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6 years ago  ::  May 01, 2008 - 8:23AM #1
becca97
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http://www.myspace.com/justice_4_debra_milke 

How many times, how many cases, how many have to die through the DP or indirectly through suicide active or passive (Sally Clarke http://www.sallyclark.org.uk/ ) before we finally face the despicable, pervading travesty of Miscarriages of justice? 

[COLOR="Red"]"Hi, my name is Debra Milke, I was born in Berlin-Lichterfelde (Germany, Military hospital of the US Force), on March 10th, 1964. On military assignment my family and I moved to Montana (USA). In April 1983, I met my future husband Mark Milke. We got married in November 1984. The happiest day of my life was October 2nd, 1985, the birth of our first and only son Christopher. The saddest day of my life was the day, when my 4 year old son was found shot to death in the Arizona desert (12/02/1989). From that day on, my life had been shattered forever and will never be the same again. I not only lost the precious years of being a young woman and mother, but was brutally informed that my only child had been murdered and was arrested immediately without a shred of evidence. I was sentenced to death for a crime I did not commit nor did I ever conspire with anyone to do so. I have been fighting through the court system for 17 years now, never giving up hope that the truth will come out eventually. If all the efforts of my mother and so many people throughout the world should fail, then I would like to ask all my supporters to bring this injustice to light so that my suffering would not have been in vain and help pave the road for no recurrence of the experiences I had to endure as an innocent person."[/COLOR]

[COLOR="DarkGreen"]02. There has never been a confession by Debra Milke. 

03. The alleged confession was neither tape-recorded nor witnessed by any third party. 

04. The alleged confession was type-written (transcribed) days later; police detective Armando Saldate's hand written notes were then thrown away by Saldate himself.[/COLOR]

How familiar is this in MOJ cases? 

[COLOR="Navy"]06. Exonerating evidence for Debra was persistently denied during trial by Judge Cheryl Hendrix. 

07. Official prison psychologist, Dr. Garcia-Bunuel, attested in a later affidavit that Debra Milkes psychological profile definitely excludes her involvement in the murder of her son. He was never heard in court during trial, but substituted by another psychiatrist who had never seen or spoken with Debra at all.
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Again how similar to other MOJ cases, exonerating evidence denied the defendant.... how the god dam hell is that justice? 

[COLOR="DarkGreen"]09. Arresting Police Detective Armando Saldate has the sizeable record of at least 25 cases with falsified or downright invented confessions, 5 of which never came to trial and earned him severe disciplinary reprimands.[/COLOR]

This detective will no longer respond to questions about the Milke case, surely if his conduct was accurate and the confession true he would have no qualms about defending his choices? 

His choices which a former DA agent describes as despicable, and unjust. 

[COLOR="Navy"]11. Judge Cheryl K. Hendrix who sentenced Debra Milke to death row received a public censure from the Supreme Court and in 1997 was dismissed for hearing criminal cases due to careless decisions violating the canons of the Judicial Conduct. 

12. According to Arizona law the word of a police officer is considered valid evidence in order to sentence someone to Death Row; if there is no other witness, who could prove the contrary?
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Corrupt judge who is dismissed from hearing criminal cases, an un-witnessed unsigned fake confession: 

This is not justice. 

[COLOR="Red"]13. Since the first execution date scheduled for 01/29/1998, 9 years have passed within the district appeals court in Arizona. 9 years of diligent preparation and diligent waiting to the brink of exhaustion? On November 26, 2006, Federal District Judge Robert C. Broomfield chose the easy way out of a home-bound dilemma of alienation among his peers and denied the petition, to which he ruled favorably only 2 years earlier in a number of issues, now relegating the case to the 9th Circuit Federal Court in San Francisco - the very last stage of an effective ruling to save Debra Milke from execution.
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How can anyone justify killing another being on such pathetic evidence? 

[COLOR="DarkRed"]It is beyond evil, beyond words to hold life at so little value.  [/COLOR]

Please if you wish to know more about this case and the travesty of justice see http://www.myspace.com/justice_4_debra_milke 

Rebecca

http://essentialfreethinking.blogspot.c … stice.html

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And that is one bloody vital reason to be against the DP; it is an evil, MOJ is evil together they are incomprhensible evils and i for one will NOT stand by and follow the herd.

