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Matt Wuerker/Politico (10/5/2011)

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When two Austin filmmakers set out to chronicle the flawed forensics behind the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham, they found themselves in the middle of a pitched political battle, pitting criminal justice activists against the a Texas governor (Rick Perry) looking to sweep news of a wrongful execution under the rug. Joe Bailey and Steve Mims chat with MoJo about their new documentary, Incendiary.

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Letters To My Country: The Culture of Execution


Darth Vader Sent His Regrets, Saying Other Pressing Work Prevented Him From Serving On The Board

Yesterday the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles refused to commute the death sentence of inmate Troy Davis, who was convicted in the 1989 death of a police officer.

Who serves on such boards? Radley Balko points it out for us, quoting the Associated Press:

“Gale Buckner, a former Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent … . Robert Keller, the ex-chair of a Georgia prosecutors group … James Donald, the former head of the Georgia Department of Corrections, Albert Murray, who led the state’s juvenile justice program, and Terry Barnard, a former Republican state lawmaker.”

The A.P. notes dryly that commutation is seldom granted. I’m shocked!

Troy Davis’ supporters claim that there is substantial proof that he is an innocent man; I haven’t researched that proposition enough to comment on it, but better minds than mine are concerned based on the available evidence.

I hardly see the point of a commutation review if you’re going to pack the board with hardliners, though. The board makeup appears calculated to assure that commutations are not granted — that the possibility that the executive will exercise its pardon powers will remain hypothetical. I’m not saying that such a board ought to be packed with defense lawyers. However, it ought to reflect more diversity of thought and opinion. Optimally, I think, a board ought to include someone with a background in prosecution, someone with a background in criminal defense, someone with a background in law enforcement, and a respected forensic expert who has testified for both the prosecution and the defense. The forensic expert would assist the board in evaluating arguments about forensic evidence. You might assume that the defense lawyer would always vote for clemency, but you would probably be wrong — a principled defense lawyer would help separate the meritorious arguments of ineffective assistance of counsel from the ones that are mere Monday-morning quarterbacking.

But that’s not going to happen. In the forty years that politicians have tried to convince us that “law and order” is a principled legal position rather than a crowd-pleasing political slogan, the subjects of the death penalty, commutation, and the pardon power have become not only political, but cultural. Pardon rates have plummeted since the first half of the century in the face of that culture. When the Republican debate audience roared with approval that Rick Perry’s Texas had executed 234 people, that did not represent a legal position, or a deliberate “we trust the government” sentiment, or a thought-out refutation of the evidence that Texas has relied on junk science to execute an innocent man and Rick Perry has helped cover it up. Rather, it was applause for a culturalteam, and everything that’s bundled together with that team. People tend to support their team through good times and bad, despite its warts and its players’ mistakes and misbeaviors. When people roar with approval forthe death penalty in the abstract, they’re often roaring against people who held candles in a vigil for Ted Bundy and people who think guns are icky and ought to be banned and people who think Texas is awful and backward. (Similarly, when people roar against the death penalty in the abstract, they’re often roaring against Texas and guns and anti-gay sentiments and et cetera.)

But people are not abstractions — including the people on death row, and including the victims that at least some of them murdered. Their fate ought to be governed by the rule of law, by good science, and by at least a good-faith gesture towards dispassionate evaluation, not by the winds of the culture wars.

emphasis added.

Sometimes I find it hurts to be part of a society that thinks a death for a death means anything more than more death.

And killing a man who seems very likely to be innocent and definitely not guilty beyond reasonable doubt brings me to tears. 

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I refuse to believe corporations are people until Texas executes one.

- Ara Rubya via @DanonNewsNet (via soupsoup)


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Rick Perry wants to militarize the border with Mexico


By militarize I mean predator drones.

Its not like killing a few completely innocent people (even Texans) would be a problem, for Perry.

Capital punishment is bad enough, but do we seriously want to make entering the country illegally a capital crime, punishable without a trial or evidence?

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Well, I do agree that there is — the science is — is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at — at — at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet, to me, is just — is nonsense. I mean, it — I mean — and I tell somebody, I said, just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said here is the fact, Galileo got outvoted for a spell.

Rick Perry, on the credibility of the scientists questioning human activity’s impact on climate change (via pieceinthepuzzlehumanity)

So the fact that the Church wrongly decreed Galileo to be wrong (a church decree is really nothing to do with democracy or voting or outvoting and not one thing to do with peer reviewed science) is a reason to ignore the evidence of global warming — now that really makes sense.

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Here’s why I find it impossible to be a Republican: any crowd that instantly cheers the execution of 234 individuals is a crowd I want to flee, not join.
Andrew Sullivan on the debate crowd’s positive response to the large number of executions that Perry resided over while governor of Texas. (via liberal-life)
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As Texas faces devastating wildfires, know that public policy plays a role.

State funding for volunteer firefighters is being cut by 75% - from $30 million to $7 million. From KVUE:

Most of the State of Texas is protected by volunteer departments. There are 879 volunteer departments compared to 114 paid departments and 187 departments that are a combination of both paid and volunteer firefighters.

In March, the State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas said volunteer firefighters had begun pulling money from their own pockets “to help pay for equipment and supplies.”

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