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Yearly Archives: 2010

Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards All, and the Death Penalty

With the holiday season here, there have been a number of developments in the Death Penalty. The New York Times writes in an Editorial: The center suggested a number of reasons for the decline, including that prosecutors and the public […]

Where Do We Go from Here? New York Review of Books Paul Krugman and Robin Wells

. . . But even if it was the economy, there’s no guarantee that 2012 will be any better. The economy may not improve—in part because the new Republican House majority will oppose any policy that might make things better. […]

Second Anniversary: Los Angeles Times Editorial The Acjachemen’s victory

Posted: December 27th, 2008 /blog/archives/1205 Los Angeles Times Editorial OUT HERE The Acjachemen’s victory The Acjachemen quietly marked the win against the Foothill South toll road by honoring land that will not be disturbed. December 27, 2008 On the chilly […]

Think back to when you were a kid . . .

Think back to when you were a kid . . . What kind of activities did you enjoy at home and at school?  Chances are you conjure images of playing outside – during PE, recess, after school, and on weekends.  […]

Being a Death Row lawyer is hard work.

Being a death-row lawyer is hard work. Underpaid and overburdened, death-row attorneys are always racing against time; nothing concentrates the mind like an execution date. The stakes are literally life or death in every case, making it virtually impossible to […]

Justice Stevens and the Death Penalty New York Times Editorial

In the current “New York Review of Books,” the retired Justice John Paul Stevens makes a compelling argument for abolishing the death penalty. He explains how it fails to meet the Supreme Court’s own standards for execution and persists only […]

The death penalty represents “the pointless and needless extinction of life with only marginal contributions to any discernible social or public purposes.” Justice John Paul Stevens NYRB

To be reasonable, legislative imposition of death eligibility must be rooted in benefits for at least one of the five classes of persons affected by capital offenses. First, of course, are victims. By definition murder victims are no longer alive […]

Framed black man on Death Row Nicholas Kristof New York Times

“California may be about to execute an innocent man.” That’s the view of five federal judges in a case involving Kevin Cooper, a black man who faces lethal injection next year for supposedly murdering a white family. The judges argue […]

Stop Questionable LAPD Stop and Frisk

Dec. 17, 2010 John W. Mack The Los Angeles Police Commission Executive Office Police Administration Building 100 West First Street Suite 134 Los Angeles, CA 90012 Dear Honorable Members of the Police Commission: We are disturbed by the lack of […]

Homeless forced out of camp along L.A. River; 48,000 homeless in L.A. County

A homeless encampment along the Los Angeles River near Imperial Highway was broken up Monday, forcing about 20 people to move from the area. Officials from South Gate and Lynwood, which share authority over the site with other public and […]