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One Night, Two Executions Possible

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Posted on Sep 21, 2011
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed by lethal injection Wednesday night.

On Wednesday night, an unrepentant, white supremacist murderer was executed at the same time Troy Davis had been scheduled to die before the Supreme Court delayed it.

Lawrence Russell Brewer, 44, was sentenced to death row 13 years ago after he and two of his buddies chained a black man, 49-year-old James Byrd Jr., to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him for miles down a bumpy asphalt road to a bloody, dismembered death.

The odd juxtaposition of the two cases—a man admittedly guilty of his crime and another who could be innocent—was not lost on the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, which sent an email to supporters Wednesday asking them to “please join NCADP in opposing the executions of both men. We stand against all executions without reservation.” —BF

Greg Mitchell in The Nation:

Nevertheless, Byrd’s only son, Ross, has campaigned against the execution of Brewer, as a member of Murder Victims For Reconciliation (a group profiled in the book I co-wrote with Robert Jay Lifton, Who Owns Death?). Yesterday he told Reuters: “You can’t fight murder with murder. Life in prison would have been fine. I know he can’t hurt my daddy anymore. I wish the state would take in mind that this isn’t what we want.”

It will be interesting to see how many of those who protest the Troy Davis execution will also raise their voices against the state murder of the horrid racist killer Lawrence Brewer.

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By Securitygearshop, September 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment
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Well the elites will have to kill.  The argument could be made totally against the DEA.  Not a regular cop because thats totally different.

That brings up something else to what nikto just said.  You know alot more people in this country are warming up to sweeping changes to the drug laws.  If you think of it sitting back, alot of these problems stem from the drug war(which I oppose)  The drug laws today dont even reflect the 21st century.  The feds use laws created in the early 70’s to convict. 

White people are the majority.  Convince rather than foament them how negativiely the drug war has gone and how theres evidence that the US is doing improper things like selling them themselves.

Early 90’s a journalist unknowingly picked out a US government plane with drugs in them.  The US isnt allowed to bring drugs in this country from S.A countries, without their knowledge and a process that goes on here.  The US Government- not local governments Break laws everyday.  Expose that but do it in a manner in which we are all prepared for what is thrown at us.  The central problem is the fierce media/blogger atmosphere. That rips people in seconds.  So many have their heads in the sands and dont realize how much of a tremendous impact it has on us domestically

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By nikto, September 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment
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I think we should keep the death penalty, so
when the time comes (and it surely will),
we can use it generously and liberally,
on The ELITES.

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By Geoff Knight, September 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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I think if it was alright in the bible it should be ok now.  Here are three major problems

Its not the justice system( which I agree isnt perfect) it’s the people.  If the people had a different mentality or goals, objectives and a clear strategy, such cases like Troy Davis might have been looked at one last time in court.

Money-  Justice cost money.  If you have a pricey lawyer you have a better chance of getting off.  But in the judicial process It cost the state money.  Eliminate the money mentality on the state side by setting aside more money to the judicial process and Troy Davis wouldve gotten sttention.  Or there would be no excuse.  Also future cases might be avoided. 

Civil Rights groups priorities are wrong.  Ask for tremendous slush funds to handle Troy Davis like cases and the Government would have no excuses to privately overlook.  Civil Rights groups and Americans who appose the dealth Penalty could turn to them and say you have no excuses. 

Dont fight the system,  Create a situation around it that makes it much more difficult for the government to overlook or deny.  Slush funds, voting in responsible DA’s or making it a habit to educate one person everyday.  All it takes is One- Remember the negative with Bush.  One of the greater things about life is the people we come into contact.  You just never know if that person will make that positive change.

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By Margaret Currey, September 22, 2011 at 2:24 am Link to this comment
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When are Ga. and Texas’ people going to realize an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth should not apply to justice, after all what happened in Texas about James Byrd Jr. was horrible but even his son said that life in jail was enough justice for him.

But if a black man kills a white police officer life in jail is not enough for the family they demand justice, but executing Troy Davis still does not bring back the white police officer and why did the U.S. Supreme court not say that the case demanded further study.

I am not saying the man in innocent because I do not live in Ga. but past history shows that a number of men have been put to death only to discover that they were innoncent.

A Chicago governor outlawed the death penalty because he believed that innoncent men went to their deaths.

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