About Mike Brown: A Poem

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Mick Brown Kindheart

Originally posted on Blackbutterfly7:By Kindheart 101 SEPT.20.2014

ABOUT MIKE BROWN

I do not mean to cause alarm,
it’s only me, I mean no harm.
Why do you look at me that way?
is color all you see today?

Yes I am brown, that’s all you see?
please look beyond, and just see me.
Let down your guard, I mean no harm.
I do not mean to cause alarm.

I hold my loved ones dear, and true,
and love my family, just like you.
I’m off to college, on my way,
I graduated yesterday.

Oh wait, you stopped your car I see,
and now you’ve grabbed a hold of me?
I turn and run, as bullets fly,
I’m hit, I turn around and cry…….

OK OK OK, I’m done,
hands in the air………put down your gun!
I do not mean to cause alarm,
I’m Big Mike Brown, I mean no…

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NC Innocence Inquiry Commission a lifesaver for innocent, death row inmates

NC Innocence Inquiry Commission a lifesaver for innocent, death row inmates

…..Christine Mumma, executive director of the N.C. Center for Actual Innocence, mentioned some lessons learned from the exoneration of Henry McCollum. What the public needs to be aware of is that the horrible circumstances of injustice in the Buie case are a culture in North Carolina death penalty cases, not some isolated event. Maybe, if the Innocence Commission were to work in conjunction with appellate attorneys to defend their clients, 31-year prison terms by innocent men can be avoided. At the very least the commission can demonstrate what it means to be true representatives of justice.

Lyle C. May is a death row inmate at Central Prison in Raleigh. He received two death sentences for the 1997 double murder in Asheville of Valerie Sue Riddle and her son, Kelly Mark Laird Jr. ….

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/17/4159629_north-carolina-innocence-inquiry.html?sp=/99/108/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

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Death Row News to fight the Death Penalty – TX: Lisa Ann Coleman Executed

trauerkerzepassengerpigeon9314Death Row News to fight the Death Penalty – TX: Lisa Ann Coleman Executed.

By TRAVIS LOLLER

Woman Executed for Boy’s 2004 Starvation Death
• by Terri Langford
• Sept. 17, 2014In 2004, Davontae Marcel Williams, on the left, was found starved to death. Lisa Ann Coleman, on the right, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night for her role in the boy’s death. If carried out, she would be the sixth woman to be executed in Texas since 1982.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated after Lisa Ann Coleman’s execution.Texas death row inmate Lisa Ann Coleman was executed Wednesday night, the sixth woman put to death since the death penalty was reinstated in Texas.

Coleman, 38, was convicted and sentenced to death for the 2004 starvation death of her girlfriend’s son, Davontae Marcel Williams.

Before the lethal drug pentobarbital was injected into her inside the execution chamber at the state’s Huntsville Unit, Coleman expressed love for her family and thanked her lawyers.

“I just want to tell my family I love them, my son, I love him,” Coleman said, according to a statement released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “God is good … I’m done.”

She died 12 minutes after the drug was administered. Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Robert Hurst said Coleman’s time of death was 6:24 p.m.

Coleman was the 517th person to be executed in the state since 1982, the year Texas reinstated the death penalty following a 1976 Supreme Court decision that allowed states to resume capital punishment. She is the ninth person executed in Texas this year.

She was living with her girlfriend, Marcella Williams, in an Arlington apartment complex when paramedics discovered the starved corpse of a 9-year-old boy on July 26, 2004. He had been beaten, bore 250 scars and weighed 35 pounds at the time of his death, about half the typical weight for a child his age.

At the time of his death, Davontae was suffering from pneumonia. His cause of death was malnutrition with pneumonia as a contributing factor, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Both Coleman and the boy’s mother were charged with capital murder. But Williams pleaded guilty in 2006 to avoid facing the death penalty at trial. Child Protective Services records showed Williams and her son had been the subject of at least six child abuse investigations.

Coleman’s attorney, John Stickels of Arlington, appealed her death sentence based on how his client was initially charged.

