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Defense counsel has issued a statement about what appears to have been the illegal execution of #DanielLee.… @DPInfoCtr #deathpenalty
#DanielLee was strapped to the gurney for four hours, while the Bureau of Prisons was waiting for the go-ahead to execute him. He was executed 31 minutes after the 8th Circuit lifted the last stay, which under the law would have triggered the requirement for a new death warrant.
Multiple motions were still pending in the case. Counsel was not provided notice he was being executed. @DPInfoCtr #DanielLee #deathpenalty
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I've read a few tweets that folks don't understand what the NC Supreme Court opinion about the Racial Justice Act means: I'm going to try to explain it in layman's terms on this thread #ncga #ncpol #nccourts #deathpenalty
The Racial Justice Act was a law that allowed people sentenced to death to seek life without parole instead if they could prove that racial bias was a significant factor in the decision to seek or impose the death penalty in their case #ncga #ncpol #nccourts #deathpenalty
Something like 90 percent of people on death row sought that relief at the time, and a few actually received relief (they're death sentences were vacated and they were sentenced to life without parole) #ncga #ncpol #nccourts #deathpenalty
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i wasn't joking! They'll do everything in their power to subdue ppl. They'll attack you at your weakest so that you comply. CPS is a TOOL and it is VERY Corrupt.#PedoGate #DrainTheSwamp

Please Stop the abuse of CPS against parents.
@realDonaldTrump @POTUS @WhiteHouse @VP
in 2007, Nancy Schaefer Georgia State Senate, 50th District: wrote about the Child Pedophile Service being so corrupt that measures needed to be taken in order to stop babies & children from being kidnapped by legalized tyrannical entities.
Image the gov targeting Your family, grandkids, relatives kids because they wanted you to stop Preaching, wanted you to start taking vaccines, what you to do xyz or stop doing xyz - THAT has been happening, You just Didn't know about it! 😭😭😭😭 Nancy & husb was murdered in 2010
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#Biden's proposing a radical overhaul of the criminal justice system: 1>End #jail time for #drug offenses; 2>End fed'l mandatory minimums, give states incentives to repeal theirs; 3>End fed #DeathPenalty, give states incentives to do the same. /thread
#Biden 4>End cash bail; 5>End #jail sentences for people too poor to pay fines & fees; 6>Expand & use DOJ's power to address "systemic misconduct in police depts & prosecutors’ offices"; 7>Expand resources for public defenders’ offices ...
#Biden 8>Decriminalize the use of #cannabis & automatically expunge all prior cannabis use convictions; 9>Create $20 billion competitive grant program to spur states to shift from #incarceration to prevention; 10>Establish an independent Task Force on Prosecutorial Discretion...
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Seems common sense to say 'People in #prison are criminals.' Actually, 'People in prison are people.' Shift from 'criminal' to 'person' could begin to undo wreckage & #racism of mass incarceration AND increase public safety.

"Prison itself may exacerbate recidivism" says DOJ.
Thinking of people in prison as criminals turns ACTS into IDENTITY. My classmate #BryanStevenson says we're all more than the worst thing we've done. DOJ research shows even those who commit crime at highest rates naturally age out of criminal behavior beginning at 35. #JustMercy
We should hold people accountable. But long prison sentences make us LESS safe, acc'g to peer-reviewed research, which is the gold standard for life/death decisions in medical care. Why not so in life/death decisions about public safety & incarceration?
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In 97 my dear friend #KennethFoster was sentenced to be killed even tho TX admitted he hadn't killed & didn't know a passenger in his car had killed. Perry stopped his execution w/ just hours to go but he's still in prison.

🚩You can help. See following tweets.
🚩 Click link. Say: #KennethFoster's death sentence was commuted by Gov Perry, but he's facing another now. His prison's overcrowded, putting him at high risk of Covid-19. He's served more time than murderers & he never killed. Please parole Mr Foster now.…
Learn more about #KennethFoster online & by following @KarineOmry, the #DeathPenalty activist who has long led the fight to bring Kenneth home.
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Analysis: Why #Sanders lost the nomination: "Simple explanation" is that he got "trounced" when the race narrowed to 2; "many of Biden’s wins were blowouts, ballooning his pledged delegate lead to 311, a margin that is essentially insurmountable." | thread…
.@perrybaconjr "Why did Sanders do so badly in a 1-on-1 contest against Biden? I’d offer 3 explanations, none of which are mutually exclusive from the other 2."

1>"Sanders didn’t run a smart enough campaign."
#Bernie's campaign "seemed to think that #Sanders had a unique appeal to white working-class voters that would simply continue in 20," despite "clear indications" that some of his success in '16 w/ whites w/o college was more anti-HRC than pro-Sanders.
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“Second verse, same as the first.”

