execution of justice

y'all will write 600 pages of meta about all these white background characters that either did virtually nothing or are involved in the first order, but you will do absolutely nothing for lando, who’s actually a significant character in the trilogies. there’s no lando fan art. no lando flower crown edits. no pages upon pages of hando/landoluke/handoluke headcanons or fics.

y'all say hux’s fucking cat or Unnamed Rebel Pilot #1 are “underrated” and “deserve more love” than the main characters who actually contributed to the story, but you still collectively ignore the most underrated main character in the franchise and i think you know why.

Sally Yates Was Fired For Deeming Trump’s Travel Ban Unlawful. She Doesn’t Regret It.
“I made a determination that I believed that it was unlawful. I also thought it was inconsistent with the principles of the Department of Justice. And I ...

Ryan J. Reilly at HuffPost:

WASHINGTON ― Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates stood by her decision to instruct Justice Department lawyers not to defend President Donald Trump’s first executive order on immigration, a move that swiftly led to her firing.

Yates revealed that the Trump administration never advised her about Trump’s executive order until it was issued on Jan. 27. She said neither DOJ leaders nor subject matter experts were consulted about the executive order.

“We weren’t even told about it,” Yates said. “I learned about this from media reports.”

Yates was fired 10 days into the Trump administration for stating the Justice Department would not defend Trump’s first executive order, which restricted travel and immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries. Yates said she analyzed the executive order in the context of Trump’s comments during the campaign on a Muslim ban, and concluded that the executive order was unlawful even if the text had been cleared by DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Yates also revealed Monday that OLC had specifically been advised not to tell her about the forthcoming executive order. (While Yates was still acting attorney general, DOJ said the OLC decision had been made “without the involvement of Department of Justice leadership.”)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had asked Yates whether she was aware of a situation where the attorney general overruled a decision of the Office of Legal Counsel days after it issued an order.

“I’m not, but I’m also not aware of a situation where the Office of Legal Counsel was advised not to tell the attorney general about it until after it was over,” Yates said in response.

OLC, Yates said, “has a narrow function” in the case of an executive order and did not take into account statements that might reveal the motivation for the executive order. A deeper analysis was required in this case because it dealt with a “fundamental issue of religious freedom,” Yates said.

“All arguments have to be based on truth, because we’re the Department of Justice. We’re not just a law firm, we’re the Department of Justice,” Yates testified on Monday. “In this instance, in looking at what the intent was of the executive order, which was derived from an analysis of facts outside the face of the order, that is part of what led to our conclusion that it was not lawful.”

Federal judges have subsequently cited Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims in court decisions, with one judge saying his words provide “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus.”

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) had questioned Yates about her decision during an unrelated hearing on Monday, saying he voted for her because of her “distinguished” career as a federal prosecutor but found it “enormously disappointing” that she “vetoed” the Office of Legal Counsel.

But Yates said she wanted to make clear she didn’t disagree with the executive order just “purely as a policy matter” and that her analysis went much further. She recounted being asked during her confirmation as deputy attorney general what she would do if the president asked her to do something unlawful or unconstitutional.

“I looked at this, I made a determination that I believed that it was unlawful. I also thought it was inconsistent with the principles of the Department of Justice. And I said no,” Yates said. “That’s what I promised you I would do, and that’s what I did.”

In her hearing today, Sally Yates was correct to NOT defend Trump’s original Muslim Ban executive order that led to her firing.

Willie Francis was only 17 years old when he was executed - for the first time. After being convicted of murder he was sentenced to die in the electric chair. The first execution attempt was carried out on 3rd of May 1946, and was botched by the drunk prison guard who was responsible for setting up the electric chair. Once the chair was turned on Wille was heard crying out for help, shouting "Take it off! Take it off! Let me breathe!“, despite the fact a lethal current of electricity was supposed to be travelling through his body at that point in time.

Following the botched execution attempt Willie’s lawyer argued against the state making another attempt on his life, citing double jeopardy and cruel and unusual punishment as the legal precedent - due to the fact that this would be second execution carried out against Willie. The legal battle failed, and Willie was finally executed on the 9th of May 1947, at the age of 18.

