Organized Crime and Weapons

This article ( ArticlesBase. com – Free Articles Directory, 2006) separates fact from fiction regarding the existence of organized crime in USA. Organized crime remains present in the USA as it did a century ago. However, the nature of organized crime has changed on the whole. What once was a simple operation involving gambling and alcohol during Prohibition has evolved into a more complex structure. Now police and enforcement officials have to deal with gun dealers, drug pushers, people dealing in people (prostitution) and even organ traffickers.

Las Cosa Nostra is a section of the mob that arrived in the later part of the nineteenth century and has been the major innovator in terms of crime methods. Now there are about twenty such families in the USA with more than seven hundred people in each family. Some of the most notorious members of this “illustrious” group include Al Capone and Carlo Gambino. So it is established that organized crime is a reality in the US and will continue to be a threat in the future and is a major part of all the crime in the country.

In my opinion, to get rid of organized crime will involve some radical steps. Simply changing laws is not enough as corrupt politicians will find ways to get round these laws. The way to defeat it requires intelligence and economics. Firstly, since the mafia has evolved, the police needs to do likewise. The answer is infiltration and technology such as listening devices. Secondly, people need to be educated at an early age about vices such as drugs, prostitution and gun abuse. If people refrain from these immoral acts, the mafia will receive a severe blow.

Texas jury convicts mother in ‘Baby Grace’ slay This article refers to a criminal case where the parents of 2 year old Riley Ann Sawyer beat her up with a belt, threw her across the room where her skull cracked on the tiled floor and she died. The parents proceeded to throw her body into the Galveston Bay in a suitcase which was found later. Kimberly Dawn Trenor, the mother has been convicted with a life sentence without parole. Her husband Royce Clyde Zeigler II has also been charged with capital murder but a sentence is due and he remains jailed.

The crime comes under Texas Penal Code Title 5 (Offenses against the person), Chapter 19 (Criminal Homicide), section 3 (Capital Murder) part a. Part a reads as follows: CAPITAL MURDER. (a) A person commits an offense if the person commits murder as defined under Section 19. 02(b)(1). Section 19. 02(b)(1) is: (b) A person commits an offense if he: (1) intentionally or knowingly causes the death of an individual (Texas Penal Code). The elements of the offense are intent or knowledge for murder to be proven.

The article covers the conviction and reports the facts of the case but does not cover the elements of the case. ? List of References ArticlesBase. com – Free Articles Directory. (2006, February 18). ArticlesBase. com . Retrieved February 2, 2009, from The Truth About Organized Crime In America: http://www. articlesbase. com/art-and-entertainment-articles/the-truth-about-organized-crime-in-america-15464. html Texas Penal Code. (n. d. ). Criminal Homicide. Retrieved 2 2, 2009, from Texas Statutes Penal Code: http://tlo2. tlc. state. tx. us/statutes/docs/PE/content/htm/pe. 005. 00. 000019. 00. htm#19. 02. 00