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       On June 6th 2012, the State of Ohio is planning to Execute Abdul-Hamead, Awkal for the 1992 murders of his wife and her brother. Awkal has already served 18 years in prison and has asked for the death sentence to be carried out quickly.

UPDATE June 6, 2012


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Execution STAYED!


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OHIO Supreme Court Stays Execution of Awkal Abdul-Hamead
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      Columbus Dispathc News Break "Supreme Court Postpones Execution --"

late yesterday afternoon, Kasich unexpectedly used his executive clemency power to postpone Awkal’s execution. He said in a statement that the time will allow Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Stuart Friedman to hold a hearing to determine whether Awkal is mentally competent to be executed.

       Awkal Abdul-Hamead has also stated that he works for the CIA. Has helped America's Generals and President Obama with the Wars in the middle east. According to the OHIOANS To Stop Executions, Mr Awkal is so mentally ill and in need of commuting the execution to life without parole - because;
he [Awkal Abdul-Hamead] has directed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and that he has communicated regularly with CIA officials and Presidents Bush and Obama.  He also believes that the CIA is behind his execution.
Thus, Adrian Griffin, the Northern Ohio Organizer for Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) - concludes (here) that;
Even if, unlike me, you believe it is possible to have a fair and just death penalty system in this country, I think we can agree that we should not use it on the seriously mentally ill.
Democracy in Action, along with the Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and OTSE is asing that as many as possible -

PLEASE Call Ohio Governor Kasich on Tuesday May 29, 2012 at 614 644 0932
or -- politely email his the Ohio Governor's staff at

Brad Reynolds, Director of Constituent Services,
brad.reynolds@governor.ohio.gov (614-644-0932)  

Judge  said he could look at Awkal and Judge his sanity

       Awkal's own attorney said his clients sanity was a serious issue. Originally Awkal was deemed unfit to stand trial. But then the judge learned that one of the mental health professionals was not yet licensed in the state of Ohio and threw out the opinion. Instead, the Judge told the defense counsel he would "look" at Awkal Abdul-Hawead and "judge" his mental state from his seat on the bench.


Awkal's Defense Counsel Called Prosecution Psychiatrist Who Nailed His Client


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       It boggles the mind to see that the defense counsel for Awkal Abdul-Hamead actually thought it okay to call the Prosecutions own expert. Who then nailed the death penalty as okay for Awkal. Thus was contrary to the entire defense of incompetency.  It sealed the fate of Abdul-Hamead, Awkal - resulting in a ruling of guilt and a Death Penalty


Circuit Court Judges Argue On Competency and Attorney Performance


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        Despite the prosecutions hard fought case to state that Awkal is a malingering, many judges who have reviewed the case state openly that they feel the competency of Awkal is in great question. According to the Ohio Government's Clemency review on page 24 (here). It states that;

     

A panel of the [federal] 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decide that Awkal shot get a new trial based on ineffective assistance of counsel. The panel held: "Clearly, Awkal's counsel's selection of guilt-phase experts was far less than ideal; counsel chose one unlicesned psychologist, a new and uncertified psychiatrist and a psychiatrist whose testimony completely underminded Awkal's sole defense. We conclude that [defense] counsel's decision to call Dr. Rizk (the prosecutor's expert) to testify at the guilt phase constituted the deficient performance necessary to establish ineffective assistance of counsel.

Pardon Parole Dissent in Favor of Commuting Awkal's Sentence




       One Ohio Pardon/ Parole member (Ellen Venters), stated that she was in favor of commuting the sentence (see page 22 (here)). Ellen Venters states that;
    The expert witness testimonies during the trial and the statements submitted during the parole board hearing were so varying that they were almost useless. That the trial judge in his written opinion stated "the various opinions of the expert witness called in this case cannot be reconciled."


Prosecutor Argues No History of Illness. NO [c]hit- Awkal Came to U.S. at Age 24



       At the Parole Board hearing, the prosecutor said he took the Death penalty "off the table"  in any case where there's a significant detail of mental illness issuses. However, Awkal did Not come to the America until he was age 24. Thus, the remark is not only unqualified, it does not take into consideration that a person from another country may likely not have had any proper medicial attention.



Conclusion - Awkal's Sentenced Should Be Commuted

      When you have multiple judges argue about the competency of a person. Along with multiple mental health professionals contradicting each other. And those issues compounded by an ineffective counsel. You have more than reasonable doubt about a totally proper & fair process of prosecution. Blood lust should never outweigh common sense.