The Establishment Democrats and their corporate shills on TV and all over social media are already signaling that they want Bernie to drop out of the race, even though half of America hasn’t voted yet.

This was always their main objective.
They sent almost 30 candidates at him.
They spent easy over a billion collectively.
Even now every state has disturbingly inaccurate exit polling that in any other country the OAS would deem as a fraudulent election. And yet here we are.

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✔️#Biden is not a "moderate" #dem. He's running on a platform to the left of Obama & Hillary. If elected, he'd be the most #progressive president in our lifetimes.

This thread fact-checks a graphic circulated by #Sanders supporters that equates Biden & Trump.
✔️#Biden supports universal healthcare. He proposes adding a singlepayer Medicare option to the #ACA, open to individuals & employers. It could be immediately implemented, unlike #MedicareForAll which has a 4-yr transition.

✔️#Sanders introduced #M4A. It has 15 Senate votes.
✔️#Biden's plan to add singlepayer Medicare option to ACA follows the public/private hybrid that's most commonly used by countries with universal healthcare.

✔️Trump admin has filed suit to overturn the ACA & protections for people w/ preexisting conditions.
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Like #NathanielWoods, my friend #KennethFoster was sentenced to be killed even tho he wasn't convicted of killing. He was already in the TX Death House when Rick Perry commuted his sentence. Kenneth will serve decades for a robbery at 18, but he is still alive. #RIPNateWoods
My friend #KennethFoster was sentenced to die even tho TX admitted he didn't kill anyone. His sentence was commuted to life. Court-appointed counsel failed to present compelling evidence of innocence for #TroyDavis (GA) & #NathanielWoods (AL). They were both killed.
TX guards moved #KennethFoster to the Death House earlier than planned. Because he wasn't convicted of killing, he protested his own killing by not walking to his unjust execution. I love Kenneth. His dignity inspires me. #DeathPenalty
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@GenFlynn update

Check out the General's response guys.

Thanks @SidneyPowell1 - God Bless Patriot.

Thanks @POTUS
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@realDonaldTrump #pizzagate was coined by #fakenews 2manipulate the minds so the viewers wud believe it was a conspiracy. #mindcontrol
#pedogate research-->#tedgunderson #martyr #FBICorruption #darktolight ... once u can c how dark the world really is, when u open up ur mind - u can never go back
@realDonaldTrump The truth is out there. #truthneverdies #speakout Save a Life. No greater love than to sacrifice for others. #digitalsoliders #ForGodForHumanity #thesepplrsick
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Welcome to MoCTrack for January 5, 2020.

This is our 2019 year in review for all of the tidbits you need about last year’s legislative action. Congress is heading back to DC this week, so now is the time to see how they did last year!
#MoCTrack 1/27…
The great folks at @538Politics provide our Trump Tracker numbers, showing how often each MoCs vote with #IMPOTUS.

We took all those 2019 numbers and show you each lawmaker’s high and low point, as well as their 2019 average.

#MoCTrack 2/27
@538politics First up a rundown of 2019 in legislation, by the numbers.
#MoCTrack 3/27
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Since Home Secretary @patel4witham recently tried to deny that she's in favour of the #deathpenalty & the US Govt has announced it's bringing back federal death penalty, I've been thinking about the women in my book Women and the Gallows 1797 to 1837 THREAD 1/n
Also every time I watch A Handmaid's Tale, I think of the mass hangings in the #18thc, where up to 20 people were dispatched in one go. Also the grim accidents at hangings where the rope snapped or people watching were killed in the crush. But most of all, I think of.. 2/n
Eliza Fenning, accused of attempting to murder a family by poisoning dumplings. No one died. Almost certainly innocent (I only qualify it bc there is no way to be ABSOLUTELY sure). She had a deeply unfair trial heard by a judge determined to kill her. She was shown no mercy. 3/n
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As Parliament amends #POCSO to include the death penalty, a closer look shows that political posturing contrasts with reality. Politicians are often the ones protecting the rapist-killer. Pinki Virani takes a look at this scenario. #FPthreads 1/18
In November 2013, after more than seven months of work, Pinki Virani filed a PIL regarding cases which involved crimes upon children by adults. There were four identified cases – four children in different states murdered by five rapists. 2/18
All cases had been awarded the #DeathPenalty by all three tiers of courts and yet, all of the convicted rapists were still very much alive, living on tax-payers' money in jails, till 2013; the SC had awarded their death sentences in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2008. 3/18
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If they could, they'd be doing state executions as well.
The US is the only Western nation with the #deathpenalty.
And it's disgraceful.

