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BUSH APPROVES FIRST U.S. ARMY EXECUTION IN OVER 50 YEARS


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Mary
- 3972 days ago - news.yahoo.com
For the first time in over 50 years, an Army execution has been approved by a U.S. president, George W. Bush. The condemned man is Private Ronald A. Gray, who was convicted of four murders and eight rapes committed in the 1980's while at Ft. Bragg.



   

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Jaclin S (230)
Monday July 28, 2008, 8:40 pm
I am sorry but 1980??? Four Murders and Eight Rapes??? Double standards here??? Thanx Mary N. Blessin
 

Mary Neal (183)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:43 pm
Hello. I was told that 155 Texas executions were done while Bush was the governor of that state. My own report on Bush's execution order is at this link:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/bush-oks-execution-army-death-row-prisoner-mary-neal

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com
 

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday July 29, 2008, 3:55 am
Abolish the death penalty. Life in prison is punishment enough. An eye for an eye has caused enough death and suffering all over the world.
 

Scott S (816)
Tuesday July 29, 2008, 5:04 am

U.S. president, George W. Bush is condemned man, as is the Pope,
and female, QE.
- when you die you are dead... Death to sinners of your proportions.

- flatter yourselves till the end,.. of your life,..

- The Monarch Mind Control Program, is not working, because everyone knows all about it.
 

Andreas G (202)
Tuesday July 29, 2008, 9:45 am
Cate: well said. Execute the Death Penalty instead.

Scott, I think you really need help.
 

Donn M (56)
Tuesday July 29, 2008, 6:19 pm
Sorry, just can't muster a drop of sympathy for him, don't care if he is executed or rots in prison.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Tuesday July 29, 2008, 11:06 pm
Thanks for your note and comments, Donni. I understand your sentiments, and I'm sure they are shared by many people. In fact, statistics show that about 60% of Americans agree with capital punishment.

Please give me your thoughts about Thomas Arthur's execution, scheduled for Thursday, July 31. He is condemned to die for a murder he denies committing, and has never been allowed to do DNA testing on evidence to prove his innocence (DNA testing was unavailable at the time of his conviction). See the link in the source article for details on this week's execution, or access the info here:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/thomas-arthur-doesnt-get-it-executions-are-fun-folks-no-offense-intended-mary-neal

Question: Is it important to death penalty supporters like yourself to be sure that the right person is held accountable for capital crimes? Thanks in advance for your response.

Mary
 

Robert T (0)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 5:02 am
Scott Shaubel, representing God Consciousness and Enlightenment.... Yeah Right! How Pathetic. This dude has not clue.

 

Scott S (816)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 5:20 am

Andreas G,..

- do some research,

frozen flies, frozen ticks, dna,... amino acids(consciousness),
.. fly eyes,... NASA

this is from your page.

"Every idiot can smash a bug, but a thousand scholars could not create one!" - unknown Chinese author

Robotic Insect Takes Off, Researchers Create Robotic Fly for Covert Surveillance.MIT Technology Review,2007 ...

Robotic Bugs - Being Developed for Use By the American Military, British Army, By BAE Systems. ...

Plankton(Diatoms) & Fly Exoskeletons Powered Ecobot Fuel Cell, Submarine,.Bristol Robotics Lab, UK, 2006,Old News ...

The Pentagon Already Has A $35,000,000.00 Million Program under way to develop

a bird-like, flapping-wing, micro-air vehicle, for battlefield


nanotechnology, which is based on "bio-mimicry" manufacturing. In the military realm, MEMS and nanotechnology,..

- allow things like a "ROBOTIC TICK" the size of a large insect.

Government Industry, The Next Twist of the RMA,In the Military Realm,MEMS and Nanotechnology Allow Things Like a Robotic TICK ...

 

Scott S (816)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 5:22 am


.. ROBERT T. - you have no profile, you don't exist - TROLL

The profile you are looking for could not be found.
 

Scott S (816)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 5:26 am

.. ROBERT T - - you have no profile, you don't exist - TROLL

The profile you are looking for could not be found.

Yeah Right! How Pathetic. This dude has not clue. LMAO!!!

- and you still can't articulate

 

Andreas G (202)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 5:47 am
Scott:
Who do you want to impress with "frozen flies, frozen ticks, dna,... amino acids(consciousness), .. fly eyes,... NASA "?