I urge you to think for yourselves, look into the realities of miscarriages of justice, it is not good enough to call them casualties of war or collateral damage, these people are victims just as surely as murder victims and rape victims et al, it is past time more people spoke up for them and against the injustices that put their lives at risk and in too many cases take their lives as surely as the Bundy's of the world do.

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6 years ago  ::  May 02, 2008 - 8:26PM #2
becca97
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Finally some good news on the MOJ front

It surely makes one query just how many innocents reside in human societies jails, and in countries with the death penalty how many have been killed over the years.

beccaxx

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: http://www.myspace.com/abolish_death_penalty
Date: 02 May 2008, 23:16


2 May 2008

The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty congratulates Levon "Bo" James on his newfound freedom earlier today (May 2, 2008), as well as all those who worked so tirelessly to win his release after 14 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.


With his great-niece Tatyana McCormick and great-nephew Christian McCormick in hand, Levon "Bo" Jones walks out of the Duplin County Jail a free man after spending 13 years on death row, charged with robbing and shooting Leamon Grady in February 1997.


ACTION OPPORTUNITY: This is an excellent opportunity for letters to the editor of your local newspaper, noting some of the points below. Please also watch for newspaper coverage in your local paper and when you see it, even if it is a one paragraph blurb in the national roundup, clip it and mail it (or a copy) to your state legislators with a brief hand written note calling their attention to the problem of wrongful convictions and stating your personal objections to the death penalty.


Please visit http://www.newsobserver.com/ to see more photos and ongoing news coverage.


Earlier today the NCADP issued the following statement, and below that you will find a press release from the ACLU Capital Punishment Project, whose attorneys worked on this case.


CONTACT: David Elliot, NCADP Communications Director
www.ncadp.org

AS EXECUTIONS ARE SET TO RESUME,


NATION LEARNS OF YET ANOTHER DEATH ROW EXONERATION

May 2, 2008 -- Diann Rust Tierney, executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, issued the following statement today in response to today's announced exoneration out of North Carolina :

"It's been more than seven months since an execution occurred in the U.S. - the longest de facto moratorium in our country in 25 years. And today, just as executions are set to resume in the U.S. , Levon "Bo" Jones becomes the 129th person to be freed from death row since 1976, after evidence of innocence emerged. He's the eighth wrongly convicted death row inmate out of North Carolina alone. Nationally, there have been five death row exonerations since the current de facto moratorium began in late September. Jones is the second consecutive North Carolina man to be freed from death row after evidence of police misconduct was brought to light.


"It is therefore inappropriate -- indeed, incredible -- that executions are set to resume beginning next Tuesday in Georgia . Today I am reflecting on the fact that during the seven-month moratorium, states that are now gearing up to resume executions did absolutely nothing to assure that society's ultimate sanction is fair or accurate.


" New Jersey is an example of the good that can come when states stop and assess. Legislators there during the past year held hearings on New Jersey 's death penalty system and ultimately decided to repeal it. Other states such as California and Tennessee also launched studies of their death penalty statutes.


"In contrast, states like Alabama and Texas sat on their hands - waiting for a signal from the U.S. Supreme Court that they could resume executions. And when the Court did rule, its conclusions did nothing to clean up the mismanagement and incompetence that is more routine than not in states carrying out executions. Mr. Jones spent 13 years on death row, and had he been an inmate in Alabama , Oklahoma , Texas or Virginia , it is quite likely he would be dead today - and the truth buried with him.


"This is proof positive that we don't need to return to business as usual. States should suspend executions until they have examined their system and can assure us that innocent people are not at risk of execution.
"

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And here is the press release from the ACLU.


