FLorida’s 10-20-Life

10-20-lifeWe have all seen the headlines, “Fla. Mom gets 20 years for warning shot”. We have all heard some of the stories trying to tie this long sentence to race. What most don’t know is the history behind what happened. I’m not talking about what happened to Ms. Alexander but the history behind the sentencing. What most fail to realize is that it wasn’t the crime she was found guilty of, it wasn’t her race and it had nothing to do with a warning shot. It has everything to do with a law.

Since the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, the public has focused largely on Florida’s stand your ground (SYG) law. While many consider this to be an unjust and vague law, to me there is a more unjust law on the books and one that existed before Florida’s SYG law.

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

Back in the late 90’s there was a surge of violent felonies in Florida in which a gun was used. At the time, Florida had a mandatory sentence of 3 years when a gun was used in a violent felony. Jeb Bush, while running for governor, came up with and ran a campaign platform for the 10-20-Life law. When he was elected in 1999, the State Legislature passed Bush’s proposal and the law went into effect on July 1, 1999. In 2000 it was expanded to cover 16 and 17 year old’s who fire a gun and have prior criminal records. Read the rest of this entry

Introducing A New Author

The title says “new” but that’s only because she has not written an actual post for Blackbutterfly7 previously.  Towerflower has been a consistent contributor to this blog in the comments section.  She has provided links to research material and information.

I am honored that she accepted the invitation to write for us.  Her first post is coming within a few minutes.

Please welcome her.

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10 things you need to know today: July 24, 2014

Xena:

Hurray for Colorado. It seems to be the only good news lately. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

Joseph Rudolph Wood's execution took nearly two hours. 

Joseph Rudolph Wood’s execution took nearly two hours. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)

The Eighth Amendment (Amendment VIII) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights (ratified December 15, 1791[1]) prohibiting the federal governmentfrom imposing excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments, including torture. 
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that this amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause also applies to the states. The phrases in this amendment originated in the English Bill of Rights of 1689. ~ Wikipedia

The Week

Arizona is accused of botching an execution, the FAA lifts a ban on flights to Israel, and more

1. Arizona inmate gasps for 90 minutes during execution
Arizona inmate Joseph Wood gasped for breath for an hour and a half before being pronounced dead by lethal injection on Wednesday. Wood’s…

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Ted Wafer Trial – July 24, 2014

We shall see if there is live stream today.  Yesterday, a camera caught the face of a juror, and the judge ordered that live coverage be stopped.  However, Wild About Trial said they were having technical difficulties.

We’ll follow as much as possible via Twitter and news sources, and report in the comment section.

I found a few videos with excerpts and reports of today’s trial.

 

 

 

 

Funeral Held For Eric Garner, Man Who Died After Being Choked By NYPD

Xena:

R.I.P. Eric.Butterfly_tears_by_Dandelion_lion

Originally posted on News One:

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NEW YORK (AP) — An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.

Eric Garner’s relatives stopped in front of his open casket, some weeping and wailing. A preacher opened the service at Brooklyn’s Bethel Baptist Church with a mix of solemn prayer and an organ-backed gospel medley.

Garner, who had asthma, died last week on Staten Island. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing him in what appears be a chokehold. Garner, who police suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, can be heard gasping, “I can’t breathe!”

At the church, the program depicted Garner as an angel and included a collage of photographs from his life and death, including one of a sign echoing what he told officers before he died: “This Stops Today.”

The Rev…

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Theodore Wafer Trial

The trial of Ted Wafer began this morning. I want to get this up quickly so those interested can watch and know where to follow comments.

There is live stream at http://courtchatter.tv/wafer3.htm.

If there are videos later, I will embed them here.

(A Special thanks to Mothman for locating the live stream) Read the rest of this entry

New Video Made By M.E. Patients in the UK: Disease Effects Clearly Described

Xena:

Thank you for this. As a ME patient, I’m still upset that in America it’s referred to as CFS and not many in the medical profession are familiar with the disease.

Originally posted on Sunshinebright:

I found a video made in the UK, with M.E. sufferers making short comments regarding the way they have been “hit” with the disease.  These patients very clearly outline the different ways in which this multi-faceted and multi-symptomed chronic illness manifests itself.

It takes only 4 minutes.  Please view if you have had any questions about how patients are affected by this “invisible” illness.

I am an advocate for M.E. because my daughter is a sufferer, and whenever I come across anything new (to me) about this disease, I need to post that information.

Thank you.

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Mark O’Mara Wants to Have An Honest Dialogue on Race? Cough!

Xena:

Mark O’Mara telling America about race is like a man trying to tell a woman about labor pains. He cannot speak from experience.

Originally posted on Mysterious Observations:

Closing Arguments Held In Zimmerman Trial

You remember Mark O’Mara, the attorney whose legal and courtroom theatrical skills convinced a 6 member jury that George Zimmerman was not guilty of murder or manslaughter for killing Trayvon Martin.  Yes, the character that gave us the notion that Trayvon Martin was not unarmed because he managed to weaponize the sidewalk. Young black youth are like McGiver that way, they can apparently arm themselves with any commonplace item in any environment!

Remember Mr. O’Mara’s dramatic 4 minutes of silence representing the time Martin had to run home.  Of course, that’s 4 minutes that Zimmerman had to return to his vehicle like he told the dispatcher he would and NW regulations stated he should never have left. What was he doing during that 4 minutes? Looking for a street sign? No, he was looking for Martin, what else would he be doing? Enjoying the rain? Zimmerman Ultimately Killed Martin Because Unknown Young…

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11 Year-Old Genius Ramarni Wilford Scores Higher Than Einstein on IQ Test

Xena:

Congrats to Ramarni. When he is older, may he use his intelligence to make this world a better place.

Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

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An 11-year-old in the U.K. found out he’s a genius after taking an IQ test. His 162 score makes him smarter than Bill Gates – and Albert Einstein – according to the Romford Recorder.

Ramarni Wilford was invited to take the IQ test after writing an essay an essay snagged him an invitation to a graduation ceremony at Oxford University. Although he was very surprised and happy by the results – he’s in the top one percent in the U.K. – he remains modest.

“I can’t begin to compare myself to these great men whose hard work clearly proves that they are true geniuses,” Wilford says.

RELATED: Child Prodigy Adam Kirby, 2, becomes Youngest Ever to Join Genius Club Mensa

A member of a gifted and talented program as well as the Brilliant Club, he can now add a membership to Mensa to his future college applications. Mensa, the…

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A Letter From God

Xena:

The stories you share always make my heart smile. Thank you!

Originally posted on Good Time Stories:

Photo Credit: Unknown

Photo Credit: Unknown

WOW! Please take a minute to read this adorable story on FaceBook a while ago and thought that you might enjoy iy! —>Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:Dear God,Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of…

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