down passing traffic with their illicit wares, the police captain said. During the raid, police said, they seized a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol, ammunition, small quantities of marijuana and crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Court Convicts Fugitive Haitian Of Drug Smuggling (Reuters says Joseph Michel Francois, a top police official and reputed death squad leader under Haiti's former military regime, was convicted in absentia by a federal court in Miami on Friday of cocaine smuggling and money laundering. Eight other people were convicted in the case in US District Court, four of whom are fugitives. One of those convicted was Joel Audain, a US immigration officer who allowed traffickers to pass through secure areas of Miami airport.) Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 21:35:32 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US FL: Wire: U.S. Court Convicts Fugitive Haitian Of Drug Smuggling Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Sat, 05 Dec 1998 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1998 Reuters Limited. U.S. COURT CONVICTS FUGITIVE HAITIAN OF DRUG SMUGGLING MIAMI, Dec 4 (Reuters) - A top police official and reputed death squad leader under Haiti's former military regime was convicted in absentia by a federal court on Friday of cocaine smuggling and money laundering. Joseph Michel Francois is a fugitive from justice, having fought off U.S. attempts to extradite him from Honduras, where he settled after the toppling of the Haitian regime in 1994. He was one of nine people convicted in the case in the U.S. District Court, three others of whom are also fugitives. A U.S. immigration officer who allowed traffickers to pass through secure areas of Miami airport was one of those convicted. He is in custody. U.S. drug fighters accused Francois of using his position as Port-au- Prince's police chief to set up an apparatus that flooded the United States with more than 33 tons of Colombian cocaine between 1987 and 1994, using Haiti as a transit point. According to the indictment, he had a private landing strip built and put cronies in charge of the airport and seaports in return for millions of dollars in payoffs from Colombian cartels. He was arrested by Honduran police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in March 1997 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, but has successfully thwarted attempts to extradite him. U.S. Attorney Tom Scott said in a statement on Friday that Francois, 41, had been convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine from Colombia and Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. The five men convicted and in custody included Fernando Burgos-Martinez, 57, the Colombian cartel's liaison with corrupt Haitian officials, Marc Valme, 44, a Haitian military official who worked with the traffickers at Port-au-Prince airport, and Joel Audain, 39, a U.S. Immigration and Naturalisation officer at Miami airport. One defendant, Fritz Lafontante, 44, fled during the trial. They face a maximum of life imprisonment with a minimum of 10 years in jail, and a fine of $4 million. Judge Federico Moreno set sentencing for Feb. 12. Francois is believed to have been the mastermind behind the 1991 military coup that toppled Haiti's elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. During his tenure as police chief he ran a security apparatus that viciously repressed any opposition. He fled to the Dominican Republic in 1994 after U.S. troops invaded the country to restore Aristide to power. He left for Honduras in 1996 after Dominican authorities arrested him on charges of plotting to overthrow the Haitian government again. He has proclaimed his innocence over drug smuggling in news conferences in Honduras. U.S. officials have recently expressed concern that Haiti has again become a major transit point for illegal narcotics bound for the United States.
------------------------------------------------------------------- A Newcomer in the Liberal Arts - Criminal Justice (The New York Times says students are flocking to criminal-justice courses, making criminal justice the fastest-growing major in the United States. From an obscure discipline scorned by most academics, with only two small doctoral programs as recently as 1970, criminal justice has exploded to 350,000 undergraduate majors at colleges and universities. In part, the appeal of criminal justice is a result of the huge growth in crime since the 1960s, the prison-building boom and the fascination with criminals.) Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 18:31:38 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: NYT: A Newcomer in the Liberal Arts: Criminal Justice Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dick Evans) Source: New York Times (NY) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Copyright: 1998 The New York Times Company Author: Fox Butterfield Pubdate: Saturday, 5 Dec 1998 A NEWCOMER IN THE LIBERAL ARTS: CRIMINAL JUSTICE NEWARK, N.J. -- At first glance, Bernice Jones is not your typical college student. At 33, she is a little old, and she arrived for her criminal-justice class at Rutgers University straight from work at the Essex County Prosecutors Office, neatly dressed in a navy blue suit, blue pumps and matching handbag. There is also what she delicately calls "my family background in the criminal-justice system." Her two brothers served time in prison for drug convictions (one of them has since died), and the father of her 2-year-old daughter is serving a 10- to 15-year sentence for armed robbery. But both her job and her family situation make Ms. Jones representative of the multitude of students flocking to criminal-justice courses, making criminal justice the fastest-growing major in the United States, according to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, a professional organization. From an obscure discipline scorned by most academics, with only two small doctoral programs as recently as 1970, criminal justice has exploded to 350,000 undergraduate majors at colleges and universities, said Freda Adler, a professor of criminal justice at Rutgers and a former president of the American Society of Criminology. In part, the appeal of criminal justice is a result of the huge growth in crime since the 1960s, the prison-building boom and the fascination with criminals. These factors have combined to create a major new job market for police officers and prison guards. For some students, like Ms. Jones, criminal justice also offers a way to understand the lives of those around them better. But at another level, the flood of new courses and students is a reflection of the intellectual success of criminal justice. Ten to 20 years ago academic criminologists and law-enforcement authorities thought the police could do little to fight crime, but now many new ideas have proved successful in reducing the country's high crime rate. Among these seminal theories was the suggestion by James Q. Wilson of the University of California at Los Angeles and George Kelling of Rutgers University that the police concentrate on "fixing broken windows," meaning that they could avert more serious crimes like murder by arresting people for petty crimes like vandalism. At the same time, Herman Goldstein of the University of Wisconsin pioneered the concept of community policing, which means that police officers, instead of sitting in their patrol cars waiting for a 911 call after a crime has occurred, get involved in their communities, thereby preventing crime. Some of the ideas have come directly from the police themselves. Foremost among these is the management strategy introduced by William Bratton when he was police commissioner of New York City in the '90s, in which he insisted on the rapid collection of crime statistics and then held his local police commanders responsible for crime control in their areas. Like community policing, this got his officers more involved in their neighborhoods. On a different track, Gerald Patterson, a psychologist at the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene, demonstrated that early intervention with troubled children, particularly getting their parents to do a better job of monitoring and supervising their behavior, could prevent delinquency. And John Braithwaite at the Australian National University in Canberra has introduced a less punitive alternative to jail and prison by bringing criminals together with their victims to mediate a resolution, an idea being rapidly copied in cities around the United States. The popularity of criminal justice on campus has cut deeply into traditional fields like sociology and psychology. And it has emerged as a "cash cow" for college administrators, said Donna Hale, a professor of criminal justice at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. At Shippensburg, criminal justice has become the second-largest major, after education, with 409 undergraduates in a total enrollment of 6,700. "We could easily be the largest, if the administration gave us the resources, because there are so many students transferring here for criminal justice and there are so many students on the waiting list," Ms. Hale said. One of the factors that set criminal justice apart from some traditional fields is the makeup of the student body. At both urban, inner-city schools like Rutgers, where many of the students are black or Hispanic, and rural universities like Shippensburg, where most of the students are white, the majority of those majoring in criminal justice are from working-class backgrounds and are the first members of their families to go to college. The appeal is jobs as police officers, prison guards, probation officers, private security company employees or FBI agents. "I'm interested in the private prison field," said Michael Bonavota, a 22-year-old senior who took Ms. Adler's class. "It's a growth field with good job opportunities. As long as there are criminals, there will be prisons and jobs." Ms. Hale and other specialists in criminal justice are quick to admit that their field has also benefited from movies, television and widely covered trials like that of O.J. Simpson. "The largest single impact on criminal-justice enrollment in the past 10 years was "Silence of the Lambs,"' said Timothy Flanagan, dean of the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Texas. Rebecca Thaxton, a student who was also in Ms. Adler's criminal-justice class at Rutgers, is an administrator for an investment bank by day but wants to become a profiler for the FBI. Her inspiration comes from watching the NBC show "Profiler," which is about a beautiful, blond FBI agent who solves gruesome murders through psychological analysis of demented killers' minds. "When I'm teaching," Ms. Hale recounted, "I ask students why they take the class and what they want to be. It used to be they wanted to be police officers or state troopers. Now they