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When Criminals Minds premiered its 14th season at the beginning of October, the crime drama hit the 300-episode mark, which, we can all agree, is mightily impressive.

But are there any plans to renew the series for a 15th season?

CBS has yet to announce what’s next for the show’s crack team of FBI profilers, but here’s everything we know so far.

Criminal Minds season 15 cast: Who’s coming back?

Season 14 welcomed back all of the main cast, but it’s not known whether they will return for another round of investigations.

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CBS took its sweet time renewing the series following that season 13 cliffhanger, which saw Garcia and Reid at the mercy of a serial killer cult.

That delay, according to show writer Erica Messer, was all down to the network, potentially a worrying sign for the future of the show.

“Sometimes there are a lot of actors who are up for renegotiation,” she told Cinema Blend.

“Sometimes there are issues between ABC and CBS studios as partners in the production of the show.

“This time we have our actors ready to go and our producers and writers are all lined up. I’m sure CBS has many reasons why they are holding back on a pickup. It’s business.”

AJ Cook, Jennifer Jareau, Criminal Minds

New deals would ultimately have to be made with numerous members of the main cast, which includes Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr Spencer Reid, AJ Cook as Jennifer “JJ” Jareau, Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia, Aisha Tyler as Dr Tara Lewis, Daniel Henney as Matt Simmons, Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez, and Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss.

Thomas Gibson was a cast regular as Aaron Hotchner and first appeared on the show when it debuted back in 2005, but he lost his job in 2016 after allegedly kicking a producer in the shins.

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After being sent home for two weeks, he was eventually “dismissed” from the show.

Criminal Minds season 15 air date: When can we expect it?

According to CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl, a decision has not yet been made on the future of the show.

“I’m not saying this is the last season,” he told Deadline.

“We will have an honest discussion with them at the right time.”

Paget Brewster & AJ Cook in Criminal Minds

There have been numerous reports indicating that CBS doesn’t want to keep going with the show because the ratings don’t match the production costs, TV Line reporting that season 14 opened with a series low.

But if it is given the thumbs up, we would expect to find out in spring 2019 (the previous three seasons were either renewed in April or May), with an air date towards the end of the year.

Criminal Minds season 15 episodes: How many will there be?

Season 14 has a shorter running time with just 15 episodes, which might sound like a lot, but all of the other seasons have had significantly more, the fewest being 20 and the most 26.

“As scheduling evolves and we try to get more original episodes on air, we have to cut and paste and sometimes trim episodes on some of those shows to get more originals on the air,” Kahl told Deadline.

Joe Mantegna as Rossi in 'Criminal Minds'

Fans of the show were concerned that all signs were pointing to non-renewal, but Kahl didn’t rule out the possibility of an extension: “They possibly can get a couple of more episodes. It depends where they are in production, they will let us know.”

Criminal Minds season 15 trailer: When can we see it?

With season 15 still up in the air, don’t expect a trailer any time soon.

But what we can say with absolute certainty is that fans should expect a lot more of the same.


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NJ Dems hire criminal lawyer – New Jersey Globe (press release) (blog)

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee has retained Gerald Krovatin, one of the state’s top criminal defense attorneys, to represent them in probes of the Murphy administration’s hiring practices, a state party source has confirmed.

Krovatin is expected to handle a series of document requests and other issues that involve the state committee.

Allegations of sexual assault against Al Alvarez, a former Murphy campaign official who held a top transition post and then joined the administration, have triggered a series of investigations: one by the Legislature, another by the Middlesex County prosecutor, and a third by the governor.  Murphy hired former state Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero to conduct an internal review.

The joint legislative committee formed to investigate the hiring of Al Alvarez said last week that Katie Brennan, who says Alvarez raped her during the 2017 Murphy campaign, will testify on December 4.

Krovatin represented Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer in 2014 after she alleged threats by the Christie administration to win her endorsement in the governor’s re-election campaign.

