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May 19, 2009

Will President Obama soon have to confront the Troy Davis case?

This blog post from a UK paper, titled "Why President Obama should have Georgia on his mind," flags an issue I have been thinking about recently.  Here is how the post begins:

Unlike presidents Bush and Clinton, there's one potentially controversial issue in the United States that has yet to seriously trouble President Obama -- the death penalty.  That could be about to change.

A death row prisoner with a particularly strong claim that he was wrongly convicted could be just weeks away from execution.  Would the president stand by and let that happen?  It might be difficult for him if he did.  Here's why.

The case in question is that of Troy Davis, a 40-year-old man who has been on death row in the state of Georgia since 1991.  On Saturday his "stay" of execution was lifted leaving it open to state officials to set an execution date. It won't be his first.  Last September he was just two hours from a lethal injection until, at the eleventh (tenth?) hour, the Supreme Court stepped in and the execution was halted.

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The likelihood of President Obama getting involved in the Troy Davis case seems small indeed. Remember, Obama was very cautious about the Jena Six (although he did manage to say a few silly things), and it's not likely that he's going to expend political capital on a convicted murderer.

Posted by: federalist | May 19, 2009 1:52:07 PM

I hate to sound like Federalist, but how does an execution in GA implicate President Obama? The only thing Obama could do is speak out about the case, and it's not really clear that would help Davis' chance for a commutation -- it could even hurt Davis' chances.

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Posted by: dm | May 19, 2009 1:52:36 PM

well, dm, when you sound like me, your IQ automatically increases . . . .

Posted by: federalist | May 19, 2009 2:02:57 PM

The decision in the 11th was 2-1 with the dissent being a Clinton appointee. The circuit is divided 7-4-1, R-D-Vacant. There is one 80 year old Ford appointee so the best Obama would be able to do is bring the 11th to parity.

Posted by: . | May 19, 2009 2:08:01 PM

Since it's not a federal case, the President has no authority to do anything that will affect this.

If he talks publicly about this case, the question will be why he did not talk publicly about other cases where the killer has already been executed or is about to be. Thus, perversely from the abolitionist point of view, to pipe up here could be taken as an implicit endorsement of going forward with executions in other state cases.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 19, 2009 3:05:07 PM

The brief discussion above highlights what so many in Europe, Amnesty, the UN, and others so despair of the US and its systems of judicial practice - the very aspect of this case which the Supreme Court has failed to address, and what lower Courts refuse to take responsibility for. INNOCENCE is subservient to legal technicalities of procedure. In all the years of Appeals, the system deliberately and effectively blocks out 99% of the opportunities to consider known issues of innocence, on technical grounds of procedure. DNA evidence, virtually alone, MAY (but certainly not in all cases) penetrate these barriers to the truth. It may not be likely that President Obama intervenes, but there is no question but that he should. Yes, the death penalty should be abolished, but until that happens, at least the innocent should get a fair opportunity to overcome a wrong conviction.

Posted by: peter | May 19, 2009 5:08:24 PM

Could represent a splindid opportunity for a popular, talented orator to reason with the part of the electorate that isn't yet troubled by the idea of orchestrated killings being carried out on its behalf.

Posted by: John K | May 20, 2009 9:27:22 AM

splendid

Posted by: John K | May 20, 2009 11:43:45 AM

Except that Mr. Orator, during the campaign, said that, at least in some categories of cases,
he agreed with "the idea of orchestrated killings being carried out on [the public's] behalf."

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 20, 2009 12:09:09 PM

Given the slap down Bush got over trying to halt executions he arguably had better grounds to get involved with I don't see Obama getting anywhere near this one. His CJ interests appear modest at best.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | May 20, 2009 1:12:39 PM

Soronel Haetir --

Correct, and a good point. As the Supreme Court held, under our federal system, the head of the federal executive branch has no authority to issue orders to state judicial systems.

