Arkansas’ killing spree … #ARexecutions

Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty


Last night, a few minutes before midnight, the state of Arkansas executed Ledell Lee. This was the first execution in our state in 12 years.

The justice system failed Ledell Lee repeatedly. Lee was a black man, accused of killing a white woman. Lee suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome, brain damage, and intellectual disabilities – issues his trial attorney never raised. He was represented by a lawyer who was drunk in court; and in his original trial the Judge was having an affair with the assistant prosecutor. He was convicted, in part, based on hair “science” that has since been debunked. He consistently maintained his innocence, but as late as this week courts refused to allow his DNA to be tested. [emphasis added]

Capital cases start with a murder, which means there is a grieving family at the heart of every case. We must never forget the families of the victims of Arkansas murders. For those whose cases become death cases, they become ensnared in the legal system for decades. Death Penalty abolitionists have been joined by countless murder victims’ families who have shared their pain at this lengthy, uncertain, public process. Our hearts break knowing with every legal twist and turn, the victims’ families are taken on a painful ride. We oppose the death penalty because we believe we should do better by all victims.

Ledell Lee also had family who cared about him. They stood outside the prison late in the night waiting to see whether or not the state would take their loved one.  They are hurting today.

We worry about the men and women who formed the execution team. We’ve heard from past corrections’ officials who’ve participated in executions that there is often lasting psychological damage from the process of strapping down a person rendered defenseless and taking his life.  

And we who have followed these cases – because we know the men, or we are worried about the reputation of our state and nation, or because we are determined to build a more just system – we are also hurting today. It’s painful when the state does something so senseless.

We may be hurting, but we are not giving up. And I remain proud of all we’ve done.
There are currently 3 executions scheduled for next week so we continue to gather signatures on our petition to the Governor. If you’ve not yet signed or shared this petition with your family please do so: You can also continue to support the work of ACADP with a donation today, we hope to be able to donate funds to the families travelling to attend executions.

We will gather as a community again Monday evening starting at 6 outside of the Governor’s mansion.
This hard work is only possible because we do it together.

Toward Justice,

Furonda Brasfield
Executive Director, ACADP


It appears that there will be no happy ending for the other death row inmates that Arkansas Governor Asa Hutichingson is so hell bent on killing this month (before the expiration date on some of the execution drugs) …

Radley Balko’s coverage of who was selected for slaughter and why is perhaps the best I’ve read. [] It’s dark. But it’s our obligation to know what’s being done on our dimes, in the name of justice.

And thankfully, there is some light in the darkness.

In observing the Twitter wars to stop executions, some people are publicly changing their minds about the death penalty …

And after much deliberation, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe listened to pleas for him to take a harder look at Ivan Telguz’ death sentence …

And in addition to dozens of human rights organizations, legal eagles are now squaring off against Florida Governor Rick Scott in support of Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s enlightened decision not to pursue the death penalty in any case in her circuit …

We’ve executed innocents. We’ve got to put this medieval evil behind us again … this time, for good.

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More State of Nature Report Delays

“The Tories promised in their last manifesto that they would leave nature in a better state than they found it. It was just one of the huge bundle of lies that helped them win the general election.”

Frostys ramblings a left look at life

The interminable delays in publishing the government’s own 25-year State of Nature plan is further indication of crass electioneering opportunism, says PETER FROST.

Last December in this column I reported warning bells in a government State of Nature report. At the time I said we ignored these warning bells at our peril.

The report predicted than one in 10 of our native wildlife species is threatened with extinction. Overall the numbers of the nation’s most endangered creatures had plummeted by two-thirds since 1970 and that horrific decline continues.

Over the last 50 years, one in six species of our native British animals, birds, fish and plants have all been lost.

Deforestation, industrialisation and increasingly unsustainable methods of agriculture — greedy for profit and subsidy — have left Britain among the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

Add to that the long-term effects of climate change and the outlook becomes even…

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#Mayday: Coalition Representing 350,000 Announces May 1st Strike | Enough is Enough!

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Who lives, who dies, who tells your story – #DanielGeiger

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Daniel Geiger survived Dade Correctional Institution’s notorious scalding shower only to die under suspicious circumstances, severely underweight, at Lake Correctional Institution on November 7, 2016. Daniel would have turned 41 today.

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Darren Rainey died in Dade Correctional Institution’s externally controlled scalding shower on June 23, 2012 at age 50. Inmate whistleblowers Harold Hempstead, Mark Joiner and others sought justice for him – unsuccessfully.

According to inmate whistleblower Harold Hempstead (a/k/a Caged Crusader, Miami Harold), Daniel Geiger was the first inmate to  experience the 160 degree or higher shower rigged for punitive purposes at Dade Correctional Institution.

