Sunday, April 26, 2015

Determining Depravity: Can Evil Be Legally Defined?

For nearly two decades, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner has sought a way to help jurors, judges and prosecutors make more informed decisions in cases involving "heinous" crimes. Now, he is asking the public to help refine an instrument with potentially far-reaching implications on the United States legal system.

Since 1998, Dr. Michael Welner has worked on "The Depravity Standard," an instrument designed to weigh and differentiate crimes based upon several factors, including actions, intent and victimology. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

What Really Happened Inside Hotel Rwanda?

Uncommon Journalism speaks with a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, who claims the actions of Paul Rusesabagina were anything but heroic. 

Edouard Kayihura was one of the 1,200 plus refugees who sought safety inside the Hotel des Mille Collines during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The 2004 film "Hotel Rwanda," he said, is rife with inaccuracies, including its gallant depiction of Paul Rusesabagina.