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We, The American People, Have Put to Death Scores of Innocent People

October 8th, 2012 by Michael Tabor

I’ll begin by saying that I am vehemently an advocate for killing really bad people like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy; these individuals are monsters, analogous to CANCER who must be eliminated ASAP. However, to dive right into what I want to say – we sadly have killed 1000s of truly innocent people. Saturday night I saw a documentary titled ‘Deadline’ about the story of why Governor of Illinois, George Ryan (R) granted clemency to all 156 inmates on Illinois’ death row.
This chilling documentary upset (understatement – I cried), appalled, and literally rattled the very core of my being when I heard that SEVENTEEN (17) Inmates on the state’s death row were through DNA and careful reexamination of the evidence, exonerated. Many of whom had spent more than a decade in a 6 by 8 cage doing time for a crime they didn’t commit. How did this happen ? Can you imagine being incarcerated for something you didn’t do? Doesn’t that just want to make you scream? Guess who these people were? Yep, you guessed it – the poor, uneducated, and mostly black (90%). The other 10% comprised Hispanic (couldn’t speak English and thereby defend themselves adequately) and a couple of rootless white guys.
True, most of the inmates were GUILTY and had committed the most heinous crimes imaginable and deserved to be there, however nearly 11% were found to be INNOCENT! That is outrageous, I thought the death penalty was supposed to be reserved for the real monsters about whom there was absolutely Zero doubt. I think that if the state makes a mistake and even ONE innocent person is imprisoned for 2 decades and finally murdered, then the death penalty ought to be abolished, period.
I strongly recommend that everyone “Netflix” ‘Deadline – it covers in great detail everything I’ve written about thus far. But, in the interim let me explain in a nutshell what is going on and why we’re killing innocent people. Obviously, this is the greatest country in the world (however, prodigiously flawed) and we want to get the bad guy. Nevertheless, when there is a high – profile case (not nationally but locally) there is a tremendous amount of pressure from the public to find and jail the perpetrator as soon as possible. Hence, law enforcement works 24/7 to accomplish the aforementioned, which is good and bad, mostly bad – here’s why: When the police have a suspect, and some evidence on him, they want so badly to get an indictment that the interrogators literally BEAT a confession out of them. Cleverly, they ensure that no marks are left; blunt instruments are used to club the suspects over the head (no blood) or to the stomach, so externally there’s no evidence of a beating. There are also a plethora of other techniques – sleep deprivation, loud music, even medieval methods such as a makeshift rack wherein a person’s limbs (both arms & legs) are stretched out (very often dislocating the person’s extremities out of the socket) to an extreme degree causing intense pain. The next problem is the poor, inarticulate suspect with no money is stuck with a public defender who more often than not, is a lousy lawyer or is someone green right out of law school. Additionally this PD is going up against the state, which has all the money and resources in the world. Next problem is once there is an indictment and then conviction, the prosecution does not want to go back, redress the whole trial and ADMIT they were wrong (this is sickening! Many prosecutors know the guy is innocent, but their career and reputation is more important than killing an innocent person). Next – the politicians know that the public LOVES the death penalty and if you’re going to be elected, you “gotta” be tough on crime and no one wants to hear about their elected official commuting a sentence. Lastly, the saddest group, the victim’s loved ones. When you set someone free, obviously someone got away with murder, you didn’t get the right guy, there was no justice rendered, not to mention the fact, the family has to relive the horror.
So WhaDaYaThink, What do you think? This essay is a little longer than I intended, and I made a promise to daily readers of this blog, that I was going to elaborate on how George W. Bush, former Governor of Texas and the worst president in the history of this country refused to reexamine questionable cases. Texas, when he was governor, was the leader in putting people to death. There is no question in anyone’s mind that some of those people he gave the green light to kill were INNOCENT ! George W. Bush is a monster and a hypocrite, and truth be told, he, himself ought to be on death row for war crimes, lying to the American public, subverting the Constitution of the United states and starting an illegal war. This however is gist for our ever-grinding mill of lively blogs to come.

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7 Responses to “We, The American People, Have Put to Death Scores of Innocent People”

  1. K. Scot Sparks Says:

    Thanks for caring, Mike. I am swamped just now but hope to chime in later, perhaps by phone. Thanks again. Unbelievable stuff here. (…’among other things, this speaks of our inability to discern innate infinite worth, in regards to each one).

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    FYI, The feedback I’m getting thus far, is that the article is informative, incredible, and outrageous. However, the last paragraph is 1. somewhat incongruous 2. I resort to ad hominem (I call W a monster, etc.) and 3. suggesting that he be tried for war crimes is silly. I say yes to the 1st 2, but I disagree on #3 – Bush ought to be prosecuted, and I’m not the only one talking about this – take a look http://www.amazon.com/The-Prosecution-George-Bush-Murder/dp/B001IWO88O/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1349739065&sr=8-3-fkmr0&keywords=george+w+bush+death+row+on+trial&tag=whadawethink-20

  3. Michael Tabor Says:

    Check this out – you must see this – this is Governor Ryan’s clemency speech – I don’t have words to describe how poignant and heart-wrenching it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv75EcK1arI

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    Karl Larson wrote: While I agree with your written article I can only disagree on one thing, America is no longer the greatest nation in the world, unfortunate but true, we are tenth in the world behind Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Chile, Ireland among others in the index of economic freedom. While we still have the worlds best universities but we rank 14th in the world for reading, math and Science. South Korea number one, Canada , NZ, Japan and most of Northern Europe all trump us. While we trail in many other areas way too many to list here. We do lead in prison population and incarceration rates with 2.2M inmates .007% of the population the next closest is Russia with 870k .006% Cuba is number 5 with .005%.

    It’s sad we have more non violent prisoners than any other country. We’ve outsourced the prison system in some states to outside contractors whose best interest is to keep as many inmates as possible because they actually get paid by the head like some sort of cattle ranch

    I’m really not proud to be an American these days. Somewhere along the road in my lifetime we have run the train off the tracks. Given the current polarization of American ideals I’m not sure how we right the ship.

    I travel around the world for my business and less and less do I meet people who admire the USA, I have friends who were born in other countries, migrated to the USA and have since moved back to their mother countries because there are better opportunities there.

    Where did we go wrong? My generation, and yours, fell asleep at the wheel, we hold the responsibility, the greed of the 80’s was NOT good as Gordon Gecko once proclaimed in a fictional Wall Street, problem is alot of people believed it. I’ve apologized to my 24 year old daughter, but somehow I don’t think that will be enough.

    We can be great again, but its going to take a lot of focus , hard work, and people like us advocating like you do Michael, we need to get involved. At least I feel as though I need to get more involved. I don’t know about anyone else here.

    Best Regards,
    Karl

  5. Michael Tabor Says:

    I am absolutely shocked by these #’s, Karl. You’re right, we’re no longer #1. I’m glad you pointed out that we have more non-violent (usually drug charges) prisoners in the world and it’s sinful to think that we outsource inmates like cattle. What happen to the precept of cruel and unusual treatment ?

    Thanks for this information-packed and insightful comment.

  6. rick Says:

    Mike. The death penalty costs us to much money and innocent individuals their lives. But please, the death penalty has been around longer then George Bush, its still here. The politics falls on both sides of the aisle.

  7. Michael Tabor Says:

    I know Rick – Clinton put to death a retarded person. Listen, I’m all for killing scumbags who take another precious life, and when I hear prisoner’s stories, all I think about is that poor helpless victim. But, like you said the system is broken, so life imprsonment WITHOUT PAROLE, unless there is compelling DNA evidence. We agree here.

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