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November 13, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 13, 2013

We’ll let this lede speak for itself: "Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admits smoking crack cocaine, faced new allegations in police documents released today that he brought prostitutes to his office, guzzled vodka in his car and made racial slurs to a taxi driver.”

At Camp Pendleton in California, a freak accident led to the death of four Marines on Wednesday. Details still forthcoming.

This death row inmate would like to donate his organs, and Ohio is gonna give him time to do just that, if it’s possible.

A Francis Bacon painting sold for $142 million at an auction on Tuesday. Most. Expensive. Ever.

Still can’t get over this idiocy.

20:54 // 8 months ago
June 22, 2012
It is evident to this court that the Legislature has abdicated its responsibility and passed to the executive branch … the unfettered discretion to determine all protocol and procedures, most notably the chemicals to be used, for a state execution.
Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Jim Gunter • Writing the majority opinion in a ruling that struck down the Arkansas Legislature’s move in 2009 to allow the director of the Department of Corrections discretion over what chemicals are administered in lethal injections for death-row inmates. The confusion over who determines how the death sentence is carried out in Arkansas has held up executions of the state’s 40 current death row inmates; no executions have taken place since 2005. It’s worth noting that Arkansas’s constitution says if lethal injection is determined to be unconstitutional, executions are to be administered by electrocution. Ouch.  source (viafollow)
18:20 // 2 years ago
December 15, 2011

Death penalty: Statistics show significant decline in support, enactment

  • 78 number of death sentences handed out in 2011, which is way down from last year
  • 43 number of executions that happened nationwide this year; that’s down by three
  • 13 number of executions in Texas, the state with the most; they were also down from 2010 source

» A decline in the overall numbers: According to the Death Penalty Information Center, the death sentence number is the smallest since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. And public support is starting to fade: According to stats from Gallup, support for the death penalty is at its lowest level in nearly 40 years. Opposition is at its highest level since 1972. Keep this in mind when Rick Perry leads a crowd to cheers during a discussion about the death penalty. Or when cases like Troy Davis' widely-contested execution build support against the death penalty.

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11:39 // 2 years ago
September 22, 2011
God have mercy on your souls.
Troy Davis speaking to his executioners. They were his final words.  (via officialssay)

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8:46 // 2 years ago

revolutiontrainee says: i want to call attention to your repost of 'what happens tomorrow', in relation to the execution of Troy Davis. to post/repost this suggests that everyday there aren't armies of individuals fighting for justice. yes, there may be some who came to the fight because of Troy or will leave tomorrow, but everyone needs a starting point. who dares to insult any fight for justice, despite its duration. awareness and understanding should be what we promote, not condemnation for engagement.

» SFB says: That post wasn’t for you or your armies. It was for the passive person who grabbed onto the moment. I’ve been on the Internet, I know how it works. We get easily distracted, no matter how awful the travesty is. (How much are we talking about Haiti right now?) If you really wanted to seize the opportunity, instead of taking it as an insult, you’d take it as a call to arms. There’s another time for hurt feelings. That time isn’t now. — Ernie @ SFB

8:33 // 2 years ago
September 21, 2011
Hopefully, today’s execution of Brewer can remind all of us that racial hatred and prejudice leads to terrible consequence for the victim, the victim’s family, for the perpetrator and for the perpetrator’s family.
Clara Taylor, the sister of James Byrd, Jr. • Speaking of the execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer, one of the men responsible for the infamous hate crime that took her brother’s life. “We’re making progress,” she said. “I know he was guilty so I have no qualms about the death penalty.” This is in contrast to Taylor’s nephew, Ross Byrd, who felt it wasn’t the right move prior to the execution. Brewer was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. local time — or 7:21 EDT. His final words: ”No. I have no final statement.” source (viafollow)
22:34 // 2 years ago
22:32 // 2 years ago

Troy Davis execution delayed as Supreme Court mulls over case

  • yeah … The U.S. Supreme Court has stepped in to render a decision on the ultra-controversial Troy Davis death row case, which delayed his execution past 7 p.m. EDT.
  • … butAll they’ve forced right now is a delay — there is a chance that the court might let the execution go forward. His supporters are in a frenzy this evening. source

» A last gasp: The Supreme Court’s decision is Davis’ final option — today alone, he’s offered to take a polygraph, he’s tried to appeal to the Georgia pardons board, he’s gone to the Georgia Supreme Court … and the U.S. Supreme Court’s move was a hail-mary play which had no guarantee of working. The court likely knew it was coming, though. Davis has knocked on their door before, and they’ve answered at least once — back in 2008, they gave Davis an opportunity for a new trial, but a federal judge didn’t go for it.

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21:24 // 2 years ago
Death penalty: One of James Byrd Jr.’s killers will be executed tonight
With all the hubbub over Troy Davis’ probable execution, there’s another death penatly case that’s about to hit a head tonight, and this one was probably far more notorious at the time. In 1998, James Byrd, Jr. (right), was murdered in one of the worst hate crimes in modern times — dragged behind a pickup truck that was moving at full-speed. Lawrence Russell Brewer, left, is an avowed white supremacist and one of two men on death row for the attack. Brewer is scheduled to die tonight, but Byrd’s own son doesn’t want that. “You can’t fight murder with murder,” Ross Byrd said about the case. “Life in prison would have been fine. I know he can’t hurt my daddy anymore. I wish the state would take in mind that this isn’t what we want.” The execution is set for 6 p.m. local time tonight. source
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With all the hubbub over Troy Davis’ probable execution, there’s another death penatly case that’s about to hit a head tonight, and this one was probably far more notorious at the time. In 1998, James Byrd, Jr. (right), was murdered in one of the worst hate crimes in modern times — dragged behind a pickup truck that was moving at full-speed. Lawrence Russell Brewer, left, is an avowed white supremacist and one of two men on death row for the attack. Brewer is scheduled to die tonight, but Byrd’s own son doesn’t want that. “You can’t fight murder with murder,” Ross Byrd said about the case. “Life in prison would have been fine. I know he can’t hurt my daddy anymore. I wish the state would take in mind that this isn’t what we want.” The execution is set for 6 p.m. local time tonight. source

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10:58 // 2 years ago
September 20, 2011
Georgia denies clemency for controversial death row inmate Troy Davis: Davis, shown here in 1991, drew considerable support for his case, in which witnesses recanted testimony that led to his conviction in the murder of a police officer. But Georgia’s pardons board remained unconvinced. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Georgia denies clemency for controversial death row inmate Troy Davis: Davis, shown here in 1991, drew considerable support for his case, in which witnesses recanted testimony that led to his conviction in the murder of a police officer. But Georgia’s pardons board remained unconvinced. source

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10:49 // 2 years ago