Crimes and Their Punishments – Through the Ages

Punishments for Crimes through the ages – from the bizarre to outrageous, from the sublime to the ridiculous. We don’t know how lucky we are!

Many of us are apt to complain about sentences handed out by our Courts for crimes these days – too harsh, too lenient. But a quick look at some punishments for crimes through the ages, including in some countries today, we should really consider how much we really have to complain about.

Not only have punishments been truly shocking (and in some instances still are), but even some of the crimes are truly unbelievable.

Many Sydney criminal lawyers would have had their work cut out for them if some of these historical crimes were still on the statute books! Lucky for us that our complaints about the justice systems these days are limited to whether an offender should be given a jail sentence or community service, or whether a 2 year sentence is sufficient or whether 5 would have been better, and so on.

Thank goodness we don’t have to contend with crimes for which the penalty is being tortured to death by some truly unimaginable means. Criminal lawyers in Australia, as in Europe, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and others, these days don’t have to plead for the type of mercy that offenders of times gone by had to. And of course, some of these barbaric practices do still exist today in other parts of the globe, as you can see below.

Some Crimes and Some Punishments You Won’t Believe

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'Criminal Minds' Season 12 Spoilers & Update: Season Premieres in September; Morgan To Make Comeback? – Movie News Guide

‘Criminal Minds’ Season 12 Spoilers & Update: Season Premieres in September; Morgan To Make Comeback?

“Criminal Minds” Season 12 has been delayed more than expected. Moreover, the exit of Derek Morgan played by Shemar Moore from the show has made all the fans concerned about the next storyline, and they are eagerly waiting for it to come on television. According to rumor, it is entirely possible that Morgan will be shown in some of the episodes of the upcoming season.

According to Cartermatt, by the time “Criminal Minds” Season 12 breaths of air on television it would be months since the exit of Morgan. Even then, it will not be easy for the team to continue the episodes without mentioning him.

Morgan To Return?

Although most of the times the TV shows never mention the character that exits the show, looking at the popularity of the character of Morgan and also his importance in the series, the showrunners might plan to bring him on the few episodes of the Season 12. According to executive producer Erica Messer, it will not be easy for Reid to continue working without Morgan by his side.

Hence, viewers might get to see some excerpts from the previous episodes as Reid remembers him in “Criminal Minds” Season 12. So, even though Shemar Moore will not be making a real comeback on the show, his presence will be there for the upcoming season.

Messer stated that it is natural for people to miss their colleagues after working for a long time together and the Season 12 will touch on it since it is real. She said that you did not just get over losing your best friend at work that quickly. So, according to Messer, the storyline of “Criminal Minds” Season 12 will always have the option of calling back Morgan, and it is not as if the show has lost him forever.

Show Premieres In September

According to Hollywood Hills, “Criminal Minds,” Season 12 premieres on Sept. 28, 2016 on CBS. The show has a slot of 8 pm and will air every Wednesday.

Will new entrant Adam Rodriquez fill up the space left by the exit of Morgan? Will Reid and Rodriquez get along well? Only “Criminal Minds” Season 12 can answer that.


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Lawyer Graham Bosworth to fill Orleans criminal court bench, newspaper says –

Graham Bosworth, a former New Orleans prosecutor and attorney for the Jefferson Parish Public Defender’s Office, was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to temporarily fill the Section D seat of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, according to a report from The Advocate.

The Benjamin Franklin High School graduate is expected to serve as a temporary judge starting July 1 through the end of 2016. Chief Justice Bernette Johnson signed the order Thursday (June 23), the newspaper reported. The position was long held by Judge Frank Marullo, who retired December 31.

A member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Bosworth served as co-chair of the Subcommittee on Incarceration Reduction and Reform. He is also a member of the New Orleans and Jefferson Bar Associations.

An election to choose a permanent judge for the remainder of the six-year term includes assistant district attorney Kevin Guillory, attorney Marie Williams and capital defense attorney Dennis Moore as candidates, with more expected to come. The primary is set for Nov. 8, and the runoff will occur Dec. 10. Qualifying begins July 20.

Accepting the temporary appointment means Bosworth he cannot remain in the field to run for the seat this fall. State law bars him from running for any judge seat for at least one year after this temporary term ends. Boswoth expressed his interest in the position in August 2014 when he announced his campaign for Marullo’s seat. 