Daniel survived the shower, unlike Darren Rainey, but died under suspicious circumstances at Lake Correctional Institution on November 7, 2016.

The Florida Department of Corrections shows Daniel’s “Manner of Death” as pending, under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  Daniel’s mother has been told that the investigation is over, and has this to so say about the information she received:

The report did not mention Daniels’ death because the FDOC does not want the public to know they denied our son medical intervention at a hospital… Nor does the FDOC want the true facts that staff deliberrately gave Daniel risperdone and haladol knowing he was fatally allergic to both of these medications. Nor does the FDOC want the truth known that their staff provided the quart size plastic bag for him to choke to death on..IS NOT AN ACCIDENT AS THE CORONER WROTE. Serves only to create false findings and then for the FDLE to tell us there will not be anyone held accountable. Not how justice works.

It’s unlikely that a single day passes by without a suspicious in-custody death in the Sunshine State. Many, including Daniel, die suspiciously underweight, substantiating a second torture tactic – starvation –  revealed by the Caged Crusader to the media, Florida’s Chief Inspector General, the US Attorney General’s Office, the FBI and a host of other entities … governmental, non-governmental, media.

There were other inmates aside from Harold Hempstead who stepped up for Darren Rainey as well as Daniel Geiger and the other shower survivors; inmate Mark Joiner was very vocal, too. I fear  for his safety since Harold was Ghosted to Tennessee – there’s safety in numbers, even small numbers.

Harold was Ghosted in the early morning hours of Marcy 17th, the same day Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s released her fiction-based “close out” report on Darren Rainey’s death. I don’t know what’s happened to Mark Joiner … the Florida Department of Corrections online database shows him being in two places at once, a feat that’s not possible for a live person, but doable for a dead person.

Rundle’s ridiculous report went so far as to claim that Daniel Geiger is still alive.

At Lake Correctional Institution, two more inmates died young last month – Bonnell Azemar and Jose Villegas.

No Florida lockup is safe because Rick Scott is our Governor.

Scott selected Julie Jones to lead the Florida Department of Corrections knowing that the major controversies of her leadership at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor vehicles were constitutional issues, and remain unresolved. The department’s database – D.A.V.I.D. – was being so abused that it earned the alias Facebook for Cops. And Jones gave nothing but unsatisfactory answers regarding the use of  Stingray type surveillance technologies being deployed against ordinary Floridians.

Scott selected Jones for FDC Secretary not for ability to manage, but for her ability to cover up mismanagement and tell tall tales to the media, who will publish her comments without checking their truthfulness about inmates, just as they did when she commented about surveillance.  The death toll will keep mounting until the FBI and Department of Justice get serious about protecting Floridians. Failure to Keep From Harm is a federal crime, and it’s high time for hundreds of Florida public servants to be prosecuted.

Florida absolutely sucks at finding the right people to prosecute: innocents have been framed with dirty tricks for decades – coached jailhouse informants, phony expert witnesses, altered reports, witness intimidation, failure to disclose exculpatory evidence, etc. … we likely top the charts in incarcerated innocents. To make matters worse, Florida considers homelessness a crime, as well as mental illness. Florida will lock you up for life for stealing a candy bar – it imposed several life sentences on Harold Hempstead for non-violent crimes, most of them the product of police and prosecutors’ imaginations.

Floridians can’t afford this chaos. We need cash on hand to be able to pay corrections personnel top wages, so that we only attract highly professional people. I suspect that starting wages for a 40-hour week could affordably be $50,000 per year or higher for C.O.’s if we didn’t frame innocents, persecute the mentally ill and/or homeless, over-sentence all the actually guilty, then top off those injustices by hiring and retaining thugs that will cause inmates to die too young, under suspicious circumstances, warranting the expense of pretend investigations and reports, and often resulting in successful wrongful death suits. Until Floridians can get the FBI and DoJ to do their jobs and prosecute Failure to Keep From Harm, we can start voting out State Attorneys like Katherine Fernandez Rundle, who protect public servants that harm private citizens.

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Jose Villegas’ March 28, 2017 death at Lake Correctional Instituion is under investigation by the FLDE. Jose was 39.

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Bonnell Azemar’s March 16, 2017 death at Lake Correctional Institution is under investigation by the FDLE. Bonnell was 42.

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RALLY To Support Detainees on Hunger Strike in Riverside County, CA

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

riversidehungerstrikeTHURSDAY APRIL 13, First Day of Hunger Strike!