    At the barest of minimums, the defense counsel should have argued the combinations of religious restriction of his liking Christmas, the pressures to force him to do anothers idea of what religion means. Combined with the fact that Awkal Abdul-Hamead came from a country were "guns and death and violence" are an every day occurrence. There's no question this prosecution to the point of death penalty is absurd.

                          Yes he deserves life away from being able to harm others

                                                  But NO Death Penalty

You can see the Entire case history in this PDF here;

http://www.drc.ohio.gov/...

Contact Adrian Griffin of Ohians to Stop Executions (OTSE)
Office cell (216) 688-1180

Email: otse.neohio@gmail.com

Website http://www.oste.org

Originally posted to Abolish the Death Penalty on Mon May 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupying with Laser.

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  •  May Allah be Merciful. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    laserhaas, blueoasis

    ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

    by joe wobblie on Tue May 29, 2012 at 07:23:33 AM PDT

  •  He doesn't have the strongest case... (1+ / 0-)
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    DollyMadison

    ...to put it mildly.  It's all too close to the (untenably) broad argument that nobody would commit a heinous crime unless they were insane.  

    At some point it's more worthwhile to make the general case against the death penalty rather than highlighting specific cases that, as the (admittedly scanty) poll results above suggest, don't attract a clear majority for mercy even from a progressive audience.  The only arguments that have ever made headway with me are that the death penalty is some combination of morally repugnant and not worth the time and trouble, rather than arguments that reference contested notions of sanity or the very occasional claims of innocence.  I doubt we'd even have Innocence Projects if we didn't have the death penalty, to tell the truth.

    Dear conservatives: If instead of "marriage equality" we call it "voluntary government registration of committed homosexuals," are you on board?

    by Rich in PA on Tue May 29, 2012 at 08:08:03 AM PDT

    •  You know Rich. It amazes me how you are always (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      joe wobblie

      appear to be contrary or opposite on my issues

      and your conclusion is errant as well.

      Too many non violent offenders are inside and non guilty parties - due to corrupt prosecutions.

      Even if the Death penalty was taken off the table in America - the fight for stopping America from having the world record of prisoners would continue.


      Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

      by laserhaas on Tue May 29, 2012 at 08:12:32 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Worth noting (2+ / 0-)
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    VClib, DollyMadison

    Here's the 6th Cir en banc opinion, which Awkal lost 10-4.  (The Circuit often splits 7-7 on death penalty and habeas matters.)

    I'm opposed to the death penalty, but I don't know enough about this case to opine.

    •  You just know enough to make a slant on the issue (1+ / 0-)
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      joe wobblie

      like Rich.

      Shall we STOP the efforts to halt this execution - because of your "Worth noting" contentions?

      How many cases can you CITE
      to back up Adam B's utterly incongruous contention that:

      (The Circuit often splits 7-7 on death penalty and habeas matters.)
      emphasis added on the "uncorroborated" contention!

      You need to STOP - This stuff - SIR!

      Your hate of me and those who follow me around to naysay is down right digusting - like "who cares"


      Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

      by laserhaas on Tue May 29, 2012 at 11:33:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  OH Please, Please, Opine for us! (0+ / 0-)

      OH Great and Powerful, All Knowing and infallible Seer, enlighten us humble, most lowly of beings with your Supreme Divine Knowledge!
                    Speak Adam B, Oh Holiest of Oracles!  Speak!

      ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

      by joe wobblie on Tue May 29, 2012 at 02:43:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  My opinion: the headline of this diary is false. (0+ / 0-)

        Four circuit judges believed the defendant received ineffective assistance of counsel (regarding the sanity issue); they did not themselves rule on his sanity at all.  

        •  The veracity of the headline of this diary (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          laserhaas

          is not important here.  You have "googled" (as is your wont) to your satisfaction and have stated what you believe is solid fact.
          But that is not an opinion as to whether or not the death penalty should be imposed here...
          I have now read the lengthy confession of Awkal Abdul Hamead.
          Although poorly educated and not well versed in English, he seems IMHO to be a logical man.  But a man who was and is entirely confused by having lived in two greatly different cultures, and not able to understand his own religion.
          Since a panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals voted to overturn Awkal's murder conviction and agreed his trial defense Counsel was ineffective; they then
          after the fact ruled on the question of his sanity.
          The question is:  What is your opinion of the sentencing of this poor wretched man to his death?   http://off2dr.com/...
           

          ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

          by joe wobblie on Tue May 29, 2012 at 05:29:38 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Now one says they ruled on his sanity. You twist (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          joe wobblie

          the words and infer what was Not proffered (as usual)

          It says exactly what it says. 4 Judges question his sanity issues - because his defense counsel was incompetent in putting forth that issue properly with unqualified experts and the Prosecutors own expert who sealed the fate of Awkal.

