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Saturday, May 19, 2012
THE DEATH PENALTY ... IT'S STILL ALIVE (AND WELL IN FLORIDA)
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
THE DEATH PENALTY .... IT'S STILL ALIVE (AND WELL IN FLORIDA)
Two recent articles on the death penalty deserve mention today.
First, Fred Grimm, from the Miami Herald, wrote an Op Ed called Dollars and Sense on Capital Punishment. Part of it reads:
"Some 14 death row inmates in Florida have been cleared by DNA testing, after spending an average of 20 years on death row. Outside of the old Confederacy, that might be cause enough to reexamine the underlying morality of capital punishment."
"Instead, Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed funds earmarked for the Florida Innocence Commission, charged with sorting out flaws in the criminal justice system — an embarrassing mess of misidentifications and false confessions and lying jail house informants — that made Florida the national leader in wrongful convictions."
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And, the Huffington Post, speaks about the "murder" of a Texas death row inmate who was convicted for starting a fire that killed his three young children. Governor Perry gets the award here for the latest Governor to sign a death warrant that executed an innocent person.
The Huff Post article is called:
"Cameron Todd Willingham Exoneration Was Written But Never Filed By Texas Judge"
And reads in part:
"A Texas judge who reviewed the controversial 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham planned to posthumously exonerate the father who was put to death for killing his three daughters in a house fire. "
"Scientific experts who debunked the arson evidence used against Willingham at his 1992 trial and a jailhouse witness who recanted his shaky testimony convinced District Court Judge Charlie Baird in 2010 that "Texas wrongfully convicted" him. But Baird's order clearing Willingham's name never became official, because a higher court halted the posthumous inquiry while it considered whether the judge had authority to examine the capital case."
Read the rest here:
In local news, the State of Florida vs. Adam Kaufman continues in Courtroom 4-1 on Monday. Bill Matthewman and Al Milian for the Defense. Dramatic testimony ended the week with a Crime Scene Detective returning to the stand to first deny and then admit having an affair with the lead homicide detective.
In case you missed it, the Herald article started out this way:
"But on Thursday, the trial took an unexpected turn when the defense attacked the morals and honesty of Detective Ana Howell, the lead crime scene investigator for Aventura police.
It was revealed in court that Howell, who gathered evidence in the death of Eleonora Kaufman, had an adulterous affair with the lead homicide detective on the case, Anthony Angulo."
"Kaufman’s defense attorney William Matthewman asked Howell about the affair.
“Isn't it true, ma'am, you previously had an intimate sexual relationship with detective Angulo?” Matthewman asked her in court."
“I am married and have three kids. My job is very important to me,” an uncomfortable Howell said from the witness stand. “This is very important to me, sir, because this is my life here,” she told defense attorney William Matthewman."
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Stay out of the rain and enjoy your weekend.
Captain Out .....