This is for those in danger of falling for this mind-trickster named Scott Shaubel:
"frozen flies & ticks": indeed, scientists freeze fles and ticks for agricultural research matters. This technique replaces sterilisation of the flies and ticks. Not very morale, but simple google-up science.

"dna": yes, we all have that Scott. Even you do. No, it's not a disease, it is "Desoxyribonucleinacid" and is made up of pairs of "amino acids" - which are not "consciousness", but chemical compounds, molecules.
From wikipedia: "Beyond the amino acids that are found in all forms of life, many non-natural amino acids have vital roles in technology and industry. For example, the chelating agents EDTA and nitrilotriacetic acid are alpha amino acids that are important in the chemical industry."

And yes, there is an organisation called NASA. Your point being? That we're all controlled by Aliens i guess.
Get a doctor and stop LYING and MISINFORMING people, Scott. You spread LIES and MANIPULATED pictures and videos - your profile is full of photoshopped Pics, as are your "news".

YOU are a troll. Or a nut, can't make up my mind.
, .. fly eyes,... NASA "?

 

Scott S (816)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 6:08 am

- perhaps you can get out of that very small box you are in,
and dig a whole lot deeper. Talk is cheap, fear is what is keeping you from doing real research. Are you related to Andreas, of ADM fame.

 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 6:10 am
Excuse me ...... but I thought this was about the Death Penalty - in other words: leagalized murder?

Why does Europe have a lower crime rate than the US without the death penalty?


Scott - please stay on the subject and please refrain from name calling people who are some comfort to others - nobody takes you down for your believes. And please, all let's stop with the fear and dooms day mongering with lies for gullible people. There are true and real news out there. So let's not take facts and twist them to ludricous fairy tales - they don't need to be twisted - they are frightening enough as they are.

Now back to the ISSUE AT HAND:

History shows that inocent people have been condemd and died under the law as found guilty - we know that some of them were inocent - so, legaly under the law - who would we have to condem for this murder?
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 6:15 am
Andreas G - actually the NASA and Military are doing reasurch into nano technology to send in litteraly "bugs" in order to spy. The fly eye is still the most wanted secret right after spider silk. And honey bees are trained to smell out and detect explosives.
That is the truth ---

But not this wako stuff of nano intellegence and stuff and especially not when it comes to people who truly do suffer from some medical condition. Reference with trusted reliable sites, Scott, but then again I guess they are in the league with the devil???
 

Scott S (816)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 6:27 am

- for me, I think this story deserves to stay on the front page,

- and that's where it still is, with the picture still showing, at the top of the list.

- more comments please, cause that's what keeps these stories on the front page, if you haven't noticed.

I can take it.

 

Margaret Trainor (61)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 6:28 am
Back to the subject posted...the death penalty should be abolished, there is no place in the modern world for the biblical eye for an eye mentality. We do not have the death penalty here in Canada and our crime rate although rising is nothing compared to countries who practice this draconian punishment.
 

Scott S (816)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 6:33 am

I agree totally Margaret.
...the death penalty should be abolished.
.. its too late once they execute someone, and find out he's innocent.
 

Margaret Trainor (61)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 6:33 am
Scott if your goal is to keep stories on the front page that is admirable...but say something that is intelligent not gibberish garbage about the Queen...many times when I see you go on and on about the Queen and such I lose interest in what is being discussed and I move onto another story that you have not commented on. We are all aware that the Queen was put here in order to ruin your day so stop reminding us on every story posted...Thanks ...this is an important topic ...this man is going to die, and he may be innocent
 

Scott S (816)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 6:37 am

I agree totally Margaret.
...the death penalty should be abolished.
.. its too late once they execute someone, and find out he's innocent.

- and I only comment on the articles I want to stay on the front page.

 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 6:54 am
I second that Margaret! 100%
 

Jim Phillips (3247)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 2:43 pm
bush opened the door for a military execution. he should be next in line for his crimes.

TY, Mary.

 

Gayla S (50)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 3:26 pm
The one thing that bothers me is that Duhbya, in his extreme accountability and knowledge, agrees that this "man?" should be put to death. However, in Texas right now, Duhbya, at the behest of the World Court, has contacted Gov. Perry and reaquested that one Mexican (gang member, murderer and gang rapist) should be given a 2nd chance. The US, esp. Tx., has the highest # of prisoners and executions than any other place on Earth. I have a problem letting these 2 men continue to eat breathe, and be alive, at the expense of the American people. We put animals that are crazed down, so be it with crazed humans. Lord give us the strength to get through this remaining time of Bushdom.
 

