NETLINGO FOR THE NON-SOCIAL MEDIA CROWD

Mike LaCorte, First Vice President, World Association of Detectives Edited and Reprinted with Permission The new generation of social media and instant messaging users are creative innovators. Today, the young adaptors use an expansive set of abbreviations and text shorthand to communicate quickly and privately with one another. The ability to use instant messaging platforms […]

THE 18 MOST COMMON MISTAKES MADE BY INVESTIGATORS AND FACT-FINDERS

As a litigation consultant and expert witness, I frequently have the opportunity to examine and evaluate the investigative work performed by other professionals. These engagements are both fascinating and edifying. Disappointingly, I found that much of the (investigative and legal) work I’ve reviewed involve the commission of serious, albeit preventable mistakes. Of them, the following […]

THE 20 MOST FREQUENTLY MISUSED WORDS FOUND IN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS

Like most investigative supervisors, I have read a lot of investigative reports. Sadly, I have seen many common words misused again and again in those reports. Our language is partly to blame. English is filled with exceptions, inexplicable rules, homonyms, synonyms, and unnecessarily unusual spellings. But misused words, diminish the author’s credibility and can confuse […]

INVESTIGATING WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINTS

Though the famous consumer advocate, Ralph Nader is often credited with the first use of the term whistleblower, its origin dates back to the late 19th Century. The first whistleblowers were the famous British unarmed police officers affectionately called, “bobbies”. Whistleblowing bobbies would “blow the whistle” so that good citizens could be alerted to help […]

ALLEGED PLAGIARISM CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM

Jonathan Bailey * Last week, Andrew Kaczynski at CNN reported that Monica Crowley, President-Elect Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, had committed plagiarism in her 2012 book entitled What The (Bleep) Just Happened.[1] In the report, Kaczynski highlighted approximately 50 instances where there was text copied, without attribution, from a variety […]

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