Mala en Se, Mala Prohibita, and Maine

Tweet In the world of law, there are essentially two types of crimes:  mala en se (Latin for evil in itself) crimes and mala prohibita (Latin for evil prohibited) crimes. The distinction is important, and most Americans don’t understand these concepts. Mala en se crimes are obvious infringements upon the rights of others. This would […]

Maine Crime Rate is on the Rise

Tweet Sadly, according to Maine’s Public Safety Commissioner, overall crime in the State of Maine was up 3.6% in 2010. This number was led by crimes against property – robberies (4.3%), burglaries (8.6%) and thefts (2.4%). Officials speculate that this rise may be due to Maine’s drug addiction problem – particularly with prescription painkillers. The […]

Two more knife attacks in Portland, Maine

Tweet PORTLAND, Maine — Local police are reporting that two men were stabbed in unrelated incidents early Sunday evening. Portland police report that both men are expected to recover. Ar least one attack was on a security guard who was overwhelmed and then stabbed in the back multiple times. Simply watching the news, it’s difficult […]

Sex Offender Held In Chelsea King Case May Have Attacked Another Teen in Same Park

Tweet The terrible news that San Diego high school student Chelsea King’s body had been found in the park where she disappeared came soon after the police announced they were holding John Albert Gardiner III, a registered sex offender, as a suspect in her disappearance. It seems that police may have their man as he […]

Preparing For Home Invasion

Tweet If we are to believe the news, it looks like home invasion is a growing crime. The truth is that it is hard to tell because home invasion is not tracked as a single type of crime. Instead, home invasion may be counted in crime statistics as a count of breaking and entering, with […]