*It may be hard to believe some of the hardened criminals who received death sentences went down fighting, so to speak, even while in the face of death. Although it is said that during this time, we become most honest, I tend to think it’s going to go one way or another: Either you’re going to be a wimp and start crying; or you’re going to be mad as hell, and start cussin’.
So I decided to research (with the help of Bored Lion) some of the ‘last words’ of folks who were actually killed for their crimes and I was actually surprised by some of them. You may be too. Continue reading →
*To say Glenn Ford of Louisiana is one happy man would be an understatement. After all, once you come down from the high of being free after 26 years of incarceration, can you truly not be pissed about being wrongfully accused in the first place?
Let’s face it: There will always be only one Madiba.
And we won’t even talk about all the stuff your 64-year-old self can’t do, because of lost life opportunities you probably had in your 30s, 40s and even 50s.
Texas is known for having a no nonsense approach to their inmates on death row. They ensure that those convicted and placed on death row are indeed dealt their punishment without a lengthy ride on death row.
Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was executed by a lethal injection of pentobarbital, Wednesday, June 26, and pronounced dead at 6:37 pm. She was on death row for the brutal 1997 murder and robbery of her 71-year-old neighbor, retired professor Dorothy Booth. We reported in January that she had received a reprieve from death at that time because, according to her attorney, a predominantly white jury was “improperly selected on the basis of race.” Out of 12 jury members, 11 of them were white. Continue reading →
If someone killed a family member of yours in front of their child would you think death row is the appropriate sentence for them? Now what if you found out they were being sent to death row because the murderer was black?
The verdict might seem like a scenario of six in one hand and half a dozen in the other, right? But over 100 activists, lawyers, clergy and even the former governor of Texas Mark White said, not if the verdict was based on color, according to ABC-13 in Houston, Texas. Duane Buck killed his sister and two other people, including his girlfriend in front of her daughter after her child pleaded with him not to pull the trigger. But when Buck was sentenced to death row in 1995, White said it was because of his color. Continue reading →
There have been a few people convicted of crimes that have garnered nationwide support to either release them from jail or have them removed from death row…not this time.
In 1997, Kimberly McCarthy, 51, was accused of killing her neighbor Dorothy Booth, a 71-year-old retired college psychology professor in Lancaster, Texas, approximately 15 miles outside Dallas. Of 12 jury members, 11 of McCarthy’s jury were white. Now her lawyers are trying to prove that her predominantly white jury was “improperly selected on the basis of race.” Continue reading →
Can you imagine if someone murdered your mother and then when you come to trial the killer is allowed to muzzle you and keep you from having any say in court? Sounds absurd? It is. This fool, Ralph Leroy Menzies, is trying to use a miniscule use of wording in the Victims’ Rights Amendment to the Utah Constitution to lend credence to his argument. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Amendment reads: Continue reading →
The story of death row inmate Troy Davis is yet another example of a brother being caught up in the belly of the beast and should serve as a marker to show just how a poor black man is totally at the mercy of lazy prosecutors and coercing law enforcement when it comes to justice.
And though justice appears to have been a long time coming for Davis, it appears as though he will get another shot at redemption.
The US Supreme Court on Monday ordered that Troy Davis, a high-profile death row inmate, should receive a new hearing to determine whether evidence not available at his trial could prove him innocent.
“The district court should receive testimony and make findings of fact as to whether evidence that could have been obtained at the time of the trial clearly establishes petitioner’s innocence,” the court said. Davis, who is black, was sentenced to death in 1989 for the murder of Mark Allen MacPhail, a white policeman, in Savannah, Georgia. Continue reading →