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        Tonight, expecting the Texas execution of Anthony Bartee to go ahead as scheduled. Thus, I took the chicken's way out and laid down for a nap. To the chagrin of my presumption of facts not in evidence, I awoke to find this unexpected, good news headline by the Associated Press;

                                Last-minute reprieve stands for now for Texas    

                                      man set to be executed in neighbor's Killing

      It is denoted by the AP (in the Washington Post reprint) - that the federal appeals court refused to overturn a reprieve of a District Court. This, despite the fact that the United States Supreme Court had already rejected other Bartee's appeals.

           Yesterday I had written a "belated" Diary on the scheduled execution of Anthony Bartee entitled "Set for Execution Wed - Texas has 5 Executions Scheduled Soon". I had to apologize due to the fact that I was tempted (ashamed so) - not to report the on this particular case that I had not been involved in. Due, in part, to what appears as obvious Anthony Bartee guilt. ---   Now, I have "slight" doubts.   --- But that does not change the fact that we should always fight to Abolish the Death Penalty.

        As denoted in the previous Diary, it is reported that Anthony Bartee sought to hire hit man to kill a "white-man" named David on the eve of the day before David Cook was murdered by a stab in the back, slice of his throat and gun shots.

         After the killing, Anthony Bartee was noted as riding around on David Cook's motorcycle claiming it as his own. All of such seems really lacking in any reasonable amount of good sense and standard brain functions. Especially for a man previously convicted of aggravated rape.

         However, Anthony Bartee claims that David Cook was killed by 2 "Bikers". It was known that Bartee and Cook were next door neighbors, hung out together, frank beer together and smoked pot together. The 2 purported bikers were never found.

         Bartee's case is that there is DNA evidence availabe from smoke butts and other such items found at the scene of the crime. Anthony Bartee claims they can provide proof someone else was at the scene. Not likely - but possible. Thus the stay on appeal till the issues can be worked out. It may take 2 months.

NOTE:  Previous POLL results

       In my previous Diary yesterday, we had a POLL that proffered the following question;

                  "Do you believe America should Abolish the Death Penalty?"

  • Yes -           53 Votes
  • NO  -           66 Votes
  • Maybe          5 votes
  • who cares      3 votes

        This is great cause for alarm, considering that WE are the Progressives, the Liberals, the Democrats who fight, speak out and stand tall against the Right makes Might state of being.

         At the suggestion of fellow kossack "drnononono" and his comments, I am therefore presenting a new POLL in the hopes to understand the outcome of the previous poll and our overall beliefs better.


Which of the following items is closest to your own personal view point?

30%20 votes
30%20 votes
21%14 votes
12%8 votes
1%1 votes
3%2 votes
0%0 votes
0%0 votes

| 65 votes | Vote | Results

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    PLEASE ☺ - Help Stop Mitt (the Pitts) Romney from Stealing [☻] the POTUS!

    by laserhaas on Wed May 02, 2012 at 11:37:43 PM PDT

  •  I think the "life with/without parole" choice... (5+ / 0-)

    to me, would depend on the degree of the offense, and on whom (and how many) it was committed.

    Regarding the prior poll, I was also surprised to see so many "no" votes.

    (I used to think like that too but my position has evolved over the years. I guess I just assumed most others had to)

    Thanks for the diary.

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Thu May 03, 2012 at 12:59:31 AM PDT

  •  the most effective deterrent to crime... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    laserhaas, Oh Mary Oh, joe wobblie

    ... is the swiftness of the arrest & prosecution, and the certainty of a sentence upon conviction.  

    This works at all levels, for all types of crime.

    For cold-blooded murder, life w/o parole.  Anyone who can coldly calculate to commit a murder is too dangerous to ever be released: there is presently no cure for sociopaths.  

    For "hot-blooded murder" (crime of passion without aggravating circumstance such as history of abusing the victim) it might be worth considering parole after a sufficiently long minimum sentence such as 20 years, on the basis that there is a chance the person could be rehabilitated.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Thu May 03, 2012 at 01:11:52 AM PDT

  •  66 votes for the death penalty at dkos? (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    laserhaas, drnononono, joe wobblie

    That's revolting...and not in a good way.

  •  but no "earnings go to victim's family." (3+ / 0-)
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    laserhaas, drnononono, joe wobblie

    One, the regular payments are a constant reminder that may just keep the family's emotional wounds from healing.

    Two, this gets too close to "personalizing" the operation of the justice system, which gets too close to what goes on in "honor cultures."  We don't want that here.

    Three, and worst of all for the overall operation of justice:  

    We do not want to "monetize" incarceration.  The idea that prisoners can be milked for money is exactly what's driving the private prison industry, which is turning into a venue for a type of neo-slavery that threatens to grow like a tumor in the body politic.  

    The idea of prisoners as sources of money for anyone, creates a perverse incentive to increase prison populations and loosen up the standards by which people can be sent to prison.  It will eventually lead to debtors' prisons on a wide scale, mark my words.  There is nothing in the world to justify that.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Thu May 03, 2012 at 01:17:57 AM PDT

    •  I do agree that victims are haunted by the (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      drnononono, joe wobblie, G2geek


      Especially, when the Death Penalty is involved.

      If justice was swift. Arrest, trial and conviction. Then the healing could begin for the victims.

      David Cook's mom passed away going through all this and his other family members are now going through more angst with this reprieve.

      PLEASE ☺ - Help Stop Mitt (the Pitts) Romney from Stealing [☻] the POTUS!

      by laserhaas on Thu May 03, 2012 at 05:44:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  In Canada we do not have the death penalty but (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joe wobblie, laserhaas

    what angers me is that we see criminals get a 'life sentence' with parole in 25 years.  But reality is that the 25 years is reduced for good behaviour and time already served.  Some spend as little as 5 to seven years.  I believe life imprisonment should mean life imprisonment.

    This said, I would not endorse the return of the death penalty.  There is always the chance of an error by the courts, attorneys or evidence.

  •  OK, 36 to 14 favoring options other than the death (1+ / 0-)
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    penalty.  Those numbers, I can live with.

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