Bosworth’s new role comes after the state Supreme Court temporarily appointed attorney John Fuller to the seat. He stepped away from the offer, however, to serve as defense for the deceased Saints player Will Smith’s accused shooter Cardell Hayes. The bench was previously held in rotation by retired judges Dennis Waldron, Calvin Johnson and Jerome Winsberg after the state’s Supreme Court suspended Marullo in February 2015 over age regulations.

Marullo retired and ended his 40-year career as the Section D judge. He was appointed by former Gov. Edwin Edwards in 1974, and is the longest-serving judge in Louisiana.

Read The Advocate’s full story.

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'Criminal Minds' Season 12 May Feature the Return of Emily Prentiss to Offset Departure of Derek Morgan – Master Herald

The 12th season of the American police procedural drama TV series “Criminal Minds” now has an official release date on CBS and it is going to happen on September 28.

There have been plenty of rumors and speculations regarding the possible plotlines and new characters for the popular TV series especially in light of the cliffhanger Season 11 finale shown on May 4.

The latest teaser for the show came from actress Paget Brewster who posted on her Twitter account on June 22 a pair of boots and an Interpol ID and captioned it by saying that in our darkest hour, there can be light.

While the post of the actress was merely a tease and does not have specific details, many fans and critics of “Criminal Minds” have immediately deduced that Paget Brewster has officially hinted the return of her character Emily Prentiss in the TV series, notes the Hall of Fame Magazine.

Many believe that the actress is making an indirect allusion that her character shall be returning as a member of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) in light of the departure of Derek Morgan, played by Shemar Moore, after the 16th episode of Season 11 of “Criminal Minds.”

Confirming Prentiss’ return?

Fans of the TV series know that Brewster’s character left the BAU team and moved to work in London. The boots and the Interpol ID are the trademark outfit of Prentiss during her stint with the BAU.

It seems very likely that Paget Brewster is saying it like it is because actress Kirsten Vangsness, who plays series regular Penelope Garcia in “Criminal Minds,’ even retweeted the former’s post.

Based also on the comments of fans and Twitter followers, it seems clear that Emily Prentiss shall return to rejoin the BAU profilers.

It is not a far-fetched idea because “Criminal Minds” is one show that does not kill off its regular characters but simply allows them to move on from the show but keeps the window open in the event that they decide to come back. That has been the case with many other characters including Jason Gideon, played by Mandy Patinkin, Jennifer Jareau or JJ, played by AJ Cook, back in Season 6 and then Shemar Moore last season.

Hopeful of a comeback

It would be interesting to find out if Shemar Moore will come back again before the TV series finally wraps up.

Showrunner Erica Messer confirmed that they are still hopeful of bringing back Shemar Moore to reprise his fan-favorite character Shemar Moore in future episodes of Season 12 of “Criminal Minds,” reports the International Business Times of UK.

Messer also revealed that the departure of Derek Morgan would have a telling effect on Dr. Spencer Reid, played by Matthew Gray Gubler, because the latter is his best friend in the team.

The showrunner’s statement about hoping for Moore’s return has sparked rumors of the comeback of Derek Morgan in some form. But it could be a tease ahead of the premiere of Season 12 of “Criminal Minds” in September.

The upcoming twelfth season of “Criminal Minds” on CBS will pick up from the huge Season 11 cliffhanger.

With a number of previously apprehended criminals breaking out of jail, the hands of the BAU team of the FBI will be full right on the get-go of Season 12. So it is expected that “Criminal Minds” would have another slam-bang premiere episode later this year.

The Season 11 finale saw a calm dinner that turned into a violent one when the place of Rossi, played by Joe Mantegna, had been cut while three inmates bolted from the cell. As a result, Peter Lewis was able to escape along with a dozen of certified killers.

In addition, reports are getting loud that a new cast member will come into “Criminal Minds” Season 12 to replace Agent Derek Morgan.

Criminal Minds Season 11

Moore has decided to leave the TV series after the 16th episode of Season 11 because of personal reasons so his character was written off in the show.

Eria Messer confirmed that she and the production team are indeed looking for a new actor who will take on the position in BAU vacated by Derek Morgan. She said that they already have a shortlist of possible actors which they would be sifting through this month.

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Lawyer for Ex-Student Who Sued Pugh Applauds Criminal Charges: 'It's About Time' – Deadline Detroit

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William Seikaly, the attorney for the ex-Detroit student who successfully sued ex-Detroit City Councilman Charles Pugh last year over sexual advancements, says he’s glad to see Pugh charged criminally with sexual misconduct involving a minor in an unrelated case. 

