Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

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Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Tex » Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:28 pm

Bhikkhu Bodhi posted this on Facebook, thought I'd share it here. Alabama is set to execute a mentally incompetent man who did not even get proper legal counsel. You can e-mail their governor a form letter protest at the link below or customize your own message. Execution is set for today.

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteap ... tion=14651

Here's another bit from the NY Times: "A man whose lawyers contend he received inadequate legal counsel during sentencing and should have been classified as mentally retarded is scheduled to be executed Thursday. In January, the United States Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for the man, Holly Wood, 50, who confessed to shooting his ex-girlfriend while she slept. Defense lawyers argued that a court-appointed lawyer with less than a year of trial experience failed to tell jurors during sentencing that Mr. Wood is not mentally competent to be executed. His I.Q. has been found to be well below 70, the score that experts often consider the border for mental retardation. But Alabama, like many states, considers other factors, including performance tests and employment history in evaluating competence."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/09/us/09 ... T_BRF.html
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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Modus.Ponens » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:32 pm

I sent it. I hope to receive good news.

Join Amnesty international on facebook people. It has a lot of actions you can take like this one.
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:07 pm

would the government listen to non-americans or non alabama residents not on their electoral roll?

I know my government wouldn't and hasn't paid attention to names or emails from petitions who weren't residents or on their (affected areas) electoral roll!
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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:11 pm

Thanks Tex, I just sent my two cents.
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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Ben » Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:37 pm

Done.
Thanks Tex for bringing this issue to our attention.
Lets hope Holly Wood's sentence gets commuted.
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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Modus.Ponens » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:41 am

He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Dan74 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:31 am

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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby m0rl0ck » Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:28 am

Done. Thank you for pointing it out.
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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby chownah » Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:47 pm

If the thrust of this is that his IQ score should get him off the hook (so to speak) then I think that this is giving IQ scores too much credence....I learned about IQ scores at uni and they really shouldn't be used for anything that is a "go/no go" based on them....they are just too unreliable in practice and of questionable value by principle.....I am however against capital punishment in all cases and in every instance...there is not real reason for the gov't to kill anyone.....in my view....
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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Tex » Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:05 pm

Chownah, I majored in psych and agree completely that IQ is a vastly overused metric.

My main contention with this was 1) we shouldn't be executing anyone, and 2) this was an illegal execution. The man did not receive proper legal counsel (which was court appointed), therefore he did not receive his Constitutionally-guaranteed fair trail and should have been retried.

I have a feeling law students will be puzzling over this case for decades trying to figure out how even the Supreme Court got it so wrong. I can only assume that they refused to overrule Alabama's decision on the basis of not interfering with the death penalty, which is considered a state issue not a federal one. And if that is their reasoning, it's pretty dangerous reasoning in my opinion.
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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Annapurna » Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:20 pm

Very sad... capital punishment is hunnish.

Imagine it is an innocent person!

...tragic...
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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Annapurna » Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:24 pm

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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby Ytrog » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:55 pm

That a country that calls itself civilized has capital punishments is sad and contradictory.

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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

Postby bodom » Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:17 pm

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Re: Protest Alabama execution, urgent action needed

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