10/24/13

Ohio’s Donna Roberts death sentence was overturned. She is the states only female on death row. I have written to Donna but she refuses to write back. The Ohio Supreme Court voted 5 – 2 for Roberts after reviewing claims that a judge did not consider specific evidence showing Roberts had suffered brain trauma from a variety of traffic accidents throughout her life and may have led to her murderous behavior. Her defense also cited a violent and abusive childhood home life and several good deeds as an adult such as raising money for soldiers. The ruling commanded the judge to resentence Roberts for the murder of her husband in 2001. She will now be sent back to Trumbull County for resentencing.

10/13/13

Why The Death Penalty In America Is Sexist



CHRISTINA STERBENZ SEP. 6, 2013, 10:18 PM 6,760 20

In just a few weeks, a jury could decide whether Jodi Arias will get the death penalty for the brutal murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008.

Considering the United States has executed only 13 women in the last 40 years, a death sentence would seem highly unusual.

Women committed less than 10% of all murders in America between 2000 and 2010, a Wall Street Journal analysis of crime data found. However, women defendants only make up 2% of death row, according to a recent report by the NAACP.

Even fewer women actually get executed, Death Penalty Information Center executive director Richard Dieter told Business Insider.

"There's just less enforcement of the death penalty at almost every stage for females," he said.
Two major factors contribute to the low number of women who get capital punishment: the nature of the crime and how juries view women in general. The death penalty is often used for killers who also commit other felonies like robbery or rape, law professor Victor Streib has previously told the LA Times.
Many of the murders women commit, on the other hand, involve people they're related to.

While women commit about 10% of murders, they were responsible for 35% of murders of intimate partners between 1980 and 2008. Most juries consider these crimes of passion arising from disputes — one-time offenses, Dieter said. Because of the high rate of domestic violence against women, though, juries don't give men the same benefit of the doubt.

On the other hand, most states consider killing a child an aggravating factor, or a reason for prosecutors to seek the death penalty. Hiring someone to do the work could also land a woman on death row. "If a woman hires someone, there's a coldness, a calculation. It's different than something that arises out of an argument," Dieter said.

Teresa Lewis, for example, plotted to kill her husband and stepson for the insurance money. "Instead of pulling a trigger on a gun, she pulled a couple of young men in to pull the trigger for her," prosecutor David Grimes told a judge at the time, The Washington Post reported. She was the first woman Virginia sentenced to die in more than 100 years.

But the second factor — the jury's perception of the "fragile" female psyche — can overpower aggravating factors. "It's just easier to convince a jury that women suffer emotional distress or other emotional problems more than men," Streib told the LA Times.

Take Susan Smith. She killed her two sons by backing her car into a lake while they sat in the backseat. But when the jury heard about her abusive childhood, they took pity on her, Dieter said. She only got a life sentence — with parole. In TruTV's coverage of her story, the headline reads: Child Murderer Or Victim?
"These 12 people [the jury] are asked to see if this person has any redeeming qualities. And they often see their own mother or wife or grandmother, not someone who will continue to be a threat to society," Dieter said. "Jurors just see women differently than men."

Of course, most women aren't going to argue for gender parity in the death penalty, Dahlia Lithwick has written in Slate. Only 59% of women favor the death penalty compared to 67% of men, according to a 2013 Gallup poll.

"For equality's sake, you think that women would want the death penalty pursued more often," Dieter said. "But of course, they don't."


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/women-and-the-death-penalty-2013-9#ixzz2hdQAVTcB

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10/6/13

Fatal Beauty by Burl Barer

Rhonda Glover.  Where to begin… where to begin…

This woman was so obviously and utterly bat-shit crazy any reasonable person would want to start a review of this book by shouting “How in the hell can you convict a person who is so undeniably insane? But this book doesn’t allow that option.

Ol’ Rhonda had been one Klonopin away from total melt down her whole adult life.

As a child and young adult she'd been a rodeo queen and state wide beauty pageant winner. She seemed to excel at everything she did.

Police reports, rehab records and personal accounts abound of her erratic and downright weird actions and mannerisms throughout her adult life. She told anyone who would listen that her longtime boyfriend  and father of her son, Jimmy Joste was a devil worshipper who had, in collaboration with George W. Bush, built and operated an underground tunnel stretching throughout the city in which mass child sex torture and murder took place.

Check out This Link to get a little taste of just how insane, she is in this clip from her police interrogation.

Wondering why they prosecuted her is not possible in this book however. It isn’t possible because the author painstakingly explains the royally F’ed up insanity plea and the way the Texas Justice system F’s it up even worse. He puts it in plain language for those of us who aren’t legal scholars and it is all too clear.

Burl Barer shows you Rhonda’s insanity as unmistakably as if she was standing in front of you exhibiting her most psychotic behavior and then promptly says “So what? And here’s why…”

It’s infuriating to see the way the justice system can take the simplest of situations and convolute it until no one sees justice.

The episode, Rough Diamonds, of Behind Mansion Walls is about Rhonda. There is also an episode of Snapped about Rhonda, Season seven, episode 22. 

Kerry Lynn Dalton - You Think You Know This Case?

If you think you know the Kerry Lyn Dalton case you may be surprised by some of the statements in this short video.