While Willie is known for the double execution attempt, the case surrounding his murder conviction is open to scrutiny. Willie offered numerous other names for police to investigate when he was initially arrested, and when he confessed to the crime there was no legal counsel present. The murder weapon was also found to belong to someone else - namely a deputy sheriff who had previously threatened to kill the victim. None of this was followed up, there was no defence presented at Willie’s trial, and the true nature of his guilt remains an open question.

anonymous asked:

Hi I'm a big fan of your blog can you please do the alignment chart with the CW Supergirl characters and explain why prease maybe this is done already but i need your analytical opinion.

First, thank you!! I’m glad you enjoy my blog. Second, sorry this took so long! But as I explained last week – it required time, and thinky thoughts. So onto the ‘why’ with all of these.

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Two men, Without a Head

“Once, they carried zero atop their shoulders. Yet after losing their head, that has all come to naught.”

There’s a lot to decode in this cover page.  Let’s start with the first and most obvious, the caption.

It’s a caption that clearly relates to Ui at least. Not only is Arima the leader which he aspired to be like whose now dead, but also Hairu herself died specifically by decapitation and losing her head. It is also quite literally that same head that brings Ui over to Furuta’s side and clouds his judgement. Saying “Ui lost his head” is not even symbolic by this point.

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Greg Berlanti’s ‘Titans’ to Launch on DC Digital Platform

The live-action “Teen Titans” adaptation “Titans” is back on, this time with the support of superhero super-producer Greg Berlanti.

“Titans” will launch on a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018, along with animated series “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the third season of the popular “Young Justice” series.

“Titans” follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In this action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including Starfire, Raven and many others. “Titans” is a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.

It was previously set up at TNT.

Also Read: DC Comics’ ‘Titans’ Nears Pilot Order at TNT

“Titans” will be written by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns and Berlanti. Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are executive producers of the series from Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

“Young Justice: Outsiders” follows DC superheroes coming of age in an animated universe. In the new season, the team faces its greatest challenge yet as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy. The first two seasons aired on Cartoon Network. This passionate fan support set the stage for the new third season.

Also Read: Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble’s 'You’ Ordered to Series on Lifetime

Sam Register serves as executive producer on “Young Justice.” Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman are producers of the series, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Phil Bourassa serves as the series’ art director.

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anonymous asked:

SomethingLikeALawyer, when you say that Daenerys doesn't deserve to survive or succeed, what exactly are you talking about? Her behaviour so far in books, or something else? Thanks (:

grottoofregrets: What has Daenerys done that’s so terrible that you say that she doesn’t deserve to survive or succeed, and even hope that she dies?

lesmotsincompris: I second the question about Daenerys. I don’t want to see her sitting the Iron Thrones, but why you think she doesn’t deserve to succeed or survive?

Alright, I know since I said it, I was going to have to elaborate on it. So here it is, why I don’t like Daenerys, why I don’t think she’s a good queen, and why I wouldn’t want her to rule Westeros. I’ll warn you already that a lot of this bases on my own value system, so you might (and many of you probably won’t) agree with some or all of my rationale. So anyway, here we go:

Daenerys does not value her word, nor does she see her obligations as binding. This is disastrous for any political leader, but especially for one looking to rule under feudalism. Under feudalism, the feudal contract and the vassal-overlord relationship are key, and both must be abided by. Daenerys proved at Astapor that she is willing to enter into bargains that she has no intent of fulfilling, when she dealt with Kraznys. She identifies the Dothraki as her people, accepts and acts with the power of a khaleesi (even authorizing Viserys’s execution), yet as soon as the position requires her to do something she does not desire, she abandons the responsibility most handily. As a potential feudal vassal, this would concern me. Feudalism’s basic premise is that your forsake autonomy in exchange for protection. If Daenerys does not see her oaths to me as binding, how am I to rest easy if I am under attack and require her to fulfill her end of the bargain? If she enters into arrangements in deliberate bad faith, how am I to feel comfortable that she has any intent of honoring them? Will she take my troops to fight her wars and not defend my lands? Will she take my taxes but snatch up holdings in my fief to please some other vassal? If I am not a vassal, but a foreign power, this still looms large. Will she abide by peace or economic treaties? Is she receiving me in her court to discuss matters of diplomacy only to execute me? There’s always an uncertainty when dealing with an arbitrary ruler that erodes faith in the monarch, and that is something I strongly condemn in leaders of government.

