Monthly Archives: January 2014

Plea bargains, psychics, personalized firearms, email scams and terrorism subjects of new legal text

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Norbert Ebisike’s legal text “Controversies in Criminology and Criminal Justice.”

cicacj_fcAbout the Book:

Controversies in Criminology and Criminal Justice discusses the issue of plea bargaining, the use of psychics in crime investigations, personalizing firearms, e-mail scams, and terrorism. No single day passes without news reports on firearm-related deaths, terrorist attacks, unsolved murders, internet scams, and plea bargaining. These issues always provoke feelings of anger and utter despair. Here, the author addresses these controversial and sensitive issues in an easy to understand manner without any restraint.

Plea bargaining is a process whereby an agreement is made between the prosecutor and the defendant, in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest, and the prosecutor, in return, agrees to dismiss some of the charges, reduce a charge to a lesser charge, or recommend to the judge to give a particular sentence. Dr. Ebisike argues that the disadvantages of plea bargaining far outweigh the advantages and calls for the abolition of plea bargaining.

Should psychics be used in crime investigations? Is there a scientific basis to psychic abilities? Should psychics be allowed to testify in courts? Ebisike argues that psychics should be used in crime investigations, but should not be allowed to testify in court, because their method lacks adequate foundation as to be introduced into the courtroom as evidence at the moment. Examples of cases where psychics assisted in crime investigations have been discussed.

Personalizing firearms involves designing firearms with personalized identification technology so that only the authorized user(s) can fire the gun. After a critical examination of the different ways of personalizing firearms, Ebisike maintains that equipping the trigger of firearms with sensors that can identify the authorized user through fingerprint is the best option. Taking a costs-benefits approach, the author also argues that the benefits of personalizing firearms far outweigh the costs.

Billions of dollars have been scammed out of many people throughout the world through e-mail scams. This raises several questions. Who falls for these scams? Are some victims to be blamed? What can be done to stop these scams? After outlining the warning signs of 419 e-mail scams, the author maintains that most of the victims are to be blamed and calls for the prosecution of some of these victims. Ebisike supports the idea of using digital identity cards.

Terrorist attacks are like earthquakes. We do not know when they will happen, but what we do know is that they are likely to happen. Therefore, we have to prepare for them. Is there a link between past criminality and terrorist potential? This question has been addressed. After discussing the various ways through which terrorist groups end, the author states that Al-Qaeda seeks unobtainable goals and will eventually disintegrate.

About the Book:

NORBERT EBISIKE, SJD., is a criminologist and legal scholar. Dr. Ebisike is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Golden Gate University, the University of Kent, Canterbury, and the University of Westminster, London. His publications include Offender Profiling in the Courtroom: The Use and Abuse of Expert Witness Testimony, Praeger (2008); An Appraisal of Forensic Science Evidence in Criminal Proceedings, Greenway Press (2001); The Investigative and Evidential Uses of Cheiloscopy (Lip Prints), Criminal Law Bulletin (2011); and The Evidence of Children, Criminal Law Bulletin (2008). His current research interests include forensic science evidence, neurocriminology, children and the law, offender profiling, terrorism, and socio-legal studies.

Controversies in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Authored by Norbert Ebisike

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
202 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063217
ISBN-10: 1620063212
BISAC: Law / Criminal Law / General

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Controversies-in-Crimino…

Wubbies spotted singing in hair salons!

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Speckled Egg Press, the young childrens imprint for Sunbury Press, has releasedMax’s Clips, a bedtime story for pre-K children featuring the lovable wubbies – colorful stuffed animal-like characters that bring joy to young children.

mc_fcAbout the book:
Do you remember your first hair cut? If you had a friend like Willie, you’d remember the courage that you felt during your first experience of getting your hair cut. In this story of bravery, Max learns that he can do more than Max thought—only with the encouragement that he feels from his friend Willie the wubbie.

About the Author:
Amanda C. Brown is a third grade teacher in central Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband, Matt, and her sons, Sammy and Maxon. Although her journey with the wubbies began more than four years ago, when Sammy was born, she’s excited to continue sharing more amazing adventures with the wubbies and their friends to readers all around the world. Amanda and her wubbies will make you smile as you imagine the amazing things that the wubbies can do!

About the Illustrator:

Jose Archeval is a United States army veteran who truly enjoys drawing. He lives in central Pennsylvania with his loving girlfriend Donna. Jose has enjoyed drawing cartoons and taking art classes to pursue his love of illustrating. Although this book is only Jose’s second experience in illustrating a children’s book, Jose has truly enjoyed the journey and looks forward to illustrating many more adventures of wubbies and their stories in the future.