Of course Obama could use the famous bully pulpit, but he's not going to do that either, since he has openly endorsed the death penalty for heinous crimes.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 20, 2009 5:39:04 PM

PRESIDENT OBAMA DID NOT CREATE THIS JUDICIAL MESS,BUT LETS ALL SAY A PRAYER FOR HIS SUCCESS !!!


ISN'T IT A LITTLE ODD THAT WE AS AMERICANS CAN DEMAND JUSTICE AND FAIR TRIALS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, AND AT THE SAME TIME WHEN IT COMES FOR US AS THE LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD TO OFFER NEW AND FAIR TRIALS FOR OUR OWN POSSIBLE INNOCENT AMERICAN CITIZENS IN GEORGIA & PENNSYLVANIA , WE CAN SOMEHOW ACCEPT THE EASIER ROUTE OF ALLOWING TWO POSSIBLE INNOCENT AMERICAN CITIZENS TO BE FALSELY EXECUTED ?

IF OUR CIVILIZED COUNTRY ALLOWS THESE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY STATE MURDERS TO TAKE PLACE IN THE NEAR FUTURE, OUR FAIR AND JUST SOCIETY HERE IN AMERICA NOT ONLY LOSES TWO POSSIBLE INNOCENT BLACK AMERICANS, BUT WE ALSO LOSE OUR INNOCENCE AS A PEOPLE WHO ALL KNOW BETTER !!!

OUR IVORY TOWER U.S. CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD HAVE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO CHANGE OUR UNDERFUNDED U.S. JUDICIAL SYSTEM FROM CONTINUING TO BE UNDERFINANCED !

THE DECADES OF NEGLECT AND ABUSE THAT OUR U.S. JUDICIAL SYSTEM CONTINUES TO INFLICT ON POORER AMERICANS ALL ACROSS AMERICA IS NOT ONLY VERY OBVIOUS TO MOST EVERYONE OUTSIDE OF OUR COUNTRY BY NOW ,BUT ALSO TO MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF SILENT AND HORRIFIED FELLOW AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO FEEL HELPLESS LIVING IN THIS THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD !

FOR OUR CURRENT LEADERS IN OUR U.S. GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE PRETENDING THAT WE AS AMERICANS ARE A CIVILIZED LOT WHO KNOW AND RESPECT FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL AMERICANS, ONLY BRINGS HOME THE SAD REALITY OF WHY WERE WHERE WE ARE IN ALLOWING THESE BARBARIC FUTURE EXECUTIONS OF MR. TROY DAVIS OF GEORGIA AND MUMIA ABU - JAMAL OF PENNSYLVANIA TO EVER TAKE PLACE WITHOUT NEW AND FAIR TRIALS.!

PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR ALL MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS IN OUR U.S. CIVIL,CRIMINAL AND FAMILY COURTS OF LAW IS NOT JUST A POSSIBLE DISTANT FUTURE GOAL FOR OUR COUNTRY TO CONTEMPLATE !

OUR CURRENT AND FUTURE REPUTATION AS AMERICA BEING THE LAND OF GRACE AND EQUALITY IS VERY MUCH AT STAKE SINCE THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD CAN NOW BE INSTANTLY ENLIGHTENED TO THESE SAD TRUTHS IN OUR SOCIETY !

YES OUR COUNTRY CAN AFFORD HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS,AND YES OUR COUNTRY CAN EASILY AFFORD PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR ALL OUR POORER AMERICANS ! ** THE ONLY THING THAT WE AS AMERICANS CAN NOT AFFORD IS TO KEEP PRETENDING THAT WE ARE SOMETHING THAT THE REST OF THE CIVILIZED WORLD KNOWS WERE NOT **

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS A VOLUNTEER WWW LOBBY THAT FIGHTS FOR EVERY AMERICANS RIGHT TO HAVE PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION AFFORDED THEM IN ALL OUR U.S. COURTS OF LAW !

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS CAN BE ENTERED INTO ANY WWW SEARCH ENGINE BY OUR NAME OR TELEPHONE NUMBER TO FIND OTHER WRITTEN ARTICLES THAT INTEREST YOU.