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Criminal profiling doesn't work. TV shows should maybe stop celebrating it. – Vox

I watch a lot of crime shows and listen to a lot of true crime podcasts, so naturally I’ve spent a lot of time with charismatic FBI profiler characters.

It’s really hard to overstate how much this character archetype has penetrated pop culture. Just one profiler, John Douglas, is reportedly the basis for at least four fictional characters: Jack Crawford from the Hannibal novels/movies/TV show; both the Mandy Patinkin and Joe Mantegna characters on Criminal Minds; and Mindhunter’s Holden Ford (played by Jonathan Groff). Manhunt: Unabomber focuses on Jim Fitzgerald (played by Sam Worthington and based on the profiler of the same real name).

TNT’s The Alienist, which I still need to see, features a psychological profiler working in 1896 in New York City. We hardly knew anything about human psychology in 1896!

And the trouble is, while we know a lot more now, we don’t know enough. It’s a real, honest-to-God bummer, but criminal profiling doesn’t appear to work. At all. Even if it did, it’d be a misallocation of intellectual energy.

Malcolm Gladwell made this case in his trademark narrative, somewhat elliptical way back in 2007 (I don’t mean that as a dig, it’s a great piece and informed a lot of this post, but it’s also long and New Yorker-y). The research literature is genuinely strange. The consensus is that profiling isn’t very effective, and even profiling-sympathetic people are reduced to arguing that criminal profiles by the professionals are marginally more accurate than ones written by completely untrained people off the street.

And here’s the thing: They’re not much better than random people off the street! A 2007 meta analysis by criminologists Brent Snook, Joseph Eastwood, Paul Gendreau, Claire Goggin, and Richard Cullen compared four studies where self-described criminal profilers were tasked with analyzing crime scene data and coming up with a profile, and compared their predictions to other groups like normal detectives or students.

They find that profilers do only slightly better than random people at predicting traits of offenders. “We contend that, in any field, an ‘expert’ should decisively outperform nonexperts (ie lay persons),” the authors write. They didn’t find that. They conclude that profiling is a “pseudoscientific technique,” of limited if any value to investigators.

A group of researchers at the University of Liverpool with the psychologist Laurence Alison have taken a different approach by evaluating the central assumption of profiling: that characteristics of a crime and crime scene can predict useful traits about a criminal. In a bracingly blunt 2002 journal article called “Is offender profiling possible?” Alison and his co-author Andreas Mokros conclude, basically, “No.”

They looked at 100 British rapists: all men, all targeting women 16 and older, and all rapists who attacked strangers rather than acquaintances or significant others. Were people who committed crimes similarly, with similar modi operandi, likely to be similar demographically, too? Nope, not at all. “Neither age, socio-demographic features nor previous convictions established any links with offence behaviour,” Mateas and Alison concluded.

In other words, the central assumption of criminal profiling is nonsense. You can’t look at a crime scene and conclude stuff like, “The offender is a 25- to 34-year-old white man who dropped out of high school.”

But criminal profiling also has an opportunity cost: There are a lot of really hard problems in the world that progress in psychology would help address, and from which criminal profiling might be a distraction.

Mental health struggles are an obvious example, but there are less obvious ones too, like getting better at predictions. Philip Tetlock at the University of Pennsylvania has been, for decades, studying how experts and laypeople make predictions about future events, and holding tournaments to isolate the factors that lead to good, accurate forecasts.

The social consequences of being able to forecast the future better are immense. “If we could improve the judgement of government officials facing high-stakes decisions — reducing their susceptibility to various biases, or developing better methods of aggregating expertise — this could have positive knock-on effects across a huge range of domains,” Jess Whittlestone notes. “For example, it could just as well improve our ability to avert threats like a nuclear crisis, as help us allocate scarce resources towards the most effective interventions in education and healthcare.”

