Bob Mueller

105 Flips | 5 Magazines | 10 Likes | 1 Following | 9 Followers | @Indefixa | I'm a teller of stories. They sound like thrillers in my head. Learn more about that at www.bobmuellerwriter.com. My magazines cover a variety of issues, mostly focusing on human trafficking, wrongful convictions, and misconduct in the justice system.

Horrific videos aren't solving police shootings, but better training might

In a seemingly endless stream of police shooting videos, the case of Philando Castile stands out.<p>The Minnesota man bled to death before our eyes last summer. The image was live-streamed by his girlfriend, while a police officer held the pair at gunpoint and her 4-year-old daughter watched from the …

When A Family Member Says “No” – 3 Things To Do When You Can’t Get The Information

Family history and genealogy can be a tricky kind of project to work on — especially when living family members either don’t know information about …

How to Use Cluster Research to Find Those Hidden Ancestors

2K Shares<p><b>Subscribe via:</b> iTunes | YouTube | RSS | Google Play<p>When you have a brick wall ancestor, it is frustrating. If the brick wall person in …

The dark side of fairy tales

<i>Once upon a time</i>That’s the way all of the fairy tales of <i>The Legal Genealogist</i>‘s childhood and youth began.And, at the end, it was always “…and they …

Genealogy Case Study: Maria Tsardoulia and Her Travel Records

The LAPD is officially suggesting a few things officers can try to do before pulling the trigger

In a significant new reform plan, Los Angeles police officials are launching an effort to reduce officers' use of deadly force by reviewing whether they could have done more to avoid the violent encounters.<p>Under a plan unanimously approved Tuesday by the Police Commission, the Los Angeles Police …

Police Chief-Turned Pastor Driven To Reform Law Enforcement

<b>MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO)</b> — An analysis by the Washington Post found police killed nearly 1,000 civilians last year.<p>That included the shooting of Jamar …

Pot-Eating Cops Wanted to Kick Amputee

Three of the Santa Ana, California, police officers caught eating what appears to be marijuana edibles and making fun of an amputee after raiding a …

Crime

The Evolving Perception of Human Trafficking: Jessie Foster's Mom

This is the first in a series of interviews with individuals working to address human trafficking. You'll meet students and educators, parents and professionals whose voices may give readers a new and better understanding of this crime while teaching us how to respond more effectively to …

Las Vegas

After 46 years in prison, man argues DNA evidence proves he is innocent of 4-year-old’s murder

By Justin Jouvenal<p>Justin Jouvenal<p>Reporter covering courts, policing and technology<p>Email Bio Follow<p>When Sherman Brown was convicted and imprisoned in the brutal killing of a 4-year-old Virginia boy, the Vietnam War was still raging and the Watergate was just a hotel, not a scandal.<p>Then 22 years old, …

Crime

“What was the author trying to say?” is the worst question an English teacher can ask

“What was the author <i>trying</i> to say?” This common question in English classes is often posed by a professor who then reveals various ideas hidden within a novel as if they were a clear, neatly ordered message, waiting to be unpacked. From this perspective, writing is full of both signs and disguises, …

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Bad Writing Costs Businesses Billions

There is a fundamental inefficiency at the heart of American business. It is right in front of all of our faces, and yet we fail to recognize it.<p>It’s …

Writing

Ex-deputy disciplined for tasing over sweet tea

A former Escambia County Sheriff's deputy who reportedly fired a stun gun into a friend's chest during "friendly horseplay over a bottle of sweet …

Prosecutors’ Group Doubles Down on Junk Science in Face of New Report

This week, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (“PCAST”) released a system-shaking report that explains how several fields …

Oregon Detective Pioneers New Sexual Assault Reporting Program

<i>Editor's Note: Names of sexual assault victims have been changed in this story, to protect their privacy.</i><p>Haley woke up early one morning in June 2014. She had been out with a few friends at a bar in Ashland, Ore., the night before, and she felt safest going home with them rather than walking home …

Iowa City Gives Black Teen Assaulted by Cop Extra Money to Keep Quiet About Incident

The city of Waterloo, Iowa paid a Black teen thousands of dollars to keep quiet about his settlement stemming from a police assault back in …

Pepper-Spraying Texas Cop Update

<i>A firestorm erupted last March when a video surfaced that showed a Texas police officer pepper spraying a group of motorcyclists riding past his</i> …

TSA Agents Detained Nine-Year Old Boy Because He Had A Pacemaker

He wasn't, of course.<p>Chille was born with a rare heart condition that requires him to wear a pacemaker. The tiny medical implant literally keeps him …

Newark Police Chase 10-Year-Old Boy with Shotguns Drawn, Then Tell His Mother to File a Report

10-year-old Legend Preston was playing basketball near his Newark, NJ home on August 10. When the ball rolled into the street, he ran to retrieve it, …

Judge says DNA evidence exonerated four Texas men of murder

Police will be required to report officer-involved deaths under new US system

Federal officials will actively work to confirm fatal cases rather than wait for voluntary reports in new methodology influenced by Guardian’s The Counted<p>Police departments will be required to give the US justice department full details of deadly incidents involving their officers each quarter, …

Elliott Williams' jail cell became 'burial crypt'

A federal judge's order clears the way for a civil rights lawsuit to move forward against the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.<p>After more than five days …

Bipolar rape victim jailed after having a mental breakdown while testifying against rapist

By Travis M. Andrews<p>Travis M. Andrews<p>Pop culture reporter covering music, movies, TV, comedy and celebrity culture<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Her mind was already fragile as an egg.<p>For this 25-year-old bipolar woman — known only as Jane Doe — recounting the harrowing details of being violently choked and raped …

Federal judge says cops can hold your family at gunpoint if you drink tea or grow tomatoes — here’s why

A Kansas couple lost their lawsuit after a federal judge essentially ruled that drinking tea and gardening were probable cause for a drug search …

'Tens of Thousands' Wrongly Convicted Based on Unreliable Drug Tests

ProPublica reporters Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders estimate that widely used but notoriously unreliable field tests for drugs have led to "tens …

Former 'Law & Order' Director Gets 10 Years Probation For Child Pornography Charges

Jason "Jace" Alexander faced up to seven years in prison.<p>Jason "Jace" Alexander, a television director who worked on "Law & Order," has been sentenced to 10 years probation on child pornography charges, the Associated Press reports.<p>Alexander, who was facing up to seven years in prison, received his …