Max’s Clips

Authored by Amanda C. Brown, Illustrated by Jose Archeval

List Price: $9.99
8.5″ x 8.5″ (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color Bleed on White paper
26 pages
Speckled Egg Press
ISBN-13: 978-1620063484
ISBN-10: 1620063484
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Health & Daily Living / General

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Maxs-Clips-9781620063484…

Sunbury Press bookstore to open February 1 in Mechanicsburg

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press, the book publisher of trade paperbacks and eBooks located at 50 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg (www.sunburypress.com), is celebrating its tenth year in business in 2014. Sunbury’s books feature established and emerging authors in many fiction and nonfiction categories and are sold through leading booksellers worldwide.

Standing room only...

Standing room only…

“2013 was our best year ever,” said co-owner Lawrence Knorr. “Our sales topped all prior years and we exhibited at Book Expo America in New York City. We also held several great events at our Mechanicsburg office.”

Sunbury Press has grown rapidly over the years and now publishes, on average, 70 books a year, having over 200 titles and 120 authors under management.

“We are a traditional press, not a vanity press,” explained co-owner Tammi Knorr. “We receive over 1,000 manuscript proposals a year and select only the best for publication. We do not charge our authors to publish. Instead, we invest in the manuscript by editing, designing and formatting it into a high quality finished product at our expense. We then pay our authors royalties on the sales.”

Some of Sunbury Press’s best-selling titles include “Pit Bulls” by Anthony Julien, a compilation of historic photos of pit bulls with

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

their families, the “Keystone Tombstones” series by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, documenting the lives and graves of famous people buried in Pennsylvania, Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last,” revealing the fate of the aviatrix, lost in the South Pacific,” and Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao,” recording the last engagement between battleships in World War 2. In addition to local, regional and world history, the company publishes historical fiction, action adventure, murder mysteries, horror, literary fiction, children’s, self-help, sports and etc.

The Knorrs have decided to up the ante in 2014, converting their office, which had been a showroom and event space, into a full-fledged Sunbury Press bookstore.

“We had a lot of success with our author events – especially on First Fridays,” said Lawrence. “We had people standing out on the sidewalk trying to hear our authors who were presenting inside. While the vast majority of our sales are online and through bookstores around the world, we have had a number of local people who just want to stop in to buy our books. Our books sold well at our events, so we’ve invested in shelves and fixtures and will be offering all of our titles all of the time at our 50 West Main Street location.”

The new Sunbury Press retail store opens February 1st. Store hours are Tuesday thru Friday 10-5 and Saturday from 9 to 2.

ktcw_pub“We will also be holding events on most First Fridays,” said Tammi. “Those Fridays, we’ll stay open until 10 pm.”

Sunbury Press will be offering special deals available only to walk-in customers, such as bargain books and buy-one-get-one free offers. There will also be a limited number of used books not published by Sunbury Press.

For more information, please see www.sunburypress.com, or on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunbury-Press-Books/143239….

“Pit Bulls” book generates charitable donations for pit bull rescues

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has distributed donations to eight pit bull rescues across the nation. The donations were generated based on sales of the book “Pit Bulls” by Anthony Julian. The beneficiaries were:

Speranza Animal Rescue of Mechanicsburg, PA

Pit Bull Rescue Central of Fulton, MO

Missouri Put Bull Rescue of Independence, MO

Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (PA)

York County SPCA of York, PA

Indy Pit Crew of Indianapolis, IN

Perry County Animal Rescue of Millerstown, PA

Best Friends Furever of Harrisburg, PA

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

About the Book:

Pit Bulls: Vintage Photographs of Pit Bulls and the People Who Loved Them

Author Anthony Julian opens a time capsule for us concerning the history of the oft-maligned Pit Bull.  Through old photographs and personal anecdotes, Julian paints a history of the breed very different from the contemporary misconceptions flamed by the popular media fear machine. He focuses on the history of the Pit Bull in American society, including acting as sentry over dead Civil War soldiers and co-star on “The Little Rascals.”  This book is lavishly illustrated with vintage photographs.

This is the first in a series of books showcasing vintage photographs of people with their beloved pit bulls.

Pit Bulls: Vintage Photographs of Pit Bulls and the People Who Loved Them

Authored by Anthony M. Julian

List Price: $11.95
8.25″ x 8.25″ (20.955 x 20.955 cm)
Black & White Bleed on Cream paper
76 pages
Sunbury Press Inc
ISBN-13: 978-1620062111
ISBN-10: 1620062119
BISAC: Pets / Dogs / General
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Pit-Bulls-9781620062111.htm