This is even clearer if you look to the past. If the European powers had been able to foresee an intractable bloody stalemate as the consequence of joining Austria’s war against Serbia in 1914, they almost certainly wouldn’t have jumped in as enthusiastically; maybe Austria would’ve restrained itself, too. If investment banks had more accurate forecasting models of the mortgage market in the mid-2000s, or knew enough to listen to accurate models that housing bubble bears were making, perhaps the financial crisis could’ve been averted. World War I and the mortgage crisis were huge, complicated events, but they were also, in part, forecasting errors.

So imagine you’re a psychology Ph.D. student and, instead of working on that, or instead of trying to advance our understanding of what causes schizophrenia or major depression, you decide you want to catch serial killers using the power of your mind. Does that really feel like the highest use of your talents? Few psychologists, to be fair, do this now; most go into clinical practice or do basic research as academics. But we’ve allocated a weird amount of cultural capital to this especially pointless subset of the discipline.

In Alec Wilkinson’s profile of Thomas Hargrove, a remarkable data journalist who has built an algorithm that can help identify serial killers based on similar locations, MOs, etc., Wilkinson notes that the FBI thinks less than 1 percent of annual homicides are by serial killers. Hargrove thinks it’s higher. But there were 19,362 homicides in 2016. Even if 2 percent of those people were killed by serial killers, that’s 387 people a year.

By comparison, about 480,000 to 540,000 people die in the US every year due to cigarettes, about 88,000 due to alcohol, and between 3,000 and 49,000 due to the flu. Closer to the world of psychiatry, more than 40,000 Americans die annually from suicide; given that we know severe mental illness increases non-suicide mortality too, the true death toll of depression and other mood disorders is significantly higher.

Maybe increasing clearance rates for serial killers is more tractable, an easier lift than bringing those numbers down. But I have my doubts. And that’s just thinking about the US. If distributing bednets through the Against Malaria Foundation saves a life for every $3,687 spent (a rough number to be sure), and 2 percent of US murders are from serial killers, then for only $1.4 million a year you can save as many lives with bednets in Africa as you would from ending serial-killing in the US entirely. It’s impossible to imagine ending serial killing for only $1.4 million a year.

I don’t mean this as a knock on Hargrove personally. Spending all day catching serial killers sounds absolutely awesome, and it’s cool as hell to do it with big data — and more to the point, even if it’s not the biggest problem in the world, it’s big enough that having one really smart person working full-time on it probably makes sense.

I just wish all the super brilliant, talented scientists and FBI agents from my favorite shows would move to Philadelphia and help Philip Tetlock forecast world events, rather than hanging out in Quantico and trying to catch Hannibal Lecter.


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The Courts See a Crime. These Lawyers See a Whole Life. – The Marshall Project

On any given day in this nation’s courtrooms, there’s a parade of defendants struggling with homelessness, mental illness or drug addiction.

That is the fundamental insight of “holistic defense,” a form of legal representation pioneered in the Bronx two decades ago. Using this method, public defender’s offices not only help clients with their court cases but also try to address the life circumstances that led them to commit crimes in the first place.

And according to one of the first ever large-scale, empirical studies of holistic defenders’ effectiveness, helping people with their life problems often gets them out of jail, too.

The study compared outcomes in the Bronx between a prototypical holistic defender’s office and a more traditional one using court data from more than 587,000 cases spanning 2000 through 2007 and 2012 through 2014. The research, by the nonprofit RAND Corporation and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, found that defendants offered holistic services were about 16 percent less likely to get locked up. They were also expected to serve 24 percent shorter jail and prison sentences—without leading to any increase in crime.

In drug cases, those represented holistically saw their likelihood of serving time decrease by 25 percent; expected sentence lengths were reduced by 63 percent.

Over 10 years, defendants under the holistic model spent 1.1 million fewer days behind bars. About 4,500 people who otherwise would have gone to jail avoided it completely.