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Posted by: LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS | May 20, 2009 9:05:39 PM

IS THIS REPORTED GAY SANTA MONICA COMMISSIONER JUST ONE BAD EXAMPLE OF A NEW POLICY IN AMERICAN FAMILY COURTS ALL ACROSS AMERICA OF DON'T ASK AND WE WON'T TELL ???


LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE VERY REAL POSSIBILITY THAT COMMISSIONER DAVID J. COWAN OF SANTA MONICA CA COURT HOUSE IS A CLOSET GAY MAN OR FOR THAT MATTER ~ OPEN GAY MAN, THAT HAS SOMEHOW BEEN GIVEN COURT CASES INVOLVING FAMILY CHILD CUSTODY ISSUES AND IS THE NEWEST FACE OF WHAT IS TO COME IN AMERICAN FAMILY COURTS ACROSS AMERICA ?????????????????

MR.DAMON DUVAL AND HIS TWO WONDERFUL CHILDREN (MAYA & JAZZ ) HAVE ALL NOW BEEN KEPT APART FROM ENJOYING EACH OTHERS COMPANY BY COMMISSIONER DAVID J. COWAN SINCE DECENBER 4 2008. FOR SOME VERY UNCLEAR REASONING THIS APPARENT GAY NAPOLEON COMMISSIONER APPEARS TO BE MORE INTERESTED IN MR.DUVALS MENTAL HEALTH STATUS THEN THE LIVE IN BOYFRIEND OF HIS EX WIFE OF THE LAST 2 YRS., WHO HAS BEEN REPORTED TO THE EL SEGUNDO POLICE DEPARTMENT AS HAVING TOUCHED MR. DUVALS LITTLE 3 YR OLD MAYA ON HER PRIVATE PARTS ??

THIS SANTA MONICA COURT COMMISSIONER APPOINTED CHILDREN'S COUNCIL AT MR. DUVALS REQUEST (LAWYER AMY NEIMAN OF SANTA MONICA CA) WHO HAS BEEN MORE INTERESTED IN ACTING AS A MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT( WITHOUT THE QUALIFIED DEGREES ) AND MISLEADING THIS CHILD CUSTODY MATTER INTO GAY NEVER NEVER LAND WITH THIS SANTA MONICA COMMISSIONER FOLLOWING HER FEMALE INTUITION & ADVICE CONCERNING THE MENTAL HELATH STATUS OF MR. DUVAL!

FOR SOMEONE WITHOUT MENAL HEALTH DEGREES TO QUESTION THE PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT OF THE MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT WHO HAS ALWAYS STATED CLEARLY TO THE COURT THAT MR. DUVAL IS OF SOUND MIND AND WOULD TESTIFY IN PERSON TO THE COURT CONCERNING THIS FACT, IS ALMOST ANOTHER FUTURE LEGAL CASE FOR LA COUNTY WAITING TO HAPPEN ?

**WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE THE LA COUNTY COURT SYSTEM TO OPEN A INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS THAT ENCOMPASS THIS POSSIBLE CHILD PEDOPHILE CUSTODY CASE AND HOPE THAT ALL CURRENT COURT APPOINTED LAWYERS WORKING FOR LA COUNTY LIKE AMY NEIMAN ARE ADVISED TO HELP PREVENT CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS RATHER THEN CREATING ONE IN THE FUTURE !


LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE WRITING ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC LEGAL CASE ON THE WWW UNTIL A PROPER OUTSIDE INVESTIGATION OF THESE PEDOPHILE CHARGES HAS BEEN PROPERLY ANSWERED !!!

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS HAS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME WITH ANY RESULTS THAT COME FROM THE EL SEGUNDO POLICE CONCERNING THIS INVESTIGATION DUE TO THE CLOSE RELATIONSHIP OF MR. DUVALS FORMER WIFES CURRENT DIVORCE ATTORNEY (MR.ROY KIGHT )HAVING HAD HIS LAW OFFICE SITUATED IN EL SEGUNDO FOR THE LAST 20 YRS.+ , AND HAVING GOOD FRIENDS IN EL SEGUNDO TO DO HIM CERTAIN FAVORS WHEN NEEDED !!!