all want to be FBI profilers. They see it on TV; it's very glamorized." Criminal justice as a subject dates back to the 1890s when the University of Chicago's famous School of Sociology began studying deviance in society. But it remained the poor stepchild of criminology until the late 1960s when President Lyndon B. Johnson's Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice recommended that police officers be college graduates to cope with the explosion of violent crime in the nation. In 1968, as a result of the commission's findings, Congress created the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, which spent $7 billion, much of it going to new departments of criminal justice at colleges and universities to improve education for the police, Ms. Adler recalled. As part of this surge, Ms. Adler helped create a School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers in 1974. While the border between criminology and criminal justice is sometimes hard to define, Lawrence Sherman, chairman of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, describes criminal justice as "applied criminology, that portion of criminology that specializes in studying the police, the courts and prisons." The broader, older field of criminology is more focused on the study of what causes crime and criminal behavior, issues like poverty, the family, neighborhoods, gangs and, increasingly, biology. Criminal justice is still looked down on by some academicians and is still not taught at some prestigious schools like those in the Ivy League. But Sherman says it has "really become a liberal art," explaining that "it combines sociology, psychology, history, economics, politics and statistics" and uses the scientific method. With all the interest in crime, criminal-justice studies have taken on a gold-rush feel. At Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, the administration long lobbied the faculty to create a criminal-justice major because it was one of the most frequently requested majors at college job fairs and looked like a way to attract applicants. "The administration presented a message that we had to respond to the market demand and offer a criminal-justice major," wrote Forbes Farmer, a professor at Franklin Pierce, in a bulletin for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. "Like other small liberal arts colleges, the administration was promoting strategies to survive the enrollment and financial crunch of the 1990s." In 1996, the faculty finally and reluctantly approved, Farmer said, a decision he said was greeted ecstatically by school officials. At Rutgers, Kimberly Robinson, a sophomore from Newark, is thinking about majoring in criminal justice. A major reason, she said, is that she "grew up around crime." Her brother is in prison, her three uncles are each serving life sentences and her father has been incarcerated four times. "At a personal level, I felt I just didn't understand the criminal-justice system," Ms. Robinson said. But now, she added, "I'm so interested in criminal justice, it's the only class where I stay awake."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot-Growing Professor Hopes To Teach Again (The Victoria Times-Colonist, in British Columbia, says Professor Jean Veevers, just fined $15,000 and given a conditional 12-month sentence she can serve at home, hopes to greet her sociology class at the University of Victoria on Jan. 4 and resume her teaching career. British Columbian Supreme Court Justice Dean Wilson said Veevers, who suffers from chronic depression and fatigue syndrome, arthritis and fibromyalgia, does not pose a risk to the community.) Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 10:10:01 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Canada: Pot-Growing Professor Hopes To Teach Again Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Alan Randell Source: Victoria Times-Colonist (Canada) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: King Lee, Times-Colonist Staff Pubdate: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 POT-GROWING PROFESSOR HOPES TO TEACH AGAIN UVic instructor fined $15,000 and given jail term to serve at home Prof. Jean Veevers hopes to greet her sociology class at the University of Victoria on Jan. 4 and resume her teaching career. "That's all I know," Veevers said Friday after she was fined $15,000 and handed a conditional 12-month sentence she can serve at home, for cultivating marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking. "I am competent to teach. My classes are full with a waiting list," said Veevers, described at sentencing at B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dean Wilson as an offender who does not pose a risk for the community. Wilson imposed a 12-month term with conditions that Veevers remain in the province during that time and perform 60 hours of community service. He also gave her three years to pay off the $15,000 fine. UVic president David Strong will review her case next week and make a decision on her status as a sociology professor. On medical leave since a police raid on the home, Veevers said losing her teaching job is her biggest fear. A UVic professor since 1980, she pleaded guilty on Oct. 26 to cultivating marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Charges of theft of power from B.C. Hydro and mischief were stayed by Crown counsel Ernie Froess. Veevers: 'For once in my life, I wanted help.' RCMP drug section officers raided