- Britney escapes August┬ hit-and-run charge by settling with Mercedes owner for $1,000.
- Preppy Killer Robert Chambers faces life in jail for ten drug dealing counts.
- Genarlow Wilson Freed by Georgia Supreme Court on grounds ten year mandatory sentence for statutory rape constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
- NBA Commissioner David Stern admits over half of NBA referees gamble.
Recently, a Chinese government minister in charge of dog food export safety and a manufacturer of lead-tained Sesame Street toys were reported to have killed themselves.┬á┬á Such acts of harikari– suicide to atone for professional shame– has traditionally been associated with Japanese, not Chinese culture.┬á Is it possible these deaths, reported as ’suicides’, were actually state-sanctioned murders intended to create both a detternt effect among Chinese manufacturers who might otherwise condier cutting corners and a message to Western buyers that Chinese manufacturers are so concerned about the safety of their products that they would routinely kill themselves if they were ever to be responsible for the death or illness of an American consumer?
Something to think about?