Gayla S (50)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 3:30 pm
Addendum: re: my statement about "crazed humans". If they kill an innocent, they should be dispatched to G-d's judgment ASAP.
Andreas, if you don't understand something, don't strike out in ignorance, rather become knowledgable and then put your 2 cents in.
 

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 4:29 pm
I have a problem with a president who steals elections, wages illegal wars that caused the murder of 1 million+ innocent Iraqis and 4000+ US soldiers...and now issues death penalties. I'm undecided on the death penalty because of the corrupt legal system. But if we are to go with that, I think Bush would be a fitting candidate for the death penalty.

Interesting that the first soldier executed in over 50 years is a black man. Hmmm...
 

Gayla S (50)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 6:03 pm
Sorry folks, but I found a great article on prisons in Mother Jones. For those who desire to ck. it out.
http://www.motherjones.com/news/special_reports/prisons
 

Mary Neal (183)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 8:35 pm
WANT TO KNOW WHO'S IN LINE TO BE EXECUTED NEXT IN AMERICA - THIS JULY AND AUGUST? Want to know how many blacks/whites/hispanics are on death row and have already been executed in this country? Want to know how many death row inmates have been proven innocent by DNA at the last moment? Then go to this link:
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/bush-oks-execution-army-death-row-prisoner-mary-neal
 

Mary Neal (183)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 8:38 pm
Thanks to each and every one of you who share your opinon on this important subject. BUSH should just cool out until January! God help Thomas Arthur, CONDEMNED TO DIE TOMORROW IN ALABAMA, although he has been DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO TEST HIS DNA EVIDENCE AND PROVE HIS INNOCENCE!
See
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/bush-oks-execution-army-death-row-prisoner-mary-neal
 

Donn M (56)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 10:23 pm
Mary, I think it is absolutely essential that the right person be held accountable for a capital crime, or for any other crime, and that everyone should be allowed DNA testing, if there is any DNA evidence. No one wants to see an innocent person executed, or imprisoned, but there are some people whose actions are so hideous that the rest of society is better off without them and they deserve the death penalty.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 10:55 pm
Then I have GOOD NEWS for you! THOMAS ARTHUR WAS JUST GRANTED A STAY OF EXECUTION. He was to be executed tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. For the news story, go to this link:

http://www.care2.com/news/member/513396753/831894

Mary
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 1:02 am
2 cents worth -

An execution is actually more expensive then incarcaration ...!!!

Furthermore -

Any human seeking and persuing the death of an other idividual - human or animal is in my eyes a murderer or someone with the intent to murder.
One crime does NOT justify another - see and keep in mind the clan and honor murders, the vendetas etc .... The death penalty is nothing else BUT a vendeta killing (an eye for an eye ..)

Again my question - how come can Europe manage without the death penalty and maintain a lower crime rate????
 

Linda H (13)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 9:24 am
basically I am a pacifist, but I do believe that there are people out there that deserve the death penalty for certain crimes. When it is shown that someone repeats a vicious,sadistic type of murder or rape, they are a danger to society. Incarceration is not enough in some cases-there is always the danger of help in escaping, regardless of security. When someone like this escapes he usually goes right back to doing what got him or her there in the first place. He knows what the penalty is when he does the crime and still he does it. Most of them count on getting off with plea bargins and legal trickery. If there is no doubt in the jury's eyes-hopefully"twelve good men (and women)and true" once the evidence has been reviewed by competent juges, I see no reason to keep them alive. To me the actual imprisonment would be the worst thing-look how miserable animals are when caged. To keep a human in a cage for years and years-that would be inhuman.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 9:58 am
ahhhh - but I supose keeping a 'convicted" fellon on death row for years awaiting his / her judgement day is "humane". And executions are really only an other word for "euthanasia" - right?
And I supose 12 "good" women and men are found easily - and of course they are NOT biased.
I also supose that the killed later prooven inocent people had been judged by those very same 12 good men and women.
Ahh and yes - people can not be reformed. Right? And programs like convicted hard core fellons training guard and seeing eye dogs, training and helping abused, lost case animals - all these useful programs - well - they are jsut a high security risk. - Right?
A basic pacifist - what is that? A five day a week - or don't cross my path - or I leave you alone if you leave me alone .... how can someone take time of from being a pacifist, while remaining one?
 

Marion Y (322)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 12:07 pm
As I mentioned, I worry about an unjust legal system that imprisons and executes innocent people. I favor a system where the person is found guilty and turned over to the victims' families to beat the hell out of them, but not kill them. They do this in other countries and is quite effective.

