|"Sex, Lies, and the Doctor's Wife" was rerun on 6/6/6. Local press
in Alabama promoted the show, although it was pre-empted there
by election results.
|I would like to thank the very kind people who sent me emails
following the show. I got them from as close as North Carolina
and as far away as The Phillipines. I got a very fine one from
Vancouver that made my day.
|Over eight hundred people visited the website June 7th. The web
traffic from the rerun pushed the website over a quarter of a million
|Powell files with State Supreme Court: says
the Court of Criminal Appeals hasn't acted
quickly enough so dwm should go free.
|Editorialist offended that Montgomery politics
might be hindering Decatur politics.
| The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has denied Powell's latest motion to release
Moore--the motion mentioned in the 6/6/6 article in the Daily above. The denial of the
motion was not in the press.
The Daily covered Ulysses Sneed's retrial, ten years after being sent to death row the
first time, and thirteen years after his crime. They gave prominent coverage to the
jury's "Life Sentence" recommendation (7 for death, 5 for LWOP), but then didn't
cover the actual sentence, which was death. My own personal opinion is that,
according to the law, the death penalty was proper in his case. I also note he was the
product of a miserable and abusive environment, and he didn't kill anyone. Unlike
Daniel Moore, who had a privileged upbringing by comparison, and who tortured and
murdered Karen. What they have in common is crack cocaine and capital murder.
Their two main differences are money and race.
Alabama's death row is half black, although the state is only one-fourth black overall.
Even more striking, it's estimated 98% of inmates on Alabama's death row were
indigent at the time they were charged with capital murder. These numbers, along with
the public's general skepticism toward lawyers in general, lead over half of Alabamians
to believe the death penalty is not administered fairly. Yet over 70% strongly approve
of the death penalty. It actually makes sense, if you consider those like me who strongly
approve of the death penalty for the worst of crimes, and yet have the greatest possible
contempt toward the system that administers it.
In a "normal" year in Alabama, there are about 300 homicides. About a third of
those--100--qualify as capital murder in that they have more than one victim, the victim
is a police officer, the crime occurred during a robbery, and so on. Almost all of the
100 are convicted of "killing," but only 50 are actually convicted of capital murder. Of
those 50, about 25 receive the death penalty. And three get executed.