Midnight In The Desert — crime

"My Brain Made Me Do It" Is Becoming a More Common Criminal Defense

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"My Brain Made Me Do It" Is Becoming a More Common Criminal Defense

After Richard Hodges pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and residential burglary, he appeared somewhat dazed and kept asking questions that had nothing to do with the plea process. That’s when the judge ordered that Hodges undergo a neuropsychological examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing. Yet no irregularities turned up. Hodges, experts concluded, was faking it. His guilty plea would stand. But experts looking back at the 2007 case now say Hodges was part of a burgeoning trend: Criminal defense strategies are increasingly relying on neurological evidence—psychological evaluations, behavioral tests or brain scans—to potentially mitigate punishment. Defendants may cite earlier...

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Stray cat becomes suspect in 'attempted murder' of Japanese woman

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Stray cat becomes suspect in 'attempted murder' of Japanese woman

From the files of the unbelievable — a stray cat is being investigated for the attempted murder of an 82-year-old woman in Japan. According to a report in Japan Today, Mayuko Matsumoto's daughter came home on Nov. 6 to find her with approximately 20 cuts on her face. Matsumoto, who is bedridden and unable to speak, was rushed to a nearby hospital where she received emergency care, from her home in the Mifune, Kumamoto Prefecture region of Japan. "When we found her, blood covered everything above her chin. Her face was soaked in blood. I didn't know what had happened,"...

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ENCORE Tue Aug 2 - Tony Montana - Life in the Chicago Outfit

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ENCORE Tue Aug 2 - Tony Montana - Life in the Chicago Outfit

Website: TheRealTonyMontana.com Tony Montana is the real thing. He has lived in Las Vegas for 45 years and is one of the Outfit's most "under-the-radar" hidden treasures, running with the best of the best Chicago Outfit members. Tony Montana is known as the silent strength, participating in his role without the customary fanfare and notoriety. He laid low for all the other wise guys in the Chicago Outfit. From 15 years of age, he worked for Sam Giancana, Fat Leonard Caifano, Jimmy Allegretti, Joe DiVarco, Joe the Jap -- Eto, Milwaukee Phil, FiFi Buccieri and Tony Spilotro. The Outfit kept...

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“Free hug man” in Times Square punches woman for not paying him

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“Free hug man” in Times Square punches woman for not paying him

A 22-year-old Canadian woman visiting Times Square mistook a man's "free hugs" sign to mean that she could get a free hug. When she didn't pay up, the gentleman punched her in the eye. Jermaine Himmelstein, 24, was charged with robbery and fraudulent accosting. He has been arrested 16 times in the last four years. From abc7NY: The NYPD said the woman took a picture with Jermaine Himmelstein, 24, who was holding a sign that said "free hugs." Police said Himmelstein then demanded three times that the woman give him money -- and she refused each time. After the third...

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How to hack the hackers: The human side of cybercrime

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How to hack the hackers: The human side of cybercrime

Say what you will about cybercriminals, says Angela Sasse, “their victims rave about the customer service”. Sasse is talking about ransomware: an extortion scheme in which hackers encrypt the data on a user's computer, then demand money for the digital key to unlock them. Victims get detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for the payment process (all major credit cards accepted), and how to use the key. If they run into technical difficulties, there are 24/7 call centres. “It's better support than they get from their own Internet service providers,” says Sasse, a psychologist and computer scientist at University College London who heads...

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