Taryn Asher of Fox 2 reports that Pugh, who has been living in New York, faces six counts of criminal sexual conduct in Wayne County in connection with allegations that he had sex with a 14-year-old in a 2003-04 case dating. Pugh was 32 at the time and working as a Fox 2 morning anchor. In 2009, he was elected president of the city council.

Seikaly’s client’s case involved a lawsuit, but no criminal charges. Police investigated the matter, but prosecutors decided to pass on criminal charges.  

“It’s about time,” Seikaly says in a written comment to Deadline Detroit on Thursday morning, commenting on news of the criminal charges.

“Anyone who read the text messages in my clients case, or heard his testimony, would have known this was a pattern of conduct for him. I always believed he should have been prosecuted for his conduct with my client.  More importantly, I think it’s time we asked ourselves why we protect people like him for so long.  His inappropriate involvement with young men has, for years, been one of the worst kept secrets in our community, but until my client’s mother came forward, no one did anything to stop him”

A federal jury last November awarded $250,000 to Seikaly’s client stemming from his encounters in 2012 as a student at the Charles Pugh Leadership Academy in Detroit.  Pugh, who was president of the city council, was mentoring students. The student who sued was 17 at the time he met Pugh in the program. 

Pugh offered the student money in exchange for making a sex video and sent him a number of sexual texts. The jury dismissed a sexual harassment claim in the case, but found Pugh liable for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. 

Marc Deldin, Pugh’s attorney in the civil case, did not immediately respond to an email early Thursday morning for comment. 

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The Facebook group which claims the ex-Stanford swimmer is the 'real victim' isn't run by his family

A combination booking photos shows former Stanford University student Brock Turner (L) on January 18, 2015 at the time of arrest and after Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious woman, in Santa Clara County Sheriff's booking photo (R) released on June 7, 2016.   Courtesy Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS

A Facebook group in support of Brock Turner, the ex-Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault, and his family has emerged, drawing outrage from Facebook users.

The page, however isn’t run or maintained by Turner’s family, Turner’s lawyer confirmed to KRON4, a local San Francisco news station.

The description of the Brock Turner Family Support Facebook group doesn’t explicitly say that it’s run by Turner’s family instead explaining, “They are dealing with a monumental life-changing and tragic situation and their expenses continue to mount!”

Other times, however, posts are worded in such a way to seem like one of Turner’s parents wrote them and claims Turner is the “real victim.”

“It has been months and the accuser has yet to publicly come forward to face our son,” the start of one post reads.

The page is filled with claims that the family has enlisted forensic attorneys to uncover evidence, insinuating their son had been framed. Many posts also include conspiracy theories about how Turner is innocent and a victim of an elaborate plan to send him to jail.

In particular, one post blames Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson, the two Swedish Ph.D. students credited with finding Turner sexually assaulting his unconscious victim, and alerting the police.

The post reads:

“These men aren’t heroes. They are co-conspirators who assaulted an innocent man. As more details emerge about what happened that night and who was behind it all, it is increasingly impossible to believe the mainstream media narrative any longer. We have to open our eyes to see just how far these people were willing to go to get Brock out of the picture, and why.”

Turner was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault for a January 2015 attack on an unconscious woman. A judge sentenced him to six months of jail time, which some have decried a ‘slap on the wrist.’ Turner will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Many users posted enraged responses in the group. One reads:

“There’s a special place in hell for people that blame the victims of rape. I do believe this entire family have earned their personal spot. There is no forgiveness for those whom cannot accept their actions. Blaming others and coddling this man is no excuse.”

Multiple counter group on Facebook have recently been formed to remove the group. As of Monday, a facebook spokesperson told Mercury News that the social network has deleted several individual posts in the group but as a whole, it doesn’t violate the company’s standards. 

As of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the page appears to have been made private or deleted, but multiple websites documented screenshots of the posts.

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Stop messing with us, Paget Brewster! Are you returning to Criminal Minds? –

As a loyal (and slightly neurotic) Criminal Minds fan, what am I supposed to do with this latest tweet from former series regular Paget Brewster?

More: Criminal Minds AJ Cook vows Season 10 is a total “mind frick”

Let’s analyze the parts here, shall we? Boots, which Brewster wore during her role as SSA Emily Prentiss from Seasons 2 through 7, and a fake Interpol ID, because Prentiss left the BAU to work in London. Why might Brewster be tweeting this? And why did Kirsten Vangsness (who plays Penelope Garcia on the show) retweet it? It makes me think all sorts of things — mainly, is Emily Prentiss coming back for Season 12? Could it be?

