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The Death Penalty
Transcript of The Death Penalty
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Trial. Washington Coleville, Washington The detailed notes of two elementary school kids who plotted to rape and kill a "really annoying" female classmate have been reveled to court. A seven-point list suggested the two boys, aged 10 and 11, planned to lure their victim outside the school, rape her, then stab her to death. One boy was to carry out the actual murder, while the second used a hand gun to keep any witness at bay. The handwritten note was found in one of the boys backpacks after the pair had been caught with a knife and a 4.5 calibre semiautomatic handgun at Fort Colville Elementary School in Colville, Washington. When questioned by the police, the two boys apparently admitted planning to murder their classmate. Last Friday a judge ruled the pair were fit to stand trial at juvenile court, with a state psychologist and a psychiatrist hired by the defense team both concluding the boys are a 'danger to society.' The prosecutor, told the court that the boys plan to rape their intended victim had little to do with the physical act of sex, saying it instead was all about "power and control." Revealed that the boys had paid $80 to a student who stumbled across their plans in an effort to keep it an secret. The prosecutor said,"This was a plan. And it was a plan to kill." According to the witness statement, the boys plan came to light when someone told the teacher that someone a grade above was carrying a knife. The boys bags were searched and found the knife and the semiautomatic handgun. The older boy was questioned and he told the police that 6 targets among his classmates, adding that he had been previously been friends with his main intended victum but "hated her now" because she had "become rude" and started picking on him. One police officer and what he suggested was a High School counselor and a psychologist and quite frankly in 30 plus years, I never heard of anything like this at this age level. In Washington, childern under 8 are considered incapable of committing criminal acts, while those aged between 8 and 12 can be considered incapable in some circumstances. Italy Turkey Ukraine Spain France Germany Poland Belarus Romania Normandy Sweden Finland Botswana Mozambique Saudi Arabia Texas Broomwood,Texas The Ricky McGinn Case They cite the case of Ricky McGinn, who was sentenced to die for the 1993 rape and murder of his 12 year old stepdaughter, Stephaine Rae Flanary. McGinn had been found not guilty of a previous murder. He had also previously been accused of rape, but the charges were dropped. His own daughter by a previous marriage said he had molested her, but again he wasn't charged. Finally, McGinn was a suspect in the murders of 2 women, which had occurred in 1989 and 1992. The crime for which McGinn was convicted was particularly brutal. The day of the murder, McGinn's wife left her daughter in his care in their home in Broomwood, Texas. McGinn and Stephanie spent the day alone together. She was sexually assaulted and then her head was beaten in with a roofer's hammer. Her body was found three days later in a nearby ditch. Police found a bloody hammer under the seat of McGinn's truck. They also found blood in the trunk of his car. A drop of blood was also found on his shoe and another drop on his shorts. All the blood found matched Stephanie's blood type. McGinn claimed he was framed. He pointed out "that the bloody hammer wasn't found during repeated searches of his truck by sheriff's deputies, implying that it was planned." He also said that testimony establishing the time of Stephanie's death proved his innocence "because he was already in custody." The greatest doubt cast on his guilt was that semen and public hair found on the victim's clothing was too little for a positive DNA identification at the time of the trial. Six years later, however, DNA techniques had been improved enough to make such testing possible. McGinn's appeals attorney obtained a stay from a local judge so that the DNA testing might be done. A higher Texas state court overruled the judges and denied the appeal. Neither would the state board of pardons agree to hold up the execution while the testing was done. However, at the last minute, Texas Governor George W. Bush granted a stay of execution and ordered the DNA tests. They did not, however, prove McGinn's innocence. On the contary, they established his guilt. He was executed by lethal injection on September 27, 2000. For proponents of the death penalty, the McGinn case provides proof that the system functions properly. Death Penalty The Alabama The Scottsboro Boys: Race in Alabama (1931) Based on judgment of all-white juries, eight black teenage boys were sentenced to death for the rape of two white women on a freight train in 1931 (a ninth boy, only 12, was judged too young for the electric chair). The trials took place in just a day - with a lynch mob demanding the surrender of the teenagers outside the jail before the trails - and only lawyers who defend the accused included a retiree who hadn't tried a case in years and a Tennessee real estate lawyer unfamiliar with Alabama law. The convictions led to demonstrations in the heavily black neighborhood of Harlem in NYC, and the case eventually made it to the Supreme Court, where the convictions were reversed because of the lack of an adequate defense. Charges were dropped against four men. Three were re-sentenced to life in prison; the fourth, Clarence Norris was re-sentenced to death, then later reduced to life in prison. Gov. George Wallace pardoned Norris in 1976. To this day the Scottsboro case remains shorthand in the public dialogue for unfair, racially biased convictions and sentencing. The Haunted Ron McAndrews "The flames that consumed Pedro Medina's head when the execution went seriously awry, the smoke, the putrid odor, and his death by inferno is deeply embedded in my brain. The memory of telling the executioner to continue with the killing, despite the malfunction electric chair, and being at a point of no-return plagues me still." Teresa Lewis: A women on death row (2010) The first woman to die by lethal injection in the state of Virginia, Teresa Lewis was convicted of paying to have her husband and stepson murdered in 2002. Her case drew outcry, because testing had pegged Lewis' IQ 72, just two points above that classified as intellectually disable. Lewis' attorney advised her to plead guilty in hopes of leniency, but she instead received the death penalty. The two hit men who killed her husband and stepson received life sentences. Her supporters, among them legal novelist John Grisham , sent thousands of appeals for clemency to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, to no avail. Lewis was executed on Sep. 23, 2010. Death Penalty: The punishment of execution, administrated to someone convicted of a capital crime Punishment: Lethal injection
Gas chamber Position: Neutral Executing the mentally Ill James Holmes Standards for protecting the mentally ill and intellectually disabled from execution are far too low, and there are far too many people with sever mental illness on death row. Executing people suffering from mental illness constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. Racial Disparities in the Death Penalty Racial bias pervades the death penalty, from jury selection through decisions about who faces execution. = States With The Death Penalty =States Without The Death Penalty California Caryl Chessman: Death Penalty without Murder Californian Caryl Chessman became a flashpoint for anti-death penalty sentiment in the 1950s. Chessman was convicted of robbery, kidnapping and rape in 1948; the jury determined that Chessman had caused bodily harm during one of the kidnappings, making him eligible for death. From death row, Chessman wrote books maintaining his innocence and insisting that his original confession had been coerced. There was widespread outraged over the case. Among his supporters. Chessman counted former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, writer Ray Bradbury and poet Robert Frost. Chessman Missed his chance at a stay of execution on May 2, 1960. As the gas chamber at San Quentin Prison filled with toxic fumes, a legal secretary called to say that a federal judge had issued one more stay of execution. But it was too late for Chessman, who gasped a few times and died. Virginia Shooting :o