wrongful execution

The youngest person to be executed in the USA was a 14-year-old African American didn’t get a fair trial and had to sit on a Bible in order to fit into the electric chair.

His name is George Junius Stinney, Jr. , he was 14 years, 6 months, and 5 days old when he was executed — and holds the title of being the youngest person ever executed in the United States in the 20th Century. In a South Carolina prison sixty-six years ago, guards walked the 14-year-old-boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. Standing only 5′ 1″ and weighing a mere 95 pounds, the straps of the chair didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg. But that didn’t matter. The switch was pulled anyway and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney’s face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they sat and watched the youngest person ever executed in the United States in the past century die. Stinney was accused of killing two white girls, 11 year old Betty June Binnicker and 8 year old Mary Emma Thames, by beating them with a railroad spike then dragging their bodies to a ditch near Acolu, about five miles from Manning in central South Carolina. The girls were found a day after they disappeared following a massive manhunt. Stinney was arrested a few hours later when white men in suits came and took him away. Because of the risk of a lynching, Stinney was kept at a jail 50 miles away in Columbia, SC. Stinney’s father, who had helped look for the girls, was fired immediately and ordered to leave his home and the sawmill where he worked. His family was told to leave town prior to the trial to avoid further retribution. An atmosphere of lynch mob hysteria hung over the courthouse. Without family visits, the 14 year old had to endure the trial and death alone.

On December 17, 2014, his conviction was posthumously pardoned 70 years after his execution.

anonymous asked:

I have a question about your chosen method of execution (different anon) because I find it very interesting! I can't imagine how painful and horrible it must be to be shot to death. Why do you think that lethal injection isn't humane or quick? Would love to know! Happy new year x

It’s one of the most barbaric forms of execution, I believe. They pen it as being humane but it’s far from it and it certainly violates the Eighth Amendment on cruel and unusual punishment.

Many things can go wrong with lethal injection executions and it can be torture for the inmate. For example, incorrect dosages can cause inmates to not fall unconscious or awaken before the procedure is complete but rendering them practically paralysed but feeling everything. In the execution of Clayton Lockett, he didn’t receive enough drugs and he lay on the gurney for 43 minutes, writhing in pain, until he finally had a heart attack. Sometime officials cannot find a vein, causing distress and pain to the inmate. In the case of Rickey Ray Rector, it took 50 minutes to find a suitable vein.

Here are some examples of botched lethal injection executions:

- Robyn Lee Parks took a reaction to the drugs used. The muscles in his neck, jaw, and abdomen began to react spasmodically as he gasped for air and gag until he died.

- 7 minutes after drugs were administered into Emmitt Foster, the execution was halted due to the fact that the drugs stopped circulating around his body. He was gasping and convulsing when the blinds were closed so witnesses could not view the scene. He died 30 minutes later.

- During the execution of Joseph Cannon, his vein collapsed and the needle popped out, to which he exclaimed to the witnesses “It’s come undone.” The curtains were closed and reopened 15 minutes later, when Cannon, who was crying, made a second final statement and the execution continued.

- It took 33 minutes to find a suitable vein in the execution of Bennie Demps. “They butchered me back there. I was in a lot of pain. They cut me in the groin; they cut me in the leg. I was bleeding profusely. This is not an execution, it is murder,” he said in his final statement.

- In the execution of Joseph Clark, it took 22 minutes to find a vein. After the drugs were administered, the vein collapsed and his arm began to swell. He lifted his head up off the gurney and shouted “It didn’t work!” numerous times. The curtains were closed and it took another 30 minutes to find another suitable vein. Media witnesses reported that they heard “moaning, crying out and guttural noises.” He was finally pronounced dead 90 mintes later.

- After the drugs were injected into Angel Diaz (photos of his autopsy after the execution are available online), he continued to move and grimace in pain as he tried to mouth words. A second dose had to be administered and he took another 34 minutes to die. The problem was that the needle has been inserted through the vein so the drugs were injected into soft tissue as opposed to the vein.

- Clayton Lockett was the first inmate to be executed with a new experimental drug protocol. They were unable to find a suitable vein. He was finally injected in the groin. The physician announced he was unconscious and ready for the next two drugs which were known to cause excruciating pain if the recipient was conscious. Lockett was conscious. “Lockett began breathing heavily, writhing on the gurney, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow.” The curtain was closed and witnesses were eventually asked to leave. Lockett died 43 minutes later due to a heart attack.

good ending: something goes wrong at the execution and dylan roof doesnt die right away but ends up clinging to life in immense pain for another 7 hours while he gets jabbed at and cut apart by doctors only to fucking kick the bucket at the end of it

anonymous asked:

i've read true crimes articles and websites where for example they believed George Stinney to be guilty or promote false facts about cases. i'm glad you do your research. i hate that erroneous information is being spread around.

People skewing facts to justify the wrongful execution of an African American child during a time of racial turmoil, when African Americans were killed just for being African Americans, is really disheartening. He was quite evidently innocent and even if he wasn’t, a 14-year-old boy should never be executed.

Just sitting at work after clock out time because I somehow can't make myself get up and drive home.

Why does this happen to me? All I want is to go home…to sleep…and I just sit here. I’m so tired. Does anyone else go through this crap?

  • Molly: *marching upstairs to 221B* SHERLOCK HOLMES!
  • Sherlock: ...
  • Molly: *throws the door open; pointing* You absolute-
  • Sherlock: I can explain.
  • Molly: *folds her arms* This had better be good.
  • Sherlock: *narrows his eyes* Ummm...
  • Sherlock: *innocent smile* I could have done so many things.
  • Molly: *incredulous* We're married!
  • Sherlock: *rolls his eyes* Oh, that... *flops onto the sofa*
  • Molly: Yeah, 'that'.
  • Sherlock: I don't know why you're so angry. I could see no other way of stopping you marrying Tom.
  • Molly: *fuming* I love Tom.
  • Sherlock: *snorts*
  • Molly: Give. Me. A. Divorce.
  • Sherlock: *shakes his head*
  • Molly: *sighs* Will I ever be free? I'm trying to move on.
  • Sherlock: *stands up* Don't. It is perfectly simple to have your stuff brought here. You'll gain a new, far better, sleeping partner; sexually, I cannot say for certain but I will not have it said that I am not an enthusiastic learner *winks* And as for the matter of your surname, perhaps when you're signing bills and work reports, it's just a few letters you'll need to change. I think you'll agree the change has a much nicer ring to it *rummages in his pocket* Oh, and wear this, please *produces wedding ring*
  • Molly: *wide-eyed* Are you...have you gone-
  • Sherlock: *quickly* And fallen in love? Yes, I have now... *waves the ring* Please?
  • Molly: *hesitates* What about Tom?
  • Sherlock: There's no 'Tom' in 'Holmes'. But there is me and you *cheeky grin*
  • Molly: *chuckles* I'll take that ring if you promise never to say anything like that again.
  • Sherlock: *hands her the ring* Agreed. Although, I don't want it getting around that the wife wears the trousers in this marriage.
  • Molly: *takes his hand* Well, you'd better fix that, then *drags him to the bedroom*
A useless death

I am on the scaffold. What excitement!
What glitter! What is going on?
I know so little of this country.
I suspect its the coronation of the queen.
NO. Oh god. I’m wrong.
Its the execution of the queen!
and I’m trapped.
there’s no way I can help.
there’s no way I can avoid watching.
perched on this scaffold.
I gotta bird’s eye view.

The king calls for action. like the
director of some blown out passion play.
He makes a weary gesture.
its clear he hasn’t slept in ages.
first come the ladies in waiting.
there they are. thirty of them.
dressed alike. high-waisted
green taffeta gowns.

moving alike. medieval majorettes.
that flemish air. nose in air.
thirty pairs of tiny hands folded
over protruding bellies.

why are condemned women affecting
a pregnant woman’s gesture?

and how comical it is. thirty sentenced
women swaying. some very pretty indeed.
many on the brink of collapse.

The king is muttering. what is he saying?
seems my hearing has become as acute as my view.

“god damn ladies-in-waiting. get rid
of them. how I’ve despised them. always
clutter up the castle. cluck cluck.”

He seems to object to them more than
the queen. but as the saying goes:
kill me ya kill my dogs. and vice versa.
its a package deal. its the rules of
the game. and a king sticks to them.

the ladies are in tears. tearing tissues.
they approach a sizeable block of land.
its roped off and seasoned with fresh
topsoil. 3l shovels are lined up face

The king decrees that they are to dig
their own grave. Jesus what a rucas.
The women lose what composure they
had in the procession. They sob openly.
they wring their hands and cling to
one another. several fall prostrate.
those more distraught tear their hair
and rip their gowns.

This is getting ridiculous. The prince
is embarrassed. I throw a quick glance
toward the castle. Backdrop. There
is the queen. No one has noticed her.
She moves as if a dream. listless.
weightless. she seems to have little
to do with the proceedings. does she
understand that death is near?
she seems completely unaware.

How I admire her! She is a true heroine.
Oblivious of her power. how power, love
and death revolve around her! as though
she had never stood before a mirror.
The king is exasperated. her lack of
recognition. does his word mean nothing?
The ladies-in-waiting make up for it.
they weep harder at the sight of their
gentle queen. they beat their breasts in
unison. a few onlookers swoon. The
cook has to be carried off.

The queen is handed a spade. Was that a
smile that crossed her face? its impossible
to tell now.

Suddenly she shivers and says, “I’m cold”.
Instantly I feel the intense cold.
everyone does. god, its below zero.
I’m confused. wasn’t it just spring?
everyone has on thin wraps.
Even the king has but a simple velvet cloak
and not his usual ermine.

The ladies’ teeth chatter. the only way
to keep warm is to move. they begin to
dig like the devil. thirty women working
hard in the soil creates great warmth.
if they stop to rest they’ll freeze
to death.

The queen can’t seem to get in the swing
of things. she helps a bit. loosens a
chunk of hard clay or helps excavate a
huge rock. occasionally a smooth stone
or a pretty piece of crystal will attract
her. she handles it. examines it. turns
it over. drops it in her train which she
has gathered up smiling.
her childish delight in serving herself.

Frost is making it harder to dig. yet
the women are working like madmen to
keep warm.

The king has lost interest. the queen is
wandering off. everyone is going home.

I lose my footing
fall off the scaffold
everything in slow motion.

crime without passion

originally published as a small chapbook by the Gotham Book Mart, 1972 Copyright © Patti Smith 1972

anonymous asked:

Olivia and Briana/her family, are the epitome of White/Westernized Christianity. It's unfortunate, because you're right, they're totally genuine but very very wrong in their execution. Lol.

Anonymous said:January 9th 2017, 4:47:00 pm · 5 minutes agoYour description of the self-righteous, evangelical Christian is so spot on! That’s most of the people at my school who told me I was going to hell because my family is Catholic and that’s not “real” Christianity. Apparently if you aren’t wearing a WWJD bracelet and Footprints in the Sand T-shirt, you aren’t practicing the faith correctly.

Anonymous said:January 9th 2017, 4:48:00 pm · 4 minutes agoLOL! Maybe she isn’t fake religous but I don’t think her relationship with the clan is genuine. I think she was brought in to serve that purpose like the other anon mentioned.

I certainly don’t want to turn my blog into a critique of American Christianity, so I’ll end this here, but I wanted to publish the anons I had on it.

Fantastically Wrong

Pretty much the entirety of the animal kingdom, though, was subject to the human rule of law. In the appendix of his book, Evans lists some 200 cases of animal executions, and these are just the ones whose records have survived Europe’s tumultuous history. There were executions of bulls, horses, eels, dogs, sheep, and, perhaps most curiously, dolphins—which he gives no information on other than they were tried and executed in Marseilles in 1596.

There was a great range of punishments for such critters, which weren’t always sentenced to death. Rats, for instance, were often sent “a friendly letter of advice in order to induce them to quit any house, in which their presence is deemed undesirable,” writes Evans. And in one case, he adds, “a sow and a she-ass were condemned to be hanged; on appeal, and after a new trial, they were sentenced to be simply knocked on the head.”

the history of putting animals on trial here.

The interesting thing, for instance about Thompson, is Thompson has actually learned nothing. Which is an overstatement - He’s learned something. I know this is a different topic entirely but his theme at the end of the show… We always thought of as this is the moment you decide how the rest of your life is going to go. And he thinks about it and he knows what the right to do is and he chooses to do the thing that benefits him the most. I think I’m actually probably wrong when I say he hasn’t learned something. He’s learned something, but now it’s almost worse that he’s actually making the active choice, like, “I’m going to screw a bunch of people over because it benefits me.” I find that really interesting because it’s growth, in a way, because he’s taking charge. But it’s growth in the wrong direction.

 Executive Producer of Agent Carter, Michelle Fazekas (x)

Prompts on Current Topic #02: April Fool’s

I’ve never been exactly fond of April Fools, but I figure I can give you some prompts anyway.

  1. Character’s family or a friend group has a tradition related to April 1st. Tell a story about it.
  2. Character hates April Fool’s. Tells a story of how this dislike started.
  3. Every lie a character tells in order to prank someone turns out to be true.
  4. The aliens invade; everyone thinks it’s a prank.
  5. Character’s prank is taken seriously and it leads to an adventure.
  6. In order to save the world, character has to trick a prankster god.
  7. Character is a victim of a nasty prank. How do they deal with it?
  8. A group of high school students wants to prank the rest of the school. It starts mean, but by the end they want to make it fun for everybody.
  9. A prank goes horribly wrong.
  10. While executing a prank, Character meets someone who’ll change their life.

On a related topic, I wanted to share this:

I overheard two kids talking today on a tram. A boy and a girl, no older than eleven. They were planning a prank and brainstorming ideas. They decided to not follow-through on one idea because “no, we can’t do that, that doesn’t come out in the washing machine” and I don’t know, something about them trying to plan a prank responsibly made me happy.

And because real life can be inspirational, if you have an experience related to April Fool’s, come to the askbox :)

“Auron, thank you so much!”
“I’m sorry the cake is so ugly.”
“It’s not- well… but it looks really good though!”
“I’ve heard you’re supposed to make a wish.”

Happy birthday, @viktorye​ ! 

im not trying to be shady but female empowerment is everything this song isn’t. the lyrics flat out contradicts itself and if thats the message they are going for then clearly it was executed wrong. like pls tell me wheres the empowerment of confessing you didnt love someone and staying in a relationship intending to marry them for years only for it to end bc he ended it, not you. you have to wonder what the hell she was staying for then huh


one gifset per episode - Hearts and Minds (1.04)

In the view of the role Scotland played in resolving your troubles with Portugal, and in preventing the wrongful execution of a diplomat, we not only staved off war with England, but also spared our ally France considerable embarrassment. Which is why I am sure you will want to improve the terms, committing enough strength to keep your ally safe against England.

Once Upon a Time creators making a summer camp horror series for ABC Family

The Once Upon a Time creators are launching a horror series.

Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have received a series order for a project titled Dead of Summer from ABC Family (a.k.a. the Network Soon to Be Known as “Freeform”). Once Upon writer Ian Goldberg is also on board as the showrunner for the project which represents ABC Family’s first-ever horror series.

“Dead of Summer is about what happens when summer camp goes wrong – really, really wrong,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president of programming for ABC Family. “The horror genre is new for us and I’m thrilled to have Adam, Eddy and Ian bring their immeasurable talent to our network and usher us into this new space.”

We’re hearing the show was originally pitched as a “John Hughes meets John Carpenter” anthology series,* with the first season set in 1989.

The official series logline: “Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses – and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. Part coming-of-age story, part supernatural horror story, Dead of Summer is a bold, new series that mixes genres as it examines the light and dark of a summer like no other.”

The Dead of Summer deal doesn’t necessarily mean anything dire for the future of Once Upon as many producers have more than one drama on the air (heck, Shonda Rhimes would probably be bored with two shows). Still, this represents the first entirely new series for Horowitz and Kitsis (so not including the Wonderland spin-off) since launching Once Upon in 2011.

In addition to Once Upon, Horowitz and Kitsis also wrote the film Tron: Legacy, and worked on ABC’s Lost. ABC Family is flipping the switch to become Freeform in January and the new show is produced by ABC Signature/ABC Studios. Other ABC Family new shows coming up include the supernatural series Beyond from executive producer Tim Kring; thriller series Guilt, and the pilot Famous in Love from Pretty Little Liars producer Marlene King, and the a Nicki Minaj comedy project. They have also announced additional seasons of established series Switched at Birth and Young & Hungry, as well as a second season of unscripted show Monica the Medium. (x)