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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Karen Tse - How to Stop Torture

Political prisoners aren't the only ones being tortured; the vast majority of judicial torture happens in ordinary cases, even in "functioning" legal systems. In this TEDTalk, social activist Karen Tse shows how we can - and should - stand up and end the use of routine torture.
Online
2011
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: David R. Dow - Lessons From Death Row Inmates

What happens before a murder? In looking for ways to reduce death penalty cases, David R. Dow realized that a surprising number of death row inmates have had similar biographies. In this TEDTalk he proposes a bold plan - one that prevents murders in the first place. Death penalty lawyer David R. Dow has defended more than 100 death row inmates in 20 years.
Online
2012
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Inside the New KKK [electronic resource]

Granted rare access to the Mississippi White Nights of the KKK-the klavern notorious for its involvement in what has come to be known as the Mississippi Burning case-this ABC News program reports on the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, whose membership has been rising. Nightline's Cynthia McFadden and her camera crew are welcomed by Grand Dragon Steven Howard, who, at a site deep in the woods, presides over a white supremacist barbecue, some pistol practice, and, after nightfall, the ritual lighting of a 16-foot cross. In addition, the Grand Dragon expounds his controversial views on racial segregation and the means for achieving it. "Howard says he's allowed us to come here to show us the new Klan is neither hate-filled nor violent," says McFadden, "yet what we heard and saw during o [...]
Online
2012
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Steubenville [electronic resource]: After the Party's Over

Steubenville High School used to be known for touchdowns, not trials, until two football heroes were charged with and convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl during a post-game victory celebration. This ABC News report on the Steubenville rape case follows the party-hopping trail of digital evidence that tells a story of extreme humiliation and repeated sexual violation while underscoring a nationwide-and uniquely 21st-century-problem: crime being recorded instead of reported as young bystanders with little real-world sense of consequences fail to intervene. Drawing upon texts, tweets, pictures, and videos, the case for the prosecution was almost entirely pieced together through social media.
Online
2013
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Military Targeted for Identity Theft [electronic resource]

Although we are now seeing a widespread increase in identity theft, the military has always been a particularly vulnerable target. In this episode of Scammed, we learn the story of a young soldier who returns home to find his identity has been stolen and his credit rating ruined. Despite being able to prove he'd been stationed in Iraq, he cannot shake the bad credit and his life slowly falls apart. Next we explore the new dangers of the Internet and how they can easily lead to identity theft. We then conclude with a case in which a family targeted landlords, using the information from their rental agreements in order to steal their identities.
Online
2011
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Credit Card Skimming, Investment Fraud, and Advance Fee Scams [electronic resource]

This episode of Scammed takes us through three classic scams. First we examine how credit card skimming works; then we briefly consider the trust required for scammers to pull off an investment fraud; and finally we look at the case of a woman who loses her entire business due to the deceptive advance fee scam, one of the most common types of confidence frauds.
Online
2011
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Counterfeit Products [electronic resource]

Counterfeit products are an especially hot topic in crime - and in the world of sports memorabilia, they can make criminals rich. This episode of Scammed visits the world's largest sports memorabilia conference to hear leading experts speak about the breadth of this crime. We also consult with FBI Special Agent Fitzsimmons about Operation Bullpen - a high-profile bust conducted by his unit that resulted in the arrest of a forgery and authentication operation. Finally, we learn about a couple who were given a counterfeit product as a prize - a dangerous forgery that cost them the lives of their children.
Online
2011
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Affinity Fraud [electronic resource]: Sparks and Lech

Affinity frauds are perpetrated against people of particular social or ethnic groups - by those who seem to share the same background. This episode of Scammed profiles two criminals, David Spark and Andrew Lech, who prey upon such groups of trusting individuals - those who do not fear or would never suspect being taken advantage of by members of their own community. The victims here tell their stories about how they were easily duped by these criminals because they shared a common background or belief.
Online
2011
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Charity Fraud [electronic resource]: Disaster and Illness

Altruism in society is revealed through the donations given to charities in times of need. We seek to help others in desperate circumstances by donating money, typically in person or online. Unfortunately, there are those who choose to exploit the good nature of donators by channeling profits into their own hands. In this episode of Scammed, we encounter two different charity fraud schemes: a fake disaster relief Web site that receives donations and then funnels them into criminal accounts; and a case in which one individual pretends to have cancer in order to collect donations for personal use. While preying in these ways upon the good will of others, such heinous acts also tend to tarnish the reputations or inhibit the efforts of legitimate charitable organizations truly working to [...]
Online
2011
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Ponzi Scheme [electronic resource]: Saxton Case

In the early 20th century, Charles Ponzi duped countless investors out of their savings through an elaborate plan known today as a Ponzi scheme. In this episode of Scammed, we study the Saxton case to find out how a Ponzi scheme works and the devastating loss it can bring to all those who are innocently manipulated into investing.
Online
2011
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Automotive Schemes [electronic resource]: RV Trade-in Scams and Air Bag Fraud

