Applied according to race and wealth

June 9, 2008

Mark Clements is a victim of torture at the hands of Chicago police and has been incarcerated since age 16--with four life sentences plus 30 years--for a crime he did not commit. He is one of Chicago's youngest police torture victims and one of the first juveniles to be sentenced to "natural life" in prison. He is fighting for justice for himself and other victims of police torture.

THE GEORGIA death machine is back up and in operation after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the method of executing inmates with a three-drug cocktail did not violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Convicted killer William Earl Lynd, 53, was pronounced dead on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at 7:51 p.m., according to state prison spokesperson Mollie McCord. Lynd, was convicted of the 1988 murder of his girlfriend Ginger Moore, age 26, whom he shot three times.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue praised the high court for continuing the lethal injection method of executions.

This is a sentence that is disproportionately applied toward African Americans, Latinos and the poor. There is a moratorium on all executions in Illinois due to a high amount of wrongful convictions and court reversals, which resulted from Chicago police torture, overzealous prosecutions and ineffective assistance of counsel.

Without doubt, the death penalty throughout this country should be abolished, because it is applied according to race and wealth. Three days before all executions, let's e-mail all media (TV, radio and newspapers) and voice our disagreements against the death penalty.
Mark Clements, Pontiac, Ill.

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