The study took advantage of a natural experiment occurring in Bronx courtrooms every day. The Legal Aid Society, one of the oldest (founded in 1876) and largest traditional public defender’s offices in the United States, and The Bronx Defenders, a holistic start-up formed in 1997, divide between them the 95 percent of defendants in the borough who can’t afford a lawyer. They are randomly assigned the cases, ensuring an essentially pure comparison despite the many confounding variables of the criminal justice system.

At a holistic defender’s office, clients are not represented by a single defense attorney; instead, they’re furnished with a team of criminal, civil and family attorneys, social workers and non-lawyer specialists who help with their housing issues, food stamps and other public benefits. Together, these advocates identify the biggest challenges in each defendant’s life and communicate that information to judges, who otherwise face an assembly line of indistinguishable cases proceeding before them each day.

By simply providing more human information about each client, the notion is, holistic defenders can help judges make more precise determinations about whom to divert from jail.

Of course, not every jurisdiction in America can afford—or has the political will to provide—this caliber of legal services to poor people. Many public defender’s offices around the country have claimed to be “holistic” (it’s become something of a buzzword), but few have the actual staffing and training to back it up. In rural areas, social workers, drug-treatment providers and mental-health services, let alone high-quality lawyers, are few and far between. And the kind of intensive (and therefore time-consuming) attention to each case that The Bronx Defenders offers clients isn’t acceptable to many judges outside New York City whose priority is moving their dockets along.

Governments are only mandated under the Sixth Amendment and by the Supreme Court to supply legal representation to low-income people at “critical stages” of criminal cases, in which the loss of liberty is a possible sanction.

“It is very difficult to get policymakers to say that they will fund $1 more than what is constitutionally required,” said David Carroll, executive director of the nonprofit Sixth Amendment Center.

Justine Olderman, executive director of The Bronx Defenders, acknowledged in an interview that her organization’s demonstrated effectiveness is possible in part because of the robust funding dispensed by the city of New York as well as the philanthropic donations available there.

But the new RAND study found that holistic defense saved New York taxpayers $165 million in incarceration costs over a decade, offsetting the higher price tag of hiring social workers and staffing for a range of client needs.

With or without holistic services, the study concluded, public defender’s offices of any kind are much more effective than private lawyers appointed by judges, which is the system for providing indigent defense in much of the country.

Tina Luongo, attorney-in-charge of criminal defense at The Legal Aid Society, said her organization is not as different from The Bronx Defenders as it’s been made out to be. “We don’t want this study to make it seem as though we pit each other against one another,” she said.

The only difference between the two, Luongo points out, is that Legal Aid is a much larger, unionized institution operating citywide, with less flexibility in how it can operate than a still-growing start-up.

From 2000 to 2007, she said, when much of the study’s data was gathered, stop-and-frisk policing was in full effect around New York City, leading to massive caseloads for Legal Aid lawyers and little time or resources for addressing their clients’ non-legal needs. After the organization fought for and in 2009 won caps on the number of cases that public defenders could be assigned, they were able to hire more social workers and follow the holistic model.

From 2009 to 2013, the ratio of attorneys to social workers at Legal Aid in the Bronx dramatically improved, according to internal statistics. By 2015, they and the city’s other institutional defenders had 35 percent more funds to enhance their on-the-ground client services.

“The takeaway of this report is to say that fully funded [defenders], lower caseloads, the ability to have trained, supervised staff that have experience and that are client-forward and innovative is what you need,” said Luongo. “And I don’t care what you call it… that’s what we do.”

In the end, resolving a lifetime of poverty and systemic barriers to success may be too much for public defenders alone to accomplish. The period of time they have to work with clients is too small a dosage, the RAND study suggests, to resolve such intractable problems. According to court data, getting holistic legal help during one case had no discernible positive effect on people’s likelihood to commit crimes in the future.

For Wendy Porrata, 45, though, holistic representation has been a lasting blessing. After running up a long rap sheet of drug-related arrests in the 1990s and early 2000s, she relied on The Bronx Defenders not just to get her out of jail, she says, but also for a couch to sleep on (in their office) and even help with her schoolwork.

