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Prosecutorial misconduct in Genarlow Wilson case

We codify in through our laws and punish behavior that we deem undesirable in this great experiement called America. We call this justice. But there are two fundamental aspects to every law. There is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.

Matt Towery, the author of the law that was use to prosecute and punish Genarlow Wilson with 10 years of imprisonment for receiving consensual fellatio, unequivocably has stated District Attorney David Mcdade has used the law in way that violated the spirit of the law.

Towery writes:

The fact that the bill has resulted in someone serving a 10-year sentence, when that was not my intent or that of any sane person, establishes that the sentence is cruel and unusual punishment. Thus, the court should, of its own volition, be allowed to free Wilson.

As I've said in another post about the reprehensible treatment of young Mr. Wilson, David Mcdade is a competent, hardnosed prosecutor who is not known for his generous nature in Douglas county, Ge…

Michael Vick Speaks Out on Atlanta Radio

Michael Vick gives an exclusive interview on Atlanta's V-103 radio. Click on the link and listen.

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Michael Vick vs. The United States of America

Genarlow Wilson Case: 85% of Atlantans polled

believe 10 years in jail is not the just punishment for Genarlow Wilson.

State prosecutors contend that overturning Wilson's sentence could prompt appeals from hundreds of other sex offenders, though Wilson's lawyers say that threat is exaggerated.

It's about 20...are we starting to get the picture people?...and this is happening all across our country. Justice...people...justice. Do no harm to anyone; help those who need the most help.


Movie Review: Hairspray is about the discovery of one's whiteness

Wesley Morris' review of Hairspray in the Boston Globe is about one young girl's discovery of her whiteness and the privilege it grants her and denies non-whites.

Hairspray has taken in $27 million after one week and is currently ranked 3rd at the box office.

Lohan's latest defense: the non-white kid did it!

After proclaming her innocence in her latest run in with the law, Lindsay Lohan is now trying a different tact with the media, the ole reliable, "the black guy did it defense!" Lohan has been charged with driving with a suspended license, DUI and cocaine possession, just two weeks after her release from rehab for substance abuse.


***update*** Lohan back at home with her mom

ZimOnline Editor shot in South Africa

The editor of the Online Zimbabwean newspaper, ZimOnline, was shot and seriously injured in the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday. Though Abel Mutsakani and his newspaper are known for their frequent critiques of Robert Mugabe's regime, no motive for the attack has been assigned by police.


When did Playing Doctor become Pedophilia?

Wendy Koch of USA Today details the growing political movement around the criminalization of playing doctor by our young people.

Revisting the prosecution of teenagers as Adults

The trying of teenagers as adults was born out a surge in youth crime in the 1990s and the promotion of the 'superpredator theory' by overzealous politicians and media hypesters. Once again it would seem that we have gotten it wrong in our haste to curb crime amongst our young people.

A report just released by the Campaign for Youth Justice, a nonprofit group advocating system reform, supports a long held suspicion of mine. We are incarcerating more non-violent offenders than violent offenders and we are doing it at an alarming rate! And wouldn't you know it...the 'superpredator' theory, upon which these laws rested, has been since discredited. Even the author of the theory DiIulio has distanced himself from the errant theory and is now saying, he favors a "small government" approach with church intervention.

It high time we scrap the trying of our young ones in the adult Justice System all together.

To donate to the Campaign for Youth Justice, click here.


Vick's lawyer undaunted by high profile cases

R. Robin McDonald writes in the Fulton County Daily Report that Vick's lawyer is a competent defense attorney who is undaunted by the limelight.

Related Post:

Michael Vick vs. The United States of America

Genarlow Wilson Case goes to the GA Supreme Court Tomorrow

Alyson Palmer writes in the Fulton County Daily Report that Genarlow Wilson's case for release will be heard by the Georgia Supreme Court tomorrow. You can read her thoughts on his chances for release here.

Thanks to the excellent work of Southern Criminal Law and Justice, you can watch the live webcast of the oral arguments here.

Note: There are approximately 21 other teenagers who have been malevolently prosecuted using this perversion of the aggravated child molestation law. Rep. Matt Towery is appalled by the way his bill has been used to destroy the lives of these young people. "No one in their right mind ever thought a prosecutor would take that bill and use it in such a way," according to Towery. The Georgia Supreme Court has a opportunity to extend justice to Mr. Wilson, but I don't trust their judgement either. Stay tuned...