Rather than execute them, put them on chain gangs to repair our roads, clean the trash in the cities and do all the grunt work needed. Do this where citizens can actually see the criminals on chain gangs. Humiliating. No pay, no TV, no radio, don't pass "GO," just work from 6A to 6P. That should work the devilment out of them. (Would love to see Rove/Bush/Cheney go through this!) One hour of prayer/meditation in the morning, the same in the evening...custom designed for their particular crime. Their work will compensate for 3 meals a day, clothing and their keep. If they won't accept the terms, execute them, or let the prison inmates decide what to do with them. People love choices...

Evenings are spent with learning, and true rehabilitation to teach these criminals a trade that can be used in the prison. No exercise equipment because the work will give them that.

Saturdays are devoted to maintaining the prison, washing, cooking, cleaning...all done by the inmates. Sundays are devoted to inspirational learning. Nothing fun whatsoever. No games. No fun books or magazines. Prison must be made to be strictly for rehab and no ordinary civilian privileges, much like a monastery.

If America ran their prisons like this, I guarantee we'd have less criminal behavior because prison would be the LAST place these people would want to be. I'm a firm believer that criminals are mostly created by their environment, seldom born to be bad. But their actions hurt society and should not be tolerated. Rather than babysit them, we need to rehabilitate them. Not necessarily to return to society, but to keep them busy with a meaningful, disciplined life that helps others in prison and pays for their keep while in prison. Our taxpayer dollars would be well spent and minimized.

 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 12:53 pm
Seems to be plenty of sympathy for this murderer/rapist. I only sympathise with his victims.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 1:38 pm
When I see a person, even a very "bad" person, I try to visualize him/her in infancy. Everyone loves an infant (except fiends, of course). Everyone started life innocent. At some point and for some reason, that "bad" person lost his/her humanity. I think people who do dispeakable things to others are usually suffering from some type of mental illness. It just isn't natural. Children who meet for the first time are laughing and playing together immediately. They will share anything they have with the other children. They have spats, and they make up quickly. They actually FORGET to stay angry. That is how we all started life, but for some people, life took an ugly turn. They became sadistic, psychotic caricatures of what they were meant to be. Why? Well, for each person who is on death row and really is guilty (some are not guilty, you know), there is some reason why they became murderers that we might never know or understand. I don't like the death penalty, but when I think of what has been done to some victims, I understand why some people think it is necessary. My spirit disagrees with capital punishment, but I understand the pain of victims' families, too.

Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of my brother's death while under secret incarceration in Shelby County Jail, Memphis, TN. Because our wrongful death attorneys (The Cochran Firm) were secretly working behind our backs to help hide what happened to Larry, we still do not know. I thought we would know by now, but we are still waiting on the court to issue our subpoenas. Hopefully, some day we will be allowed to know how Larry died. If we discover our worse nightmares are true, how will I feel about judgment then? I don't know. I thought we would be allowed to know by now, but not yet.

Here is a link to one murderer's tale that might help us grasp what goes on in the minds of murderers:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/tattered-reality-one-mans-schizophrenia-leads-brutal-death
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 1:41 pm
Oh I do empathize with the victims and their families - with the horror and fear ...and yes I am angry and upset and I would like to .....

Talk to this murderer - and ask him WHY?
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 1:44 pm
Imagine a baby committing the crimes this man has or was condemmed for - a giggling babbling baby -

now give me the answers - what has made him - changed him from this baby into this monster...

All I hear are statements of anger, but till now nobody has convinced me,that they really excersised empathy - for all sides.

I dare you to convince me.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 1:51 pm
I wouldn't want you to speak with him without lots of prison bars and thick glass between you and this man. Some people are beyond reason, but that means they are sick, doesn't it? Should we kill sick folks?
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 2:11 pm
You know Mary my brother is mentally handicapped and I myself - am mentally ill, due to PST or long term child abuse. See, my parents needed a sort of safety valve to get their frustration and anger out. Needless to say - I myself - have and had to learn HOW ro deal with feelings like rejection or hate or worse hate / love. I learned that natural borders can be breached and once done so - they are almost impossible to build up again. Domestic violence, Animal abuse, child abuse etc ... all these are progressive natural "stop" points. I guess this man has never learned to handle all that.
Yes, just like you I do believe or consider these people as sick - as mentally disturbed. Put them in the same boat with me? No - of course not. Live is not black and white, but there are many shades of grey.
I suffer from long term massive depression - but I have leared to live with it, after over 40 years of struggling with it. I consider myself lucky in the sense, that before doing real harm something clicked in me and I realized I was a potential danger to myself and others I cared about. I got help and I wanted to get better for the people I cared about.

