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Kristof writes: "The sentence came just three months after the Supreme Court had restored the death penalty in the United States, in the case of Gregg v. Georgia, saying that new safeguards meant that capital punishment would be applied only to the worst of the worst."

Hubert Nathan Myers, left, hugging his uncle, Clifford Williams Jr., during a news conference after their 1976 murder convictions were overturned in March. (photo: Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union/AP)
Hubert Nathan Myers, left, hugging his uncle, Clifford Williams Jr., during a news conference after their 1976 murder convictions were overturned in March. (photo: Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union/AP)

When We Kill

By Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

16 June 19

Everything you think you know about the death penalty is wrong.

hereby sentence you to death.”

The words of Judge Clifford B. Shepard filled the courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 27, 1976. Shepard was sentencing Clifford Williams Jr., whom a jury had just found guilty of entering a woman’s house with a spare key entrusted to him and then shooting her dead from the foot of her bed.

It was a bizarre verdict, for forensics showed that the shots had been fired from outside the house — through the window, breaking the glass and piercing curtains and a screen. Moreover, at the time of the shooting Williams had been attending a birthday party, an alibi confirmed by many in attendance.


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+22 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-16 14:44
"It was a bizarre verdict"

Nothing bizarre about it. Can't Kristof see from the photo that Williams is black and the trial is in Florida? How long has he lived in the US. This is normal. It would have been bizarre if the jury listened to the exculpatory evidence and acquitted him.

This is what Amerikkka looks like. You worry about white sheeted skin heads in Charlottesville , but never think of the judges, juries, police and prosecutors who all wear nice clothes and look quite normal. They are not. They are bizarre.
+7 # Cat Mom 2019-06-16 22:22
We know that tons of Americans including influential politicians claim this is a Christian country or at least that they themselves are Christian. Many, many of them support the death penalty and yet their Big Book of theology says "Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord." And Jesus did not teach revenge. He taught the opposite.
-2 # coberly 2019-06-16 22:44

while it is true that black people in general are treated worse than white people in this country, white people are often treated pretty badly too. did you notice that one of the innocent persons executed in the article was white?

i do not know if more progress against injustice is made by calling attention to racism as a cause of some injustice, or if less progress is made by letting white people dismiss it as a"black problem."

my guess is that if Americans are as racist as you claim, then it would be pointless to point it out.
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-18 06:25
coberly -- I'm not saying all americans are racists. In fact, a lot of progress toward an equal and multi-racial society has been made. But our police, courts, and the whole criminal justice system is just way behind the times. We need a total reform in police departments and courts, especially prosecutors.

In order for reform to begin, you have to point out the problems.
+2 # coberly 2019-06-17 10:48

its okay. i can take it. but did you actually understand what i said?

no sense bothering to understand anything when it feels so good to just do what comes naturally.
0 # dudleysharp 2019-07-02 08:44
In a message dated 6/16/2019 2:50:52 PM

Eastern Standard Time, writes:

Everything Kristof Thinks He Knows About The Death Penalty Is Wrong
from Dudley Sharp All sent to Kritof
Deterrence, Death Penalties & Executions

Rebuttal: "Trial by Fire: Did Texas execute an innocent man?"

The Innocent Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty Strategy READ SECTIONS 3&4 FIRST

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