As automobiles play a major part in our daily lives, many of us have learned to put our trust both in secondhand car dealers and maintenance experts. In this episode of Scammed, we see how criminals involved in either practice can find a range of opportunities to defraud both vehicle owners and their insurance companies. The first segment follows one man's encounters with unscrupulous car salesmen. The second segment examines the tampering of air bags - a criminal act that has resulted in the loss of human life - as we meet a mother whose son became a victim of air bag fraud. This type of devastating experience has left many families bereft, simply because they trusted criminals successfully posing as auto experts.
Online
2011
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Ponzi Scheme [electronic resource]: Butler Case

In the early 20th century, Charles Ponzi duped countless investors out of their savings through an elaborate plan known today as a Ponzi scheme. In this episode of Scammed, we study the Butler case to find out how a Ponzi scheme works and the devastating loss it can bring to all those who are innocently manipulated into investing.
Online
2011
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Lotto Scams [electronic resource]

The group of fraudsters shown in this episode of Scammed ran an international, family-run scheme that lasted over 20 years and spanned two generations, as the son took over his father's well-established plan. Sending out thousands of forged international lotto letters, the group convinced others into believing it was a legitimate lotto organization that also ran a pension fund for its regular playing customers. Here we see how the U.S. Secret Service was able to track down this ring of criminals and bring them all to justice.
Online
2011
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Funeral/Cemetery Fraud [electronic resource]

This episode of Scammed reveals the horrifying story of a funeral home outside of Chicago that was involved in selling recycled graves - by disposing of the original remains and then burying the recently deceased in their place. Sherriff Tom Dart and victims of this fraud take you through their experiences of the entire ordeal - a ghastly fraud scheme that exploited grieving families and desecrated what were to be the final resting places of their loved ones.
Online
2011
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Identity Theft [electronic resource]

Identity theft has become a major and common type of fraudulent crime worldwide. Whether it involves forging documents or stealing personal information, identity theft is not limited by borders and it affects people of all walks of life. In this episode of Scammed, we meet Detectives Glass and Staab as they each guide us through two separate, fascinating identity theft cases. In the first half, Officer Glass shares with us a crime of forgery, through which we even meet the criminal - Rachel Ross. In the second half, Officer Staab takes us through a case in which a criminal assumed the identity of a victim in order to open accounts and take out loans in the victim's name. Officer Staab and the victim, Bogdan Vovk, retell this tale of stolen and assumed identity theft.
Online
2011
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Romance Fraud [electronic resource]: Kent

Many couples struggle with relationship concerns - but when one partner lies and defrauds the other of their savings, that partner has committed romance fraud. Given the personal, emotional nature of this type of crime, romance fraud tends to be particularly devastating for victims. In this episode of Scammed, we learn about Jeff Kent - a charismatic charmer who preyed upon women by exploiting their loneliness and kindness. Pretending to be someone he was not, with a past that was not his own, he gained a victim's trust - and then included her in business schemes that ultimately left her with immense debts, angry customers, and a broken heart. Here we discover how Kent committed his crimes - and meet the victims he exploited and abused.
Online
2011
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Elder Fraud and Exploitation [electronic resource]: Durham, San Diego, Sweetheart

The elderly are often preyed upon by fraudsters. What may be most shocking is how such crimes tend to happen at the hands of those they know and trust. This episode of Scammed follows the stories of several elderly victims whose retirement savings were plundered by trusted fiduciaries, new romantic interests, and even their own children. We learn how it was not only their savings stolen from them, but their faith in others as well.
Online
2011
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Solitary Confinement [electronic resource]: No Way Out of the Monster Factory

Across the United States, approximately 80,000 inmates are locked down in solitary confinement. The practice has led to Congressional hearings, UN reports, and even prison hunger strikes. Is solitary inhumane-and even a form of torture? In this ABC News program, reporter Dan Harris volunteers to spend 48 hours "in the hole" at Denver County Jail in an effort to find out. Over the course of his brief but intense incarceration, Harris has to cope with a total lack of privacy, lights that stay on 24/7 for security reasons, barely edible food, and a previously unimaginable level of boredom. "The worst part is the screaming," says Harris. "The sounds of my fellow inmates losing their minds was incredibly unsettling.
Online
2012
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Guns [electronic resource]: An American Way of Life and Death

The U.S. leads the world in firearm-related deaths, while next-door-neighbor Canada has significantly fewer. Why? In this program, filmed in the wake of the hate-motivated shootings at Los Angeles' North Valley Jewish Community Center, ABC News anchor Ted Koppel looks at America's love-hate relationship with guns, contrasting it with Canadian attitudes and policies. Seattle Chief of Police Norm Stamper and Vancouver Deputy Chief Constable Gary Greer share their points of view on the right of gun ownership, reasons for purchasing guns, types of guns considered legal, background checks, and other topics.
Online
1999
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Kathryn Schulz-Don't Regret Regret

We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, "wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regrets in this TEDTalk. Schulz is the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error and writes The Wrong Stuff, a Slate series featuring interviews with high-profile people about how they think and feel about being wrong.
Online
2011