CM has proven, over and over, that it can do whatever it wants, and viewers will, well, view. Prentiss herself has “died” (see mid-Season 6), come back, left the country and come back again. BAU team members have been almost murdered, seen their loved ones murdered and, in the case of Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), actually been murdered, and still the show endures with super high ratings. Series regular Shemar Moore, who’s literally been on the show since its premiere in 2005, left the show this past season, and we’ll have to see if the newest BAU member, played by Adam Rodriguez, has what it takes to make fans believe that the team is still a family.

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Prentiss’ exit and return makes it possible for her to come back as a full member of the team again. In real life, the cancellation of Brewster’s show Grandfathered might mean she could return to the show, although the intense shooting schedule dictated by a procedural pretty much prohibits doing other work until you can negotiate your contract to give you the space.

There is the question of whether or not Brewster would want to return to the show after being fired along with A.J. Cook (JJ) in Season 6. While Brewster and Cook returned to the show, you could see how it would probably be hard to trust a network who let you go, especially when the show went on not only to hire another woman (Rachel Nichols, who played SSA Ashley Seaver for part of Season 6 before she too was let go), but asked you to come back after they fired you.

Regardless of network politics, though, having Brewster reprise her role on Criminal Minds would basically make my TV year, but perhaps she’s just appearing in one episode, and I’ve just spent all this time and energy wildly speculating. We’ll find out when Criminal Minds Season 12 premieres Sept. 28 on CBS. Or maybe earlier, on Twitter.

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Do you think Brewster’s tweet could mean she’s returning to the show? Tell us in the comments.

If Paget Brewster's cryptic Criminal Minds tweet is just messing with us, we're seriously going to freak outImage: CBS

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REPORT: New York's biggest jail has a huge problem with sexual abuse

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s Rikers Island jail has entrenched problems dealing with sexual abuse, including emergency hotlines that don’t work, confidential complaints read by fellow inmates and investigations that don’t interview alleged attackers, according to an internal review obtained by The Associated Press.

The report, conducted last year by an outside consultant, also revealed that guards dangerously underestimated the problem, felt helpless to do anything about it and showed “poor professional boundaries” themselves by inappropriately hugging and kissing one another and hanging racy postings in common areas.

The findings come as overseers of the city’s 10,000-inmate jail system moved last week to write new city rules spelling out a zero-tolerance sexual assault policy in line with the 2003 federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.

At the time of the report, its authors noted, few staff or inmates had heard of the federal law, and education addressing its requirements “did not appear to be occurring.”

City Correction Department spokeswoman Eve Kessler said the report was a “wake-up call, and we heard it loud and clear.”

In response, jail officials say they have appointed a department-wide coordinator, published a 43-page directive of up-to-date standards on sexual assault and trained hundreds of guards and internal investigators. The directive affirms a zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse, and establishes a set of procedures on preventing, detecting, and responding to instances of sexual abuse against inmates.

The directive outlines hiring and training requirements for jail staff, methods of identifying inmates who may be particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse, and procedures for reporting and investigating sexual abuse incidents.

The federally-funded report, conducted by the Washington, D.C.-based The Moss Group, detailed longstanding problems at Rikers that may be tough to fix. That view was punctuated last week when a member of the jail oversight board, Gerard Bryant, said at a hearing: “As long as we are going to have prisons we are going to have sexual abuse in prisons. That’s the reality. That’s what happens.”

Phone numbers to sexual assault hotlines posted throughout the jails regularly didn’t work, were picked up by answering machines that left no helpful information and, in at least one case, rang to “a private citizens’ phone number,” according to the report.

Inmates who did disclose harassment or abuse allegations via a formal grievance system had trouble doing so confidentially, because the slips of paper they wrote their claims on were sometimes typed up by other inmates who could read their contents, according to the report.

A car exits the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York March 12, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

It wasn’t immediately clear if the defunct hotline numbers have been removed from the jails. Last August, jail officials partnered with a national nonprofit, Safe Horizons, to report allegations and provide counseling. A spokesman for the group wouldn’t provide any figures on how many calls its hotline had received in the past year from city jails.

The report also reviewed the 46 sexual abuse or harassment cases closed by jail investigators in 2014, finding fundamental problems with the thoroughness of the inquiries.

Most investigations didn’t include interviews with all possible witnesses, some didn’t include video evidence and others didn’t include interviews with accused guards.

“In one case an investigation included five paragraphs describing the reasons why the victim was lying, despite video and testimonial evidence that suggested something clearly had taken place,” the report found, noting there was no mention in the case files of an attempt to collect physical and DNA evidence.