          If his sanity issue is NOT in question - there would be NO dissent.  The ineffectiveness of counsel on that issue would not matter.


          Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

          by laserhaas on Tue May 29, 2012 at 06:22:14 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  You also proffered the same arguments on Bain CEO (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          joe wobblie

          in 2001 being Romney. Not only did you deny - what is now overwhelmingly documented as fact. You called it CT (definitely a statement false) and called for people to donut (HR) me - in your quest to get me banned.

          Because Joe is strong enough and open enough to back up the facts - despite you and your horde of merry followers assaulting me erroneously - you are also turning your sites upon him.

          Just as you do here - you argue against me - regardless of the cause and the facts. I am quoting the very report OHIO published.

          Not being a gentlemen enough to concede you were wrong on that Bain/ Romney CEO issue when President' Obama's own campaign website vindicates the premise and your Disgusting personal desires - as a Venerate here - for people to HR me.

          You are Exposed and continuously put your lofty position and this realm at risk. In the same manner as Booker and Rattner. I don't know what your motivation is - peer pressure there in Philly - being surrounded by the Bar legal eagles. Or maybe worse.

          But you should STOP IT NOW.


          Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

          by laserhaas on Tue May 29, 2012 at 06:34:37 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Har! Har! (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            laserhaas

            Don't worry about me!  I've been bitten by rabid cur dogs before, but never
            by any with no teeth!  What in Hell can they do to me?  Get me kicked off KOS? Pish Posh!  Just like an Old Proverb people in Siberia have,
                   "They can't send us any further than Siberia!"

            ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

            by joe wobblie on Tue May 29, 2012 at 09:33:08 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  Adam B said Laser FACTS - false/ CT- asking HR (1+ / 0-)
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          joe wobblie

          This is what you said and this IS who you are
          You are now violating your very own words. Where, when openly you seek my banning, you said we should deal on what is said. I said 4 judges questions on Sanity

          - maybe the extra word defense is more to the point - but does not fit. I don't think you care.

          You are looking for a reason to help my enemies in any way possible and have made me your own personal adversary at your desire. Again, violating common sense and protocol. You are a venerate here and should damn well know better.

          WHAT is Your MOTIVATION & GOAL against Laser Haas?

          Here is your remarks against me in the Bain D;

          http://www.dailykos.com/...

          I don't think that's fair. (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:nextstep, cville townie
          I believe the diarist is deeply wrong on much of what he says -- including the present diary, which fails to recognize a difference between serving as Chief Executive Officer of a company (which Romney ceased in 1999) versus being its owner (which continued until 2001) -- and occasionally libelous, but I see no benefit in alleging anything about his mental state.

          I think when he engages in CT, folks should HR him, but let's deal with these diaries based on what is said, and not based on what we presume to be animating them.


          Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

          by laserhaas on Tue May 29, 2012 at 06:47:36 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  You have killed the campaign issue and those who (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    joe wobblie

    could help get the word out on the Romney Bain issues.

    Now that you are EXPOSED as incorrect on Romney having been CEO at Bain in 2001. You are switching gears in an ugly manner. Arguing - in essense - for the prosecutions desire.

    LOOK IN THE MIRROR guy and see what you said and how bogus, incongruous - erroneous - Full of [C]hit you are

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    [Laser] fails to recognize a difference between serving as Chief Executive Officer of a company (which Romney ceased in 1999) versus being its owner (which continued until 2001) -- and occasionally libelous, but I see no benefit in alleging anything about his mental state.


    and now see what President Obama's campaign websites states;

    http://www.keepinggophonest.com/...

    •Romney “remained CEO and held his financial interest in the company through August 2001,” which includes the period “when the Kansas-based GST Steel plant was shut down and workers laid off” in February of 2001. [Source: Boston Globe]

    Adam B is so anti Laser Haas - that you would rather help  our enemies and destroy this extremely important message. So much so that I am surprised that you are not arguing the campaign is full of CT and should be donut'd too.

    by the way - Anti Laser Adam B - the title of

    "Paid for By Obama For America" remarks are

    http://www.keepinggophonest.com/...

    Romney was in charge --


    Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

    by laserhaas on Tue May 29, 2012 at 07:02:19 PM PDT

  •  Today FANTASTIC News - Execution STayed. (0+ / 0-)

    This time sua sponte (on their own accord).

    This is a fantastic.

    The execution was stopped by the system - cool!


    Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

    by laserhaas on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 08:35:19 AM PDT

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