2/25/07

Top 10 Death Penalty Blogs

I copied this from ABout.com- Hey why isnt my blog there!

1) Capital Defense WeeklyThis blog is an obvious labor of love for Karl Keys, the Massachusetts defense attorney who has visibly put countless hours into making it the most up-to-date and informative blog about U.S. capital punishment anywhere, with plenty of information on ongoing cases and recent rulings. Presumably it really was a weekly newsletter when it was founded in 1997, but now it's updated almost every day.

2) Meet VernonVernon Evans is a prisoner on Maryland's death row, convicted of killing two hotel clerks in 1983. He proclaims his innocence. While working through the long appeals process, he maintains this blog through a friend who forwards him questions from users and posts his answers online, providing a rare glimpse into the life of a man sentenced to die.


3) Asia Death PenaltyIn the United States, the death penalty is a divisive issue, but the vast majority of executions take place on the other side of the Pacific. The death penalty is common throughout Asia, especially in China--which executes at least nine times as many people every year as all other countries on Earth combined. This frequently-updated blog provides news and commentary focusing on the global center of the death penalty debate.

4)Death Penalty Blog
Amnesty International is one of the world's leading human rights organizations. You'd expect its blog on the death penalty to be bold, relevant, and international and scope--and you'd be right. While not updated quite as often as some of the other blogs, it remains one of the most original and useful online resources on international death penalty related news.

5) Abolish the Death Penalty
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty sponsors this blog, which provides near-daily news and commentary geared towards ending the death penalty in the United States. If you're looking for an activist blog on the U.S. death penalty debate, this is a great place to start.
6) Stand Down Texas
The State of Texas represents about 7 percent of the U.S. population--and about 35 percent of U.S. executions. This is in line with Texas' archetypal history as a tough-on-crime state with eye-for-an-eye frontier justice. Stand Down Texas works to end the death penalty in the state that executes more inmates than any other in the country.
7) Sister Helen Prejean's Blog
Sister Helen is the nation's leading advocate for abolition of the death penalty--but more than that, as anyone who has heard her speak in person will say without equivocation, she is a prophet. This author of the book Dead Man Walking (which later became a top-grossing film starring Susan Sarandon) gives over 140 lectures a year, and doesn't get to spend much time updating her blog. Keep up with it anyway. It's worth the wait.
8) Project Hope
196 people currently sit on death row in Alabama, home of the infamous "Scottsboro Boys" case. Project Hope works for the abolition of Alabama's death penalty, which still carries echoes of its less-than-glorious past: Some 103 of the 196 death row inmates are African-American, and many have inadequate legal representation.
9) Not One More
This promising new blog, maintained by Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, is catching a lot of attention from death penalty activists. Although it focuses primarily on Virginia's capital cases, it also deals intelligently with national news and trends.
10) The Lonely Abolitionist
This attorney is a lot less lonely now that she's joined the bloggers over at the higher-profile Abolish the Death Penalty site, but her personal blog is still well worth a visit. With running tallies of recent and upcoming executions, and plenty of thoughtful commentary on the meaning of capital punishment, this is a blog well worth reading for the archives alone.
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2/22/07

International Womens Day is almost here. March 8th.
It is times like this that I want so badly to do something drastic, something dramatic to make the world aware of how our women are being treated in prison.
I get asked everyday why I do the things I do.
Im not a feminist. You wont catch me burning my bra anyway.
I do, however, think the world needs to be aware of what happens to women when those iron bars clang shut.
The truth about how the justice system treats women in this country would scare the shit out of Jane Citizen.
Any woman, anywhere in the country could be in the shoes of any one of these women that I work with. Guilty or not guilty, I am here to tell you that it is more a case of wrong place at the wrong time than it is evidence or proof. Take a look at the next one scheduled to die, Cathy Henderson.
This woman is charged with the murder of a child she was babysitting.
She is mildly retarded with no previous criminal history.
She had been the babysitter for the family for several months when she accidentally dropped the baby while playing with him and killed him. She panicked and ran away with his body and buried it. She is scheduled to die this year.

What about Michelle Byrom? She was in the hospital when her husband was killed. Her son admitted to killing his father after watching his mother abused at his hands for years. Abuse that was well documented in the county. The investigation into this murder was shoddy at best by a lame ass country Sheriff that had many personal issues with Michelle. The mistakes and discrepancies in her case have been commented on by Supreme Court Judges and yet she still sits on death row.

Isnt everyone familiar with Texas mom Darlie Routier? Everyone has seen the infamous "silly string" video of her at her sons grave spraying silly string and blowing bubbles. This video was shown to the jury. Do you know what wasnt shown? The first 15 minuets of the video where she is sobbing uncontrollably and vows to gather herself together enough to celebrate her sons birthday with the toy he loved most. How about that hair that was found at the crime scene that belongs to no one. I would want to know who that belongs to before I convicted her to death, wouldnt you? Texas didnt.

I get mad, I get sad and I get emotional over these women and I wont stop until you do too.

2/19/07

Spring break is fast approaching and Im trying to decide who I will visit. I had planned to visit Shonda Johnson but since her overbearing sister has forbid her to write to me because I had the (GASP!) audacity to mention that she had indeed been married to 3 men at the same time (um... wasnt that brought out in trial or did I break the news?) even though I don't see that as reason enough to assume she was guilty when she so obviously wasnt.
Anywho- Ill have to pick another. I havent heard from Judy or Annette lately. So I may go to Mississippi.

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I have found deals on hotels, motels, resorts, vacation rentals and all kinds of stuff.This really opens my options up. Im thinking of perhaps finding a central location to several prisons and staying for a week or more. This place is making it easy because there are so many incredible deals. Im impressed.

2/15/07

I am coasting on a serious guilt trip. I havent written anyone since December. I've gotten three letters at least from Michelle Byrom.

But Ive been writing steadily. I got lucky and received two assignments of copywriting. I worked on that all last week but a sudden storm has caused so many power outages Im reticent to take on any new work.

Michelle has made mention of another new girl on the row in Mississippi.
Kristi Fulgham

Click here for the AP News Story.
She apparently enlisted her 13 year old brother to kill her husband. Insurance was involved. You can find out about the little brother and his quest for freedom here.
Michelle has made several remarks about how uncaring Kristi seems. That she makes remarks about how her husband deserved it etc. Scary stuff.
My thoughts however,are these; if I were in her shoes I would want to be as tough a bitch as I could be.

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2/2/07

Valentines gifts for the girls...
With Valentines day coming up I wanted to get all the girls who have come to mean so much to me a little something special. But thats hard when a felt tip pen can be considered a deadly weapon. Most things have to be sent directly from the manufacturer or publisher as well. This precaustion is in place to ensure that I dont pack away any files or jigsaws in the pages of a new book.
I always go to Amazon COUPONS and ALWAYS use coupon codes. I try to do that everytime I shop online because it saves so much.

Coupon Chief web coupons is a fantastic place to find codes for coupons. I can always find one that I need there.
So Im going to Amazon to get Kimberly McCarthy these "Carolin Cousins" books she likes to read.

She told me once that she had been addicted to porn and that Texas had since taken away the priveldge of looking at it.
Hm

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