Robert Presley Detention Center
4000 Orange Street Riverside, CA 92501

For more information contact:

Please contact the Sheriff’s Department in support of the Hunger Strikers and their Demands :

Riverside County Sheriff:
(951) 955-2400 PRESS OPTION 4

Robert Presley Jail:
951. 955.4500 press 1 then 8

To Read Statement and Demands, see Hunger Strike in Riverside County Jails begins April 13. 2017:

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#NuclearOption for Gorsuch #SCOTUS confirmation = #UncheckedUnbalanced

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April 7, 2017

Baltimore—NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.

“The recent ill-considered decision by Republican-led and partisan inspired Senators to bypass our normal confirmation process represents an ill-considered moment by the world’s greatest deliberative body.

The Supreme Court is a critical nonpartisan instrument of our democratic system designed to check executive and legislative abuses of power, not a partisan extension of the others. In reducing the needed approval for confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to just 51 votes, the Senate has ensured that future candidates, even those of a severely partisan nature, can now be confirmed to our nation’s highest court without a single vote of bipartisan support.

This sets a dangerous trend, particularly for those citizens and communities traditionally left outside the halls of power. In turn, it reinforces to those with power and access that their access and influence will only increase.
There are democratic moments when a leader faces a choice between a patriotic excellence and partisan expediency, this day a misguided Senate majority chose the latter.

The undemocratic action now creates a situation where all presidential nominees for federal courts and executive branch positions can now be confirmed with a mere 51 votes. This is a major blow to the system of checks and balances within our government. It also means that an administration which lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes can now recreate the government in their own partisan image, which leaves the overwhelming majority of us vulnerable.

To those Senators who voted for this option and Judge Gorsuch… “WE WILL REMEMBER.”


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Who lives, who dies, who tells your story – #CagedCrusader


Harold Hempstead, a/k/a #CagedCrusader, #MiamiHarold – Florida whistleblower/inmate Ghosted to Tennessee

Ghosting inmates from one state to another is often deadly. Thankfully, Harold Hempstead, a/k/a the Caged Crusader and Miami Harold, survived being transported from Florida to Tennessee in the dead of the night in the hours leading up to the release of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s “close-out” report, which cleared Dade Correctional Institution corrections officers of wrongdoing in Darren Rainey’s horrific scalding homicide via misstating many facts, including ignoring additional premature deaths that likely would have been prevented had the sadism in the TCU been promptly investigated and prosecuted.

Richard Mair committed suicide in the TCU to escape sexual and physical abuse, selecting 9/11 as his exit date and tucking his suicide note into his shorts. Daniel Geiger, who survived the scalding shower, later died at Lake Correctional Institution, severely underweight.

Rundle’s report ignores Mair’s suicide note as well as the grievance that preceded it, both of which lend credibility to every word Harold Hempstead has uttered about conditions at the Dade CI TCU.

Rundle’s report even claims that Daniel lives on.

Character assassination is every lousy prosecutor’s close if not dearest friend, and the whole point of Rundle’s report was clearly to assassinate Harold’s character to protect corrections officers who deserved to be charged and tried for what they did to Darren.

Had no one died as a result of Katherine Fernandez Rundle putting that friend into play after years of delay, perhaps disbarment would have been a fitting punishment for her. But Richard did die. And so did Daniel. And maybe many others. There were many more deaths at Dade CI since Darren and Richard’s, and most of them are under investigation. At this point, it appears that no just solution can exclude federally prosecuting Rundle for Failure to Keep From Harm.


Richard Mair suicided on 9/11/13 rather than face more Dade CI sadism


Darren Rainey, #ScaldedToDeath at Dade Correctional Institution 6/23/12

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Daniel Geiger, Dade CI scalding shower survivor died severely underweight at Lake CI on 11/7/16

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Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Date State Attorney, and the embodiment of injustice


The headline and text that follows was authored by Harold Hempstead, and was transcribed and blogged by Jeremy Schanche upon receipt. Please click the link to read through to the end of Harold’s statement, and sign the petition. Thank you.


Harold Hempstead - Caged Crusader

I believe that one of the reasons I was transferred from the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) on 3/17/17 to the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) was to hinder my communications with the media on the Darren Rainey murder case.  Why else would I have been sent outside of Florida 2 states away from Florida on the same day the Dade County State Attorney released their decision to not prosecute in the Darren Rainey case?

The Dade County State Attorney and FDC knew this would extremely hinder my ability to communicate with the media about the Dade County State Attorney’s decision and about their extreme twisting of the facts.  They knew that I would challenge their statements and twisting the most, so they decided to send me to another state on the same day they released their decisions.  By doing what they did it has made it where the State…

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