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September 7, 2012

The California Supreme Court has ruled a death-row inmate is entitled to a new penalty

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 21:59

Another Overturned Death Sentence, but What Happens to the Misbehaving Prosecutors?

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The American Bar Association Journal reports:

The California Supreme Court has ruled a death-row inmate is entitled to a new penalty hearing because the prosecution withheld evidence in his 1987 trial that he may have been threatened by a Colombian drug cartel.

The inmate, Miguel Angel Bacigalupo, will be sentenced to life in prison if prosecutors don’t pursue the capital sentence, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A prosecutor in the case, Deputy District Attorney Joyce Allegro, is now a judge in Santa Clara County.

Allegro did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

Bacigalupo told police that a drug dealer had threatened to kill him and his family if he did not carry out orders to murder the owner of a jewelry store and his brother, according to the opinion (PDF). Allegro told the jury there was no evidence of any threats and argued the murders occurred during a store robbery, the Chronicle says. An investigator for the DA’s office, however, had information from an informant that the killings were ordered because the victims had stolen drugs, according to findings by a judge who served as a referee in the habeas appeal.

The DA’s office had argued it met its legal obligations by giving the defense a police report mentioning the confidential informant, who said she had learned the motive for the killings was revenge rather than robbery. The DA’s office says there was misconduct by the investigator, but it is unclear if Allegro had knowledge of wrongdoing, the Chronicle says.

Bacigalupo is challenging his murder conviction in a separate appea

Brendon Ayanbadejo responds to delegate on gay marriage – USATODAY.com

Filed under: opinion — Scottie @ 21:34

Brendon Ayanbadejo responds to delegate on gay marriage – USATODAY.com.

Brendon Ayanbadejo responds to delegate on gay marriage

OWINGS MILLS, MD. – Brendon Ayanbadejo wants to thank the Maryland legislator who wrote a letter to the Baltimore Ravens condemning the linebacker’s support of gay marriage.

  • Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, high-fiving fans after an Aug. 23 game against the Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium, has long been one of pro sports' most vocal athletes for same-sex marriage rights in the U.S.

    By Evan Habeeb, US Presswire

    Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, high-fiving fans after an Aug. 23 game against the Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium, has long been one of pro sports’ most vocal athletes for same-sex marriage rights in the U.S.

By Evan Habeeb, US Presswire

Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, high-fiving fans after an Aug. 23 game against the Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium, has long been one of pro sports’ most vocal athletes for same-sex marriage rights in the U.S.

“I’d have to thank him more than anything for bringing national attention to the issue,” Ayanbadejo said Friday.

The Ravens defender has long been one of pro sports’ most vocal athletes for same-sex marriage rights in the U.S. In a letter dated Aug. 29, 2012 and addressed to Ravens owner Steve Biscotti, Emmert C. Burns Jr., a democrat in theMaryland House of Delegates, writes that Ayanbadejo should be silenced.

“I find it inconceivable that one of your players, Mr. Brendon Ayanbadejo, would publicly endorse Same-Sex marriage, specifically as a Ravens football player,” Burns writes.

“I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football League Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employees and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions. I know of no other NFL player who has done what Mr. Ayanbadejo is doing.”

Maryland lawmakers approved in March a measure that would allow same-sex marriage in 2013. The issue will be put to a popular vote this November.

Ayanbadejo, 36, is unique in his vocal support of same-sex marriage as an NFL player, but he says he’s surprised a politician would suggest his free speech be suppressed. He says the Ravens have said nothing to him about his stance, but he has received some “high-fives” and “kudos” around the team’s headquarters here.

“I was surprised. It’s what our country was founded on,” he says of his free speech rights. “For somebody to try to take that away from me I was pretty surprised, from a politician especially.

“People get fired for saying the things that the delegate said. People lose their jobs for discrimination.”

Should Burns be fired?

“I think that whoever voted for him has their right to vote for who they believe represents their values. And if he represents their values, he’s the best person for the job. If Obama represents the best values for the country, he deserves the job.”

Obama this year changed his stance on gay marriage, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to support it. Ayanbadejo began vocally supporting the cause in 2008, and says his issue isn’t focused on homosexuals.

“Its an equality issue. I see the big picture,” he says. “There was a time when women didn’t have rights. Black people didn’t have rights. Right now, gay rights is a big issue and it’s been for a long time. We’re slowly chopping down the barriers to equality.”

The California high school and UCLA product has been encouraged by the support he’s received on Twitter and Facebook. He says fans of the Steelers, Patriots, Bengals, Cowboys have congratulated him, among others. Even non-football fans say they now have a reason to watch and root for Baltimore.

“That feels good,” he says. “Ultimately the goal is to be the best country we can be and we’re always evolving. We’ve come a long way and still have a long way to go.”

some times we make mistakes

Filed under: Animals, Pictures — Scottie @ 21:07

question about abuse

Filed under: My Life and Rants — Scottie @ 20:59

I ask all my readers what they think.  Should a person who was sexually touched at work, which went on for maybe several years, and once exposed, management took total steps to protect the victim, offering all support and even going so far as to fire the offender if that was what the victim wanted.  The victim declined.  Management agreed to let the offender keep his job if the victim agreed.   Management gave promises that they would watch very carefully and prevent any further  assaults.

So my question…any thoughts from the many Toy Box viewers.   Thanks and many hugs

http://tyrin17.host-ed.me/…Miles has a new web site and I think it is grand.

Filed under: Pictures, Web sites I like — Scottie @ 20:22

I really respect Miles.  For his history, and for what he has done with his life.   Miles has a new web site.

http://tyrin17.host-ed.me/

I will be adding his new site to my list right now….I admire how Miles wont be pushed around, he wont be destroyed by those how hate.  So why I often can’t get to his site, I ask you to look in on him once and a while.  He really does a lot of work on the pictures he posts and makes them special.

Thank you Miles

I liked these

Filed under: Cartoons — Scottie @ 19:06

 

 

lies….who does…

Filed under: Cartoons — Scottie @ 18:37

big money

Filed under: Cartoons — Scottie @ 18:36

yes, seems right to me

Filed under: Cartoons — Scottie @ 14:53

and it is even right?

Filed under: Cartoons — Scottie @ 14:53

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