“Urge Arkansas Governor to Grant Clemency to Belynda Goff”



Urge Arkansas Governor to Grant Clemency to Belynda Goff


Belynda Goff is seeking clemency from Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe for her two decades old murder conviction for the killing of her husband, Stephen. Stephen, who Belynda awoke to find lying unconscious just inside the doorway of their apartment, had been allegedly involved in an arson scheme at the time of his death and had told Beynda’s brother that he feared for his life. Despite there being no murder weapon found inside the apartment, no witness claiming she was the killer and no physical evidence linking her to the murder, Belynda became the target of the investigation and was eventually tried and convicted.

The Innocence Project has been fighting for and eventually won DNA testing in Belynda’s case. While we were seeking testing, however, crucial pieces of evidence were lost. While we are moving forward with DNA testing on the remaining evidence, it may not be able to provide the results we need to fully vindicate Belynda.

In order to guarantee justice for Belynda, we’re calling on the Arkansas Parole Board to vet Belynda’s petition for clemency and for Governor Mike Beebe to grant her clemency. Please send a message to Governor Beebe asking him to grant Belynda clemency and send her home for the holidays.

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Pope Francis complains of ‘haggard’ Europe in Strasbourg


Pope Francis complains of ‘haggard’ Europe in Strasbourg

Pope Francis speaks at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 25 NovemberThe Pope spoke of a need to reinvigorate Europe

Pope Francis has warned that the world sees Europe as “somewhat elderly and haggard” during a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The Pope said the continent felt “less and less a protagonist”, in a world that regarded it with mistrust.

He also called for a “united response” to the arrival of boatloads of poor and desperate migrants in Europe. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30180667#

The mysterious disappearance of a celebrity preacher


The mysterious disappearance of a celebrity preacher

Aimee Semple McPherson

Aimee Semple McPherson was one of the most glamorous women in the US in the 1920s. The evangelical preacher put on theatrical church services and used ground-breaking radio broadcasts to teach the gospel – but one mysterious episode in her life has never been fully explained. … http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30148022#

Ferguson police officer won’t be charged in shooting death of Michael Brown


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Ferguson police officer won’t be charged in shooting death of Michael Brown

  • Grand jury finds that Darren Wilson, 28, did not break the law
  • Jurors considered range of charges including manslaughter and murder
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The mother of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden, covers her face after the announced decision by the grand jury in Ferguson not to indict Darren Wilson.Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA ….http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/24/ferguson-police-darren-wilson-michael-brown-no-charges?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

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Ask Arkansas Governor to Bring Innocent Woman Home for the Holidays


Originally posted on My Blog InCaseofInnocence:

300 Exonerations — and Counting…
Innocence ProjectDear Annamaria,On June 12, 1994, Belynda Goff walked out of her bedroom, where she had been sleeping with her three-year old son, to find her husband, Stephen, lying unconscious just inside the doorway of their apartment. She immediately called to request emergency medical assistance. The paramedics arrived ten minutes later. Despite the quick response by both Belynda and the paramedics, they were unable to find a pulse.An autopsy revealed that Stephen’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to his head.  This is a fact. When it comes to Stephen’s death, very few other facts have been conclusively established. No murder weapon has been found, no witness could identify Stephen’s killer, and no physical evidence has linked anyone, much less Belynda, to the murder. Yet Belynda Goff has languished in prison for two decades for a murder she has always maintained she did not commit. We are currently conducting DNA testing…

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Ask Arkansas Governor to Bring Innocent Woman Home for the Holidays


Originally posted on My Blog InCaseofInnocence:

300 Exonerations — and Counting…
Innocence ProjectDear Annamaria,On June 12, 1994, Belynda Goff walked out of her bedroom, where she had been sleeping with her three-year old son, to find her husband, Stephen, lying unconscious just inside the doorway of their apartment. She immediately called to request emergency medical assistance. The paramedics arrived ten minutes later. Despite the quick response by both Belynda and the paramedics, they were unable to find a pulse.An autopsy revealed that Stephen’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to his head.  This is a fact. When it comes to Stephen’s death, very few other facts have been conclusively established. No murder weapon has been found, no witness could identify Stephen’s killer, and no physical evidence has linked anyone, much less Belynda, to the murder. Yet Belynda Goff has languished in prison for two decades for a murder she has always maintained she did not commit. We are currently conducting DNA testing…

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Native Americans Arrested Following Keystone XL Pipeline Vote


Native Americans Arrested Following Keystone XL Pipeline Vote

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Native Americans were removed from the Senate gallery for singing a traditional tribal tune after Congress rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. The group was arrested for “disrupting Congress.”

Anyone following the Keystone XL pipeline vote in the Senate yesterday heard what appeared to be chanting or singing in the background when the final tally of 41-59 was announced, signaling that approval of the pipeline had failed to clear the bar of 60 votes and that congressional approval of the pipeline was delayed for the time being.

That sound was coming from Native Americans in the gallery, singing a traditional tribal tune. Five of them were removed from the gallery and arrested.

According to Red Power Media, one of the protesters was Greg Grey Cloud of the Rosebud Sioux tribe.

“Grey Cloud, who wore a headdress, continued singing as he was knocked to the floor and pulled to the wall of the hallway,” said Red Power Media. “Protesters were handcuffed with plastic zip-ties while standing shoulder to shoulder, facing the wall. They were then paraded down a corridor and one of the protesters began singing again. The group was arrested for ‘disrupting Congress.’”

The Rosebud Sioux tribe had already declared the House approval of the pipeline last Friday an “act of war” and said that it would close its tribal borders to pipeline construction.

“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren,” Rosebud Sioux president Cyril L. Scott told the Lakota Voice. “The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands. We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental co-operation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.”

The tribe is concerned about the potential for the pipeline to pollute their land which sits on top of the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world’s largest aquifers and a major source of agricultural and drinking water for Great Plains. They assert that a pipeline break and spill polluting the aquifer is virtually inevitable.

“The Lakota people have always been stewards of this land,” said Scott. “We feel it is imperative that we provide safe and responsible alternative energy resources not only to Tribal members but to non-Tribal members as well. We need to stop focusing and investing in risky fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. We need to start remembering that the Earth is our mother and stop polluting her and start taking steps to preserve the land, water and our grandchildren’s future.”

The proposed pipeline route crosses Great Sioux Nation Treaty lands and within the current boundaries of the Rosebud and Cheyenne River Sioux reservations, both in South Dakota.