SocraticGadfly: 7/31/05 - 8/7/05

August 07, 2005

How many botched death penalty cases make for a broken system?

More than 20 or 30, according to Kent Scheidegger.

Scheidegger is legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a pro-death penalty group. He made comments along that line after Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens criticized the death penalty system in the United States, especially on the number of death-row inmates exonerated in the past few years by DNA testing.

But, that doesn’t mean the system is broken, according to the hard-line Scheidegger:
”I wouldn’t say that 20 or 30 cases out of 8,000 constitutes a broken system.”

(According to the anti-capital punishment Death Penalty Information Center, more than three dozen death row inmates have been exonerated since 2000.)

Wonderful. So just how many wrongly-convicted death-penaltied inmates would make for a broken system? Shouldn’t we be asking that of SCOTUS nominee John Roberts?

After all, if (to riff on Monty Python) every egg-impregnated sperm is sacred, what about adult human beings?

August 03, 2005

Wanted -- public school superintendent and man of God; preferably same person

That First Amendment-bulldozing message came courtesy of Texas Commissioner of Education Shirley Neeley in Lancaster Aug. 3.

Neeley was speaking at the district's back-to-school convocation, less than one month after its school board had rejected managing Wilmer-Hutchins ISD.

Two months before that, when Neeley took control of the district from its board and scandal-tainted fired superintendent, Neeley filled the superintendency void with Lancaster's assistant superintendent, Eugene Young.

At the Aug. 3 convocation, Neeley said she had picked him in part because she knew he was a man of God.

Gee, I didn't know that was on the job requirement list.

You really can't trust Bush's bottom line

First, he vows to fire anybody in the White House leaking in the Plame case. Then, he amends that to anybody convicted in the case.

First, this spring, when former Bush-as-managing-partner Texas Ranger star Rafael Palmeiro tells Congress he never, ever took steroids, Bush said he believed him. Then Raffy gets busted and claims he never knowingly took steroids and Bush said he believed him. Now, we find out that Raffy apparently took the same roid that disgraced and busted Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson did -- one that you simply can't get from dietary supplements and that's on the upper end of the potentcy scale.

Please, Shrub, tell us you believe him. Show just how much of a fricking liar, moron or both you are.