Daenerys confuses justice with vengeance, which is something that I’ve talked about at length in this tumblr ask. She approaches justice completely arbitrarily, rendering verdicts out of a desire to satisfy the self rather than uphold a unified form of law. We see this when she crucifies the 163 Great Masters without finding out who was responsible for the crime, not even a cursory examination. Her inner thoughts are revealed in this chapter, and we see her weak rationalization. Crimes have to be punished, so she thinks, but she already confesses that her reason for doing that was to make her feel better for being unable to protect the 163 children crucified along the wayposts. This is wrong. The offices of government, especially in the execution of justice, aren’t vectors to satisfy the ego of the person in charge. Crime and punishment is a serious thing, and it cannot be treated as a bandage for wounded pride. Daenerys is deliberately misusing her office and duties for self-gratification. We finally see this at the end of A Dance With Dragons, where Daenerys fully embraces the mantra that dragons plant no trees. She does not desire to bring stability, peace, or growth either to Westeros or to Meereen. She wants to hurt the people who made her powerless. She wants to kill the ones who shattered her ego, by forcing her to compromise, by evicting her family from Westeros, one and all. It’s that cycle of vengeance I’ve talked about all over again. She’s lost any high-minded concept she may have had. She wants her opponents to suffer so she can feel like the glorious queen she imagines herself to be.

Daenerys confuses her office as a queen with herself as a person. This is evidenced most clearly when she deals with the wineseller and his daughters. She authorizes torture for information, which is barbaric on its own, but for the time period, I can’t criticize it as much as I would. Torture for information important to the state was a standard practice, as we see with Tyland Lannister and the position of the Lord Confessor. As disgusting at that practice is (not to mention that empirical research indicates that torture simply doesn’t yield accurate data, which Martin hints at numerous times throughout the novel series), the characters of the setting understand it as a standard practice of government. What I can criticize, however, is that she authorizes torture because she finds out that Rylona Rhee, a harpist she was particularly fond of and a leader of a former-slave committee. She is not acting in respects to the murder, nor is she acting out of doing so because the victim was an agent of the state (the Unsullied are actors of the state, and she refused to authorize the Shavepate’s torture when she learned there were Unsullied among the victims). She only authorizes the torture because she personally knew the victim. Impartiality is a key component of justice, and if a judge cannot be impartial, I cannot have faith in justice. We see this also when she judges Jorah and Barristan for collaborating with Robert’s court. She considers both equally guilty of the same crime, but she pardons Barristan and exiles Jorah not because of their crimes, but because she felt Jorah was not contrite enough. Had she judged Jorah’s crime more severely, because his information led to her attempted assassination, that would be one thing, but we clearly see in her chapters that she was angry that he did not immediately beg for forgiveness. She sees the state as the extension of herself and cannot separate the two, thus her judgment must always be called into question. I cannot have faith in the judgment of the monarch if I can reasonably expect her to judge differently based on her own personal investment in the case. Corruption of the court is the reason why King Jaehaerys I abolished the Faith’s right to conduct trials, and Daenerys’s judgment is equally corrupt and impure. Even Henry VIII, bloody-handed tyrant that he was, said he was not above the law. Dany, however, views her personal desires and opinions as superior to the law, and I cannot respect nor swear fealty to a monarch who does such a thing.

