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New Death Sentence Precedent in Washington State Stands
Back in 2003, Gary Ridgway, Washington state’s “Green River Murderer,” confessed to 48 murders of women, under a plea bargain with the state (http://resist.ca/~kirstena/pageridgwayconfessions.html). He is deemed “the nation’s worst serial killer.” The “bargain” was Ridgway plead guilty and confess, after months of 14 hour a day interrogations, and the abuse which is routine to beat these “free will confessions” out of people, and in return for his “free will confessions,” he would escape the death penalty and instead spend his life in jail with no chance of parole. Then in 2004, Charles Champion, a black male in the same jurisdiction, was accused of killing one white male police officer (http://resist.ca/~kirstena/pageridgwayprecedent.html). And was threatened with death if convicted. The attorneys for Champion argued that the death sentence is reserved for only the most heinous of crimes. And since the threshold of a white male murdering 48 women, many of whom were minority women, was not enough to trigger a death sentence, then certainly a black male murdering one white male could not meet that threshold. This week (Nov. 23, 2004) Charles Champion entered a plea bargain of guilty, in return for the removal of the threat of the death sentence, which was a real threat earlier in his case. It appears the Ridgway precedent argument was not all in vain. (Read More…)
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Oregon Country Fair Memorabilia Sale!
Mother Zosima (aka Kirsten Anderberg) is selling 20 years worth of Oregon Country Fair and NW Vaudeville Performer History/Memorabilia to try to pay off rent and utilities bills. Click here for a list of items for sale.
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One Hundred New Pirate Radio Stations…
After broadcasting over the radio airwaves in the Santa Cruz, Ca. area for almost 10 years without a license, in defiance of federal regulations, one day this fall, the U.S. government decided to take some action. On Sept. 29, 2004, Federal Marshals, aiding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), raided Free Radio Santa Cruz (FRSC), seizing radio equipment to disable their broadcasts. I wondered what FRSC volunteers, and other microradio, or “pirate,” radio station volunteers, were feeling about this raid. It seems so often the government does things like this to “set an example” for others, to be a warning to others engaging in similar activity, to deter them from continuing on with defiant behavior…and sometimes that type of governmental intimidation works, and sometimes it does not. Questions linger, such as what the federal government intends to do with FRSC’s seized radio equipment. I interviewed several West Coast microradio station volunteers about their reactions to the FRSC raid for this article. (Read More…)
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