Archive | July, 2013


16 Jul

A short (very short) stay of execution has been imposed until Thursday, July 19th for Warren Lee Hill in Georgia.  Judge Gail Tusan has granted the stay but the exact reasons for her stay are unclear.  

Hill has been evaluation by seven mental health professionals who all concluded that he is intellectually disabled, and thus cannot lawfully be executed under a Supreme Court decision holding that “death is not a suitable punishment for a mentally retarded criminal,” Georgia has thus far managed to evade this constitutional ban on executing people like Hill due to a series of legal loopholes. The specific grounds for Judge Tusan’s order staying the execution are not yet clear.

It appears that the stay of execution was granted to consider the validity of a law that “purposely shields from judicial review the manner by which the drugs to be used in his execution were manufactured and obtained.” Judge Tusan’s order does not involve the question of whether Hill can be executed despite his mental disability. Image


TEXAS: Man who kills escort who refuses sex is Aquitted

16 Jul

It was Christmas eve, when Ezekiel Gilbert shot lenora Ivie Frago in the neck.  Why? Gilbert had hired Ms. Frago as a prostitue/escort and paid her $150.00 for sexual acts.  What went wrong? Ms. Frago refused to perform the sexual acts requested and refused to return the money.  Although this is only the story as told by Mr. Gilbert. 

The Defense asserted that Ms. Frago refused the sexual acts and refused the return of the money as the main theme of the case.  Why?? Well this case took place in Texas, and as many are aware Texas is an entirely different world when it comes to their laws.  By asserting that the money was not returned and the sexual acts not performed, the defense was able to assert that Mr. Gilbert was “defending his stolen property (the $150.00)”

Under Texas law, an individual is authorized to use deadly force to “retrieve stolen property at night,” and Gilbert’s lawyers cited that provision as justification for Gilbert’s action.  The end result: an acquittal.    

Why the story does not add up:  In a police interview played for jurors, Gilbert “never mentioned anything about theft,” a detective told the San Antonio Express-News. Frago, who was 21, was critically injured and died several months later.

Gilbert hired Frago from a Craigslist ad.  



Bloody Thursday

5 Jul


Live better, work union

Background of the day

The 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike (also known as the 1934 West Coast Longshoremen’s Strike, as well as a number of variations on these names) lasted eighty-three days, triggered by sailors and a four-day general strike in San Francisco, and led to the unionization of all of the West Coast ports of the United States.

The San Francisco General Strike, along with the 1934 Toledo Auto-Lite Strike led by the American Workers Party and the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934 led by the Communist League of America, were important catalysts for the rise of industrial unionism in the 1930s, much of which was organized through the Congress of Industrial Organizations.


Vouching for Defendant

2 Jul

Vouching for Defendant

Court ruled that the police officer testimony relating to the truthfulness of the Defendant should be striken from the record.