Daenerys is a petty, arbitrary tyrant exemplifying some of the worst traits a monarch can have. She views monarchy primarily as a sense of self-gratification, that only her own desires matter (damn what anyone else thinks), and that’s what’s good for her ego is good for the state. She abandons her obligations when they inconvenience her, and now justifies further destruction of the innocent and guilty alike because the throne belongs to her. There’s no high-minded concept here, just: “I deserve to be queen.” The notion that there are limits to a king’s power, the notion that a king who violates his lordly obligations and the social contract is no true king, all of the faults that Robert’s Rebellion addressed, go away under a Targaryen restoration spearheaded by Daenerys. In their place, Daenerys leaves the idea that the state exists wholly with the selfish whims of an absolute monarch, one who believes that guilt and innocence are secondary to feeling powerful and dominating all dissenters, and one who believes that lordly obligations are second to personal satisfaction. Daenerys’s ascension means that Robert’s Rebellion was wrong, that the Targaryens are answerable to no man or justice. Westeros needs a monarch who will treat the position with the gravity and honor that the position deserves, and respect the heavy burden that it requires. All of the people who labored to make Westeros a better government, Jaehaerys I, Good Queen Alysanne, Septon Barth, Viserys II, Aegon V, Jon Arryn, Eddard Stark, Davos Seaworth, all of them, deserve to have their efforts pay off.

Thanks for the question Grotto, Compris, and all of the Anons who were waiting patiently for an answer to this.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

i mean. im honestly conflicted about it tho because theres bran who is the rightful heir to winterfell. he cannot swing the sword himself but i don’t feel that he should be bypassed just because of his disability. all the same im not satisfied with the responsibility of being the executioner falling on arya’s shoulders when she has no real power outside of that so idk what the right answer here is. i think i’d be cool with it as long as arya gets the lady of winterfell title tbh bc at least than she’s brans equal rather than a glorified servant 


First episode- The rich fag GL

This faggot came to me the other day and begging to be exposed. Since this fag is so cute I’m gonna make a series about him-first time ever on my blog!!! Who can believe this fag has such a fancy job as an executive director of justice department in Sydney? And he makes a great deal of money every year, his pay slip will be shown in the following episode, this is why he’s even more pathetic than other fags. He wears fancy suits to his great job. Living in an expensive apartment, hot girls around him but in reality he’s nothing but a disgusting fag who will do anything his master asked him to do. Look at how this fag lick the toilet, he may have to pretend to be a man out there and boss around other people, but he’s just a stupid faggot in front of a real master. Keep tributing me fag. You will get more pics exposed and make your fantasy come true!

Son of Saturn, Angel of Misfortune; Watcher on the Walls of Agartha

Saturn’s lessons may be dreaded, but they are not punishments, they are the execution of justice. As long as you resist what the world is teaching you, you will be forced to relive the same hardships again and again. Every single hardship thrown your way is an opportunity to learn and grow, each challenge tailord to your exact weaknesses. The moment you take them on you will be bigger and more capable. The world is not your enemy, it is your mentor, let it teach you. There is only now, and you have already recieved exactly everything you deserve in this moment. If you can see past the pain of the moment you will find love, tough love, in the big picture. Your succsess is the intended outcome and you will never face a challenge you cannot meet, but you will be faced with challenges that you will not, because the solutions are too inconvenient. Become an excellent learner, a deciple of nature, and the world will take you on.
There is stronghold in hardship, the adversary was never the adversary at all, but a mirror to teach you.

The infinite living mind is always becoming, all is always becoming.

Some of the symbols pictured are the Morning Star, a lamplighter and the moon. Both the morning star and lamplighter pole are symbols of illumination to the big picture. The morning star an allusion to Lucifer as earthly enlightenment and the purpose and utility of the individual perspective as a learning evolutionary mechanism. Also a play on words with the weapon as a testament to how this stuff can beat you down, hard. The moon placed in the nether region is in line with the Quabala tree of life and represents the sephirah Yesod. Yesod is the unconscious connection with the sephira above, which are channeled down through Yesod into reality below. Everyone has access to this realm through your own imagination, meditation and inward exploration. The idea is to have no subconscious, but to be fully conscious and entirely aware.

“There is no such thing as death; life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.” -Bill Hicks :>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeRKgp-qc-k Nargaroth - Frühling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6LHkwVELbU Bölzer - Hero


get to know me meme: favorite partnerships/relationships in history 1/?