~ A SIX MONTH RESTRAINING ORDER THAT BEGAN THIS CHILD CUSTODY SEPERATION OF MR. DUVAL AND HIS CHILDREN WAS BASED ON A EL SEGUNDO REPORT THAT MR. DUVAL SAYS WAS CLEARLY FABRICATED ABOUT HIM TO MAKE HIM LOOK BAD TO THIS PRESIDING JUDGE ~

*** ISN'T IT A LITTLE ODD THAT THIS EL SEGUNDO LAWYER MR.ROY KIGHT WAS ABLE TO PREDICT 22 MONTHS AHEAD OF TIME BY TELLING MR. DUVAL OUTSIDE A SANTA MONICA COURT~ ROOM THAT HE WAS "GOING TO TAKE AWAY ALL HIS CHILD VISITATION AWAY BETWEEN HIM AND HIS CHILDREN AND THAT THIS IS A POKER GAME FELLA AND ARE YOU READY TO PLAY " ***

NO MR. DEVALS MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT THE ISSUE IN THIS LEGAL CASE, THE REAL ISSUE HERE IS DID THIS DIVORCE LAWYER ROY KIGHT SET MR. DUVAL UP WITH GAINING FALSE TESTIMONY IN EL SEGUNDO CA AND INFLUENCE THE EL SEGUNDO PEDOPHILE INVESTIGATION OF HIS 3YR, OLD DAUGHTER ???


ATTORNEY ROY KIGHT IS ON THE RECORD AS HAVING PREVIOUSLY THREATENED MR. DUVAL OUTSIDE THE SANTA MONICA COURT ROOM AND WE FEEL MIGHT ALSO BE SO CAUGHT UP IN THIS CUSTODY BATTLE AND THAT HE MIGHT HAVE HAD WAY TOO MUCH INFLUENCE AND INTEREST WITH THE PEDOPHILE INVESTIGATION THAT NEVER TOOK PLACE ????????????????

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IF LAWYER ROY KIGHT WOULD ADMIT UNDER OATH (AND SUPPLY INVESTIGATORS HIS PHONE RECORDS) AS TO NOT EVER ATTEMPTING TO INFLUENCE THE FORMER (NOW RETIRED EL SEGUNDO POLICE DETECTIVE MULRONEY CONCERNING THIS PEDOPHILE CRIMINAL LEGAL CASE ???????????????????????????

WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE INTERESTED IN PREVENTING FAMILY COURT GAY COMMISSIONERS AND JUDGES ACROSS AMERICA FROM CONTINUING TO ALLOW THEIR COURT APPOINTED LAWYERS LIKE (AMY NEIMAN OF SANTA MONICA) TO MISLEAD JUDGES AROUND THE COUNTRY LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IN MR. DUVALS CHILD CUSTODY CASE IN SANTA MONICA CA,TO CALL THEIR GOVERNMENT LEADERS WHO THEY FEEL MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP MAKE THE NEEDED CHANGES IN THIS LEGAL PROCESS FROM SEPERATING AND DESTROYING OTHER FAMILIES IN OTHER CITIES AND TOWNS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY !!!


***PLEASE ENTER THESE TITLES LISTED BELOW INTO ANY WWW SEARCH ENGINE TO SEE THE FIRST OF MANY WRITTEN ARTICLES CONCERNING MR. DUVAL AND HIS TWO CHILDREN. THE PICTURE OF THIS CARING AND LOVING FATHER WITH HIS TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN IS SPECIAL AND SAYS IT ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


1) SANTA MONICA SCANDAL CREATED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS ~
2) PRESIDENT OBAMA YOU TUBES 4 U.S KIDS !!!
3) AMERICAN DIVORCE COURTS NEED A GIDEON FROM U.S.SUPREME COURT !!!


