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Inmates running the Asylum - the USA of course!

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Inmates running the Asylum - the USA of course!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/17/sharon-keller-lethal-injection
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A senior judge in Texas who refused to hear a last-minute appeal from a prisoner facing execution on the grounds that "we close at 5" was herself put on trial today in one of the most high-profile cases of alleged judicial misconduct in the state's history.
Sharon Keller, dubbed Sharon Killer by her detractors, was a subject of a hearing at the Texas commission on judicial conduct at the start of a process that could see her removed from the bench.
The case relates to her handling of the imminent execution of a convicted rapist and murderer Michael Richard on 25 September 2007. That morning the US supreme court had agreed to rule on whether lethal injection - the form of death administered by Texas - amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
Lawyers for Richard raced to file an appeal that would put a stay on his execution, that was due to happen that evening. But they encountered computer glitches, and were delayed.
They contacted Keller, who by then had gone home to deal with a worker doing repairs to her house. When at 4.45pm they requested a postponement of the execution, her reply was: "We close at 5".
At 8.23pm that evening Richard was put to death.

Evil.

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Re: Inmates running the Asylum - the USA of course!

When you say evil, I would say Mr Richard was evil, got what he deserved and good riddance. They should deal with his kind with more of the same and send Judge Keller a bunch of flowers.
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Off topic but relevant to the title
http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2009/08/13/20090813computer0813.html
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Maricopa County sheriff's deputies on Wednesday stormed into a county building, seized control of a computer system and threatened to arrest county employees if they tried to stop them, according to county officials.
County management responded by asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge for a temporary restraining order against the Sheriff's Office

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/08/14/20090814computers0815.html
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A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Friday ordered that the Sheriff's Office divulge the password it forcefully installed on a county computer system linked to sensitive state and federal criminal-justice data.
But Chief Deputy David Hendershott later said he will refuse to share the password - even if it means he goes to jail.
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When you say evil, I would say Mr Richard was evil, got what he deserved and good riddance.

If the UK was so barbaric as to practice judicial murder what would have happened to this guy http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7948001.stm

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He would have been hanged.
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Even though he was innocent.

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Re: Inmates running the Asylum - the USA of course!

And at the bottom of the article (same judge) it states...
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In 1998 she ruled in a case involving a mentally disabled man, denying him a retrial despite DNA evidence that appeared to prove his innocence.

So a judge who's happy to convict an (apparently) innocent person.  If the lawyers were asking for her to hold the execution because they had evidence that the man was innocent and she had still said "I'm busy sorting out a gardener when I should be at work, try tomorrow", would she be facing manslaughter/murder charges herself?
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Re: Inmates running the Asylum - the USA of course!

Whilst off the cuff I'm all for harsh punishment for harsh crimes, sometimes things are judged incorrectly be it because of incompetence, an out modded legal system or the need to appear to be doing something and send someone down (Guilford 4, Birmingham 6, and probably a few others).
Sometimes shoot them all and let god sort it out is a solution best left for use on the lawyers, not by them.
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Re: Inmates running the Asylum - the USA of course!

I'd put you first in the queue.