Jena, Louisiana is a microcosm of America

Amy Goodman laments how racism/white supremacy has reared its ugly head in Jena, Louisiana in her new opinion piece.

Michael Vick vs. The United States of America

Read the actual indictment: One count of sponsoring a dog in an animal fighting venture and conspiracy to transport the animal.

(7/18): Falcons issue statement concerning the Vick indictment

(7/19): AJC: The NFL to let Vick play
Meet the Judge who will preside at Michael Vick's trial
Meet the Federal Prosecutor

(7/20): Meet Vick's Defense attorney, Lawrence H. Woodward Jr.

(7/24): Vick ordered by NFL to not attend Falcons Training camp
Arthur Blank, Rich Mckay and Bobby Petrino hold press conference about the Michael Vick Federal investigation; to have a 'wait and see' attitude about his future with the Falcons.

(7/25): Michael Vick arraigned in Richmond, VA federal courthouse.
Bail was given and charges were read and acknowledged by the defendents.
Trial date is November 26, 2007.

Vick hires Attorney Billy Martin

(7/30): Tony Taylor, 34, pleads guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. He will be sentenced Dec. 14.

Vick speaks out on Atlanta radio station, V-103


The Jena Six: The Laselle DA's Abuse of Power?

Listen to George Cook's interview of Alan Bean of the Friends of Justice and their discussion of the circumstances surrounding the prosecution the teenagers aka the Jena Six:


GA Prosecutor's release of tape constitutes child pornography under federal law

ATLANTA - District Attorney David McDade has handed out some 35 copies of a video of teenagers having sex at a party.

McDade says Georgia's open-records law leaves him no choice but to release the footage because it was evidence in one of the state's most turbulent cases — that of Genarlow Wilson, a young man serving 10 years in prison for having oral sex with a girl when they were teenagers.

McDade's actions have opened him up to accusations that he is vindictively misusing his authority to keep Wilson behind bars — and worse, distributing child pornography.

"This has been a ferocious, vindictive prosecution of Genarlow Wilson," said state Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat. "What is going on is a vendetta."


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Douglasville Judge denies Genarlow Wilson Bail
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Georgia's Supreme Court to hear Genarlow Wilson's case
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Georgia's Supreme Court to hear Genarlow Wilson's case

ATLANTA (AP) - Genarlow Wilson will get a hearing before Georgia's top court earlier than expected.

The state Supreme Court today said they would hear a pair of appeals from Wilson, who's serving a 10-year prison sentence for having oral sex with a fellow teenager, next week. The court reversed its earlier decision not to expedite the case. The justices had initially been scheduled to hear Wilson's appeal in October.

The court gave no reason for the decision to move the case ahead on the docket.


Is Affirmative Action Only for Whites?

James Taranto debunks Ellen Goodman's claim of immunity from being a white supremacist due to her presumed moral superiority with respect to the achievements of Clarence Thomas and other progressive non-whites in his opinion article on the Wall Street Journal's editorial page:

Let's focus on one of Goodman's tropes: "We know Thomas as a man who benefited from the affirmative action he scorns." Goodman implies, and others among his critics have stated directly, that because Thomas (purportedly) "benefited from affirmative action"--that is, from racial discrimination in favor of blacks--he is morally obliged to favor such discrimination, and to hold it constitutional.

Ellen Goodman is a person of pallor, and her bio tells us that she finished college in 1963, the year before the Civil Rights Act became law. Thus she is old enough (sorry, Ellen) to have benefited from discrimination because she is white. Would anyone suggest that therefore she is morally…

An Arrest made outside Obama's hotel

OTTUMWA, IA -- Iowa police arrested a man outside the hotel where Barack Obama spent Tuesday night after the man was confronted by Obama's Secret Service detail.

Ottumwa Police Lieutenant Tom McAndrew said Davit Zakaryan, of Cincinnati, Oh., was charged with illegally possessing a concealed knife more than 8 inches long after he was arrested for failing to produce a drivers license Wednesday morning.


The Jena Six: Non-white Juvenile Justice in America

University of Louisiana students react to treatment of young boys in fight

As the trial of a black student accused of beating his white classmate is underway, University students expressed contempt for the circumstances surrounding the racially-charged events.