Ferdinand II of Aragon and V of Castile & Isabella I of Castile

Fortunately, such was his own familial experience given his strong-willed mother and aunts that Fernando would go along with good grace.
The upshot was that Isabel and Fernando agreed to leave the working out of an agreement on their respective authority and functions to their arbitrators, and “between the King and Queen there was no discord … they ate together in the public hall, talking of pleasant things as is done at table, and they slept together,” the only friction occurring when one would want to do something for a loyal adherent, but usually ‘their wills coincided through intimacy born of love.’ Moreover, both undoubtedly realized that separately neither would be very powerful, that neither of them alone could rule in Castile. Ambition there was, and passion, and something more: as Pulgar puts it, ‘love held their wills joined.’ It is, after all, the soundest explanation.

Isabel’s own device remained a bundle of arrows, flechas, which returned the compliment in beginning with an F. Arrows were prime missiles of war and the execution of justice: in Castile common criminals were traditionally dispatched with bow and arrow. Her arrows, gathered together and bound, resembled as well Ceres’ bundle of wheat, and so fertility. That neat bundle conveyed too Isabel’s love of imposed order, and her readiness for war as well. Isabel and Fernando would throughout their lives continue to employ the celebratory and ceremonial appeal of those and other chivalric usages and to advertise their particular fusion of love and war; and war there would be.

As Afonso’s forces gathered on the border, Castile’s queen and king mobilized. On April 28, they granted a general pardon for past crimes to all volunteers and, realizing they would have to work apart, Isabel in effect modified the arrangement agreed upon in January, in yielding to Fernando powers “to provide for, decree, make, and organize” all he saw as necessary and complying with the interests of them both and the welfare and defense of their kingdoms. He might make mercedes of cities, villages, and forts, or name officials to them. His authority in all matters was to be joint with hers. It was not a full equality, for she remained sole proprietary ruler of Castile, but an indication of increased necessity and also of deepened trust; they would work in tandem, although often separated, and they would keep in constant touch by fast couriers.

Peggy K. Liss.

To a striking extent, the two sovereigns embodied the different characteristics of their realms. Isabella was intense, single-minded and ardently Catholic, while Ferdinand was a devious and subtle schemer. But he was much more: a fine soldier, who won more battles, both in person and by his generals, than any other contemporary ruler; a strategist, with a vision that was European in scale and grandeur; and a realist, who had the wit not to let his numerous successes go to his head. Understandably, Machiavelli worshipped him as the most successful contemporary practitioner of the sort of power politics he himself recommended: ‘From being a weak king he has become the most famous and glorious king in Christendom. And if his achievements are examined, they will all be found to be very remarkable, and some of them quite extraordinary.’

Having fought everybody else to a standstill, Ferdinand and Isabella then threatened to come to blows themselves. He was determined to be King indeed in Castile; she was equally resolute to preserve her rights as Queen Regnant.

Finally their quarrel was submitted to formal arbitration. This established the principle of co-sovereignty between the two. Justice was executed jointly when they were together and independently if they were apart. Both their heads appeared on the coinage and both their signatures on royal charters, while the seals included the arms of both Castile and Aragon. And these were quartered, as a gesture of equality, rather than Ferdinand’s arms of Aragon ‘impaling’ Isabella’s arms of Castile, as was usual between husband and wife. Such power-couple equality was unusual enough in a medieval royal marriage. But, in fact, Isabella was the first among equals since, with the exception of the agreed areas of joint sovereignty, the administration of Castile was reserved to her in her own right. Not surprisingly, Ferdinand jibbed. But he soon submitted and, united, the pair carried all before them. For, despite Ferdinand’s four bastards by as many different mothers, he and his wife were genuinely, even passionately, in love. But even in this there was rivalry. ‘My Lady,’ one of Ferdinand’s letters to the Queen begins, ‘now it is clear which of us two loves best.’ But they were in love with their growing power even more than with each other.

David Starkey

PS. There is one thing that must be established when it comes to this couple’s dynamics. Something that many people keep ignoring or just don’t understand. While it is true that at first, Isabella did not want to grant her husband much power, which de facto meant, he was just her consort, the circumstances forced her to change it. Her position was fragile and without Ferdinand she would not keep the throne, so she needed to enable him to wield the same powers because the war was knocking on the Castilian’s door. She modified the agreement on 28th April 1475 - making Ferdinand, de facto, titular ruler and king of Castile, as Ferdinand V. Years later, Ferdinand granted her powers in his kingdoms but given the salic law, she could not be a titular there. To sum up: Ferdinand was titular king of both Castile and Aragon, whereas Isabella was only his consort in Aragon. The fact she remained the propietary of the crown and never wanted him to succeed her in case of her premature death, was the only difference between their powers within Castile, where they were true co-rulers.