Innocent North Carolina Man Exonerated After 14 Years On Death Row

Levon "Bo" Jones Fifth Innocent Death Row Inmate Freed In Past 11 Months And 129th Since 1973


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2008

CONTACT: Will Matthews, ACLU,

KENANSVILLE , NC - An innocent man who spent 14 years on North Carolina 's death row after being wrongfully convicted for a 1987 murder will be released from prison today. Jones has been represented by American Civil Liberties Union Capital Punishment Project lawyers Cassandra Stubbs and Brian Stull, along with North Carolina attorney Ernest "Buddy" Connor.


Levon "Bo" Jones, an African American man who has always maintained his innocence, was sentenced to death in 1993 for the murder of Leamon Grady, a white man. Jones is the fifth innocent death row inmate to be exonerated in the United States in the past 11 months, and the third innocent North Carolina death row inmate to be granted release in the past six months. He is the 129th death row exoneree since 1973.


"We never had any doubt about Bo Jones' innocence," said Connor. "We knew when we started the case that there were serious holes in the evidence. After we began seriously investigating the case, it completely unraveled.
"

A federal judge ordered Jones off death row in 2006 and overturned his conviction, declaring that the defense provided by Jones' initial defense attorneys was so poor that they missed critical evidence pointing to his innocence. After keeping him imprisoned in anticipation of a retrial, the Duplin County, N.C. District Attorney announced Thursday that the state was dropping all charges and Jones would be released.


The sole witness accusing Jones of the murder, Lovely Lorden, admitted in an affidavit filed last month that she "was certain that Bo did not have anything to do with Mr. Grady's murder" and that she did not know what happened the night Grady was murdered. A new trial had been set to begin May 12.


Jones' exoneration and release comes two weeks after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Baze v. Rees upholding the three drug lethal injection method of capital punishment used in Kentucky . Other states have begun to lift a de facto national moratorium on the use of the death penalty.


"This case highlights the serious and rampant flaws inherent in the death penalty," Stubbs said. "A system that can't protect the innocent from conviction shouldn't gamble with life and death. This case - and those of the many other innocent exonerees - should give states pause about lifting moratoriums after the Baze decision.
"

Stull said there is a direct link between Jones' 14 years on death row and the quality of his first trial counsel.


"This case points out the problems with capital counsel in many parts of the country," he said. "Bo Jones's first trial lawyer never bothered to get the many conflicting statements of Lovely Lorden, let alone do the kind of investigation necessary in a first degree murder case. We will never know if Lorden would have admitted the truth earlier had the case been investigated and had she been adequately cross-examined.
"

Jones was represented in post-conviction by the North Carolina Center for Death Penalty Litigation, which persuaded the federal court to grant him a new trial.


Larry Lamb, a codefendant of Jones who has also always maintained his innocence, remains behind bars, serving a life sentence. Lamb turned down a plea offer of a six year sentence and was also convicted based on the testimony of Lorden. He plans to ask the newly formed North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission to review his case.


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Have an excellent weekend!

--abe

Abraham J.
Bonowitz
Director of Affiliate Support
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
www.ncadp.org
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6 years ago  ::  May 03, 2008 - 12:40PM #3
becca97
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This could happen to any one of us http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd9IPegBxhU

And just maybe you will be unfortunate enough to have it occur in a country or state with the DP ...

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6 years ago  ::  May 04, 2008 - 4:16PM #4
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becca97 wrote:

http://www.myspace.com/justice_4_debra_milke 

How many times, how many cases, how many have to die through the DP or indirectly through suicide active or passive (Sally Clarke http://www.sallyclark.org.uk/ ) before we finally face the despicable, pervading travesty of Miscarriages of justice? 

"Hi, my name is Debra Milke, I was born in Berlin-Lichterfelde (Germany, Military hospital of the US Force), on March 10th, 1964. On military assignment my family and I moved to Montana (USA). In April 1983, I met my future husband Mark Milke. We got married in November 1984. The happiest day of my life was October 2nd, 1985, the birth of our first and only son Christopher. The saddest day of my life was the day, when my 4 year old son was found shot to death in the Arizona desert (12/02/1989). From that day on, my life had been shattered forever and will never be the same again. I not only lost the precious years of being a young woman and mother, but was brutally informed that my only child had been murdered and was arrested immediately without a shred of evidence. I was sentenced to death for a crime I did not commit nor did I ever conspire with anyone to do so. I have been fighting through the court system for 17 years now, never giving up hope that the truth will come out eventually. If all the efforts of my mother and so many people throughout the world should fail, then I would like to ask all my supporters to bring this injustice to light so that my suffering would not have been in vain and help pave the road for no recurrence of the experiences I had to endure as an innocent person."