Brenda Smith, an American University law professor who served on the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and reviewed the Moss report, said the problems at Rikers appeared fixable only by wholesale culture change.

“There really has to be some enforcement, some consequences,” she said. “Something needs to happen to somebody.”

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Criminal Minds Mega Buzz: How Will Reid Deal with Morgan's Replacement? – TV Guide (blog)

Adam Rodriguez will replace Shemar Moore on Criminal Minds, but Derek Morgan is irreplaceable in Reid’s heart.

We already know that Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) is not over his BFF’s departure — and he still won’t be when Season 12 premieres in the fall. Plus, a new dude coming in probably stirs up a whole bunch of emotions again.

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“We will [touch on it] because again it’s real,” executive producer and showrunner Erica Messer tells “You don’t just get over losing your best friend at work. That is something that changes your day. You adapt and you move on, and life goes on. It’s not like he’s lost him from his life forever; he can always call Morgan. I don’t know how much we’ll play it actively, but I think it’s one more layer that all of them can tap into as we move into Season 12.”

Maybe Rodriguez’s character will help Reid snap out of his funk? We fully support a new bromance, but we know what the O.G. one is.


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The number of men behind bars in the US is mind-boggling

The number of men behind bars in the US is mind-boggling.

In a hefty report on the long-term decline in the prime-age male labor-force participation, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers shared a few charts that showed just how stunning America’s incarceration rate is.

The US has the highest incarceration rate out of any OECD country at about 700 inmates per 100,000 residents, according to data from the World Prison Population List — which is about as much as five times the OECD average. By comparison, the next closest state is Israel, whose incarceration rate is about 250 inmates per 100,000. The OECD is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Plus, the US also has the highest share of its population in prison aside from the Seychelles, according to the CEA.


Moreover, the number of men incarcerated has increased dramatically over the last 25 years. Data from the US Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that the rate has grown from 564 per 100,000 in 1990 to 890 per 100,000 in 2014. Notably, this spike is correlated with the War on Drugs.

We’d like to point out that Bureau of Justice Statistics’ rate is slightly higher than the World Prison Population List’s at least partly because the former looked only at male incarceration, while the latter has “total” incarceration rate. But the main point here is that the rate has increased.

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The big takeaway here is that these high incarceration rates are likely to have contributed to the US’s decline in prime-age labor-force participation rates relative to other countries.

“Incarceration policies affect participation rates directly by removing workers from the labor force for a period of time but also long-term as the stigma of incarceration can reduce demand for the labor services of the formerly incarcerated even years after their reentry into society,” the authors noted in the report.

The CEA points out that, in many states, occupational licensing rules or other restrictions on the hiring of those who have been incarcerated legally bar such individuals from a number of jobs.

And, even when there aren’t legal restrictions, employers are less likely to hire someone with a criminal record, according to a 2007 paper by Georgetown University’s Harry J. Holzer.

There are no official statistics on the share of the population that is formerly incarcerated, but the CEA suggests that, given the large increase in incarceration rates, one can assume that there’s also an increase in those who were incarcerated.

And, taking this a step forward, the CEA cited several pieces of research noting that a “potentially large fraction of this group is not participating in the workforce as a result of their incarceration, likely due to both discrimination and the degeneration of employment networks, resulting in long-term employment and earnings losses.”

In short, “those who emerge from the criminal justice system suffer stigma, hiring restrictions, and potentially reduced ability to work as a result, reducing the demand for their labor.”

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Jessica has no criminal record in Australia: Lawyer – Jakarta Post

A lawyer of murder suspect Jessica Kumala Wongso said on Tuesday that his client had no criminal record in Australia.

“According to Jessica’s lawyer in Australia, Jessica has no criminal record at all. The statement of the Australian lawyer is also supported by information from the Australian police,” Otto Hasibuan said after a hearing at the Central Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

Jessica stands accused of premeditated murder of Wayan Mirna Salihin, who died after Jessica, Mirna and another friend shared a table and had coffee at the Olivier café in Central Jakarta on Jan. 6.

In March, then-Jakarta police chief Tito Karnavian claimed that based on reports from the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Jessica had a criminal record listing 14 offenses.

“We are going to legalize the information from the Australian lawyer at the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney,” Otto added.

Previously, Jessica’s lawyers said Jessica only had a traffic violation record. They said this could not give Jessica the status of criminal, as she had not been convicted in court.

Otto stressed that the evidence from the AFP did not relate to the death of Mirna in Jakarta. “All we need in this case is direct evidence relating to Mirna’s death. The information from Australia is merely indirect evidence,” Otto said. (bbn)

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