I’m an hour into Ace Attorney 6 and the only thing I have taken away from this game so far is that Phoenix Wright is the definition of a terrible tourist

- Almost loses his luggage at the airport
- Walks down the street taking pictures of everything and everyone he sees whilst paying no attention to his surroundings
- Does no research on the culture or customs of the country he’s visiting before he travels
- To the point that he doesn’t even know that defence lawyers are considered criminals there
Accidentally commits blaphsemy against the local religion
- Insults the country’s crown princess to her face
Manages to put himself at risk of a death sentence after being there for less than a day

Someone strip this man of his passport

House Call, Part 3

Two detectives ventured onward, new garments in one hand, premium weaponry in the other. The folded cloth of the uniform felt to Eyes like nothing he’s ever experienced, a brand new luxury outfit fit for only the most notorious criminal to walk the wastes. He instinctively caressed the shirt and vest as he walked mindlessly forth aside his partner. The two knew better than to don the mark of a gang of cold killers in such a densely regulated IDPD area, even their disheveled appearance seemed to draw attention from the immense groups of patrols and police loyalists, dressed in their blues and whites.

“Don’t get yourself noticed, there champ.” Fish snapped, as Eyes began to pull his uniform once more, simply to feel the absolute quality of it. He immediately snapped to, and shoved it back into the bag from whence it came, not immediately caring that he may have created another wrinkle in the fine silken vest.

“Just through this sector, then we’d be wise to wear our new ‘gifts” Fish muttered to Eyes after the passing of an IDPD commandant, rank badges glistening in the sun. The tall towers of trash once standing in the inner city became metallic and concrete as the two traversed through the Northern sector. Machine gun embankments became prevalent on every block and propagandized walls displayed their threatening loyalty, speaking to a world in which Marshal law is the wastelanders dream.

Ahead stood a cobalt steel archway over the Northernmost wall, a true testament to the unwavering diligence of an interdimensional police force hellbent on oppression and marshal law.

“Beautiful bureaucracy at work” Fish remarked under his breath. “Lucky for us, they don’t care about border control. You get out of line, they’ll just shoot you.”

The two continued under the monument, as the cracked sidewalk abruptly formed to gravelly sand, shifting uncomfortably beneath their feet. Decrepit plant matter dotted the barren sea of death.

Eyes absorbed his surroundings, noticing each fallen shrub, turned rock and nomadic trader along the path. This was a new experience for him, as the city offered a societal danger, Eyes began to think of the natural dangers that may await.

The two hiked onwards, the desert a display of beastly predation. Vultures circled to their left, their beady eyes focused on detritus to be consumed. A piercing screech echoed from their circle, as the flock descended in an almost military fashion. Heat mirage emanated from the ground in all directions, and as if the sky had signaled it, the hottest hour of the day had begun.

Fish had already taken off his overcoat, and Eyes’ sleeves were rolled to his elbows.

“Get comfortable, kid. We’ve got about a mile to go.” Fish remarked, noticing Eyes’ impending heat exhaustion.

The two traversed onward until a concrete hut was visible distantly.

“Alright. Let’s get dressed before we get much closer. I doubt these boys’ll take kindly to some unfamiliar colors.” Fish said. Eyes, looking ready to pass out any minute, began to do so immediately. The two stashed their clothes aside a near cactus and walked forward to the structure.

A shot rung in the air from behind them.

The concrete hut was unguarded, the only target confirmation being a Venuz spray painted onto the side. The building was relatively small up close, only the size of a single room. The two approached the door, fully uniformed, and knocked three times. The door opened a crack, and closed almost immediately. Ten seconds pass, and the door opens completely once more. A boy, hardly a man looking to be no older than twenty, held the door open for the duo to enter, and immediately closed it behind them.

The room was equipped to be fully stocked to capacity with guns of all types, but what lie before them were empty shelves and broken-down crates. The only firearms inside were the rifles slung over the shoulders of Venuz gangers inside, only four of them manning the outpost.

