by redstatehatemonitor, Mon Jun 11, 2007 at 08:56:15 PM EDT
Listen to an Audio About Cory Maye On Air America Radio
His name is Cory Maye and he too is a young African-American male whose life has been unfairly stolen from him. As impossible as it may seem his case may be even more unjust than Genarlow's simply because Cory was sentenced to death for an act of self defense. Besides racism Cory's sad tale involves the failed war on drugs, a no knock warrant, a poor legal defense team , an openly hostile very prejudice local news , paramilitary SWAT team ,an "anonymous" informant , an overzealous prosecutor , discrepancies in police and court records, as well as a host of other injustices.
by jsalt, Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 08:22:46 AM EST
Maryland's state capital newspaper (Annapolis CapitalGazette) is conducting an online poll to determine support for the death penalty. Annapolis represents one of the highest swing districts in the state.
by earthwater, Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 05:33:35 AM EST
"Strike while the iron is hot," my grandmother used to say. Gary Tyler, in prison 30 years based on manufactured evidence and racism, won't be in the spotlight for long. Now is the time to act! Sign the petition at freegarytyler.com
by Xpatriated Texan, Mon Jan 08, 2007 at 03:26:07 PM EST
x-posted from Blue Jersey
Last week, New Jersey General Assemblyman Michael Carroll made Blue Jersey the topic of a blog post. Juan, in good humor, gave the Assemblyman the honor of the Quote of the Day. Of course, opposing blogs flaming each other is hardly anything new. But I wanted to take a moment and thank Assemblyman for actually going on the public record and for embracing blogging as a means of telling the public what he thinks. By way of thanks, I'd like to give him an answer to some of the questions he raises.
Mr. Carroll writes:
Anyone who unreservedly supports capital punishment needs professional help. That anyone would uncritically support empowering the same government which can’t count votes correctly, deliver mail timely, or provide a decent education economically, with the right to take a life, strikes me as outrageous.
by Nancy Scola, Sat Dec 30, 2006 at 07:50:26 PM EST
Apologies for the lack of posting on my part. I'm attending a New Year's Eve
wedding weekend in Boston. Here's how various world leaders and officials responded
to the execution by hanging of Saddam Hussein yesterday just before dawn, Baghdad-time.
Which, if any, most closely matches your take on it?
Mamoepa, Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, South Africa: "South
Africa remains convinced that his execution is not the panacea to the current
political problems in Iraq but could fuel violence in an already volatile
Gang, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, China: "Iraq's affairs
should be decided by the Iraqi people...We hope Iraq will soon achieve stability
Beckett, Foreign Secretary, Britian: "I welcome the fact that Saddam
Hussein has been tried by an Iraqi court for at least some of the appalling
crimes he committed against the Iraqi people. He has now been held to account.
The British Government does not support the use of the death penalty, in Iraq
or anywhere else. We advocate an end to the death penalty worldwide, regardless
of the individual or the crime. We have made our position very clear to the
Iraqi authorities, but we respect their decision as that of a sovereign nation."
Tuomioja, Foreign Minister, Finland: "The European Union has a very
consistent stand on opposing the death penalty and it should not have been
applied in this case either — even though there is no doubt about Saddam
Hussein’s guilt over serious violations against human rights."
Bush, President, United States: "Saddam Hussein was executed after
receiving a fair trial -- the kind of justice he denied the victims of his
brutal regime...Saddam Hussein's execution comes at the end of a difficult
year for the Iraqi people and for our troops. Bringing Saddam Hussein to justice
will not end the violence in Iraq, but it is an important milestone on Iraq's
course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain, and defend itself,
and be an ally in the War on Terror."
Federico Lombardi, Spokesman, Vatican: "A capital punishment is always
tragic news, a reason for sadness, even if it deals with a person who was
guilty of grave crimes...The killing of the guilty party is not the way to
reconstruct justice and reconcile society. On the contrary, there is a risk
that it will feed a spirit of vendetta and sow new violence."
Peres, Vice Premier, Israel: "Saddam Hussein brought about his own
demise. He was cruel and evil to his own people and represented a threat to
Kamynin, Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Russia: "Regrettably, repeated
calls by representatives of various nations and international organisations
to the Iraqi authorities to refrain from capital punishment were not heard...Saddam
Hussein's execution can lead to further aggravation of the military and political
situation and the growth of ethnic and confessional tensions."
Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister, India: "We had already expressed
the hope that the execution would not be carried out. We are disappointed
that it has been."
Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia: "The execution of
Saddam Hussein is a significant moment in Iraq's history. He has been brought
to justice, following a process of fair trial and appeal, something he denied
to countless thousands of victims of his regime...No matter what one might
think about the death penalty, and the Government of Iraq is aware of the
Australian Government's position on capital punishment, we must also respect
the right of sovereign states to pass judgement relating to crimes committed
against their people, within their jurisdictions."
Qazi, Special Representative, United Nations: "The United Nations
stands firmly against impunity, and understands the desire for justice felt
by the many Iraq...Based on the principle of respect for the right to life,
however, the United Nations remains opposed to capital punishment, even in
the case of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide."