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Texas & Florida Governors-Go on Execution Marathon (Including recent execution of a “mentally disabled” man)

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
In TALLAHASSEE — Not since any time in recorded history have any two Governors Together Texas Governors Rick Perry and his Florida counterpart Rick Scott been so adamant at hastening the pace of signing death warrants. Both in Florida and Texas the lining up three executions over the past few weeks, the most in such a brief time, in more than two decades. While, in both states use of Capital punishment, has become extremely questionable. There is a wealth of mounting evidence that corroborates this fact.
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Both Together Texas Governors Rick Perry and his FLORIDA Rick Scott counterpart been so adamant at hastening the pace of signing death warrants.
Together Texas Governors Rick Perry and his Florida counterpart Rick Scott have been responsible for a U.S. record at hastening the pace of signing death warrants.
 According to research by many organizations including this recent report by Amnesty International-The death penalty, both in the U.S. and around the world is discriminatory and is used disproportionately against the poor, minorities and members of racial, ethnic and religious communities.
In Florida Governor Scott has been so eager to use the death penalty. The state also leads the nation with 24 cases of death row exoneration‘s, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Since taking office in January 2011, Governor Scott has endorsed eleven death warrants, and 13 more inmates face the impending issuance of a death warrant.
It appears that every 10 days, Gov. Scott is signing a death warrant." Said Martin McClain, a lawyer who has defended many Florida death row inmates.
It appears that every 10 days, Gov. Scott is signing a death warrant.” Said Martin McClain
Governor Rick Scott has accelerated the pace of signing death warrants in Florida at one point recently by lining up three executions over the in a matter of weeks, the largest in such a brief period, in more than two decades. “It appears that every 10 days, Gov. Scott is signing a death warrant.” Said Martin McClain, a lawyer who has defended many Florida death row inmates.
No one knows, the reasoning for the timing of death warrant signings, and that information has long been shrouded in mystery in Florida, and it has been the subject of consternation among lawyers who represent death row inmates. Inmates are entitled to appeal their convictions in both the state and federal courts, and every case undergoes an inquiry by the Florida Parole Commission before the governor can sign a death warrant.


Again, Scott not long ago signed three death warrants in succession, for sentenced murderers Elmer Leon Carroll, William Van Poyck and Marshall Lee Gore. All three have been on death row for greater than 20 years, A historical record.
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No one knows, the reasoning for the timing of death warrant signings, and which inmates are chosen, has long been shrouded in mystery, in Florida, and has been the subject of consternation among lawyers who represent death row inmates

  

Unfortunately, Florida is one of 33 states that has the death penalty, and it has 405 inmates on death row, more than any other state except California. The state has executed 75 people since 1976.
USA 2013 ExecutionsScott’s stream of death warrant signings likewise parallels the Legislature’s recent passage of a bill aimed at speeding up the death penalty appeals process-dubbed the Timely Justice Act by legislators, the bill (HB 7083) passed both chambers by wide margins. Death penalty abolitionists released a current Columbia Law School “studyindicating to show massiveerror rates.” 
Ramiro Hernandez Llanas had been evaluated as having an IQ in the 50s or 60s. He suffers from severe adaptive functioning deficits: academic, conceptual, social, work and domestic
Ramiro Hernandez Llanas had been evaluated as having an IQ in the 50s or 60s. He suffered from severe adaptive functioning deficits: academic, conceptual, social, work and domestic


In TEXAS- Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday April 9, 2013-executed Ramiro Hernández Llanas, a Mexican national with a mental disability, with research conducted by Amnesty International. Ramiro Hernandez Llanas  had a final hope for mercy a reprieve from the state governor because the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency.

There have been 15 executions in the USA this year, five of them in Texas. Since Judicial Killing resumed in the USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have happened during Governor Perry’s time in office.

In the Hernandez Llanas  case, the state had relied upon racial stereotyping and the views of discredited “expertise” to secure his death sentencenow carried out shortly after 6pm, local time, on 9 April.

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USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have occurred during Governor Perry’s time in office.

“This case cried out for Governor Perry to use his power of reprieve. He must have recognized that the state has relied upon shoddyexperttestimony to get Ramiro Hernández Llanas to the death chamber,” said Rob Freer, Amnesty International’s researcher on the USA.

At the 2000 trial, the prosecution turned to the testimony of a discredited psychiatrist, Dr. James Grigson, to rebut the opinions of mental health experts retained by the defense. Grigson, who had never examined the defendant, declared that Ramiro Hernández Llanas would likely commit future acts of criminal violence because he was a sociopath who lacked a conscience. James Grigson persuading the jury that the defendant will be a “future danger” to society, even in prison, reprimanded and although Grigson was expelled from the American Psychiatric Association because of his resort to such unscientific testimony in capital trials,” said Rob Freer. 

Being supportive of Hernández Llanas-The Mexican government filed a brief in the US Supreme Court in January condemning thedefamatory stereotyping of the functional abilities of persons raised in Mr. Hernandez’s low socio-economic, Mexican culture.”

Given that which came nextwas psychiatric testimony tainted by racial stereotyping – this case stood out starkly as one more Texas injustice that turned into continuity in the lethal injection chamber.
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Texas is no stranger to injustice when it comes to the death penalty,” said Rob Freer.
“Here it is again, Texas carried out a death sentence against someone whose mental disability called the constitutionality of his execution into serious question. Governor Perry  did not act as a matter of urgency.”

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, founded in 1876, together with The Arc of the United States, the USA’s largest community-based association working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, also urged the Court to intervene. It refused to do so.

Last week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issuedprecautionary measures,” calling on the USA not to go ahead with the execution so that the Commission could have time to consider a petition before it. Today, the Commission stressed that for the USA to allow the execution to go ahead in these circumstances would “seriously contravenes its international legal obligations.”
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Background information on Hernandez Llanas 

Ramiro Hernandez Llanas was sentenced to death in February 2000 for the murder of his employer, Glen Lich, who was bludgeoned to death at his ranch in Kerr County on 14 October 1997. 

Hernández Llanas  only knew severe poverty in Mexico, as a child with his family living in a cardboard shack next to a scavenge dump. In tests conducted over the past decade, Ramiro Hernandez Llanas has been evaluated as having an IQ in the 50s or 60s. He suffered from severe adaptive functioning deficits across a range of skill areas including linguistic, academic, conceptual, social, work and domestic.
There have been 15 executions in the USA this year, five of them in Texas. Since judicial killing resumed in the USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have occurred during Governor Perry’s time in office(glg)
“Constitutional protections must not be lost to expediency.”

 Can the state, which represents the whole of society and has the duty of protecting society, fulfill that duty by lowering itself to the level of the murderer, and treating him as he treated others? The forfeiture of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict it on another, even when backed by legal process. And I believe that future generations, throughout the world, will come to agree.

Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and Secretary General of the United Nations 1997 -2007.

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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Greer is the Founder/Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at Contact: one1worldtoday@gmail.com.

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Why We Believe the George Stinney Jr. trial was tainted from the start!

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     George Stinney’s Family Speaks Out!  (Why We Believe the George Stinney Jr. trial was tainted from the start!)

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Today- February 20, 2014, the Family and Advocates of George Stinney Jr. have decided to release an official statement with regards to their loved one. Their desire to release this statement is not an emotional appeal for empathy but rather our desire to make more public little known facts about this case and our feelings with having to endure this incident that will always be in the background of our lives. In addition this effort is to highlight our belief that we must not hide the past, but apologize for the past, and work toward a progressive future. While we are now fighting to correct this wrong, we want to hope for an America in which all American Citizens can welcome freedom and justice. (Family and Friends)

Statement:

Clarendon County, South Carolina, -At fourteen years of age George Stinney Jr., a young boy with no criminal record in his entire life, who’s name now lives in infamy as the youngest person executed in U.S. History for the “alleged” murder of young two white girls. The case of George Stinney Jr. stinks of circumstantial, unproven and unsubstantiated prosecutorial testimony combined with a host of other injustices. The list of questionable factors is heavy, they include; a Governor who was an alleged White Supremacist , a Defense Tax lawyer who was not trained for Defense of Capital Cases-while preparing for an election that dropped the ball and totally misrepresented Stinney. Also don’t exclude the fact that the confession of George Stinney Jr. was never recorded in police files, and Detectives offered the boy ice cream once they were done-also that the statement appears to have been fabricated from start to finish. While these factors may be minimal to some we, believe-they are enough to show and prove that George Stinney Jr. had no chance of a fair trial, and that this case-was tainted from start to finish.

Facts:

  • We believe that the Confession of George Stinney Jr. was a historic miscarriage of justice and according to witnesses and court records the confession of George Stinney Jr. does not exists in any public records. Three Sheriff’s offered the boy ice cream once they were done. While at the recent court hearing testimony from a child psychiatrist who said the confession, no matter what it said, is “not reliable.”Dr. Amanda Salas, a defense witness, said she reviewed what few documents remained from the case and interviewed Stinney family members to make her evaluation. Salas testified that Stinney was likely suggestible to the white prosecutors and law enforcement who were there for his confession. She also said George Stinney grew up in a culture and in a family that encouraged strict compliance to whites, which may have caused George Stinney to “cave” when questioned by the adults.
  • The confession…is best characterized as a coerced, compliant, false confession,” Salas said. the confession, no matter what it said, is “not reliable.”
  • Governor Olin D. Johnston (an alleged White Supremacist), was mainly responsible for the “railroading,” of this case
    It is believed that Governor Olin D. Johnston (an alleged White Supremacist), was mainly responsible for the “railroading,” of this case
    Our research has shown that Governor Olin D. Johnston (an alleged White Supremacist), was mainly responsible for the “railroading,” of this case- Johnson was in an election year and directly assigned the Police investigator Mr. S.J. Pratt from Columbia, South Carolina. Still despite many ongoing questions regarding the validity of the officers’ testimony and Stinney’s alleged confession from local (area) churches, the N.A.A.C.P., and unions who pleaded with Johnston to stop the execution and commute the sentence to life imprisonment, citing George Stinney’s age as a mitigating factor but he did not act, instead Johnston allowed the execution to take place. That spring, police details of Stinney’s alleged confession were swiftly routed to the governor’s office in Columbia. As clemency pleas came in to then-Gov. Olin Johnston, responded with the graphic false, fabricated details were never true claiming they were relayed to him by Mr. SJ Pratt: “George Stinney killed the smaller girl to rape the larger one. Then he killed the larger girl and raped her dead body. Twenty minutes later he returned and attempted to rape her again but her body was too cold.” That account, however, is in direct conflict with a recently found autopsy report that did not find evidence of a sexual attack. This account never happened.
    Johnston’s letter “had no basis in fact. It was a complete lie,”
    Johnston’s letter “had no basis in fact. It was a complete lie,”
  • Johnston’s letter “had no basis in fact. It was a complete lie,” said Manning attorney Ray Chandler, in a recent interview whose law firm is defending George Stinney. A review of the original autopsy report previously buried in state archives and a re-examining of events — potentially puts the case on new footing
  • Charles Plowden The court appointed 31-year-old Charles Plowden, a tax commissioner, to defend Stinney. “Plowden had political aspirations. Plowden who had never tried a capital case. Making matters worse, his court-appointed attorney was planning a run for office, putting him in a dangerous conflict of interest that ensured the inadequacy of George Stinney’s defense “Plowden was provide enough defense so that he could not be accused of incompetence, but not be so passionate that he would anger the local whites who may one day vote for him.”
  • The employment and Family relationships are (attached) they further the fact that George had no chance at a fair trial, because all of the inquest jurors were related or worked at the mill for Mr George Burke Sr. who was the mill foreman.
  • To this day, no physical evidence that George Stinney Jr. committed the crime exists. His trial — if you call it that —George was convicted and sentenced in one day of court which lasted less than two hours. Prosecution. No outside witnesses were called. No defense evidence was presented. The boy faced his sentence without (us) his family who were forced to move away from the city for fear of lynching from the angry mobs. Stinney Jr. was left to face trial alone 1,000 people-whites only crammed the South Carolina courthouse. Blacks weren’t allowed inside. The all-White jury deliberated for all of 10 minutes in between lunch before sentencing him to death by electrocution –All this constitutes cruel punishment.