Mychal Bell is the first of six black students from Jena High School to go on trial for allegedly beating a white classmate after a semester of racial tensions stirred violence within the small community.


Helpful link:

Petitionto have the Department of Justice investigate the Jena Six Case

Buying Into an Opponent’s Position

Gary Gagliardi

A couple of posts ago, we covered Sun Tzu’s idea that strategic positions are largely built from perceptions. It isn’t what a strategic position IS that matters, but what people THINK that it is. We often fail because we buy into the positions of our opponents without challenging them. A good recent example of this is President’s Bush’s reaction to the Democrats accusing him of wrong-doing in firing some prosecutors for political reasons.

People don’t even realize it when they subconsciously accept opposing positions. In Bush’s case, he is assuming that he MUST deny firing prosecutors for political reasons because doing so is somehow wrong. What would have happened if he when challenged that position? He could have just admitted it: “Yes, I fired the prosecutors because they were not pursing the policies of this administration and, yes, those policies are to some degree political. People elected me partly to make sure certain laws were enforced in certain ways. If my pros…

Babies learn the art of lying as early as six months

Whether lying about raiding the biscuit tin or denying they broke a toy, all children try to mislead their parents at some time. Yet it now appears that babies learn to deceive from a far younger age than anyone previously suspected.

Behavioural experts have found that infants begin to lie from as young as six months. Simple fibs help to train them for more complex deceptions in later life.

Until now, psychologists had thought the developing brains were not capable of the difficult art of lying until four years old.

Following studies of more than 50 children and interviews with parents, Dr Vasudevi Reddy, of the University of Portsmouth's psychology department, says she has identified seven categories of deception used between six months and three-years-old.


Obama raises $30 million in second quarter

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Reports: A source close to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., says his presidential campaign raised more than $30 million during the second quarter, which ended yesterday.

That figure tops Obama's haul during the first quarter of the year, when he reported raising $25.8 million.

Official figures have not yet been released by Obama's rivals for the Democratic nomination, although the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., had said it expected to raise about $27 million during the quarter, and the campaign of former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., had publicly set a goal of $9 million.

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Obama outraises Hillary by at least $10 million dollars

As Oil reaches $70 a barrel, USA turns to Africa for solution

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (AP) -- Europe's great powers once scrambled for dominance across vast, underdeveloped African lands rich in raw resources, including the scarlet palm oil used to grease the first cogs of the industrial revolution.

A century later, a new group of nations are competing for a different valuable, viscous material, with Sub-Saharan Africa closing in on the Persian Gulf as the prime overseas supplier of oil to the last remaining superpower.

As China and India increasingly prospect for resources here, terrorism concerns rise and the U.S. military seeks a permanent military presence in Africa, the continent has its greatest international influence in decades. Whether Africa can use its newfound might to end its longtime blight is a separate issue.

"There's a new dynamic in play" for African nations, says Antony Goldman, an independent risk-analysis consultant based in London. "And the challenge for those countries is how to manage that."


New Scientific research refutes Global Warming Apocalypto

In his new book, The Assault on Reason, Al Gore pleads, "We must stop tolerating the rejection and distortion of science. We must insist on an end to the cynical use of pseudo-studies known to be false for the purpose of intentionally clouding the public's ability to discern the truth." Gore repeatedly asks that science and reason displace cynical political posturing as the central focus of public discourse.

If Gore really means what he writes, he has an opportunity to make a difference by leading by example on the issue of global warming.

A cooperative and productive discussion of global warming must be open and honest regarding the science. Global warming threats ought to be studied and mitigated, and they should not be deliberately exaggerated as a means of building support for a desired political position.

Many of the assertions Gore makes in his movie, ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' have been refuted by science, both before and after he made them. Gore can …

PT-141 - An aphrodisiac that women sniff!

Horn of rhinoceros. Penis of tiger. Root of sea holly. Husk of the emerald-green blister beetle known as the Spanish fly. So colourful and exotic is the list of substances that have been claimed to heighten sexual appetite that it is hard not to feel a twinge of disappointment on first beholding the latest entry - a small, white plastic nasal inhaler containing an odourless, colourless synthetic chemical called PT-141. Plain as it is, however, there is one thing that distinguishes PT-141 from the 4,000 years' worth of recorded medicinal aphrodisiacs that precede it: this one actually works.


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