Mississippi's forgotten "Genarlow Wilson" [Audio Clip from Air America Radio Included]

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.

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Vote on Maryland's Death Penalty in Capital Newspaper

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.

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Free Gary Tyler

"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

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Encouraging a Thrown Gauntlet

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.

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On the Death of Hussein

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?

  • Ronnie 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 situation."

  • Qin Gang, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, China: "Iraq's affairs should be decided by the Iraqi people...We hope Iraq will soon achieve stability and development."

  • Margaret 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."

  • Erkki 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."

  • George 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."

  • Father 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."

  • Shimon 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 his neighbors."

  • Mikhail 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."

  • Pranab 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."

  • Alexander 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."

  • Ashraf 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."

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