As I write this, the Georgia authorities are killing Troy Davis. He was let down by the “justice” system. And the Supreme Court. And by those of us who are horrified when the state kills innocent people. There is nothing more to do or say. He is being killed. Please join me in 24 hours of silence in honor of his memory.
Sep 22 2011
Feb 03 2009
cross-posted from The Dream Antilles
There are 49 people presently facing the federal death penalty. If we want to, we might be able to spare them. We might be able to get the new Attorney General, Eric Holder, to review the decisions by the three Bush Administration Attorney Generals to pursue the death penalty in these cases, and if the new Attorney General thought, if there were convictions, that the defendants shouldn’t be killed, he could require prosecutors not to seek the death penalty, to be satisfied with a maximum sentence of life without parole. This would be a remarkable development. It would save lives. The United States would join the civilized world that has stopped state killing. The essential hypocrisy of an eye for an eye would be abandoned. It would be a new era. We would not have these people’s blood on our hands.
Nov 30 2008
cross-posted from The Dream Antilles
Plexico Burress, Shakespearean Tragic Hero
OMFG. New York Football Giants star receiver Plexico Burress last night shot himself in the thigh with a handgun. Will he play again this year? Who knows? He was released from the hospital today. There are other questions though. Like: WTF is he doing with a loaded pistol in a night club during the season? And htf did he shoot himself in the thigh? Isn’t that like totally embarrassing? And is this the stupidest economic “accident” we’ve seen this year, a year of gigantic, incredibly stupid economic “accidents?”
So those of us in the “life as figure of speech” department were thinking about Plexico Burress this afternoon. And we were thinking hard.
The big question for us is whether he’s a metaphor for the United States’s economy? Or the war effort in Iraq? Or the Bush Administration? Or the War on TerrorTM? Or something else that’s a gigantic f*ck up?
What kind of figure of speech is he anyway? Is this an example of synecdoche? Is this an example of metonymy? Is it metaphor? WTF is this anyway? And, more important, what does it mean, if anything, to us?
The New York Times supplies the back story:
It was unclear what led to the gun’s discharge. There were no reports of any fights inside the club before the shooting. The police did not say whether any charges would be filed, but they noted that felony charges were possible if a person possesses a loaded, unlicensed handgun in a place other than his residence or business.
Under the league’s personal-conduct policy, violations of local gun laws can result in a player’s suspension…snip
It is the latest controversy involving Burress, who signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Giants just before the season opener. He was suspended for 12 days, including a victory over Seattle, because he missed meetings without explanation.
Against San Francisco on Oct. 19, Burress shouted at Coach Tom Coughlin on the sideline after drawing an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty. The N.F.L. fined Burress $45,000 for verbally abusing the officials.
Coughlin held him out of the first quarter of the Oct. 26 game against the Steelers because he missed treatment on a neck and shoulder injury the day before.
The Times also reports that Burress, who is 31, has a 5-year $35 million contract.
I know that you, dear readers, are incredibly busy and perplexed by other, vital questions, but seriously now, have you ever heard of anything as ridiculous and expensive as this?
Then again, oops. I guess so. How about Michael Vick?
Oh, goddess supreme, preserve us in safety from the end of this Empire.
Mar 27 2008
Great news from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals:
ATLANTA, Ga. — The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted former Gov. Don Siegelman’s request to be released from prison pending the outcome of his appeal.
Siegelman is currently serving a 7-year sentence in the Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex in Louisiana following his 2006 public corruption conviction.
Acting U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin confirms the 11th Circuit granted Siegelman’s release in a fou- page order which states Siegelman had raised a “significant question” about his conviction.
Let the celebrations begin. I am delighted for Don Siegelman and his family.
But it would a mistake, a serious mistake not to note that Siegelman was whisked from his sentencing to imprisonment, something I consider unprecedented, that the Eleventh Circuit and the judge in the Middle District of Alabama have played patsy with this case for the ten months Don has been incarcerated sending it back and forth without deciding his motion for bail pending appeal, and that the timing of his release comes just as it was announced today by John Conyers that Don Siegelman likely be testifying in DC about his conviction. Put simply, the conviction reeks, and it has Karl Rove’s fingerprints all over it.
The feds should make sure they keep Don’s cell in Louisiana open, so that Karl Rove can move in as soon as possible.
Mar 16 2008
cross posted from The Dream Antilles
Don Siegelman, a former, Democratic governor of Alabama and a good guy, was railroaded to a federal prison where he’s now serving a 7-year sentence, in a case that has Karl Rove’s fingerprints all over it. The case is a travesty and proof positive not only that there are political prisoners in the US but that Siegelman is one of them.
Yesterday, I wrote a diary about this disgraceful travesty because I wanted to keep the story alive. I don’t want us to forget that this conviction is an example of why there was a US Attorney scandal and why investigation of that scandal must continue.
The best sources of information on Siegelman, if you’re not yet familiar with this mockery of justice, is OPOL’s Friday diary on the case, a diary with lots of video and background, and Siegelman’s web site.
What’s any of this got to do with Eliot Spitzer, who has been forced to resign as Governor of New York because of his hiring prostitutes? Plenty.
Join me across the jump.