After 20 years of preparing investigations for prosecution for our state, Janet says there is no point investing public funds warehousing human beings in prison with no thought of returning them to society in a better state. That kind of thinking can change the world.
So can this gem: three of the nation's largest newspapers have reversed 100 years of history in calling for an end to the death penalty:
Three established U.S. newspapers, two of them among the 10 largest in the country, in three different states have in the past weeks abandoned their century-old support of the death penalty and become passionate advocates of a ban on state-sponsored killing.It's hard to imagine anyone in Texas being against the death penalty, where killing of all kinds is such a rich heritage. It's that way in Oklahoma as well. As you recall, when Oklahoma City police lab chemist Joyce Gilchrist was ignominiously fired for gross incompetence, I wrote to my representatives in Washington asking them to consider repealing the death penalty. I received a nasty reply from silly person Jim Inhofe, who told me his constituents want blood vengeance and don't care about guilt. Go shoot some cats, Jim, and shut the fuck up.
The newspapers — the Chicago Tribune in Illinois, the smaller Sentinel in Pennsylvania and the Dallas Morning News in Texas — announced their change of heart in strongly-argued editorials following a series of investigative articles highlighting the flaws in the death penalty system in their states and country.
Curtis Edward McCarty was released last week after TWENTY TWO YEARS in prison on death row for rape and murder after DNA evidence proved his innocence:
A judge Friday dismissed a 22-year-old murder charge against an Oklahoma prison inmate whose conviction was based largely on the testimony of fired Oklahoma City police chemist.Gilchrist had the nerve to sue the city for firing her because she is black. The case was dismissed. There are other links, including video, at that site. Three others she put on death row have been released. Why this cunt is still at large I don't know. She has made me a noisy advocate against ministries of hate and death.
Judge Twyla Mason Gray ruled that the case Curtis Edward McCarty could not escape the taint of former police chemist Joyce Gilchrist.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said his office will not appeal the decision. McCarty, 42, who was twice convicted of the 1982 murder of Pamela Kaye Willis, 18, and sentenced to die three times, is expected to be released from prison later Friday.
McCarty was originally convicted in 1986, but the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturned that ruling based on Gilchrist's improper testimony about hair and semen evidence. He was convicted again in 1989; that conviction was overturned in 2005.
McCarty lost a bid to have the charges dropped in November 2005.
Gilchrist was fired on Sept. 25, 2001, after 21 years at the Oklahoma City Police Department as a chemist. She had been investigated by the FBI, and investigations were launched into more than 1,400 of the cases assigned to Gilchrist.