02. There has never been a confession by Debra Milke. 

03. The alleged confession was neither tape-recorded nor witnessed by any third party. 

04. The alleged confession was type-written (transcribed) days later; police detective Armando Saldate's hand written notes were then thrown away by Saldate himself.


How familiar is this in MOJ cases? 

06. Exonerating evidence for Debra was persistently denied during trial by Judge Cheryl Hendrix. 

07. Official prison psychologist, Dr. Garcia-Bunuel, attested in a later affidavit that Debra Milkes psychological profile definitely excludes her involvement in the murder of her son. He was never heard in court during trial, but substituted by another psychiatrist who had never seen or spoken with Debra at all.


Again how similar to other MOJ cases, exonerating evidence denied the defendant.... how the god dam hell is that justice? 

09. Arresting Police Detective Armando Saldate has the sizeable record of at least 25 cases with falsified or downright invented confessions, 5 of which never came to trial and earned him severe disciplinary reprimands.

This detective will no longer respond to questions about the Milke case, surely if his conduct was accurate and the confession true he would have no qualms about defending his choices? 

His choices which a former DA agent describes as despicable, and unjust. 

11. Judge Cheryl K. Hendrix who sentenced Debra Milke to death row received a public censure from the Supreme Court and in 1997 was dismissed for hearing criminal cases due to careless decisions violating the canons of the Judicial Conduct. 

12. According to Arizona law the word of a police officer is considered valid evidence in order to sentence someone to Death Row; if there is no other witness, who could prove the contrary?


Corrupt judge who is dismissed from hearing criminal cases, an un-witnessed unsigned fake confession: 

This is not justice. 

13. Since the first execution date scheduled for 01/29/1998, 9 years have passed within the district appeals court in Arizona. 9 years of diligent preparation and diligent waiting to the brink of exhaustion? On November 26, 2006, Federal District Judge Robert C. Broomfield chose the easy way out of a home-bound dilemma of alienation among his peers and denied the petition, to which he ruled favorably only 2 years earlier in a number of issues, now relegating the case to the 9th Circuit Federal Court in San Francisco - the very last stage of an effective ruling to save Debra Milke from execution.


How can anyone justify killing another being on such pathetic evidence? 

It is beyond evil, beyond words to hold life at so little value. 

Please if you wish to know more about this case and the travesty of justice see http://www.myspace.com/justice_4_debra_milke 

Rebecca

http://essentialfreethinking.blogspot.c … stice.html

**********************************************************

And that is one bloody vital reason to be against the DP; it is an evil, MOJ is evil together they are incomprhensible evils and i for one will NOT stand by and follow the herd.

I urge you to think for yourselves, look into the realities of miscarriages of justice, it is not good enough to call them casualties of war or collateral damage, these people are victims just as surely as murder victims and rape victims et al, it is past time more people spoke up for them and against the injustices that put their lives at risk and in too many cases take their lives as surely as the Bundy's of the world do.

beccaxx



In the unlikely event that for some reason Ms. Milke has not already contacted them, I am enclosing a link to an organization that I found through the Innocence Project. I'm posting it to you since you are in a better position than I am to decide if it would be worth forwarding to her.
http://www.nau.edu/sbs/najp/Site/Home.html

"When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness: When these things can be said, then may the country boast its constitution and its government." -- Thomas Paine: The Rights Of Man (1791)
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6 years ago  ::  May 04, 2008 - 8:24PM #5
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[QUOTE=TPaine;477041]In the unlikely event that for some reason Ms. Milke has not already contacted them, I am enclosing a link to an organization that I found through the Innocence Project. I'm posting it to you since you are in a better position than I am to decide if it would be worth forwarding to her.
http://www.nau.edu/sbs/najp/Site/Home.html[/QUOTE]


hi,

Thank you for that, i am no expert on her case though, really it is only through myspace that i know her campaign team but i will message them with this on your behalf.