Trump Justice Department to resume federal executions…
It is surprising to me that many people seem not to know that we have the #DeathPenalty in America at both the federal and state level and that it is being enforced regularly. Three executions have been carried out in Texas alone this year.
This is why I highlighting #Biden.
With #incarceration & 1994 Crime Bill key points in debates, #Biden coming out against the #DeathPenalty after being one of its strongest proponents for nearly 50yrs seems like a headline to me. And just one day before Barr signing new execution orders.
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So @JoeBiden continues to flip stances he's held for 40+ years.
Today it was the #deathpenalty.
As with the #HydeAmendment, I'm not objecting--I'm against Hyde & against the death penalty, so I welcome these 180 shifts in policy.
But why no headline for such a major shift?
#Biden has been one of the staunchest voices for the death penalty for decades. In his 1994 Crime Bill, Biden expanded the #deathpenalty with Title VI, the Federal Death Penalty Act, creating 60 new death penalty offenses under 41 federal capital statutes.
Obama favored expanding the #deathpenalty to include executing child rapists and in 2008 talked about it while campaigning.
Obama didn't soften his position until 2014 & never ceased support for the death penalty. Biden shared that view…
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New Hampshire abolished execution today. Good news. It's worth thinking for a minute about the history of death penalty abolition, lest we think it's a product of our recent wokeness.

#deathpenalty thread. Should be grading papers so it'll be long.…
Enlightenment Americans wanted to set America apart from Old Europe, and thought banning the death penalty would be a good way to do it. Thomas Jefferson tried to further limit Virginia's death penalty to murder and treason. The measure failed by one vote.
American thinkers like Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, John Adams, and others were all reading an exciting new zine by Italian thinker Cesare Beccaria, which, among other things opposed capital punishment because it was a tool of dictators.
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#MichaelKovrig & #MichaelSpavor have been formally arrested after 150+ days in detention (specifically #RSDL). A thread explaining a bit about what this means and why there are still so many things that we don't know (and likely will not know anytime soon). 1/
There is often confusion in English b/c, well, #Kovrig & #Spavor have been locked up for 5+ months, which looks like an "arrest." But "arrest" here is "逮捕" -- a specific procedure that goes through prosecutors (aka the procuratorate or procuracy). 2/…
This means the cases are still in the investigation phase but now the prosecutors are directly involved as well as the public security forces. In garden-variety cases, Chinese prosecutors sometimes disagree with police (though very rarely in public). Do NOT expect that here. 3/
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I’m far from a #Brunei expert/reporter (ping @ainbandial @tashny) but I’m seeing international media report the sultan’s announcement about the moratorium of the #deathpenalty as a “dramatic U-turn” and… that doesn’t seem quite right.
@ainbandial @tashny The truth is that #Brunei has been listed as "de facto abolitionist” when it comes to the #deathpenalty, which means that, while capital punishment is still in law, it hasn’t actually been practised (i.e. no executions) for at least 10 years.
@ainbandial @tashny While I find it interesting the sultan felt the need to come out and reiterate the moratorium—and do think that international pressure had something to do with it—calling it a “u-turn” obscures the fact that not carrying out executions isn’t a new thing, but long established.
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OK. This may be a longish thread, trying to unpack today's developments in the #ChristopherPrice case. @DPInfoCtr #Alabama #deathpenalty. Here goes: ...
1) Yesterday the 11th Circuit upheld the same federal district court's decision denying Price's application for a stay of execution.… @DPInfoCtr #ChristopherPrice #Alabama #deathpenalty.
2) That decision agreed with Price that, under the Eighth Amendment, nitrogen hypoxia is available as an alternative method of execution, even if Price missed the statutory deadline for opting-in to select it as his preferred method of execution. #ChristopherPrice #deathpenalty.
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Harris ran for DA as anti-death penalty. She was elected. Those who are pro-death penalty will always object. Harris is right. Reviving this 15yrs later panders to the #GOP.

How Kamala Harris' death penalty decisions broke hearts on both sides…
Clarifying that I meant #Harris was right on her death penalty stance and that it is my stance that @CNN reviving this story is the pandering aspect.

One feels for the widow, but we are not served by the death penalty in a civilized society..
@CNN What should be the takeaway from this tragic story for 2020 is that as a young prosecutor--and the first woman, first black woman, first Asian American woman--#KamalaHarris stood up against literally everyone because she knew, as should we all, that the #deathpenalty is wrong.
Read 3 tweets someone who opposes the #deathpenalty & has written extensively about it, 30 states still have the death penalty & there are nearly 3k people on death row in the US right now.
There are 744 people on death row in CA
353 in FL
232 in TX
185 in AL
160 in PA
144 in OH
There SHOULD be a debate over the #deathpenalty because life on death row is a special kind of hell and should be against the 8th amendment as it is cruel and unusual punishment. The DP is also whimsically applied. Ending it would also save millions.
There is no rational reason for the #deathpenalty.
People have been released from death row after having been found innocent.
Claims that it serves as a deterrent have been proven false.
The cost of a death row prisoner is $2M.
It is fundamentally immoral & benefits no one.
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