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June 19th, 2022 - 5:55 pm § in Law and Courts

Why I’m for the death penalty

You can put names on my reasons. Timothy McVeigh, for example, the Oklahoma City bomber who murdered 168 people, including 19 kids, and injured 680 more with a truck bomb in 1994 and was executed in 2001. Today’s name: Ricky Dubose. He was convicted this month of murdering two prison guards du[...]

May 24th, 2022 - 7:18 pm § in Law and Courts

SCOTUS reactionaries are blind to dubious death sentences

The Supreme Court’s conservatives don’t want federal judges to consider death row inmates’ innocence claims. Still want to argue they’re pro-life? Read story here. Clarence Thomas finally got to do what he’s been itching for years to do: Write a majority opinion saying [...]

May 11th, 2022 - 4:48 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

He was innocent, but they didn’t execute him like Texas would have

Claude Garrett of Tennessee served 30 years of a life sentence before the state decided the fire that killed his girlfriend was an accident. But at least they didn’t kill him. After a judge ruled Garrett, now 65, demonstrated “actual innocence” he was released from prison on Tuesda[...]

October 28th, 2021 - 11:05 pm § in Law and Courts

Oklahoma botches 3rd consecutive execution

States using lethal injection to execute killers struggle to get execution drugs because pharmaceutical companies won’t provide them. So prison officials get creative. They go to compounding pharmacies that create the drugs for them. It doesn’t always work as it should. In fact it often [...]

May 10th, 2021 - 10:49 pm § in Law and Courts

If Arkansas executed the wrong man and the real killer is caught, can he claim double jeopardy?

Debra Reese, 26, didn’t die of natural causes. She was beaten and strangled in her home. After losing the 2020 election, Trump went on an execution spree, relieving 6 federal death row inmates of their lives before incoming President Biden could get a chance to spare them. In 2017, Arkansas Go[...]

September 23rd, 2020 - 1:19 am § in Law and Courts

He had it coming

This article is news with not-so-liberal commentary. William Emmett LeCroy (photo), 50, was executed on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 2001 rape and murder of a Georgia nurse he believed had put a hex on him. (Read story here.) LeCroy was a neighb[...]

September 11th, 2020 - 4:49 pm § in Law and Courts

Fla. killer of 9-year-old gets death

This article contains news with liberal commentary. A Florida judge has affirmed a jury’s death sentence for a 41-year-old Jamaica-born man convicted of raping and killing his neighbor’s 9-year-old daughter (photo, left), ABC News reported on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. The defendant’s[...]

April 3rd, 2019 - 11:10 am § in America

On the Death Penalty

I agree with the Supreme Court that there ought not be a requirement that execution of criminals be painless.  I also oppose the death penalty.   I suspect that death is for many murderers neither a punishment or a deterrent.  Arguments against the death penalty are overwhelming.  Certainly our[...]

November 12th, 2017 - 11:58 am § in Schools & Colleges

How to Make Our Schools Safe

ProTecht, a company in Oklahoma, has created yhe  Bodyguard Blanket to protect kids during  school shootings.  The blanket made from the same materials used in military and law enforcement body armor be carried at all times as a backpack. The Bodyguard comes with a price tag under $1,000.  Even [...]

March 17th, 2015 - 5:13 pm § in Misc.

Maricopa County injustice system reaps another black eye

When you mention law enforcement in Maricopa County, Arizona, most people think of Crazy Sheriff Joe Arpaio, infamous for his racism, far-right politics, and anti-Obama birther nuttery. But this case arose from the Phoenix Police Department, not Arpaio’s shop, before being mishandled by Maric[...]