Now, she’s a professional social worker herself. “We should bottle up whatever [they] did for me,” she said, “and provide it to people everywhere.”

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Criminal Minds Sneak Peek: Alves Goes Full-On Tom Cruise to Catch the Bad Guy – TV Guide

Criminal Minds is taking a break from turning your stomaches with their terrifying unsubs and giving you a full-on adrenaline rush with this week’s episode, “Luke.”

As you can probably guess, Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) is at the center of this week’s caper and it’s an action-packed adventure. The team gets called to Bethesda, Md. after a string of people are killed in a rapid fashion. It turns out that a hitman Alvez previously investigated five years ago is back in action, which makes Alvez the top person to take him down.

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TV Guide has an exclusive sneak peek of the episode which shows Alvez in a flashback chasing down his target Tom Cruise style, confident he can catch this guy before a sniper on the roof takes him out. It’s a heart-pounding clip as Alvez races through the streets and finally tackles his mark and the sniper loses his shot. But is this the same guy that the BAU team is chasing down in the present? And if it is, does Alvez regret not letting the sniper take the shot, considering so many more people are now dead?

The answers will be revealed in the Alvez-centric episode that airs Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10/9c on CBS.

(Full Disclosure: TV Guide is owned by CBS.)

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Milwaukee County judge vacates contempt finding against defense lawyer who ended up in shackles – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A Milwaukee County judge on Friday vacated a contempt finding against an assistant public defender and recused himself from the case, a fatal traffic crash.

Circuit Judge David Borowski’s decision to have Puck Tsai briefly detained Oct. 26 generated an immediate backlash from the State Public Defender’s Office and the criminal defense bar in general.

Last week, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers called for Borowski to formally vacate the finding of contempt and apologize or resign.

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On Friday, Borowski vacated the contempt findings, but the record does not indicate he apologized. The hearing had not been noticed earlier in the case docket.

Tsai’s supervisor had suggested in a letter to the judge Tuesday that that might best be done in writing directly to Tsai, who was not present for Friday’s hearing.

“It is of utmost importance to us that Attorney Tsai’s reputation be restored,” State Public Defender supervisor Paige Styler wrote. 

“We expect that Attorney Tsai will be treated respectfully and professionally by the courts and their staff. We know you have asked if you can apologize to him and (we) ask that you correspond with him in writing. 

“We believe it would go a long way in restoring the relationship and allowing everyone to move forward.”

Borowski also recused himself from any further role in the underlying case. It is now assigned to Circuit Judge Mark Sanders. The next court date is a status conference Nov. 29.

The State Public Defender’s Office issued a statement that it was pleased that Borowski vacated what it called an erroneous finding of contempt.

Chad Lanning, president of Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, echoed that sentiment. 

“WACDL will continue to promote the proper administration of criminal justice, foster and maintain the integrity and independence of the criminal defense bar,” he said.

Bail issue set off tempers

Marcus Wilborn, 32, was charged in August with homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle for a June 2017 two-car crash near North 30th Street and West Lisbon Avenue. He struck another driver broadside an the intersection. Wilborn’s blood showed an alcohol level of 0.11 and a significant presence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

He had been free on a $50,000 signature bond since August. One of his conditions of release is maintaining absolute sobriety. 

On Oct. 26, Justice Point, a nonprofit agency that provides pretrial services to the courts, reported a violation after a urine screen had come back with a high level of water, which can suggest but does not prove that a subject may have tried to tamper with a testing or result.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Lonski asked that cash bail be imposed; Tsai argued against the requested bail modification.

According to a transcript of the hearing, Borowski seemed inclined to add the cash bail from the get-go. He called it “shocking” and “preposterous” that Wilborn was on a signature bond for a homicide case. He imposed bail of $2,500, which meant Wilbron would stay in jail at least over the next weekend, if not until his case resolved.

