Showing posts from November 22, 2015

Janet Burski Got One Daughter to help Kill the other

We talked about Janet before but I have had two or three emails and tweets asking for an update. It looks like her pretrial is still pending but I reached out to a writer colleague in Ohio to see if she has any important deets. Ill let you know what she says.

I did find one little enticing tidbit to this case. Janet strangled her adult daughter Rachael to death. First reports didnt report this but its recently been discovered that Janet's other daughter, Hannah 27, helped in the murder and disposal of the body in a nearby field.

She says she only helped her mother dispose of the body. Although there has been no official release as to the motives of this filicidal family but police reports show a long history of turmoil between Rachel and her mother. Janet Tyburski, 46, faces one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of abuse of a corpse.

Most Fun Ways to Blow a Death Penalty Case

Thirteen years ago, speaking at the University of the District of Columbia, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg criticized the effectiveness of court-appointed lawyers for low-income people facing capital punishment. "People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty," she said. "I have yet to see a death case among the dozens coming to the Supreme Court on eve-of-execution stay applications in which the defendant was well represented at trial." She wasn't the first to draw this connection. In 1994, the legendary lawyer and death penalty opponent Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, wrote a seminal essay for the Yale Law Journal titled "Counsel for the Poor: The Death Sentence Not for the Worst Crime But for the Worst Lawyer." Very little has changed in the intervening 20 years. In 1997, for instance, a Georgia jury imposed a death sentence on Robert Wayne Holsey. (See  "This Man's A…

The Menendez Brothers Today

OMG, I had almost forgotten about these two guys, really. I mean, this shit happened in the 90's! They were sentenced only a few days after OJ was found not guilty. Ancient history, baby. However, I was reminded of them when I woke up this morning.

As a writer, my work schedule is my own and with this being Thanksgiving break, all 7 kids are in the house for a week. I spend my mornings watching DVR'ed TV and meting out punishments for the sporadic, inevitable arguments and fights that break out.

By the afternoon everyone is up and dressed and out and about, doing their own thing around the house and property. Then I write or research, spend a little time on my work, as much as I can with everyone home and a holiday looming.

So this morning I stoked the fire, poured myself some coffee and crawled back into my predawn, dark bedroom to check out the things I recorded last night and wait for the ruffians to awake. I was super excited to see one of the new Barbra Walters specials …