Whenever i read posts like yours it gives me hope that there are still some freethinkers in the world.

beccaxx
ps i love your signature and user name if you have a myspace account please do look me up http://www.myspace.com/wanderingthoughts97
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6 years ago  ::  May 04, 2008 - 8:24PM #6
becca97
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[QUOTE=TPaine;477041]In the unlikely event that for some reason Ms. Milke has not already contacted them, I am enclosing a link to an organization that I found through the Innocence Project. I'm posting it to you since you are in a better position than I am to decide if it would be worth forwarding to her.
http://www.nau.edu/sbs/najp/Site/Home.html[/QUOTE]


hi,

Thank you for that, i am no expert on her case though, really it is only through myspace that i know her campaign team but i will message them with this on your behalf.

Whenever i read posts like yours it gives me hope that there are still some freethinkers in the world.

beccaxx
ps i love your signature and user name if you have a myspace account please do look me up http://www.myspace.com/wanderingthoughts97
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6 years ago  ::  May 05, 2008 - 10:35AM #7
TPaine
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becca97 wrote:

hi,

Thank you for that, i am no expert on her case though, really it is only through myspace that i know her campaign team but i will message them with this on your behalf.

Whenever i read posts like yours it gives me hope that there are still some freethinkers in the world.

beccaxx
ps i love your signature and user name if you have a myspace account please do look me up http://www.myspace.com/wanderingthoughts97



Heck, Becca, I'm just a guy who believes that Jefferson was right when he wrote in the DOI, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
I believe the Framers meant what they said when the adopted the Bill of Rights, that the DP is cruel and unusual punishment, that the execution of an innocent person is state-sponsored murder, that Thomas Paine was right when he wrote, "I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.", that prejudice = stupidity, and that everyone has the right to believe or not believe in any god, gods, or goddess that meets their spiritual needs.
I also believe that we are in the majority. It's just hard to tell because the minority makes so much noise.

Peace, Becca, and don't give up the fight for justice.

"When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness: When these things can be said, then may the country boast its constitution and its government." -- Thomas Paine: The Rights Of Man (1791)
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6 years ago  ::  May 05, 2008 - 2:22PM #8
becca97
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[QUOTE=TPaine;478717]Heck, Becca, I'm just a guy who believes that Jefferson was right when he wrote in the DOI, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
I believe the Framers meant what they said when the adopted the Bill of Rights, that the DP is cruel and unusual punishment, that the execution of an innocent person is state-sponsored murder, that Thomas Paine was right when he wrote, "I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.", that prejudice = stupidity, and that everyone has the right to believe or not believe in any god, gods, or goddess that meets their spiritual needs.
I also believe that we are in the majority. It's just hard to tell because the minority makes so much noise.

Peace, Becca, and don't give up the fight for justice.
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Very good points :) i honestly don't think its in my soul to give up fighting for justice ;)

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6 years ago  ::  May 05, 2008 - 3:42PM #9
TPaine
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becca97 wrote:

Very good points :) i honestly don't think its in my soul to give up fighting for justice ;)

beccaxx



Nor is it in mine, becca, and I have no intention of doing so.

BTW, the people I've seen who put down the Brits obviously haven't met you.:)

Peace

"When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness: When these things can be said, then may the country boast its constitution and its government." -- Thomas Paine: The Rights Of Man (1791)
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6 years ago  ::  May 06, 2008 - 7:11AM #10
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[QUOTE=TPaine;479390]Nor is it in mine, becca, and I have no intention of doing so.

BTW, the people I've seen who put down the Brits obviously haven't met you.:)

Peace[/QUOTE]

:) thank you, Thomas Paine was English (by birth anyway, although he always saw himself as an internationalist) there are lots of Brits who are very commited to freethinking, justice and change.

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