Veevers' residence on April 17, 1997, and seized 122 marijuana plants and 8.6 kilos of marijuana from what was described as a sophisticated-grow operation. "It was a God-awful surprise," Veevers said Friday. "I had absolutely no idea of what was coming upon my head. I was stunned by what came raining down on me." Veevers she has been in a perpetual state of embarrassment over the publicity. "I thought I would live under my bed." She credits her doctor, Dr. Robert Angus, and psychologist, Dr. Frances Ricks, with helping her through the ordeal. "I got very good help there. For once in my life, I wanted to be helped." Veevers, 55, has been teaching at universities since she was 23, and became a full professor before age 40. Much had been made in court of a statement taken from her computer journal that she wanted to retire at 55. "It is certainly something I said a lot," admitted Veevers. But she said it was in the context of her chronic health problems and not monetary that she wrote that statement. Suffering from chronic depression and fatigue syndrome, arthritis and fibromyalgia, Veevers said she realized that she could not carry a full workload at UVic until she was 65. To that end, Veevers had taken a reduced responsibility appointment in the sociology department and was to teach only one of terms, from January until June of each year. Meanwhile, Crown counsel Froess, who initially said that he would not appeal Wilson's decision, later retracted his comments and said he would forward his report to the Vancouver headquarters for a appeal decision. Staff Sgt. Pat Convey, head of the Vancouver Island RCMP drug section, asked to comment on the sentence, said "It's not a hell of a lot to comment on, actually. "I don't know what kind of message it sends to people out there who want to get into the marijuana-growing business. It's something that's not going to deter a lot of people."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Antiepileptic Drug Blocks Rats' Taste For Nicotine (The Lancet, in Britain, says scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, have discovered that the antiepileptic drug vigabatrin blocks nicotine-induced brain dopamine release in rats and primates. Further, vigabatrin treatment disrupts rats' preference for an environment previously associated with nicotine; pretreatment with the drug blocks the development of such a preference. Vigabatrin also blocks the biochemical and behavioural effects of alcohol, morphine, amphetamine, and methamphetamine in animals.) Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 18:24:00 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: UK: Antiepileptic Drug Blocks Rats' Taste For Nicotine Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (email@example.com) Pubdate: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 Source: Lancet, The (UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.thelancet.com/ Copyright: The Lancet Ltd Author: Kelly Morris ANTIEPILEPTIC DRUG BLOCKS RATS' TASTE FOR NICOTINE Scientists from the USA have discovered that the antiepileptic drug vigabatrin can block drug-seeking behaviour in animals by increasing brain concentrations of GABA (-aminobutyric acid). If this effect is also found in people, vigabatrin could be one way to tackle addictions, including addiction to nicotine. In the USA, 35 million smokers will try to quit each year. But more than 70% of attempts are unsuccessful and chronic use of nicotine replacement to combat nicotine addiction may be harmful. Stephen Dewey (Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA) and co-workers previously found that vigabatrin lowered cocaine-induced dopamine release in the brain, and abolished drug-seeking behaviour in cocaine-addicted animals (see Lancet 1998, 352: 1290 ). Because nicotine, like other addictive drugs, increases synaptic dopamine in areas of the brain related to reward, the team hypothesised that vigabatrin might also disrupt the rewarding effects of nicotine. The investigators now report that vigabatrin blocks nicotine-induced brain dopamine release in rats and primates. Further, vigabatrin treatment disrupts rats' preference for an environment previously associated with nicotine; pretreatment with the drug blocks the development of such a preference. These findings suggest that vigabatrin abolishes the motivational effects of nicotine (Synapse 1998; 81: 76-86). Importantly, the dose of vigabatrin that blocks these behaviours in rats is equivalent to less than a tenth of the standard antiepileptic dose in people, says Dewey. Dewey and colleagues have found that vigabatrin also blocks the biochemical and behavioural effects of alcohol, morphine, amphetamine, and methamphetamine in animals. "It's quite unique that one drug appears effective for many different drugs of abuse whose ability to elevate dopamine is via a host of different mechanisms", he says. So, targeting the GABA neurotransmitter system could be a fundamental strategy for tackling addiction, he adds. Clinical trials in smokers and in cocaine addicts are planned, which "could be started within 6 months if US approval [of vigabatrin] goes smoothly", says Dewey.