1. I was told by this same doctor that I had two fibroid tumors that were the size of grapefruit. Wow I couldn’t believe it when he said that I was going to need to have a full hysterectomy. He told me that they needed to be removed because they were so huge that if they burst I could bleed internally. So I had asked if I could get a second opinion or if could talk to someone else, or wait I could wait til I get release of prison and went to a doctor outside of prison so that I can get a second opinion and explore other options than a full hysterectomy. I felt really uncomfortable, he was really putting the pressure down on me really heavy to sign a form to authorize to have this surgery within a week. I told him that there is no chance that I will have this surgery within a week without talking to someone or at least talking to my family. He almost would not let me leave his office til i signed to have the surgery….[After getting out of prison], I went to the doctor and I told him in prison I was told I had fibroid tumors and hysterectomy was necessary. So they ran tests, and didn’t see any tumors. So they thought that was just really weird, that this doctor saw two the size of grapefruits, but doctors on the outside didn’t see any tumors.
    — Kimberly, formerly incarcerated mother, interviewed for National Radio Project’s Our Bodies, Our Stories: Reproductive Health Behind Bars
     
  2. Afterward, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt accused prosecutors of cutting overly lenient plea deals with five other officers who cooperated with the civil rights investigation. The former officers pleaded guilty to helping cover up the shooting and are already serving prison terms ranging from three to eight years.

    "These through-the-looking-glass plea deals that tied the hands of this court … are an affront to the court and a disservice to the community," Engelhardt said.

    The judge also questioned the credibility of the officers who pleaded guilty and testified against those who went to trial.

    "Citing witnesses for perjury at this trial would be like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500," Engelhardt said.

     
  3. 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.

     
  4. I missed this until this morning (after my Long Weekend’s Journey Into Food Poisoning kept me away from the computer — probably a good thing, seeing as I was already nauseated). By Flavia Dzodan, over at Tiger Beatdown, a searing write-up of the money that giant conglomerates are making off of anti-immigration policies:

    In more ways than you might realize, G4S is securing your world. That is, unless you are an undocumented immigrant awaiting deportation. Those poor souls? Those could not be in more dangerous hands. Because, you see, the detention centers for undocumented immigrants operated by G4S have not just been responsible for the deaths in The Netherlands that I mentioned above but for many more violent casualties in several other detention centers as well. From the New York Times article:

    G4S, an Anglo-Danish security conglomerate with more than 600,000 employees in 125 countries, was faulted for lethal neglect and abusive use of solitary confinement in Australia. By the middle of the past decade, after refugee children had sewed their lips together during hunger strikes in camps like Woomera and Curtin, and government commissions discovered that Australian citizens and legal residents were being wrongly detained and deported, protests pushed the Liberal Party government to dismantle some aspects of the system.

    More chilling cases of detainee neglect, abuse and eventual death:

    In 2007, Western Australia’s Human Rights Commission found that G4S drivers had ignored the cries of detainees locked in a scorching van, leaving them so dehydrated that one drank his own urine. The company was ordered to pay $500,000 for inhumane treatment, but three of the five victims already had been deported. Immigration officials, relying on company misinformation, had dismissed their complaints without investigation, the commission found.
    There was a public outcry when an Aboriginal man died in another G4S van in similar circumstances the next year. A coroner ruled in 2009 that G4S, the drivers and the government shared the blame. The company was later awarded a $70 million, five-year prisoner transport contract in another state, Victoria, without competition.
     
  5. Troy Davis: A Legal Lynching, by Jody McIntyre

    Yesterday was the fourth time an execution date had been set for Troy Davis. On previous occasions, he had been granted a stay of three days, one day, and on one occasion, just 90 minutes before he was due to die. Psychiatrists who work with death row inmates have said that such repeated exposure to expected death is tantamount to torture. This time, not in occupied foreign territories such as Guantanamo Bay, or sub-contracted to friendly dictators through ‘extraordinary rendition,’ but lawfully carried out in the United States.

    The death penalty simply serves as another tool at the disposal of the racist, supremacist ideology of the US, and Troy Davis is its latest victim. But, as Davis himself wrote, he is not the only one.

    ‘There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.’

    (Source: newint.org)

     
  6. 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)