Blue Byline

A cop's perspective of the news and South Sound matters

Tag: Crime and Punishment


Crime and punishment: the ethical dilemma of unintended consequences

For the record, $450 million is a lot of money.

That is part of the reason why a federal judge decided to throw the book at Casey Fury, a New Hampshire man who just might have committed the nation’s most destructive act of vandalism. Fury was responsible for setting a small blaze which caused almost half a billion dollars in damage to one of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear subs and led to several injuries.

An AP article reported that Fury received a fifteen year prison term for setting the fire. His defense? He told authorities he was trying

Read more »


Punishment was, is and always will be an issue

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece, “Crime and Punishment” is the story of Raskolnikov, a man who contemplates then commits a violent crime. His inner turmoil severes him from society, and his struggle to reconnect is a theme as relevant  today as it was in 18th century Russia.

Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald (Trib 5/10) and Katie Baird, a UWT professor (Trib 5/9) introduce us to their own versions of Raskolnikov: Pitts’ subject is a cynical inmate wondering how society is going to help him, while Baird’s is a reformed felon working and going to

Read more »