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Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Tonight on TDS, Paul Rudd ; and on TCR, Kirk Bloodsworth, first American freed from Death Row with DNA fingerprinting, Advocacy Director at Witness to Innocence.
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Not all that interested in whatever Paul Rudd's doing (it's apparently talking about that movie we've been seeing non-stop, if less than god-awful, commercials for), but Stephen's guest deserves attention. So, pulled up from the 'everything' grid below:
Kirk Bloodsworth (first American sentenced to death row cleared by DNA fingerprinting, Advocacy Director: “Witness to Innocence”)
@BloodsworthDNA
Wikipedia
his InnocenceProject page
his law.northwestern.edu Center on Wrongful Convictions page
This stuff at nlm.nih.gov/VisibleProofs, from a 2008 National Library of Medicine exhibition
There's a documentary set for 2014 (with related news)
And a (2004) book
NYTimes, February 5, 2013 A Death Penalty Fight Comes Home:
Maryland appears likely in the next few weeks to join the growing list of states that have abolished capital punishment. Some longtime death penalty opponents say no one in the country has done more to advance that cause than Mr. Bloodsworth. But ending executions in Maryland, the state that once was determined to kill him, would be a personal victory for him.

Even for proponents of capital punishment, Mr. Bloodsworth’s tale is deeply unsettling. In 1984, he was a former Marine with no criminal record who had followed his father’s profession as a waterman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. A woman glimpsed on television a police sketch of the suspect in the rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl outside Baltimore. She thought it looked like her neighbor Kirk, and she called the police.

From there, with the police and prosecutors under intense pressure to solve the crime, it was a short route to trial, conviction and a death sentence for a man whose Dickensian name, after all, seemed to imply guilt.

“I was accused of the most brutal murder in Maryland history,” Mr. Bloodsworth, now 52, told the church audience. “It took the jury two and a half hours to send me to the gas chamber.”

Only after nine years in the state’s most decrepit and violent prisons did Mr. Bloodsworth, through his own perseverance and some aggressive lawyering, manage to get the still-novel DNA test that finally proved his innocence in 1993.

Amnesty International (USA)February 6, 2013: Kirk Bloodsworth and the Demise of the Death Penalty and alternet piece that led me to it.

Also, Maryland-specific AmnestyUSA.org email clicky-thingy --  death penalty repeal in Maryland already diaried (Feb 27).

Baltimore Sun Mar 1 2013: Death penalty repeal clears a key test vote in Senate
Final vote could come next week

aclu-de.org which links to a petition prob only good in Delaware

WitnessToInnocence.org
wikipedia    twitter    youtube    facebook    about:

Is there anything more horrific than the execution of a human being for a crime he or she did not commit? In a nation that considers itself the standard bearer for human rights, such an outrageous “mistake” is shameful and unacceptable.

But we must recognize the unconscionable human rights abuses that have been committed against 138 wrongfully convicted men and women in America who have looked death in the face and lived to tell about it...

Witness to Innocence is the nation’s only organization composed of, by and for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones.  These individuals are actively engaged in the struggle to end the death penalty, challenging the American public to grapple with the problem of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row.

The Daily Show
The Colbert Report
Mon
3/4
Kirk Bloodsworth (first American sentenced to death row cleared by DNA fingerprinting, Advocacy Director: Witness to Innocence)
@BloodsworthDNA    Wikipedia    his InnocenceProject page    his law.northwestern.edu Center on Wrongful Convictions page    This stuff at nlm.nih.gov/VisibleProofs, from a 2008 National Library of Medicine exhibition

There's a documentary set for 2014 (with related news)
And a (2004) book

NYTimes, February 5, 2013 A Death Penalty Fight Comes Home
Amnesty International (USA)February 6, 2013: Kirk Bloodsworth and the Demise of the Death Penalty and alternet piece that led me to it.
Also, Maryland-specific AmnestyUSA.org email clicky-thingy --  death penalty repeal in Maryland already diaried (Feb 27).
Baltimore Sun Mar 1 2013: Death penalty repeal clears a key test vote in Senate
Final vote could come next week

aclu-de.org which links to a petition prob only good in Delaware

WitnessToInnocence.org
wikipedia    twitter    youtube    facebook    about

Tues
3/5
James Franco, Oz the Great and Powerful

Wikipedia
moviesite
RottenTomatoes (Mon eve: 15 reviews, 67%)
Franco's RottenTomatoes page a thing I saw on tumblr earlier today  Marina Abramovic'
http://www.elle.com/... Exclusive: James Franco’s Life to Be the Subject of a Marina Abramovic Film]
Marina Abramovic Will Make a Movie About James Franco
ICONOCLASTS - James Franco + Marina Abramovic'
Using the Kübler-Ross Model for Marina Abramovic’s Documentary on James Franco

Huffpo interview
historical background
filmed in directors hometown
Graduate of someone's local college
ClothesOnFilm review
tie-in cocktail & snack recipes
HSN line
themed scrabble tile necklace
assorted other tie-ins

Weds
3/6
Brendan O’Connell, Walmart Paintings

@obrendanoconnel


BrendanOConnell.com
Brendan O’Connell Makes the Everyday Artful
HollandAndCompanyFineArt.com
interview: Brendan O’Connell on His Art & His New Project, Everyartist
Brendan O’Connell Makes the Everyday Artful
This week's inspiring pop culture moment: Brendan O’Connell
He's got his eyes on the aisles: Painter's work turns Walmart into fine art
Walart A career epiphany in a supermarket (plus)
inmag.com/art
FastCo take: When Artists And Corporations Get Along
"Walmart art" by other artists at FineArtAmerica.com
Thurs
3/7
NYU President John Sexton, Author: “Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game”

Wikipedia    nyu.edu "Office of the President"    nyu.edu Bio ratemyprofessors page
Time.com The 10 Best College Presidents (he's #2)

2010 Bill Moyers interview about "Baseball as a Road To God" class
NYUlocal.com You Can Now Pre-Order JSex’s Book, “Baseball As A Road To God” The actual course title (I think): "Baseball as a Road to God: A Study in the Post- Modern Hegemony of Constructed Reality"
Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game publisher's site    amazon    goodreads     B&N    PubWeekly    Kirkus

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