I guess that is all that is to it - a thought, a revelation a decission.

And yes - I am not the romantic anyone might make me out to be - I can not, nor do I want to save this individual. Maybe one should give him a choice - live in prison or euthansia. I don't know. All I know is that I myself can not take life.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 2:42 pm
Thank you for sharing that Isabella. One out of five Americans wrestle with some type of mental or emotional disturbance, according to statistics. I guess when one thinks of capital punishment, one must consider the goal. Is it done to deter crime? No. There is less crime in countries that have no capital punishment. Is it done to rid society of a menance? I think not. There are other ways to keep folks out of society besides killing them. Is it done for revenge? Yes. That is the only purpose it may serve. Yet, I have read accounts by victims' families that tell how they discovered there was no real peace in seeing the perpetrator of their pain and loss suffer and die. Now this may not be popular with many of my Care2 fellow members, but here is the truth: The only peace to be found on this earth is through finding right relationship with our Father, which is made available to each of us, no matter who we are or what we have done. This free gift of our Father's love is available only through His son, Jesus. He offers us perfect love and perfect peace. Knowing all about us and our errors and our pain, He loves us. Why has He allowed us to suffer if He is all powerful and so full of love? Because as much as He loves us, He did not make human beings to be His toy robots. He gave us free choice. Some people embrace evil -- they hurt others. Some of us may have been victims to evil. But God allows suffering because He does not have a Taser necklace strapped to our necks to zap us for every evil deed. So some people take advantage of their freedom to do wrong. Here is the good part -- God knows all about that, and He said, "Vengence is mine; I will repay." So no one ever gets away with the pain they cause others, especially pain to God's elect (that is everyone who freely chooses to accept God's invitation into His family).

Some may not be ready for this message, and I do not mean to offend. It just seemed that while we were discussing such deep things, I hoped I could share with you my source of strength, peace, and joy.

Mary
 

Mary Neal (183)
Thursday July 31, 2008, 3:33 pm
Linda, my first thought about folks who are excessively violent is that they are sick. Then my anger evaporates. I usually pray for ALL the victims of violent crimes, including the perp and his/her family, too. I cannot help thinking that they are twisted, through no fault of their own. I leave room for other folks to have a different view -- I really feel that I do understand the rage communities feel when someone violates their sense of safety and commits serious crimes there. It is an age-old question. I lean toward forgiveness, but I understand why other people may not share that view. I believe that is why God made people with different temperaments -- to have balance in this world. Maybe neither of us -- the death penalty opponents or capital punishment advocates -- is 100% right or wrong. Maybe the different views on this matter are important to have -- I don't know.

Thanks for caring and sharing.

Mary
 

Mary Neal (183)
Saturday May 30, 2009, 4:17 pm
CARE 2 NEWS NETWORK - HERE IS ANOTHER OF MY ARTICLES THAT THE LINK HAS BEEN RE-DIRECTED. INSTEAD OF GOING TO NOWPUBLIC.COM, IT GOES TO YAHOO NEWS WITH A MESSAGE THAT THE STORY IS NOT FOUND. CAN YOU DO ANYTHING WITH THE CYBERSTALKER THAT WORKS AGAINST ME AT CARE2? THE ARTICLE IS STILL WHERE IT WAS BEFORE THE CYBERSTALKER RE-DIRECTED THE LINK:

www.nowpublic.com/world/bush-oks-execution-army-death-row-prisoner-mary-neal

PLEASE HELP PROTECT THE FREEDOM OF PRESS AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH FOR CARE2 MEMBERS. FIND THE CYBERSTALKERS' LEAK - HOW DO THEY GET IN CARE2'S SYSTEM?
 

Cheryl B (373)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 4:42 am
it wasnt "mysteriously changed" it's right in your original article, you must have posted from the yahoo source link you used in your own article that you have on nowpublic. I was just there, I have also googled the topic and the main article is all over the net.