LAINDYMEDIA.ORG HAD THIS VERY SPECIAL PICTURE FEATURED WITH THE ARTICLES ! WE ALSO ENCOURAGE ANYONE INTERESTED TO ALSO WATCH THE VIDEOS MR. DEVAL HAS OF HIM SPENDING YEARS OF TIME BEING TOGETHER WITH HIS KIDS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS (beach,hikes in Santa Monica Mountains,riding scooters in parks,etc on ~
BIGDADDYMAYAANDJAZZ.COM OR AT THE END OF PREVIOUS ARTICLES UNDER VIDEOS .....


LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS A WWW LOBBY GROUP MADE UP OF VOLUNTEERS WHO CONTINUE TO LOBBY AROUND THE WORLD ON THE WWW FOR MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS TO ALL BE AFFORDED PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION BY OUR U.S. CONGRESS IN CIVIL, CRIMINAL AND FAMILY COURTS OF LAW NATIONWIDE.

JUST ENTER LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS OR OUR PHONE NUMBER INTO ANY WWW SEARCH ENGINE TO READ PREVIOUS ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD !
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WE ALSO WANT TO GIVE YOU ANOTHER SMALL SAMPLE OF OTHER WRITTEN ARTICLES THAT LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS HAS PUBLISHED ON THE WWW.

1) TROY DAVIS,PLEASE REMEMBER THAT AMERICA IS NOT THE OLD SOUTH ~ AFRICA !!!

2) MANNY GONZALES THE KID THAT EVERYONE FORGOT IN THE CA PRISON SYSTEM !

3) REV RICK WARREN, THESE REALLY ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMNITY ISSUES !!

4) ARE THEY KINGS OF SLAVES OR THE U.S. CONGRESS ??

5) PRINCE CHARLES, PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IRAN GAVE U.S. JOURNALIST ROXANA A FAIR TRIAL !!!

6) INTERNATIONAL PROTEST WITH GOOGLE NEWS STORY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO SAVE 2 AMERICANS !!!

7) DOES OPRAH CONDONE THIS INJUSTICE ???

8) INNOCENT AMERICANS ARE DENIED HC RIGHTS WITH THEIR FEDERAL APPEALS !!

9) U.S. JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS IN NEED OF BILLIONS IN BAILOUT FROM IVORY TOWER U.S. CONGRESS !

10) WHEN THE INNOCENT ARE ABANDONED BY THE GUILTY !!

11) PRESIDENT OBAMA DID NOT CREATE THIS MESS, BUT LETS ALL SAY A PRAYER FOR HIS SUCCESS !!!

12) ACTOR CHRIS NOTH AND MARK BURK SLANDERED BY MODEL BEVERLY JOHNSON !!

13) POORER AMERICAN S NEEDS WORLDS COURT HELP !

14) WILL THE ROYAL FAMILY NOW HELP PRESIDENT OBAMA FREE THEM ?

15) U.S.CONGRESS DECADES OF NEGLECT & ABUSE OF POORER AMERICANS ~ A SAD AND TRAGIC REALITY !!!

16) AND GEORGIA WANTS TO EXECUTE TROY DAVIS ???

17) IS NELSON MANDELA NEEDED IN AMERICA TO CORRECT THIS INJUSTICE ???

18) THIS SUPREME COURT KNEW REAL JUSTICE ?

19) 100,000 INNOCENT U.S. PRISON INMATES HAVE BEEN WRITTEN OFF BY OUR GOVERNMENT !!!

20) WORLD COURT FINDS CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN USA !!!

21) WHY DO POORER AMERICANS NEED GOD TO LOBBY OUR U.S. CONGRESS SENATOR OBAMA ???

22) WHERE ARE AMERICAS RELIGIOUS LEADERS WHEN IT BECOMES THIS EASY TO EXECUTE EVEN INNOCENT AMERICANS ???

23) MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS HAVE BEEN PORTRAYED BY RICH AMERICA !!!

24) AMERICAS JUDICIAL SYSTEM NEEDS C*H*A*N*G*E...

25) WILL THE POPE NOW SPEAK OUT ABOUT THESE AMERICAN INJUSTICES ???

