Screencrave: High school drama is not exactly your normal “CSI: Miami” fare, but after the climactic events of last week’s episode the gang needed a suitably weird murder to get back into action. And boy, did they get it: There’s public stoning, vindictive pranks, and murderous anger aplenty – plus, some new blood on the team. When a popular “mean girl” is found stoned to death in the middle of her high school’s football stadium, the CSI team has to figure out who would want her dead. The short answer? Pretty much everyone. The girl, Blaine, had a whole host of students who hated her guts, and it’s up to H and the gang to find out whose hate turned murderous (CSI: Miami: Season 9 Episode 14: Stoned Cold – TV Review).
Stop-Stoning.org: Stoning, or lapidation, refers to a method of execution in which an organized group throws stones or rocks at the person they wish to execute. Although it takes many different forms, stoning has been used throughout history and in many religious and cultural traditions as a kind of community justice or capital punishment. For instance, the practice has been documented among the ancient Greeks to punish people judged to be prostitutes, adulterers or murderers. It is also documented in the Jewish Tradition via the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, and the Talmud, or Jewish Oral Law. In the Old Testament of the Bible, stoning is prescribed a method of execution for crimes such as murder, blasphemy or apostasy. Although there is no mention of stoning in the Quran, the practice has since grown to be associated with Islam and Muslim culture (FAQ about Stoning).
CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series, which premiered on September 23, 2002 on CBS. The series is a spin-off of the veteran series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The pilot episode was first broadcast in United States on May 9, 2002 as an episode of CSI and nine seasons have been aired in the United States. The series is produced in partnership with the Canadian media company Alliance Atlantis and CBS Television Studios. On May 19, 2010, CBS renewed the show for a ninth season and will now air on Sundays at 10:00 PM ET/PT. Also, the ninth season aired the 200th episode of this series (Wikipedia).
The Celebrity Cafe: In this episode, a murder victim’s body is found in a New York City apartment, a floor above an art exhibit. Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler question the woman who lives above the victim. The woman hasn’t heard a peep from her neighbor, Ellen, for days. Then the detectives ask the artist who had the exhibit opening about the upstairs resident. Surprisingly, the artist didn’t have anything to say about Ellen, but he disclosed that he had been painting with Ellen’s corpse’s blood. However, the artist claims he had nothing to do with her death (‘Law and Order SVU’ Recap: ‘Bully’).
Canada Safety Council: Employers are beginning to take steps to make bullying as unthinkable as sexual harassment or drunkenness in the workplace. Schoolyard bullying – the torment of one child by another – is often compared to workplace bullying. Both types represent a grab for control by an insecure, inadequate person, an exercise of power through the humiliation of the target. School bullies, if reinforced by cheering classmates, fearful teachers or ignoring administrators, grow up to be dominating adults. When they join the work force, they continue to bully others (Bullying in the Workplace).
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and airing on NBC, the series premiered on September 20, 1999 as the first spin-off of Wolf’s successful crime drama, Law & Order. Currently in its 12th season, the series has produced 266 episodes to date (Wikipedia).