While Tsai, a 2014 graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School, was arguing that the victim was really at fault in the crash and Wilborn has statutory defenses, Borowski cut him off, telling him the possible defenses have nothing to do with a bail decision. “Let’s all stop talking.”

As the clerk was looking for the next court date, Borowski had the deputy return Wilborn to his seat, then told Tsai to sit down. “Is there something you want to say, or do you want to go into custody?” 

That’s when Tsai said he wanted to highlight that Wilborn is innocent at this stage.

“No kidding. I get that. Sit down,” Borowski said, then, “Counsel, if you don’t knock —” then ordered him taken into custody before finishing his sentence.

“Rolling your eyes, throwing your hands in the air, acting like I’m some kind of idiot gets you locked up for contempt,” Borowski told Tsai.

Supervisors from Tsai’s office appeared within minutes and when Tsai was returned to the courtroom he was in handcuffs and shackles, per Milwaukee County sheriff’s policy. Borowski said he immediately ordered the chains removed when he saw that Tsai was restrained.

According to a transcript of the Oct. 26 proceedings, Borowski attributed the dust-up to the morning not being “the best day” for anyone involved.

Later the same day, Wilborn had a negative urine screen and Borowski vacated his cash bail and restored him to the prior signature bond and conditions. 

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The hacker who targeted Xbox Live and PlayStation Network is facing 10 years in jail for knocking the gaming networks offline

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  • In 2013, several video game companies were targeted by denial-of-service (DoS) attacks that limited access to their online services and forced them offline in some cases.
  • The attacks triggered an FBI investigation centered on the Twitter account @DerpTrolling, which had announced the attacks in advance.
  • Austin Thompson, 23-year-old, a native of Utah, pled guilty to one count of damage to a protected computer, which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years, and a maximum fine of $250,000.
A Utah-based hacker who targeted several of the big gaming networks, including PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, temporarily knocking them offline and boasting about it, is facing a 10-year jail sentence.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California announced earlier this week that Austin Thompson, 23, had entered a guilty plea for one count of damage to a protected computer following an investigation by the FBI’s San Diego field office.

Operating under the Twitter handle @DerpTrolling, Thompson made a sport of incapacitating popular online gaming networks with denial-of-service attacks when he was a teenager, between December 2013 and January 2014.

Denial-of-service (DoS) attacks intentionally flood the target’s servers with more traffic than they can handle, preventing access for regular users and possibly forcing the service offline.

The plea agreement describes how Thompson would announce the attacks in advance via the @DerpTrolling Twitter account and later share screenshots and more tweets as evidence of a successful attack.

Multiple online gaming services, including Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Steam, and League of Legends were targeted by @DerpTrolling. The attacks resulted in significant downtime and delays, and the U.S Attorney reports at least $95,000 in damages as a result of Thompson’s actions.

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There’s still no stated motive for the DoS attacks. The DerpTrolling account seemed satisfied with disrupting online gaming and creating chaos, going so far as to take requests from followers. The U.S. Attorney’s office states that Thompson is 23-years-old, which would make him 18 at the time of the crime.

Damage to a protected computer is a federal felony charge and Thompson could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 with three years supervised release. Thompson’s sentencing is set for March 1st, 2019.

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Criminal Minds Season 14 Episode 6 Luke Sneak Peek: Alvez Goes … – TV Guide

Criminal Minds is taking a break from turning your stomaches with their terrifying unsubs and giving you a full-on adrenaline rush with this week’s episode, “Luke.”

As you can probably guess, Luke Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) is at the center of this week’s caper and it’s an action-packed adventure. The team gets called to Bethesda, Md. after a string of people are killed in a rapid fashion. It turns out that a hitman Alvez previously investigated five years ago is back in action, which makes Alvez the top person to take him down.