26) WHEN GODS FACE BECAME VERY RED !!!

27) ARE AMERICAS RELIGIOUS LEADERS BEING SILENCED ?

28) IS THE U.S.GUILTY OF CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY ??

29) THANK GOD PRESIDENT OBAMA RESPECTS OUR POORER AMERICANS !!!

30) U.S.CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS HAD TO BEG U.$ CONGRE$$ ...

31) GOD AND PRESIDENT OBAMA ARE WALKING HAND IN HAND ON THIS ONE !!!

By LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS
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THIS SANTA MONICA COMMISSIONER DOES NOT BELONG IN FAMILY COURT ANYWHERE IN AMERICA !!!

ALL OUR READERS ARE ENTITLED TO KNOW THAT MR. DUVAL HAS BEEN PICKETING IN FRONT OF THE SANTA MONICA COURTHOUSE NOW FOR 21 WEEKS MONDAY - FRIDAY FROM 9AM TO CLOSING AT 4:30 PM !

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS IN TOTAL DISBELIEF THAT COMMISSIONER DAVID COWAN WOULD EVER THINK THAT HE IS EVEN CAPABLE SOMEHOW OF EVER BEING A FAMILY COURT JUDGE IN THE FUTURE IN SANTA MONICA WITH THIS BIASED JUDICIAL MENTALITY TOWARDS STRAIGHT MEN WITH THEIR CHILDREN !

IT IS OBVIOUS TO ANY HONEST PERSON VIEWING THIS LEAGL HORROR STORY THAT COMMISSIONER COWAN HAS DONE EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO DESTROY THE LOVING RELATIONSHIP MR. DUVAL HAS HAD WITH HIS TWO CHILDREN AND I WOULD DARE SAY THAT THIS COMMISSIONER COWAN WOULD BE WELCOME TO SIT IN ANY COURTHOUSE IN FAMILY COURT WITH MEAN SPIRITED CALLOUS DECISIONS AS THESE PORTRAYED IN THE DUVAL LEGAL CASE !!!!

**LAST MONDAY THIS SO CALLED GAY COMMISSIONER, AGAIN CONTINUED HIS CALLOUS DECISION MAKING IN THE DUVAL LEGAL CASE BY TURNING DOWN MR. DUVALS (AND ANY LOVING FATHERS NORMAL REQUEST) TO BE WITH HIS KIDS ON FATHERS DAY !

MR. DUVAL IS SUPPOSE TO ONLY GET 10 MINUTE PHONE CALLS EVERY NIGHT WITH HIS TWO KIDS (IF THE EX WIFE DECIDES TO EVEN PICK UP THE PHONE ?)

COMMISSIONER COWAN HAS ISOLATED TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN FROM A LOVING FATHER WHO HAS SPENT YEARS HAVING FUN AT THE BEACH,HIKING IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS, RIDING SCOOTERS ALL OVER VENICE BEACH ETC...WITH HIS KIDS ???

*** PLEASE VISIT MR. DUVALS WEB SITE
BIGDADDYJAZZANDMAYA.COM TO SEE THE VIDEOS OF DAMON DUVAL WITH HIS KIDS AT THE LOCAL POOL, IN THE SCHOOLS ON SPECIAL EVENTS ..ETC

MR. DUVAL HAS SPENT YEARS ENJOYING AND LOVING HIS TWO CHILDREN TO HAVE THIS ONE MAN CONTINUE IN HIS VICIOUS ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY THE LOVING BOND HE HAS HAD WITH BOTH CHILDREN.

LAWYERS FOR POOR AMRICANS HAS INFORMED MR. DUVAL THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR HIS GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO CONTINUE BEING THE LOVING FATHER TO BOTH LITTLE MAYA AND JAZZ !!!

SANTA MONICA COURT HOUSE HAS NOW BECOME A FUTURE BATTLE~ GROUND LOCATION FOR STRAIGHT FAMILIES IN AMERICA TO DEMAND TO HAVE THEIR COMMISSIONERS AND JUDGES NOT BE CLOSET GAYS OR OPEN GAYS DECIDING CHILD CUSTODY MATTERS !!!

