Why state senator wants to end death penalty
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There is a growing movement to put an end to the death penalty in Washington State.
A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would replace the death penalty with life in prison without possibility of parole.
Its supporters say one of its biggest benefits would be to save our cash-strapped state money.
The death penalty is more than a legal or legislative matter for State Senator Debbie Regala, whose brother-in-law was killed in 1980. The killer was never found.
„I am not speaking in theory,“ Regala said at a news conference on Wednesday. „I am someone who lost a family member to murder.“
„The pain of having lost a loved one to murder never goes away,“ Regala said.
Still, she’s the prime sponsor of a bill that would end the death penalty for emotional and financial reasons. She said a death penalty case can cost the state up to $2.5 million more than a non-death penalty murder case.
A defense team on Wednesday argued against the death penalty for Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe. They’re accused of killing six members of Anderson’s family in Carnation on Christmas Eve in 2007.
The prosecutor has said he will ask for the death penalty for both if they are found guilty in a trial that begins this May.
Supporters of Regala’s bill say it will protect the public by sending murderers to prison for life without possibility of parole. And they say it will save money at time when the state is more than $1 billion in the red.
„That money can go for education. That money can go toward services for children who are in families where it’s not the best environment,“ Regala said.
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Angels We Have Heard On High: Activist Priest, 83, In Solitary Confinement | Common Dreams.
01.27.12 – 1:54 PM
Angels We Have Heard On High: Activist Priest, 83, In Solitary Confinement
by Abby Zimet
Jesuit priest and peace activist Father Bill „Bix“ Bichsel, 83, is in his second week of a hunger strike to protest solitary confinement at Washington’s SeaTac Federal Detention Center, where he’d been held for an earlier action against a proposed nuclear power plant in Tennessee. A member of Disarm Now Plowshares, Bichsel has been arrested several times for nonviolent civil disobedience at military bases, nuclear weapons manufacturers, and the School of the Americas. He is currently being punished – including having to wear shackles at his hearing – for an „unauthorized“ visit by two Buddhist monks who drummed and prayed outside for him. Despite cold and health problems, Father Bichsel says he sings to himself in his cell. His resolve remains strong to fight against nuclear weapons and other US policies „that are without conscience.“ He has alot of work ahead of him.
William J. Bichsel, S.J
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Seattle, WA 98198
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Patty Murray– http://www.murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm
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Maria Cantwell – http://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/
Gov. Christine Gregoire
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Marie Diamond Read it: Sott.net
Since the 1970s, New Hampshire police have operated under a progressive policy for handling domestic violence cases that has saved countless lives. Under current law the presumption is that an arrest will be made when police observe evidence of abuse. They have a large degree of discretion and don’t need to witness the assault firsthand or obtain a legal warrant before they can separate the alleged attacker from his victim.
Remember Foxconn? The massive Chinese conglomerate that manufactures products for Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, HP, and many, many other companies. That’s right, the one with all the human rights problems.
Recently, a group of Foxconn workers threatened to commit suicide in response to their abhorrent working conditions – of course, the company has had issues with worker suicides for a while, hence the infamous nets. According to a recent article in the Want China Times, the suicides made Hon Hai (Foxconn’s parent company) chairman Terry Gou aware that „China is no longer a cheap labor camp where young workers will accept any hardship.“
This revelation did not, however, make Gou any more sensitive to the plight of his workers. At a recent year-end party, he reportedly sought sympathy from his fellow guests over the difficulty he had in managing „one million animals.“
Apparently, Foxconn treats its workers like animals because, to the company, that’s what they are. Go figure.
Of course, the company is currently facing a bigger issue than terrible PR. As China’s population has become more educated, it has been increasingly difficult for the company to maintain its workforce and Gou fears future labor shortages.
The Extinction Protocol and Sott@sott.net
A magnitude 3.4 earthquake occurred at 2:51 a.m. Wednesday about 10 miles north of Mount St. Helens. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports mild shaking was felt in Longview, Castle Rock and Morton. The University of Washington reports the quake was followed by a half-dozen small aftershocks in the next hour. Small quakes are common in the area around the volcano in southwest Washington.
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck the northern region of Italy at a depth of 10.2 km or 6.3 miles below the surface. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 13 km from Parma, Italy and about 368 km from Rome. The earthquake was preceded by a much shallower 4.0 foreshock some 47 km away. Italy has seen a growing amount of seismic unrest along the northern mountainous region of the country. The Alpide Belt which runs along the southern region of Europe and Asia continues to show signs of stress. In the meantime, we continue to monitor the stresses erupting along the planet’s lower southern hemisphere. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake was reported west of New Zealand’s South Island.
2012-01-25 14:00:00 / Sott Net
Deputy Health Minister Markos Bolaris, Athens mayor George Kaminis, and representatives of the Athens Holy Archdiocese and the National Committee for the Rights of Man have submitted shocking evidence casting light on the tremendous dimensions of the „new homeless“ phenomenon spreading around in Athens.
According to the evidence, the continuous economic crisis has not only forced previously homeless people to return to the streets but has also created a new category of homeless, who were once well off and are now seeking shelter and food in charity.
The number of the „new homeless“ remains yet unclear due to lack of substantial evidence.
The „new homeless“ numbers are rising, while Greece is going through its fourth year of recession, with many families being directly affected by the financial difficulties and the harsh austerity measures, especially evident in the Greek capital, where the problem seems to be under no restraint.