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ecstasy Use May Cause Brain Damage, Say Scientists (The Guardian, in Britain, says scientists last night warned that ecstasy, or MDMA, could trigger long-term damage to vital brain cells called serotonin neurons, although there is still no hard evidence. Rat brain cells seem to recover. But Professor Una McCann of the US National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, said that seven years after being treated to a four-day course of drugs, every monkey in a series of labs across the world had shown signs of irreversible damage. Now, she and colleagues told a conference in London yesterday, tests and brain scans on human volunteers show similar damage. The catch is that scientists can only work with volunteers who have already become worried about the drug's effects. The researchers are faced with other variables - they cannot be sure about the amount, the frequency or the quality of the MDMA taken, or the role of other drugs that might have been used.) Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 14:31:56 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: UK: Ecstasy Use May Cause Brain Damage, Say Scientists Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (email@example.com) Source: Guardian, The (UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/ Copyright: Guardian Media Group 1998 Pubdate: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 Author: Tim Radford, Science Editor ECSTASY USE MAY CAUSE BRAIN DAMAGE, SAY SCIENTISTS Scientists last night warned that the clubber's favourite drug, ecstasy, could trigger long-term damage to vital brain cells called serotonin neurons. Serotonin is a brain chemical important in controlling mood. Although there is still no hard evidence, researchers believe this damage could lead to impaired memory, loss of self-control, increased levels of anxiety, sleeplessness, appetite problems and even long-term psychiatric illness. Ecstasy is the popular name for the "recreational" drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine, or MDMA. It is taken, sometimes on a weekly basis, by hundreds of thousands of young people in Europe and the United States. There has been a small number of deaths linked with the drug but most users argue that it is safe. But evidence from Britain, Italy and the US is beginning to tell a different story. Tests on animals - rats, guinea pigs, monkeys and baboons - have repeatedly and uniformly shown damage to parts of the brain that work with serotonin. Rat brain cells seem to recover. But Professor Una McCann of the US National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, said that seven years after being treated to a four-day course of drugs, every monkey in a series of labs across the world had shown signs of irreversible damage. Now, she and colleagues told a conference in London yesterday, tests and brain scans on human volunteers show similar damage. George Ricaurte of the Johns Hopkins school of medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, said many neuroscientists were now concerned at the possible effect of this damage: users could be at greater risk of mood and sleep disturbance, aggressive tendencies and anxiety. The catch is that scientists can only work with volunteers who have already become worried about the drug's effects. The researchers are faced with other variables: they cannot be sure about the amount, the frequency or the quality of the MDMA taken, or the role of other drugs that might have been used. They have no information about users who do not reveal their problems to doctors and they cannot ethically conduct the kind of "double-blind" experiments which match large groups of patients with control - the technique used to answer questions about pharmaceutical drugs. But they are in no doubt that ecstasy claims victims. Dr Fabrizio Schifano, who heads an addiction treatment unit in Padua, said that at a conservative estimate 50,000 to 85,000 young Italians took ecstasy in clubs on Saturday nights. More than half of a group of 150 in Padua who had used the drug at least once suffered from depression, psychotic disorders, cognitive disturbances, bulimic episodes, impulse control disorders and social phobia. "I know of no other recreational drugs," said Prof Ricaurte, "that prune serotonin nerve cells in the brain, and do so without producing any immediate and obvious change to the user to alert him or her that brain injury has occurred. That is the reading of the available clinical experience today. "To me, the fact that we have a potent and selective neurotoxin in the brain cells, and that it can produce these changes without giving an immediate warning that something is amiss, to me that one of the most insidious aspects of MDMA. "It allows the user to continue using the drug for prolonged periods of time, potentially sustaining greater and greater serotonin nerve cell injury." Andy Parrott, a psychologist at the University of East London, said he had asked student users of ecstasy to rate their mood after taking the drug. "Ecstasy users were rating high elation and euphoria, as you'd expect," Prof Parrott said. "The thing was, the controls were almost as happy as the ecstasy users. "In other words, they were having a good time on a Saturday night. The actual benefit of the drug was very slight. "Two days later the ecstasy users had significant levels of depression, sadness, bad temper, irritability: you name it, they were suffering from it. "The controls were taking alcohol, or cannabis, a few were taking amphetamines: their mood changes that week were very slight. The ecstasy users' mood changes were really quite remarkable." -------------------------------------------------------------------
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