 

Family and Advocate Statements:

                                                              

Rev.Gregg L. Greer (Lead Advocate
Rev.Gregg L. Greer (Lead Advocate)

I along with many believe America is truly a “Great,” County, but we (Americans) must be interested in telling truth and not distorting history to suit our own ends. Let us rewrite this wrong, let us, correct history for the purpose of doing what is right. Stinney’s name must be cleared

Says, Gregg L Greer (Advocate member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference).

 

Sonja Eddy Williamson (Lead Advocate)
Sonja Eddy Williamson (Lead Advocate)

                                                                 

I pray George Stinney, Jr will be exonerated, even as   they took his life. It is never too late to clear one’s name and correct history. My dedicated support for George Stinney, Jr comes by the endless hours of research of the crime and the background of those involved. Please remember to include Judge Mullen in your prayers that she will pray over this case and know George was entitled to fairness. As a human being we all have rights no matter our age, race or social status. As a human we are all created the same and should be treated the same.

Said, Sonya Williamson (Advocate/Researcher for the case)

 

Aime Ruffner (Stinney Family, Sister of George)
Aime Ruffner (Stinney Family, Sister of George)

This is something that I know. I know my brother is innocent.”“Someone has to be the scapegoat,” Aime Stinney said. “My brother was the scapegoat.” Aime Stinney said she found peace a long time ago. “There is a God who sits high and looks low,” she said. “I know that anyone who had anything to do with this will have to come before a just God.”   Aime Ruffner (Stinney Family, Sister of George)

 

Norma Robinson (Stinney Family, Niece)
Norma Robinson (Stinney Family, Niece)

The Stinney Family only seeks “Justice”, “exoneration,” and nothing else. My Grandparents did not live to see the day when this case would be recalled to court. We pray the courts accept the evidence that we know has been known to the public all along, and if only people had looked, but given the time in South Carolina (Jim Crow Era) no one cared to seek the truth. The family strongly believes that documents, public records, and just plain common sense all clearly show that George Stinney Jr did not get a fair trial. Seventy years is a long enough time for any family to suffer such a loss. We pray that we won’t have to endure another seventy years for “Justice.” We need everyone’s support in making sure that the Siblings of George Stinney Jr-Charles, Katherine and Amie het the closure that their parents did not live to see. We will not forget the two innocent girls who I’m sure are in Heaven with George waiting for the truth to come out. We believe that they as well, would want the “real” guilty parties revealed and justice finally served.

Norma Robinson (Stinney Family, Niece)

 

David Stout, (Writer Carolina Skeletons)
David Stout, (Writer Carolina Skeletons)

During the time I was doing the time of the research for the book, “Carolina Skeletons,” I read various statements from various local people in support of a clemency for George Stinney Jr sent to then South Carolina Governor Olin. The people who all seemed to me as good and decent because I noticed that they had shown an enormous amount of human compassion for George Stinney Jr. which was so unusual to me because it was the time of the Jim Crow Era in America but the statements represented how people of different ethnic and social backgrounds can understand one another and come together. David Stout, (Writer Carolina Skeletons)

 

 

It is our Prayer that South Carolina does right by means of Justice, and in the eyes of God, and clear the good name of George Stinney Jr. because George Stinney Jr. is innocent. (Family/Friends)

George Stinney Jr. Rest In Peace!

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(All supporting documents can be found on https://www.facebook.com/groups/theloveofgeorge/)  

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 Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com