Senior writer @ibtimes. Occasional bylines @newsweek. Covering tech, criminal justice. Always looking for good stories. E-mail: e.markowitz@ibtimes.com.

How To Break Into The $1.7 Billion Medical Marijuana Industry

inc.com — In 2010, Dr. Bruce Bedrick, a chiropractor from Philadelphia, sold his practice and moved to Arizona. It wasn't for the weather (he says he can't wait to move back east) and it wasn't to retire (he's still working).
May 28, 2011

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California Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Passengers Aboard Downed Aircraft

ibtimes.com — Coast Guard officials confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Saturday afternoon that it had suspended its search for the two men aboard a small private plane that plunged into the Pacific Ocean on Friday afternoon.

Chicago Police Officer Is Now Suing The Family Of The Man He Killed

ibtimes.com — A Chicago police officer filed Friday a $10 million lawsuit against the family of a man he fatally shot in late 2015. Robert Rialmo claimed in the suit the incident caused him "extreme emotional trauma." The unusual case began the evening of Dec.

Are Hillary Clinton’s Speaking Engagements Really A Campaign Problem?

ibtimes.com — Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few weeks, there's no doubt you've heard rumblings (or even rantings and ravings) about Hillary Clinton's " mysterious " speaking engagements that have netted her $21.7 million in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

California Judge Sentences Doctor To 30 Years To Life In Prison For Prescriptions That Led To Three Patients’ Deaths

ibtimes.com — On Friday, a California judge sentenced Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng to 30 years to life in prison. In 2015, the 46-year-old doctor was convicted of second-degree murder for overprescribing painkillers that led to the death of three of her patients.

Blast Aboard Somali Plane Caused By Bomb, Officials Say

ibtimes.com — A Somali official confirmed Saturday that a bomb was responsible for the blast aboard a Djibouti-bound passenger jet that forced pilots to make an emergency landing Tuesday. According to officials, the bomb exploded about 15 minutes into the flight, and tore a gaping hole through the side of the plane.

This Hacker Uncovered A Massive Police Surveillance Dragnet While Serving Time In Prison

ibtimes.com — When Daniel Rigmaiden, a 27-year-old hacker, was arrested by federal agents in March of 2008, it was unclear how the feds actually managed to find his location and slap handcuffs on his wrists.
Feb 05, 2016

New doc airing about the hacker who blew the whistle on stingrays -- @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/hacker-uncover…

Feb 05, 2016

By me: a new short doc will air tonight about a convicted felon who uncovered a police spying technology: ibtimes.com/hacker-uncover… @IBTimes

Feb 05, 2016

RT @learmonth: New doc airing about the hacker who blew the whistle on stingrays -- @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/hacker-uncover…

Pay This Fee, Or Go To Jail: How License Plate Scanner Vigilant Solutions Makes Money In Texas

ibtimes.com — As the saying goes, "You can run, but you can't hide." But in Texas there's an entirely new wrinkle if you're caught by the law: You may have to pay a private company to avoid jail time. For the past several years, police departments around the country have been equipping their cruisers with license plate readers.
Feb 03, 2016

This private tech company scans license plates for profit - @ericmarkowitz ibtimes.com/pay-fee-or-go-…

Feb 03, 2016

In Texas, you may have to pay a private tech company for the privilege of not going to jail ibtimes.com/pay-fee-or-go-… @IBTimes

Feb 03, 2016

RT @EricMarkowitz: In Texas, you may have to pay a private tech company for the privilege of not going to jail ibtimes.com/pay-fee-or-go-… @IBTimes

Feb 03, 2016

This is stunning. A private company plans to make money by turning the police into debt collectors: ibtimes.com/pay-fee-or-go-…

Feb 03, 2016

RT @EricMarkowitz: In Texas, you may have to pay a private tech company for the privilege of not going to jail ibtimes.com/pay-fee-or-go-… @IBTimes

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US Attorney General Loretta Lynch Pledges Limits On 'Punitive' Solitary Confinement In Nation's Prisons

ibtimes.com — NEW ORLEANS -- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday that she plans to curb the excessive use of solitary confinement for inmates serving time behind bars in American prisons and jails. Her speech, delivered to a conference ballroom full of prison wardens and jailers, followed President Barack Obama's Tuesday announcement that he will ban solitary confinement for juveniles.

Amid Death Threats, An Embattled Prison Phone Company CEO Speaks Out

ibtimes.com — DALLAS - Rick Smith, the chief executive of Securus Technologies, doesn't talk to reporters. But death threats have a way of persuading you that it's time to tell your side of the story. One woman, Smith told International Business Times, called in a bomb threat to one of his company's facilities in Denver.
Jan 26, 2016

Amid death threats, an embattled prison phone company CEO speaks out -- @ericmarkowitz exclusive ibtimes.com/amid-death-thr…

Jan 26, 2016

I went to Dallas to profile the CEO of Securus Technologies, a controversial billion-dollar prison phone company ibtimes.com/amid-death-thr…

Jan 26, 2016

RT @IBTimes: EXCLUSIVE: Amid death threats, an embattled prison phone company CEO speaks out: bit.ly/1K8q8Tw pic.twitter.com/FsnmjEbl42

Jan 26, 2016

RT @IBTimes: EXCLUSIVE: Amid death threats, an embattled prison phone company CEO speaks out: bit.ly/1K8q8Tw pic.twitter.com/FsnmjEbl42

Jan 26, 2016

Is the prison telcom provider whose rates so high the fcc capping them actually making life safer? @EricMarkowitz ibtimes.com/amid-death-thr…

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Feb 12, 2016

RT @jason_koebler: When a woman harassed a NASA astronaut on Twitter, she was placed on a Customs and Border Patrol watch list motherboard.vice.com/read/what-happ…

Feb 10, 2016

RT @mattdpearce: Wow, wow, wow. Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty to lying to investigators. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Feb 10, 2016

Do software coding "bootcamps" juke their numbers to show rosy job stats? Looks like it. @sal19 reports: ibtimes.com/code-bootcamps…

Feb 10, 2016

RT @PrisonPolicy: 53 civil rights groups urge @FCC to advance human rights in prisons & jails. More work to do with video visitation https:…

Feb 09, 2016

RT @jessicaplautz: Sanders is the first Jewish American to win a presidential primary: theguardian.com/us-news/2016/f…

Feb 09, 2016

RT @no_such_zone: These beautiful maps show how much Bernie and Trump are winning each county by. ibtimes.com/new-hampshire-… pic.twitter.com/XRyzAkaZNP

Feb 09, 2016

RT @NickBerardini: Question isn't whether TASERs prevent shootings, it's whether they reduce injuries. Likely not due to danger/way injuries are reported


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