In Texas, there has to be an underlying felony or second crime committed for a defendant to be charged with capital murder. Before 2011, those underlying crimes were murder, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, obstruction or terroristic threat. But in 2011, lawmakers added the killing of a child under the age of 10 to those underlying crimes.

In the Davontae Williams case, prosecutors used kidnapping as the underlying crime. Prosecutors presented evidence that Davontae had been locked in a pantry and kept from leaving his own home.

But Stickels says there was no kidnapping, at least not according to Texas law. His appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans based on that claim was rejected late Tuesday, and the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to intervene.

“It is wrong, it is child abuse, but it’s not kidnapping,” Stickels said. “I’m not saying she’s innocent and did not do something wrong. But it’s just not kidnapping.”

At Coleman’s 2006 trial, it was revealed that the two women bound Davontae’s wrists and sometimes locked him in a pantry. Stickels said that even though the law defines kidnapping as placing someone in an area with the intention of hiding them, it is not kidnapping if a parent places a child in a room to punish him.

“Lisa is absolutely innocent of capital murder,” Stickels insisted. “And if they execute her, they will be executing someone who is innocent of capital murder.”

Reports from those prior CPS investigations detailed how Davontae was found to be hungry. In 1999, he and his sister, Destinee, were placed into foster care after Davontae was found to have been beaten with an extension cord. Coleman denied beating him with a cord, and Williams told CPS that they had bound him with one. Davontae, born four months premature, had developmental disabilities, according to a clinical psychologist who examined the boy after he was placed in foster care.

The two children were eventually returned when Williams promised to stay away from Coleman.

In 2004, Davontae’s case was part of a state review of 1,103 child abuse cases in North Texas that was ordered by Gov. Rick Perry. The state’s Health and Human Services Commission Office of Inspector General found that CPS caseworkers failed 70 percent of the time to act quickly to protect a child in danger.

“It appears that CPS Region 3 [Dallas/Fort Worth] was performing at a minimum standard and often below standards,” Brian Flood, the commission’s inspector general at the time, said in his report to the governor. “When abuse or neglect was indicated in the file, only 30 percent of the time did CPS caseworkers implement the appropriate safety steps for the short term protection of the child.”

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10 death row inmates in TN challenge electrocution law

10 death row inmates in TN challenge electrocution law

Posted: Sep 19, 2014 2:02 PM Friday, September 19, 2014 8:02 September 19, 2014 8:11 AM

By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated PressNASHVILLE, TN (AP) – A Nashville judge has ruled that the 10 death row inmates already challenging the state’s lethal injection protocol may amend their lawsuit to include objections to the use of the electric chair.

The General Assembly passed a law earlier this year allowing prisoners to be electrocuted if the Department of Correction were unable to obtain the drug used for lethal injection.

Prior to that, prisoners could not be forced to die by the electric chair although they were allowed to choose electrocution under some circumstances.

The death row inmates claim the new law violates both the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions. Among other things, they claim it violates evolving standards of decency.

Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled on Wednesday that the inmates could amend their lawsuit.

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First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Wants to Kill the Death Penalty

First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Wants to Kill the Death Penalty

In a forthcoming documentary, Kirk Bloodsworth fights to keep innocent people from being sentenced to death.

September 18, 2014

When he was 22, Kirk Bloodsworth was sentenced to death for the murder of a nine-year-old girl. The case against him relied solely on one person’s eyewitness testimony; no physical evidence linked him to the scene. After he spent eight years in prison, Bloodsworth was exonerated in 1993 through “genetic fingerprinting.” It was the first time DNA evidence led to a reversal of a death row conviction.

“The Supreme Court has told us that factual innocence is no reason to stop a death sentence properly rendered. I’ll be damned, and so shall the death penalty this year,” Bloodsworth says in a trailer for the forthcoming documentary Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man, which centers on his case and his crusade on behalf of death penalty inmates and post-conviction DNA testing.

“I want to kill the thing that almost killed me.”

