Monthly Archives: May 2015

Update on Ray Hinton-Freed from Death row

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In his first day free, after nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row, Ray Hinton said he kept asking a question to his childhood friend.

“You just got to tell me we can stay out tonight that we don’t have to go in after an hour,” Hinton said, referring to the hour limit that inmates got on yard time.

Hinton spent 28 years on death row for two 1985 murders that occurred during separate robberies of fast-food restaurants in Birmingham. He was set free on April 3 after new ballistics tests contradicted the only evidence — an analysis of crime-scene bullets — used to convict him decades ago.

In his first days off death row, Hinton said he sometimes enjoys just driving, relishing the freedom to simply move about as he wants. He says he’s not angry, crediting God for suppressing the hatred that otherwise could devour him “like a form of cancer.”

“I have too much to live for to allow a bunch of cowards to take my joy. I refuse to give them my joy,” Hinton said.

Here’s the link to the rest of the story.

http://news.yahoo.com/freed-death-row-refuse-them-joy-150750980.html

Ohio Police officer Acquitted for two deaths

CLEVELAND (AP) — A white Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect’s car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine the officer alone fired the fatal shots.

Michael Brelo, 31, put his head in hands as the judge issued a verdict that prompted an angry response outside the courthouse, including chants of “Hands up! Don’t Shoot!”

The acquittal came at a time of nationwide tension among police and black citizens punctuated by protests over deaths of black suspects at the hands of white officers — and following a determination by the U.S. Department of Justice that city police had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights.

Before issuing his verdict, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O’Donnell noted the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore over the deaths of black suspects but said he would not “sacrifice” Brelo to an angry public if the evidence did not merit a conviction.

“Guilty or not guilty, the verdict should be no cause for a civilized society to celebrate or riot,” he said.

 Update -CNN News Atlanta is reporting. “A Cleveland, Ohio Jury has just returned a not guilty verdict against a Cleveland Police Officer in the Shooting deaths of two African Americans in a November 2012 Police shooting.
You will learn about Tamir Rice 12 years old with a toy gun was killed in 2014 in a park in this article.
Here’s the link to the read more of the story.
http://news.yahoo.com/verdict-reached-officer-over-deaths-137-shot-barrage-122057059.html

Matthew Ajibade

Nine Georgia deputies have been fired in connection with the death of a 21-year-old student in Savannah, Georgia, authorities announced Friday.

Click the link to know more information about this disturbing trend.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/08/us/deputies-fired-jail-death/index.html

Governor Deal State Budget

Here is the links to see Gov.Deal’s plans for Georgia.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/gov-deals-budget-plan-includes-money-for-raises-fa/njp6h/

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/gov-deal-includes-infrastructure-projects-spending/nTzCt/

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2015/01/14/here-are-nathan-deals-top-priorities-for-the-year/