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    Filed at 7:15 pm under by dcobranchi

    I always thought that the death penalty could only be administered after a defendant was found guilty of the most heinous of crimes. Apparently the police in Louisiana can electrocute folks for not complying with their orders quickly enough.

    Read this (and this) and weep.

    And before anyone asks, no, I wouldn’t like to see the cop fry in LA’s electric chair. Life in a federal pen will suffice. And there is no parole in the federal system.

    5 Responses to “THE DEATH PENALTY”

    Comment by
    July 24th, 2008
    at 12:46 am

    I can do you one better a white guy called the police after someone broke into his garage (business) the cop made some snide remark that the owner and his wife had messed up the evidence so they wouldn’t be able to do anything. The owner said that was BS and the cop said he was arresting him for using foul language the guy said OK but I am going to close the garage door first. The cop tasered him in the back. The article with the most info in The Sun Herald is gone.

    From the Mississippie Press
    Something went terribly wrong Monday morning after John Kersey, owner of Kersey’s Towing and Recovery, called Moss Point police to report a burglary. In the course of the investigation, the officer ended up using a Taser to shock Kersey.

    And hey if you want to kill your wife move to Mississippi. Our beloved Governor let a guy who stalked and killed his ex-wife at a red light go free.
    Graham, 54, has served 19 years of a life sentence. On April 7, 1989, Graham pulled up next to his ex-wife, Adrienne Klasky Graham, aimed a 12-gauge shotgun at her as she sat in her car waiting for a traffic signal at the Jackson Avenue and Pascagoula Street intersection, fired and killed her. The couple had been divorced three years, yet Graham reportedly stalked and threatened his ex-wife during that time. It is easy to assume she lived and died in a state of terror.

    For the past eight years, Graham has been a trusty at the governor’s mansion. Perhaps it is in that setting that Graham gained the favor he was denied by the parole board.

    The explanation for the commuted sentenced from the governor is not complete. Barbour’s spokesman, Pete Smith, said, “Historically, governors have reviewed cases like that of Michael Graham, whose conduct as a prisoner earned him the right to work as a trusty at the governor’s mansion — where he has performed well and proven to be a diligent workman.

    “The governor is giving him a chance, through an indefinite suspension of his sentence, to start a new life away from Pascagoula and Jackson County


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    July 24th, 2008
    at 7:23 am

    One better?

    This seems like a good enough story on its own.

    Or bad enough.

    When are they going to take these tasers away from the cops? Haven’t we had enough of these stories yet?


    Comment by
    July 24th, 2008
    at 6:50 pm

    Reminds me of the Sean Bell case here in NY.The cops got away with firing 50 shots at an unarmed man because he tried to get away from them. Of course, it was four a.m. and the copswere undercover officers (not in uniform).
    Cops scare me.

    Comment by
    July 25th, 2008
    at 2:17 pm

    Remember the recent “barroom brawl” where some cast and crew members from the film “W” were arrested? Police tasered black actor Jeffrey Wright twice in the back and once in the back of the neck while he was lying face down on the ground not moving. Classy.

    Even the bar employee who called police says the whole thing was only a verbal altercation until police arrived with their pepper spray and tasers.

    Comment by
    July 25th, 2008
    at 2:24 pm

    Oops – I didn’t mean to post that last comment anonymously. Sorry about that.