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TV Guide has an exclusive sneak peek of the episode which shows Alvez in a flashback chasing down his target Tom Cruise style, confident he can catch this guy before a sniper on the roof takes him out. It’s a heart-pounding clip as Alvez races through the streets and finally tackles his mark and the sniper loses his shot. But is this the same guy that the BAU team is chasing down in the present? And if it is, does Alvez regret not letting the sniper take the shot, considering so many more people are now dead?

The answers will be revealed in the Alvez-centric episode that airs Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10/9c on CBS.

(Full Disclosure: TV Guide is owned by CBS.)

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Jeff Sessions got a spirited send-off as he left the Justice Department after stepping down as attorney general

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  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions received a standing ovation as he left the Justice Department building following his forced resignation on Wednesday.
  • President Donald Trump asked Sessions to resign, just hours after the close of what has been a heated midterm-election season.
  • “It’s been an honor, sir,” acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker said to Sessions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions received a standing ovation as he left the Justice Department building following his forced resignation on Wednesday.

Sessions reportedly shook hands with acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, his former chief of staff, amid a crowd of around 150 people.

“It’s been an honor, sir,” Whitaker said to Sessions, according to the Associated Press.

Sessions waved and thanked the crowd, at one point giving them a thumbs-up. Other senior Justice Department officials, including deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and solicitor general Noel Francisco, were also reportedly at the send-off.

After months-long reports of a frayed relationship with Trump, the former attorney general offered his resignation in an undated letter.

Two months after Trump became president, Sessions attracted his ire after recusing himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Sessions, who backed Trump early on in his 2016 presidential campaign, cited a Justice Department regulation that prohibits officials from investigating campaigns they were involved in.

Trump publicly berated Sessions in fiery statements and tweets as the months dragged on, fueling rumors Sessions would be on his firing line. According to Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” Trump made pointed remarks against Sessions, such as calling him “mentally retarded” and “dumb Southerner.”

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Twitter suggested CBS' Criminal Minds to many…who follow ESPN's Rachel Nichols, who is not the actress who was … – Awful Announcing

The Twitter algorithms sometimes produce some strange suggestions, and one Wednesday night was particularly noticed by the sports audience. Browsing through the search tab on the mobile Twitter app led to a lot of people getting “Criminal Minds airing on CBS” promoted to them, but with an extremely odd reason (as seen above): “Because you follow Rachel Nichols.” Nichols, host of ESPN’s daily NBA show The Jump, does not appear on Criminal Minds, does not work for CBS, and does not appear to have ever tweeted about the show. But it turns out that there’s another Rachel Nichols, an actress most recently seen in Taken (the NBC series) and The Librarians (the TNT series), and she was on Criminal Minds in 2010-11 before being dropped. Here’s a look at the two of them, with ESPN’s Nichols on the left and actress Nichols (during her Criminal Minds stint) on the right:

Rachel Nichols squared.

Why Twitter would try to promote Criminal Minds with an actress who hasn’t been on it since 2011 is a good question in its own right, but it seems like something in their algorithm must have correlated “Rachel Nichols” to “Criminal Minds” and then picked the ESPN host (Twitter handle @Rachel__Nichols, 1.01 million followers) instead of the actress (Twitter handle @RachelNichols1, 74,200 followers). And this affected a whole lot of people, many of whom tweeted at Nichols, leading to her sending this response:

Fellow ESPN host Nolan had a pretty good response:

Here are some of the other tweets, showing how widespread this was:

Anyway, ESPN’s Rachel Nichols is not the actress Rachel Nichols, no matter how much Twitter tries to tell you so. (And this isn’t their first shenanigans around Criminal Minds; the show has previously shown up in the search column with “Because you follow Criminal Minds,” even to people who don’t follow the official account, and it’s shown up at the top of other Twitter areas (as seen in Nolan’s photo above.) But hey, maybe they can get ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to guest star at some point. If Stephen A. Smith can have a recurring role on General Hospital, anything is possible.

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