THANK YOU COMMISSIONER COWAN FOR DEMONSTARTING TO STRAIGHT AMERICA THAT BIASED GAY MEN LIKE YOURSELF DO NOT RESPECT TRADITIONAL FAMILY VALUES AND SHOULD NEVER EVER BE IN FAMILY COURT OR EVER GIVEN CHILD CUSTODY LEGAL CASES !!!

Posted by: LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS | Jun 10, 2009 10:24:37 AM

IF JOHN E.DUPONT WERE A POOR AMERICAN CONVICTED MURDERER INSTEAD OF A WEALTHY ELITE ONE,YOU BETTER BELIEVE HE WOULD ALSO BE SITIING ON DEATH ROW LIKE TROY DAVIS & MUMIA ABU-JAMAL ARE.....


HOW OUR U.S.SUPREME COURT AND U.S.CONGRESS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH ALLOWING WEALTHY AMERICANS WHO MURDER TO NOT ALSO BE GIVEN A DEATH PENALTY SENTENCE LIKE ALL OUR POOR AMERICANS RECEIVE IS .....???

THE RECENT DECISION BY OUR U.S SUPREME COURT JUSTICES CONCERNING THEIR ENACTMENT OF NEW LAWS ALLOWING FUTURE UNLIMITED POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS, WILL END ABORTION AND THE DEATH PENALTY IN AMERICA AS WE KNOW IT TODAY ....

OUR 5 CONSERVATIVE U.S.SUPREME COURT CONSERVATIVE JUSTICES HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS TO MAKE CHANGE ....

SINCE UNLIMITED MONIES CAN NOW BE USED IN FUTURE AMERICAN ELECTIONS,WE PLEAD WITH THE VATICAN TO HELP FINANCE $$$ FOR FUTURE POLITICAL CANIDATES WHO WILL HELP CORRECT OUR SELECTIVE DEATH PENALTY HORROR THAT ONLY IS BEING INFLICTED ON OUR POOR AMERICANS ....

TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AT THE VATICAN,

WE HOPE AND PRAY EVERYONE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WORLD~WIDE ALSO REMEMBERS OUR U.S. POOR WHEN UNLIMITED MONIES START TO FLOW INTO OUR FUTURE AMERICAN POLITICAL ELECTIONS.WE UNDERSTAND THAT OUR CURRENT U.S. ABORTION ISSUE WILL TAKE FIRST PLACE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCHES INTERESTS IN LOBBYING AGAINST,BUT WILL EVERYONE ALSO PLEASE GIVE SERIOUS FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION INTO ALSO SPENDING THOSE FUTURE UNLIMITED POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS $$$ TOWARDS CORRECTING OUR SELECTIVE AMERICAN DEATH PENALTY ???

~ DEATH PENALTY IN U.S. WAS ONLY APPARENTLY DESIGNED 2 EXECUTE POOR AMERICANS & U.S. SUPREME COURT KNOWS IT ~ **SCARY HOW THIS U.S.SUPREME COURT IS WELL AWARE OF THE EASE OF THE POSSIBILITIES OF WRONGFUL EXECUTIONS CONTINUING IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND REALLY SHOW NO APPARENT SINCERE INTEREST OR CONCERN ???

TROY DAVIS AND MUMIA ABU~JAMAL ~ LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS HAS GREAT FAITH THAT AMERICA WILL COME TO IT'S SENSES AND OFFER YOU BOTH NEW AND FAIR TRIALS WITH PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION BEFORE ANY POSSIBLE WRONGFUL EXECUTIONS WILL EVER TAKE PLACE IN GEORGIA OR PENNSYLVANIA ....

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The death penalty -- it's unworkable

The American Law Institute, instrumental in structuring the model statutes on which most death sentences are based, has withdrawn its support of such laws.

