Thursday, October 16, 2008

Speaking of the Death Penalty

Why isn't David Chapman dead? Not that I'm in favor of the death penalty for anyone, but let's get real. We have no problems with killing the criminally insane black folks who kill (possibly) an unknown cop.
The case has led to an outpouring of support for Mr. Davis, largely because seven of nine witnesses against him have recanted their testimony, with two claiming that the police had pressured them to testify against him. Prosecutors presented no physical evidence and no murder weapon, and three witnesses have said another man admitted to the murder.

World leaders including former President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and Pope Benedict XVI have challenged the fairness of Mr. Davis’s conviction.

Mark David Chapman (born May 10, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas) is the man who murdered English musician and activist John Lennon on December 8, 1980 in New York City. Chapman shot Lennon four times outside The Dakota apartment building, in the presence of Lennon's wife Yoko Ono and others. Chapman remained at the scene until arrested by police.

A scheduled jury trial did not go ahead because Chapman changed his plea from not guilty by reason of insanity to guilty of second degree murder, against the advice of his lawyer. He had been assessed as delusional and possibly psychotic, and the defense team argued that Chapman was not competent to make the decision. However, Chapman was sentenced to a prison term of 20 years to life and remains incarcerated at Attica State Prison in New York, having been denied parole five times. His applications for parole have been opposed by Yoko Ono, as well as by an online grassroots public campaign.

No parole for the fucker. Ever.

Peace & Justice.

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