Thoughts on making the defendant the victim

The Madison County Record Sep. 15, 2012, 7:00am

You've probably seen the commercials on television about how you can earn a bachelor's degree in Criminal Psychology from places like Kaplan University. And you've probably assumed, as did we, that a student would seek a degree in such a field pursuant to a career in law enforcement or legal practice.

It may never have occurred to you, nor did it to us, that such a course of study could be valued by someone considering a criminal career. Two- and four-year degrees have long since replaced apprenticeships in other fields, so why not crime?

In today's upside down, illogical economic world, could established criminals afford to take on novice hoodlums, devoting hours to training in the craft, only to see them transfer to a rival mobster when they're just beginning to offer a return on investment?

Nowadays, college could be a path even for would-be felons, and lawbreakers with advanced degrees would practically be guaranteed to have higher lifetime earnings than less educated crooks.

We're sure Tiffany Craycraft of East Alton never had such thoughts as she pursued a bachelor's degree in Criminal Psychology from Kaplan University over the last four years, but she does show a flare for rethinking victim identification.

Ms. Craycraft was arrested by Caseyville Police at 2:20 a.m. on April 11th after ignoring a traffic light. It turned out she also had an outstanding warrant in St. Clair County.

Not one to miss a golden opportunity, Craycraft is now hoping to lead a class action damage suit against the towing company that removed her car from the highway after her arrest. You see, the towing company driver removed the car without her consent – the consent she couldn't give because she'd been arrested and removed from the scene.

Crafty Craycraft is represented by fellow scofflaw Thomas Maag, the noted solicitor (of prostitutes).

Maag currently is seeking to have the presiding judge replaced by a jurist with a more "modern" view of criminal psychology.

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