UPDATE: A judge has overturned Strickland’s conviction. He will soon be released after serving 43 years for a crime he did not commit.

The last time he was free he was 18 years old.
Missouri, unlike other states, provides NO COMPENSATION for exonorees.

Strickland, whose health has declined and uses a wheelchair, has no resources.

The Midwest Innocence Project has set up a fundraiser: gofundme.com/f/help-kevin-s…
Strickland has spent 15,487 days behind bars.

He was 18 when he was first arrested and is now 62.
What shouldn't be overlooked, however, is the behavior of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Schmitt sought numerous delays to Strickland's hearing and fought to keep him incarcerated despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence

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23 Nov
1. A new bill would subject Ohio to a more extreme abortion ban than Texas.

It would outlaw all abortions.

It may even prohibit certain kinds of birth control.

The sponsors of the bill are backed by prominent corporations.

Follow along if interested.

2. Major corporate contributors to the sponsors of Ohio's extreme abortion ban:

@JNJNews (Johnson & Johnson)

3. The Ohio bill would ban all abortion.

It defines an "unborn child" as "an individual organism of the species homo sapiens from fertilization until live birth."

This definition is so broad, it could prohibit common forms of birth control

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22 Nov
1. You've probably heard a lot about Kyle Rittenhouse in the last few days.

But how much have you heard about Kevin Strickland?

He's been behind bars for 43-years for a crime the COUNTY PROSECUTOR now says he didn't commit.

Follow along if interested.

2. Strickland was convicted on three counts of murder for a 1978 triple homicide and sentenced to 50 years w/o the possibility of parole

There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime

His conviction was based almost entirely on one eyewitness

3. That witness, Cynthia Douglas, recanted her identification.

On February 4, 2009, Douglas sent an email to the Missouri Innocence Project with the subject "Wrongfully charged."

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22 Nov
Mystified by the discourse around “popularism” as if that isn’t how the vast majority of Democratic campaigns are already run.

Consultants are paid a lot of money to polls a variety of pithy phrases. Candidate then repeats the ones that poll best in ads, direct mail, events.
The idea that you can impose this poll-driven message discipline on “activists” is a fantasy, not a strategy.

Nor would there be much value in it.

Republicans will attribute various extreme views to their opponents no matter what.
Biden’s platform moved left not because he felt pressure from activity groups but because those policies polled very well!

I personally dislike poll-driven politics but it’s the reality in nearly every campaign.
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20 Nov
If you don't think there is any racism embedded into the criminal justice system in the United States, I recommend you spend a couple of days observing any criminal court in the country handle routine matters
One thing you'll notice is the leniency and flexibility afforded to people charged with DUI — an extraordinarily dangerous crime that puts the lives of many other people at risk.

Coincidentally this is the crime most often committed by white professionals
As of 2018, the latest data available, Blacks represented 12% of the general population and 33% of the prison population. Conversely, whites represent 63% of the general population and 30% of the prison population.

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16 Nov
1. The GameStop controversy has largely faded from the headlines but a class action lawsuit has surfaced EXPLOSIVE internal messages involving Robinhood and Citadel, a massive hedge fund

Follow along if interested

2. The core issue is that Citadel has two roles

- Citadel makes bets on stocks. Citadel bailed out another hedge fund that made a huge bet shorting GameStop.

- Citadel is a market maker. It buys "order flow" from Robinhood and facilitates trades.

3. When Robinhood limited the ability to trade GameStop, tanking the price, some questioned whether they did it to benefit Citadel.

Citadel and Robinhood vociferously denied they colluded

The internal messages paint a more complex picture

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15 Nov
1. In less than a week, North Dakota enacted a sweeping new law banning "Critical Race Theory" in K-12 schools

The measure illustrates the acute danger these laws pose to free expression and historically accurate instruction

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2. The new law prohibits any instruction "related" to the idea that "racism is systemically embedded in American society" or the American "legal system."

That includes written materials. Whether or not any of this is endorsed by the teacher.

3. Faced with these constraints, how can a teacher discuss slavery, the civil rights era, or the history of redlining?

All of these topics are inextricably related to systemic racism in American society and its legal system.

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