1. 12:40 6th Aug 2012

    Notes: 5

    Reblogged from lilianasegura

    Tags: Texasdeath penalty

    [W]e seem to have granted a certain amorphous latitude to judges and juries in Texas to supply the normative judgment—to say, in essence, what mental retardation means in Texas…Is the Texas fact-finder at liberty to define mental retardation differently than a consensus of Americans would define it for Eighth Amendment purposes?
    —  A judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Read my Nation post on Marvin Wilson, who faces execution tomorrow despite having an IQ of 61. (via lilianasegura)
  2. Skinner (who has already come within an hour of execution) is about to be executed despite the fact that there is testable DNA from the murder weapon, the rape kit, hairs one of the victims was found clutching, and a jacket left at the crime scene similar to one worn by another possible suspect, all of which has yet to be tested. And it’s even worse than that. The state started testing on the hairs a decade ago. When preliminary mitochondrial testing came back negative as a match to either Skinner or the victim, the state just decided to stop further testing. It’s one thing to consider all of the evidence, find it unconvincing, and then proceed with an execution despite strong disagreement from the suspect’s supporters. It’s a whole other level of moral culpability to deliberately remain ignorant about evidence that could definitively establish guilt or innocence.

  3. Plays: 10

    Well, since it’s Nick Cave’s birthday, I’ll post this, neatly tying in my utter disgust with the US criminal justice system and also dovetailing with the preponderance of “REM-broke-up-I-must-take-to-the-Internets!” posts because in my room I had the marquee-size Tender Prey poster hanging up next to my REM Document poster next to my Cure Disintegration poster. Not that I really saw them that much considering I spent most of my adolescence sitting in the dark.

    All summer in a day!

  4. Troy Davis execution set to go ahead as judge rejects last-ditch appeal

    Death row inmate Troy Davis’s hopes of a last-minute reprieve were fading after Georgia courts refused to halt the execution scheduled for 7pm local time on Wednesday. The state’s supreme court rejected a last-ditch appeal by Davis’ lawyers over the 1989 murder of an off-duty policeman Mark MacPhail, despite overwhelming evidence that the conviction is unreliable. Earlier, a Butts County superior court judge also declined to stop the execution. His attorneys had filed an appeal challenging ballistics evidence linking Davis to the crime, and eyewitness testimony identifying Davis as the killer. With less than an hour to go until the lethal injection is administered, Davis’s lawyers filed an appeal to the US supreme court, but few observers believe an intervention is likely.

    So that’s it, I guess.

    (Source: Guardian)

  5. lilianasegura:

    If the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has its way, Troy Anthony Davis will be killed by lethal injection at 7 pm on September 21. His body will be carried out of the maximum-security prison in Jackson, the word “homicide” printed on his death certificate—the thirty-fourth US prisoner put to death this year.

    The killing of Troy Davis would mark a devastating end to a case that inspired a global mobilization against the death penalty. Davis, 42, has faced execution four times in the past four years for a 1989 murder in Savannah, despite serious doubts about his guilt. His conviction hinged on nine witnesses—no physical evidence linked him to the crime—seven of whom later recanted their testimony. Some described being coerced by police. Others point to a different man—the eighth witness, who first implicated Davis—as the real killer. “If I knew then what I know now,” juror Brenda Forrest said in 2009, “Troy Davis would not be on death row.”

    Read the rest at The Nation.