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The 'sound' of executions - audio from The Execution Tapes is an hour-long public radio special hosted by Ray Suarez featuring excerpts of recordings made in Georgia's death house during state electrocutions. You can find it here. Many thanks to the gentleman from Nova Scotia whose assistance to my site has been invaluable.
Death Penalty Inmate pictures, Electric Chair Executions, Lethal Injection Gurney, Death Penalty Statistics, -follow the links above.
In 1972 the US Supreme Court rules in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty as implemented by the State of Georgia where the jury has complete discretion to decide death or life in prison is unconstitutional. The result being that all death penalty statutes in all states were struck down. This removed 629 inmates from death rows throughout the country.
The US Supreme Court rules in 1976 through two cases, Gregg v. George and Jurek v. Texas that a death sentence is not a per se violation of the 8th Amendment.
In 1977 Gary Gilmore becomes the first person executed in the United States in ten years. Gary Gilmore is executed in Utah by a firing squad.
In 1977 the Supreme Court rules in Coker v. Georgia that a death sentence for the crime of rape where death does not result is disproportionate and violates the Eighth Amendments prohibition against 'cruel and unusual punishments.'
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Souter's Property - a possible victim of Eminent Domain
Sunday, 6 February 2005
Great News for Constitutionality
All kinds of good news from the Supreme Court which comes on the heels of the recent (bad) Hiibel decision (which allows the states to stop you and require you give your name-beyond the Terry Stop rules). There is the MISSOURI v. SEIBERT decision which said that the Miranda warning decision is still quite valid. Police must inform you of your rights to remain silent and that anything you say can and will be held against you. The 'work around' employed by police increasingly has been to question a person, then mirandize them, then question them again and then using the first interrogation to work the confession, information they are looking for. No no no said Justice Souter, joined by Justice Stevens, Justice Ginsburg, and Justice Breyer-with Justice Kennedy in concurrence. By saying no to this strategy, the police can no longer use it as a interrogation technique.
HAMDI et al. v. RUMSFELD,- Yaser Esam Hamdi, an American citizen was
in Afghanistan when Northern Alliance people caught him. When the US figured
out that he was American, he was taken to the US and has been in the Brig
for the duration. He had been labeled as a 'enemy combatant' which would
give him, according to the government, no rights at all and in fact this
designation would make him eligible to be kept in jail, without lawyers
and without contact -Indefinitely. Justice O’Connor, joined by The
Chief Justice, Justice Kennedy, and Justice Breyer, concluded that although
Congress authorized the detention of combatants in the narrow circumstances
alleged in this case, due process demands that a citizen held in the United
States as an enemy combatant be given a meaningful opportunity to contest
the factual basis for that detention before a neutral decision maker.
The court said that you can't just throw someone in a hole and forget
about them, theoretically, he gets his day in court. We know that it takes
an interminable amount of time to get your day in court even if there
is no question about your right to be there. This guy, perhaps a bad guy,
has spent that time in a cell and he is still in a cell. Logically, constitutionally,
by every idea of what is supposed to be good about America, you cannot
be tossed into a cell indefinitely, this brings to mind the horror stories
about the Man in the Iron Mask, -the sorts of things that happen in historically
distant times or in third world dictatorships. We could feel superior
in the knowledge that we are protected by a constitution and those idiots
in other countries weren't. Instead, we are forced to sit here for years
and hope that the Supreme Court does the right thing for the constitution
and the country.
RUMSFELD V. PADILLA- Let's see, oops guys, wrong district, please refile again.