Can You Tell from Our Jails That Mental Illness is Not a Crime?

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The last time we thought about the concept of drunk tanks, we were watching an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show.” Andy, as you may recall, was the sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina, a small town with more mischief than crime. The jail had two cells, and one was often occupied by the character Otis,
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It’s Like We Had Esp or Something: Sports Betting Hits the Airwaves P2

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We are picking up the thread from our April 25 post. The subject is gambling laws and what kinds of charges Agent Booth, from the television show “Bones,” could be facing for wagering on sporting events. While Booth’s gambling addiction has been a relatively minor subplot since the April 23 episode, there is certainly something
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It’s Like We Had Esp or Something: Sports Betting Hits the Airwaves

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A friend called to say that our series of posts about sports gambling was timely. Apparently a recent episode of “Bones” ended with — SPOILER ALERT! — Agent Booth, a recovering gambling addict, placing a bet on the Cardinals or some other baseball team. We imagine his brow furrowed as he spoke with his bookie;
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Is Sports Gambling Really an Innocent Pastime? P3

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When Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 1992, major league baseball was still reeling from revelations that Pete Rose, a hero to many, had been placing bets on games in which he participated. His penalty was a lifetime ban from the game. (See the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed for just one
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