“You guys our backup?” one asked, his body looking swollen like that of a septic disease victim.

“Sent to investigate, heard some business has been going downhill.” Fish answered. “Any of you know anything about… this?” Asked Fish, gesturing with his arm to the entire room around him, barren of supply.

The shortest one in the room answered, his right arm scaly and black, far more muscular than his left.

“Damned raiders. You two didn’t get stopped?”

“Not ‘round these parts, didn’t think they traveled this far out” Fish said.

Eyes stood still, unsure of whether to be afraid of the men inside the room, or the men that supposedly lurked outside of it.

“Lucky sons of bitches” the swollen one responded.

As if on cue, a gunshot could be heard outside the concrete walls of the structure. Everyone in the room turned toward the direction of the sound, facing the door. Two more shots rung out, and vultures screeched distantly.

“Animals, all of them. Just looking to kill really.” The boy said.

Eyes immediately looked towards Fish, wide-eyed and distressed. He took out his notepad and began to scrawl a message.

He held it outwards towards fish who promptly nodded in response.

“What’s he sayin’?” scaly-arm inquired.

“He’s got these powers, y’see. Kind of like a sixth sense for danger. Real smart one, he is.” Fish explained. “What he says is that you should duck.”

In the course of a split-second, a mechanical cocking sound chipped through the wall, Fish dove to the floor, pulling Eyes down with him by the shoulder. An illuminating spray of bullets came bursting from all sides, the crates, shelves, and plywood window coverings all expelling sawdust and wood chips into the room. Fish held Eyes’ head down with his own. The sound was the loudest thing Eyes had ever experienced, sitting in the middle of an active meat grinder, any and all upward movement would render them nothing more than ground beef. The spray continued, illuminating the dark bunker-like building with the noontime sun.

The firing stopped as abruptly as it had started. Fish immediately sat back up and scooted back into a corner, pistol already drawn and at the ready. Eyes still laid facedown on the floor, arms outstretched. He slowly turned and rolled across the floor towards Fish and began to sit back up beside him.

“Gun. Now. Don’t shoot, just pull it.” Fish ordered. Eyes, still in shock, snapped to and fumbled for it, dropping it on the fresh wood mulch that littered the concrete floor. He picked it back up and held it at the ready.

Fish inspected the room. Three bodies lie scattered across the room, spattered in various colors. Scaly arm and the swollen one were nothing more than limbs, their torsos obliterated by the heavy caliber rain. Another nameless ganger sat lifelessly against a concrete corner, his shirt no longer white, but a grotesque shade of dark crimson.

A head of bleached hair and two emerald eyes arose slowly from an overturned metal locker. The kid backed against a wall, still sitting, gun drawn. His breathing was regulated, but a hint of trauma pushed his features into a worried sorrow, a fear of death that was justified by the pieces of what were once his comrades.

Fish signaled to him with a finger pointed upwards, as he and the boy rose to a standing fortification beside the window. Fish and Eyes had their pistols drawn, positioned at either side of the window at the ready. It seemed like forever, a lifetime of silence awaiting a response, or even a distant footfall. At last, it could be heard, the slow crunch of heavy footsteps on gravelly sand. Distant chatter followed, deep voices speaking a language unknown to familiar ears.

“How many.” Fish grunted under his breath to Eyes.

He strained, obviously focusing deeply, and opened his many ocular orifices wide. He held up four fingers, and stretched his arms out to motion for the word “big” before holding up another one finger.

“Four of ‘em plus a big guy? No problem.” Fish responded.

The footsteps gained in mass and volume, holding true to Eyes’ prediction. Tense, was their movement and breathing, as any sign of life from within the building would result in swift execution from their assailant.

Swift justice came delivered on the door seemingly out of nowhere, as the metal entryway crumpled beneath a monstrous boot. The three holdouts snapped to look towards the newest hole in their concrete bunker. Present to meet them, standing at eight feet, he raised his massive weapon, and opened fire.

This court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent.
—  Antonin “Burning in Hell Forever” Scalia

6 years ago Troy Davis was executed by the state of georgia, an unquestionably innocent man.