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/bush-oks-execution-army-death-row-prisoner-mary-neal, the following is right in your article:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080729/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_military_execution

CHECK YOUR OWN ARTICLE MARY, it's called a dead link meaning it's not working anymore AND IT HAPPNEDS ALL THE TIME, that is why MANY OF US COPY THE ARTICLE BELOW OUR SUBMISSIONS AFTER WE POST THEM ON C2NN, why don't you try that THEN IT' CAN'T BE DELETED UNLESS CARE2 STAFF DOES. Publishers move articles or take them off their internet sties all the time

. And YOU linked the from thy yahoo article instead of nowpublics, when you posted here.


Namaste
 

Mary Neal (183)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 4:28 pm
I did not link from Yahoo. I linked to the article at NowPublic, which remains live on the web. I write my own articles at NowPublic and link to them, with about three exceptions. My article was never on Yahoo News, and I cannot think of any reason why Care2News link would now go to a Yahoo News Article Not Found site. I expected the link to still lead to my NP article. Thanks for responding.
 

Mary Neal (183)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 4:42 pm
I will take your advice, Namaste and post the article. I usually do not do that because I want people to read my articles at NP and have full access to the links I provide. I cannot make the links live on this Care2 comment area although I follow the steps that were provided for that procedure. Again, thanks for your feedback.

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For the first time in over 50 years, an Army execution has been approved by a U.S. president, George W. Bush. The condemned man is Private Ronald A. Gray, who was convicted of four murders and eight rapes committed in the 1980's while he was stationed near Fayetteville, NC at Ft. Bragg. George Bush is the first U.S. President to approve a military execution since President Eisenhower approved Army Private John Bennett's execution in 1957.

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Bush OKs execution of Army death row prisoner


By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
July 28, 2008

WASHINGTON - President Bush on Monday approved the execution of an Army private, the first time in over a half-century that a president has affirmed a death sentence for a member of the U.S. military.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080729/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush_military_execution

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Since my brother, Larry, died while under secret arrest in Shelby County Jail, Memphis, TN (2003)*, I have become interested in deaths of other people in government custody, called "democide." Although I have no data on the number of folks who died like Larry did, under secret arrest and/or unexplained circumstances, most deaths of prisoners are legal executions.

Death Row Penalty Information Center Statistics:
http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/article.php?scid=5&did=184

EXECUTIONS SINCE 1976

BLACK 381 34%
WHITE 632 57%
HISPANIC 76 7%
OTHER 24 2%

CURRENT DEATH ROW POPULATION

BLACK 1,379 41.7%
HISPANIC 364 11.0%
WHITE 1,489 45.0%
OTHER 77 2.3%

(Death Row Population Figures from NAACP-LDF "Death Row USA (January 1, 2008)"
Cornell News reported in 2004 that black defendants who murder white victims receive the highest rate of death sentences across the board; whites who murder whites receive the second highest; whites who murder blacks receive the third highest; and blacks who murder blacks receive the lowest.

President George Bush is from the State of Texas, which executes more citizens than any other state in the union. Regarding Texas, Cornell News reported:

"The view that Texas is the most death penalty-prone state stems partly from the high number of murders committed in the state, 38,000 from 1976 to 1998, leading to 776 death sentences and 319 executions. While the study did not consider executions, Texas' rate is indeed high when compared with California, which had 50,000 murders in that same time period, sentenced 795 people to death between 1976 and 2002 and executed 10." Link: http://www.news.cornell.edu/releases/Feb04/Death.row.demo.lm.html

This is a bad week for capital punishment opponents. Much of their concentration of late has been dedicated to trying to assist an Alabama condemned man, Thomas Arthur. Arthur is scheduled to die by lethal injection Thursday, July 31. Arthur was convicted of murder some 26 years ago, and still declares his innocence. Arthur claims that DNA evidence would prove he is not a murderer, but various courts and Governor Riley have thus far denied his lawyers access to the DNA evidence for testing. See this article:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/thomas-arthur-doesnt-get-it-executions-are-fun-folks-no-offense-intended-mary-neal

The Last Word Newsletter gives information on (1) who is scheduled for execution this July and August; (2) answers questions about how many people have been released from death row; (3) whether retarded people and juveniles are eligible for execution; as well as (4) various religious organizationsí official stance on execution. See it at this link: http://campaign.matadordesignstudio.com/viewEmail.aspx?cID=BD878C6E1A8982EB&dID=5CB9CB5A1CE688CE

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
*Website: http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday May 31, 2009, 4:45 pm
Can anyone of you continue to "believe" in the idiot in the White Hou$3?

PBS-Healthcare Crisis: Who's At Risk?
http://www.pbs.org/healthcarecrisis/
 
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