Wednesday, September 28, 2011
STARKE — A Florida man convicted of killing a police officer during a traffic stop 33 years ago has been executed at the Florida State Prison.
Manuel Valle, 61, was administered a lethal injection and pronounced dead at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday, the governor's office reported. Valle was the first Florida inmate to face execution using the state's newly revised mix of lethal drugs, a concoction that faced legal challenges which twice delayed carrying out the death sentence.
Valle fatally shot Coral Gables officer Louis Pena on April 2, 1978, after Pena stopped Valle for a traffic violation while driving a stolen car, according to court records. He also shot fellow officer Gary Spell, who survived and would testify against Valle in court.
Spell testified that when he arrived the day of the shooting, Valle was seated in Pena's patrol car. As Pena was checking the license plate of the car Valle had been driving, Valle walked back to the car, reached inside and then walked back and fired a single shot at Pena, the records indicate. He then fired two shots at Spell, who was saved by his bulletproof vest, the records show. Valle fled and was arrested two days later. Source: NaplesNews
It took a while but this piece of human waste got his.
Socialists are more at ease talking about their goals even if it is played off as "just a joke."
"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover."
The comment - which came during a discussion of the economy - perked more than a few ears. It's unclear whether Perdue, a Democrat, is serious, but her tone was level and she asked others to support her on the idea.
Later Tuesday afternoon, Perdue's office clarified the remarks:
"Come on," said spokeswoman Chris Mackey in a statement. "Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what's best for the people they serve." Source: Charlotte Observer
Where does the joking end and socialism begin? The next election will be interesting.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Alabama serves justice.
ATMORE, Ala. -- A man described by a police informant as trying to make a name for himself was executed Thursday evening for the 1994 shooting death of an Alabama store clerk during a robbery.
Derrick O. Mason, 37, was administered an injection and pronounced dead minutes later at 6:49 p.m. local time at Alabama's Holman Prison. It was the third execution this week in the United States.
Strapped to the gurney, Mason gave a brief statement, apologizing to the victim's family "for the hurt and pain I caused" them. He thanked the victim's father for getting in touch years ago and granting him his forgiveness. Just before the chemicals began coursing through the veins in Mason's arm, a prison chaplain held his hand and kneeled and said a prayer before stepping back. Source.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
His sentence handed down in Brazos County, one of the men behind a gruesome East Texas murder in 1998 has been executed.
Lawrence Russell Brewer was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. Wednesday night in Huntsville, nearly 12 years to the day he was transported from the courthouse in Bryan to Death Row in Livingston.
Brewer and two others were found responsible for the beating and dragging death of James Byrd Jr., a racially-motivated act by Brewer, a professed white supremacist.
There were no appeals filed on Brewer's behalf.
"There were a lot of tears coming from his parents," said Lindsey Kovacevich, a reporter for KFDM in Beaumont who witnessed the execution. "His brother never once looked at Brewer until, finally, it was over."
Witnesses say Brewer only looked at the room with his family, not the one holding Byrd's family.
"James stood up for us," Byrd's sister Clara Taylor said after the execution. "He had our back all the time. He was the life of our family. He would be happy to see us standing up for him."
Taylor said she believes the death penalty should be used on a case-by-case basis, and that it was warranted in Brewer's case.
When asked if it felt like it had been 12 years since her family had been in Bryan to witness Brewer's trial, she said "it's been a long time. It's been a long time. I've aged. It's taken its toll on all of us." Source.
Georgia serves justice with the execution of Troy Davis.
JACKSON, Ga. — Georgia executed Troy Davis on Wednesday night for the murder of an off-duty police officer, a crime he denied committing right to the end as supporters around the world mourned and declared that an innocent man was put to death.
Defiant to the end, he told relatives of Mark MacPhail that his 1989 slaying was not his fault. "I did not have a gun," he insisted. "For those about to take my life," he told prison officials, "may God have mercy on your souls. May God bless your souls."
Davis was declared dead at 11:08 p.m. The lethal injection began about 15 minutes earlier, after the Supreme Court rejected an 11th-hour request for a stay. The court did not comment on its order, which came about four hours after it received the request and more than three hours after the planned execution time. Source.
I am glad this will be out of the headlines now. It spent too much time as a news story. I thought they were trying to make him out to be a Mumia Abu-Jama from the horrible travesty of justice that the Officer Daniel Faulkner story is. You have to hand it the Philadelphia, they know how to screw up justice.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Steven Michael Woods Jr., 31, was executed by lethal injection on 13 September 2011 in Huntsville, Texas for the murder and robbery of two people.
Early in the morning of 2 May 2001, two golfers driving on a golf course road in The Colony - a suburb on the north side of Dallas - discovered two victims lying beside a car. Ron Whitehead, 21, had been shot in the head six times and his neck was cut four times. Bethena Brosz, 19, was shot twice in the head, once in the knee, and her throat was also cut. Whitehead was dead. Brosz was alive and given medical treatment, but died the next day.
The police received several anonymous tips that Woods, then 21, and Marcus Rhodes, 23, were involved in the killings. Detectives interviewed Woods, who admitted being with the victims the night before their bodies were found at Insomnia, a coffee shop in Dallas's Deep Ellum entertainment district. Woods said that he and Rhodes had agreed to lead Whitehead and Brosz to a house in The Colony, but that their two vehicles became separated during the trip, so he and Rhodes returned to Deep Ellum. Woods was not arrested as a result of this interview.
Read more here.
AT&T had some type of emergency and mpved all activations back seven day. The date is now the 19th.
Now more hanging out at the free hotspots with the the unemployed.
Blogging from a smart phone is some type of art form requiring the eyes of an eagle. I don't have those eyes anymore.
Monday, September 12, 2011
A real friend invites you over to use their internet for a blog-fest afternoon. My wife had an offer to do that but I decided to just keep roughing it. Football was on as a diversion.
Blogging from my LG phone was better than expected.
Tomorrow, sometime I will get my lifeline back. It has not been as bad as I thought. I could only imagine what a month of this would be like.
Also, with 50 year old eyesight it is impossible with the less than friendly interface of android to post comments to the blogs I read daily so I will comment when the connection to my laptop has returned.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
The lack of internet service has me checking email at McDonalds and hanging out at the mall with some creepy looking folks at the internetcafe. Posting should resume on the 14th.
I finally downloaded the android app for blogger and after a couple of hours I manage to get it to work.
I never new how much I relied on the internet for news.