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August 2016

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August 10, 2016
Another day of extreme heat. When the sun sets in the evening the cell wall gets so hot. The sunsets are beautiful and I've noticed a strange phenomenon that I'm sure can be explained by bird watchers, but it is something I have never really paid attention, but right before the sun slips into the horizon, birds, whole entire flocks, land on the perimeter fence facing the sun. They line completely up and down and just as the sun dips out of view they'll fly away. It is almost like they are watching it themselves. Pretty neat.

So today my mind is on some pending executions. Jeff Wood to be specific because he has a law of parties case. They talked about him on the news the other day and while I strongly believe he'll get a stay for something it is one of the most mind boggling laws that Texas and few other states have that is often used to co-defendants of crimes that lead to murder to death even if the co-defendent didn't actually participate in the murder. Even if they didn't expect something to go wrong.
Now, people would argue that a person who participates in, say, a robbery should reasonably expect that something could go wrong and a death could occur, but this isn't even statistically backed up. The percentage rate of a shooting that leads to death in the course of a robbery is very very low. In my case alone, the Uniform Crime Report compiled by the F.B.I., in the year 2000 had less the 25 % of all robberies resulted in death. How can someone reasonably expect something to go wrong with those statistics ? The truth is I doubt most people who enter into a conspiracy to commit a crime ever expects a death to occur. No more than when you get into your car and drive wherever you're headed to. Do you start your car and say "Well today I could get into a crash and die...or even kill somebody else" ? I'm pretty sure that you don't, even though statistically you have more of a chance of killing someone with your car than a robber does. That doesn't make a robbery right and those involved should be held accountable but should all be held equally accountable if death occurs ? Even if they had nothing to do with that death ?
In Jeff Wood's case, the day the robbery happened he didn't even expect it to happen and not until the killer threatened Jeff did Jeff even help. So how is it "justice" to execute him, a man whom killed no one. Not to mention his recorded history of mental health problems. It is insane that we have a system that allows this. There are actual cases where the gun man has avoided a death sentence while the non-shooter gets death. Again, how is this justice ?


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