Last night, John Allen Muhammed drew his last breath as he was executed by lethal injection at 9:11 p.m. Muhammed was the mastermind behind the DC sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington metropolitan area in October of 2002. His accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, is serving multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole.
On Monday, the U.S Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty for an Ohio man, Robert Van Hook was convicted of killing and mutilating a man he met in a gay bar in 1985. Van Hook's attorneys had argued that his trial attorneys had failed to do an effective job in Van Hook's defense. The SCOTUS disagreed and cleared the way for Van Hook's death sentence to be reinstated.
A decision is pending in another Ohio case that could clear the way for states to once again take charge of the death penalty within their borders. The Ohio Attorney General argued yesterday to have the death sentence upheld for Frank Spisak, a dirtbag who killed three people at Cleveland State University. He showed up to his 1983 trial sporting a Hitler mustache and bragging of his hate for blacks. His new attorneys have argued that the jury instructions were flawed during the sentencing phase of his trial. SCOTUS may not decide this for weeks or months.
All of this could potentially pave the way for Hollywood's most loved murderer, Mumia Abu- Jamal, to finally be put to death. SCOTUS refused to hear Jamal's appeal in April 2009, and prosecutors in Philadelphia filed a reinstatement appeal that has not yet been heard by the high court. For more on Mumia, you can go to wikipedia or an earlier post I did.
Depending on the outcome of the Spisak case, Pennsylvania could potentially give Daniel Faulkner and his family some closure by citing the Spisak case as precedent. Former Governor Tom Ridge twice signed death warrants for Jamal only to have some liberal court find a reason why Mumia should continue to live off the taxpayer's money. It's been 27 years since the original sentence was handed down by a unanimous jury, and Governor Ed Rendell has vowed to sign a death warrant should Jamal's original sentence be reinstated before he leaves office.
In light of the argument before SCOTUS in the Spisak case, a bunch of socialist and liberal sites have become scared that Mumia's punishment may be around the corner. Personally, his punishment is long overdue.
From the Party for Socialism and Liberation's website:
The life of African American leader and death-row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is in new danger. A pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a case in Ohio could set the stage for the reinstatement of Mumia’s death sentence. Mumia’s case is also separately before the U.S. Supreme Court, but presented by Philadelphia prosecutors seeking to have his death sentence reinstated.
Prosecutors and politicians in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia have vengefully sought to execute Mumia for 28 years. He has been on death row since 1983, when he was wrongly convicted of killing Philadelphia policeman Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981.
In Mumia’s trial, flagrant violations—false police testimony, coercion of witnesses, judicial and prosecutorial misconduct, exclusion of Black jurors, inadequate defense and pervasive racism—led to his wrongful conviction and death sentence. The overriding issue that allowed these violations is the deeply racist and repressive nature of Philadelphia’s ruling apparatus and collusion by the police, prosecutors and courts.
Holy crap! That much liberal spewing just made my head hurt.
Another bunch of liberal mush from indybay.org:
What the Supreme Court will do, however, is far from clear. It will also consider Spisak’s new attorney’s argument that his jury trial lawyers were incompetent in essentially arguing during their trial summation that Spisak was essentially an extreme and horrific nut case who barely understood what he was doing. Should the Supreme Court chose to ignore or side-step Pennsylvania’s Mills arguments and rule only on the issue of ineffective assistance of counsel, the chances of Mumia’s execution recede considerably. The court could also chose to remand the case back to the lower courts to reconsider their previous Mills interpretation in light of the Supreme Court’s possible new instructions on this issue. Second guessing the courts in Mumia’s 28-year legal sojourn has stumped virtually the entire legal community, or at least those who believe that the laws of the land should be implemented without prejudice to the individual concerned. In virtually every instance, however, this has not been the case; an unending series of legal atrocities have been perpetrated against Mumia that expose the criminal “justice” system for the fraud it is in racist and classist America.
Mumia is far from out of danger, especially when his very life, in legal terms, presently hinges on the whims of the Supreme Court, the institution that has already denied his request for a hearing before them on another issue, the systematic and racist exclusion of Black jurors. Such exclusion is explicitly prohibited in the historic 1986 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Batson v. Kentucky. But the court once again ignored its own rulings and even decisions that strengthened Batson claims to hasten Mumia's demise. In every sense Mumia’s life is on the line as never before. Pennsylvania’s Governor Ed Rendell is pledged to sign what could be the third and final warrant for Mumia’s execution, a warrant that would likely order that his life be taken by lethal injection.
Remember, folks, that the louder the left screams, the more common sense it makes. To obligate the residents of Pennsylvania and the United States to foot the bill for Mumia Abu-Jamal for over 20 years is criminal in and of itself. Now that the left is whining about how this could be it for Mumia, we can only gather that carrying out the original sentence is the right thing to do.
Does anyone know where I can get an application to push the plunger??