Month: November 2014

Diane Fanning Signing Books in the Atomic Secret City

On Saturday, December 6, 2014 Diane Fanning will be a guest of the American Museum of Science and Energy signing copies of her latest novel, SCANDAL IN THE SECRET CITY, from 2-4pm Eastern. The museum is located at 300 S Tulane, Oak Ridge, TN. Scandal in the Secret City Eastern Tennessee is an area filled with the beauty of the Great Smokey Mountains, clear creeks, and vibrant cities like Knoxville and Chattanooga. In 1942 the US Government selected a rural area between the ridges to create the “Secret City,” Oak Ridge. The location was quickly built to develop materials for the Manhattan Project and the purification of uranium for use in the bomb that eventually fell on Hiroshima. The population rose from around 3,000 to 75,000 by 1945 as workers were recruited for employment not knowing what the specifics of their jobs would be, and not knowing where they were going. Known as the Secret City, Oak Ridge never appeared on any maps, hidden in plain view from the rest of the world. The main character in Diane Fanning’s SCANDAL …

Shattered Lives: Victim Impact Statement and Sentencing

One of the remaining avenues for crime victims to have a voice within the courts is through victim impact statements. Victim impact statements are usually read after trial and during the sentencing phase as a way to get into the record the impact of the crime on the victims, their friends and families. Shattered Lives Radio talks with two champions of victims’ rights, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and attorney Michelle S. Cruz, who is serving as this week’s co-host. Both women have used their skills and experience to step into the gap for victims of crime through their advocacy and legislative positions. Realizing that crime victims often are in trauma, even years after the crime, they use their understanding of the justice system to pave a smoother path. Host, Donna Gore, offers her personal knowledge of the subject as well as bringing something new to the table, a Victim Impact Assistance Service where crime victims can take advantage of her vast talent at a time when their lives are in chaos. Nancy O’Malley Using her position as the …

Bob Rahn, Jonathan Fleming, Kim Anklin

A Just Cause Radio Discusses Wrongful Convictions with Bob Rahn & Kim Anklin

  Highlighting injustices, especially those of the wrongfully convicted, is the mission of A Just Cause Radio hosts Sam Thurman and Cliff Stewart. By exposing the gritty truth they are educating audiences about judicial misconduct and the consequences to thousands of Americans held in prisons for crimes they did not commit. Guests on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8pm Eastern are Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin of Management Resources LTD of NY, a private investigation agency which uncovered prosecutorial misconduct and new evidence which was responsible for the exoneration of Jonathan Fleming. Jonathan Fleming’s case made international headlines in April, 2014 when he was released after serving almost 25 years for murder. After investigating the case for a year, Bob Rahn and Kim Anklin were present in the court room when Fleming was exonerated. Rahn and Anklin have received high honors from their peers for their painstaking work on the Fleming case, and have managed to keep the best interest of their client in the forefront since his release. Since the conclusion of the Fleming case they have become outspoken advocates for the issue …

Tex Johnson, 67, sentenced to 50 year for stealing $24, is from Ron Levine’s multimedia project, “Prisoners of Age: Portraits of Elderly Inmates.” Photo credit: New America Media

Shattered Lives: The Ethical Treatment of the Aging Prison Population with Guest, Tina Maschi

    How do surviving crime victims consider the treatment of the one person who changed their lives forever, a criminal in prison? Whether the crime be homicide, assault, or violence of any type, the perpetrator has been convicted and sentenced to time behind bars. Where do we draw the line between punishment for the crime and the humane treatment of another? As more and more of the incarcerated become senior citizens in prison, the costs to house them rise as well, by approximately three times the expense of younger prisoners. Older prisoners become vulnerable and neglected, often faced with increased violence of fellow inmates, but there aren’t enough services addressing this unique situation, as well as the quandary of the ethical treatment of a fellow human being vs accountability for their crime. The other side of the dilemma is when elderly inmates are released there are often few resources available, families have dispersed, and they are faced with more uncertainty about their welfare than when they were in prison. Shattered Lives Radio listeners will hear …

Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue, Dottie Laster, ImaginePublicity, MSNBC

MSNBC’s Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue with Dottie Laster Part of November Marathon

  Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue Featuring Dottie Laster  Watch the sneak peek! As part of MSNBC’s November marathon, Sex Slaves in America, Sex Slaves: Texas Rescue will air again on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 6pm kicking off the evening’s 4 hours of the most compelling episodes about human trafficking filmed from coast to coast. The Texas Rescue episode follows Dottie Laster and her team performing rescue attempts of known victims of trafficking by “purchasing” her services, often with the pimp waiting outside. One of Dottie Laster’s featured team members, Cat French of Elijah Rising, was specifically trained by Laster to recognize the complexities of the landscape of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. French says, “By her tenacity and resolute stand against wickedness, Dottie prepared the way for a whole new coalition of justice warriors to arise in Houston, some through Elijah Rising, and many others in similar organizations throughout our city. We have been equipped for the battlefield by Dottie’s patient and enduring mentorship. Many thanks to you, Dottie!” Rescue of Sex Trafficking Victims in Houston While filming, Dottie Laster and …