By Michael Traynor February 4, 2010

Nearly 50 years ago, as concern grew in the country about the fairness of death penalty laws, the American Law Institute published a "model statute" aimed at helping state lawmakers draft laws to ensure that death sentences were meted out fairly and consistently.

Last fall, the institute withdrew its support for the model death penalty law. The decision was a striking repudiation from the very organization that provided the blueprint for death penalty laws in this country. The institute, with a membership of more than 4,000 lawyers, judges and law professors of the highest qualifications, is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify and improve the law.

In the decade after the institute published its law, which was part of a comprehensive model penal code, the statute became the prototype for death penalty laws across the United States. Some parts of the model -- such as the categorical exclusion of the death penalty for crimes other than murder and for people of limited mental abilities -- withstood the test of time.

But the core of the statute, which created a list of factors to guide judges and jurors deciding when to sentence someone to death, has proved unworkable and fostered confusion and injustice. Now, after searching analysis by our country's top legal minds, the institute has concluded that the system it created does not work and cannot be fixed. It concluded that we cannot devise a death penalty system that will ensure fairness in process or outcome, or even that innocent people will not be executed. I am speaking for myself, not as a representative of the institute, but I can say with certainty that the institute did not reach these conclusions lightly. It commissioned a special committee and a scholarly study, heard various viewpoints and debated the issues extensively.

A strong consensus emerged that capital punishment in this country is riddled with pervasive problems. The death penalty cannot balance the need for consistency in sentencing with the need for individualized determinations. Its administration is unequal across racial groups.There is a grave lack of resources for defense lawyers. The law is distorted by the politics of judicial elections, and it consumes a disproportionate share of public resources.

California's death penalty exemplifies these problems. Portions of California's law were copied from the institute's model statute. The system now is on the verge of collapse. There are about 700 people on death row in California, and it can take 25 years for mandatory appeals to be completed. Since 1978, California has executed 13 prisoners, while 72 have died of old age or other causes. Resources are woefully inadequate. More than half of the people on death row don't have access to a constitutionally-required lawyer.

A statewide commission found that there remains a serious risk that the state will execute an innocent person. And then there is the cost. Housing a prisoner on death row costs taxpayers $90,000 a year more than if that prisoner were held in another type of high-security prison. The total additional cost for housing all of California's death row inmates is more than $60 million a year.

These problems are entrenched in the death penalty system, both in California and nationwide. The cumulative result: Executions remain as random as lightning strikes, or more so, and that is the very problem the institute's model statute intended to fix. In addition, across the country, at least 139 individuals have been released from death row after establishing their innocence.

The institute's action comes at a time of widespread reevaluation of capital punishment. Fifteen states have abandoned capital punishment, including three in the last three years. In 2009, the country saw the lowest number of death sentences since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. We now have decades of experience, which the institute lacked when it proposed its model statute almost 50 years ago.

Life without the possibility of parole, now an important alternative in nearly every state, was then virtually untried. To the extent that society needs to punish murderers severely, it can do so far more effectively using tough yet fair prison sentences rather than through an ineffective and extravagant death penalty. The American Law Institute could have chosen to do nothing.

But having laid the intellectual and legal groundwork for the modern death penalty, it concluded that it had a responsibility to act now that the system's fatal flaws have fully emerged. The withdrawal of the model death penalty statute recognizes that it is impossible to administer the death penalty consistently and fairly, and it therefore should not remain a punishment option in this country. The institute could no longer play a role in legitimizing a failed system. How much longer can any of us? Michael Traynor is president emeritus of the American Law Institute and lives in Berkeley.

Copyright © 2010, The Los Angeles Times

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U.S.SUPREME COURT NEEDS THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD COURT TO MENTOR THEM ON POSSIBLE WRONGFUL EXECTIONS BEING INFLICTED ON ONLY POOR AMERICANS...


AMERICAN BILLIONAIRES NEW MANTRA FOR U.S.POOR HAS GONE FROM "ONLY THE little people pay taxes in America 2 ~ LET THEM ALL EAT CAKE...

Posted by: LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS | Feb 12, 2010 1:32:49 PM

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