DNA evidence has led to 317 post-conviction exonerations in the United States since 1993, according to The Innocence Project, a legal advocacy organization that helps prisoners who could be proven innocent with the help of DNA evidence. Of the 317 who had their convictions overturned, 18 spent time on death row.

For some innocent people in prison, the reversal of fortune came too late. Thursday, in Lubbock, Texas, the state unveiled a 13-foot bronze statue in honor of Timothy Cole. Though nothing other than an eyewitness connected Cole to the crime, he was convicted in 1986 of raping college student Michele Murray and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

In 2007, a man named Jerry Wayne Johnson, who was serving time on other rape charges, sent a letter to Cole’s mother and confessed to raping Murray. In 2010 DNA proved the same, but it was too late to grant Cole his freedom. He’d died in 1999 while serving the sentence. He is the first person in Texas history to be exonerated posthumously.

The base of the new statue in Lubbock reads “And Justice for All.” Cole is seen holding two books, the spine of one reading “Lest We Forget.”

The Associated Press reported that at the unveiling, Cole’s brother, Cory Session, told the crowd, “The arc of justice is long, but for our family, it bends toward Lubbock today.”

It’s more than likely that innocent people are serving decades-long prison sentences. The stories of Bloodsworth and Cole show that, for many, DNA evidence is their only hope for freedom.

Join the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

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Join the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

In Defense of Animals

Join In Defense of Animals (IDA) and activists from more than 116 cities on six continents for the biggest international event ever held to save Earth’s vanishing wildlife. The goal of the Global March is to draw attention to the crisis facing elephants, rhinos, and lions and to call for an end to the global trade in ivory, rhino horn, and other wildlife body parts (such as lion and tiger bones) that is pushing countless endangered species rapidly towards extinction.

In Africa, four elephants are illegally killed for their ivory every hour with only 300,000 to 500,000 alive today. Every nine hours a rhino is killed for his/her horn and it’s estimated that fewer than 22,000 African rhino now remain. In South Africa, more lions survive now in captivity, where they are bred for petting zoos and canned hunts, than roam in…

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Texas Wants to Execute Man Who Killed Home Intruder Who Turned Out to Be SWAT Member

Texas Wants to Execute Man Who Killed Home Intruder Who Turned Out to Be SWAT Member

Marvin Louis GuyJail PhotoAttempting to serve a search warrant by entering a house through a window got Killeen, Texas, Police Detective Charles Dinwiddie shot in the face and killed last May.  It was yet another SWAT raid organized for a purpose other than the reason they were invented. The police had a search warrant looking for narcotics at the home of Marvin Louis Guy, 49. They decided to serve this warrant at 5:30 in the morning and without knocking on his door. He opened fire on them, killing Dinwiddie and injuring three others. …

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Supreme Court justice warns of drones creating ‘Orwellian’ future

Published time: September 15, 2014 18:04

The U.S. Supreme Court (Reuters / Joshua Roberts)

The U.S. Supreme Court (Reuters / Joshua Roberts)

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has voiced concerns that, without sufficient protections, the age of unmanned drones and ubiquitous surveillance will usher in an “Orwellian world.”

Sotomayor told faculty and students at Oklahoma City University last week that technological capabilities allow devices to monitor “your conversations from miles away and through your walls.”

“We are in that brave new world, and we are capable of being in that Orwellian world, too,” she added, in a nod to George Orwell’s seminal authoritarian-dystopia novel ‘1984.’

Sotomayor also discussed the rise of drone use in wider Society.

“There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that’s happening on what we consider our private property,” Sotomayor said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“That type of technology has to stimulate us to think about what is it that we cherish in privacy and how far we want to protect it and from whom. Because people think that it should be protected just against government intrusion, but I don’t like the fact that someone I don’t know…can pick up, if they’re a private citizen, one of these drones and fly it over my property.”

The Federal Aviation Administration is currently compiling rules and protocol to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into American skies, as commercial interests the likes of Amazon and Google are pressing for increased access to airspace. …

http://rt.com/usa/187956-scotus-sotomayor-drone-orwellian/

Pervs in Texas Can Still Legally Snap Photos Up Women’s Skirts, Court Rules

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