Texas executed the wrong man because he "looked like" the actual murderer. Carlos DeLuna was killed by the state of Texas for resembling the real murderer.
In Georgia, Troy Davis was murdered by the state even though there was no evidence against him, no murder weapon, and seven of nine witnesses stated they were coerced by the police into testifying against him, and one of the two witnesses, Sylvester "Red" Coles, was the one seen with the gun in his hand moments before Officer Mark McPhail was shot.
Texas continues to lead the nation in executions, accounting for over one-third of US executions since 1976, despite the fact that there were 41 DNA exonerations there from 2002-2011. Texas is the lead state, but not the only one, in cover-ups of dozens of wrongful convictions and executions.
Not only in the case of murder and other crimes that do or do not result in the death penalty, but also in civil cases across the nation, there is wanton and widespread rampant civil injustices and wrongdoing by police, sheriffs, and judges around the nation.
It is important to begin a change by supporting "Operation Clean Sweep" which will entail deep investigations of police officers, judges, sheriffs, and other authorities charged with keeping the public trust to see if they are connected to racist or hate entities and also to see if they have political ties and interests tied into keeping "head counts" in jails and prisons to make illegal profits.
There also needs to be the placement of Citizens Review Boards and Councils of peer organizations in every city, county, province, and municipality in which there are police and sheriffs departments to review all cases which are capital crimes, as well as other cases of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct in our nation's courtrooms, such as fabricated evidence, perjury by judicial officials, falsified documents and falsified evidence, as well as coerced witnesses and testimony amongst other failings within the criminal and civil justice systems. Whether the civil and/or criminal cases are represented or "pro se," all judicial misconduct should end post-haste.
A good man died this month in Ohio, but during the last three years of his life, he was treated like an enemy of the state. Edward L. Williams died in jail after serving 11 months of a 12 month sentence for illegally receiving disability payments. There was no question that he was disabled; he suffered from a host of maladies including: hypertension, gout, diabetes, heart disease and several strokes. Mr. Williams was in jail because he had allegedly received far too much money from the government than he was entitled.
But that is not why he was charged and prosecuted.
Edward L. Williams was considered an enemy of the state because he let his daughter, Kelley Williams-Bolar, use his address so that she could place her kids in a better school district -- one far better than the Akron school district where Williams-Bolar resides. For that, Mr. Williams and his daughter were charged, prosecuted and faced a jury trial. Eventually, Ms. Williams-Bolar was convicted of a felony and, in effect, told by the judge that she should be ashamed of herself for stealing an education from the state.
He does not maintain a position of neutrality. He does not make his decisions for the people as the history of the Supreme Court has done.
The Presidential Election of 2000 is a prime example. When it looked like Al Gore was going to win after the vote recount was completing, Judge Thomas went out on his own and declared the election was over and that Bush was the new 2000 President of the United States. Every lawyer, law school professor, state attorney general and even the Supreme Court of Florida said he was violating and breaking the United States Constitution. He gave a statement on national TV as to why he made the decision and it was not legally supported. He said,” I did not want the citizens of Florida and the United States to have to go through this burden again (voting ballot recount) of not having a president at the deadline midnight tonight”.
He can’t make that decision to declare a winner of the presidential elections. No one man has authority to decide the fate of this nation, not even the President’s office. Judge Thomas’s decision to put Bush and Chaney into office was a political decision that resulted in the America going into two wars (6k killed and 40k injured and counting), oil prices and energy cost through the roof, massive unemployment, a financial depression, rich and wealthy income growing out of control, a trillion dollar tax break for the rich, and an imbalance of income heavily favoring the upper income bracket, etc..
You ask why so many blacks dislike Judge Thomas? It is because he has disgraced his office. He has disgraced the United States. He has disgraced his culture. He has disgraced himself and he does not care. He is still making malice and questionable decisions. He is not making decisions for the country at large but moreover, he is making decisions from a political slant. The Supreme Court made an agreement, a code among themselves, to always make decisions above politics and to decide what is in the best interest for America and her people. It is their rulings that forged America and solidified the death of Jim Crow laws and segregation; hate crimes, and all people having the right to vote.
Judge Thomas is a political judge and that engenders terrible memories in the African American cultural history and that is why he is a disgrace.