Why Gov. Perry shook up the Texas Forensic Science Commission

Gov. Perry’s replacement of the Forensics Science Commission (FSC) members hurt him politically. He knew it would, yet he did it anyway. Why?
The ridiculous speculation, that such was part of a cover-up to hide the evidence of an innocent executed, Cameron Todd Willingham, was humorous.
Perry’s actions, brought more light, more suspicion and more outrage to a case that was, already, fully exposed.

Cameron Todd Willingham: Media meltdown & the death penalty:”Trial by Fire: Did Texas execute an innocent man?”, by David Grann(1)

I could speculate that David Grann was an objective reporter who made the solid, unbiased case for an innocent executed. But, I think that is already being done, around the globe, with editorial writers and journalists and other anti death penalty activists, quoting extensively from Grann’s article, with little or no fact checking and absent critical thinking.
So, why not do something different?
I’ll speculate this: “David Grann, anti death penalty activist/member of the defense team”.
I list the page number in the article, followed by Grann’s comments then, my REPLY, underneath.

Have you read the Beyler report? from Dudley Sharp, contact at bottom

Have you read the Beyler report? from Dudley Sharp, contact at bottom
Beyler Report Link at bottom
Here is an almost unbelievable example of how bad it can be:
p 46 “The appearance of brown stain on the porch at the front door was
taken as an indicator of an accelerant spill which was ignited to start the
fire. “AC Fogg did not consider or explain how this could be true in light of
the early eyewitnesses who saw no fire on the porch or at the front door.”
Dr. Beyler, try this.
Willingham lit the fire from the porch, as the fire traveled inside, the
fire died down on the porch, as the accelerant was consumed. The fire travels
down the hall into the children’s room, the fire expands in the bedroom as
it ignites all of the flammables.

A Broken Study: A Review of “A Broken System:

Based upon another, neutral source, the overturning rate, for that same period, is 30% and, likely, lower (2).
Of the 5555 sentenced to death, from 1973-1995, the period of the study, 1648 cases, or less than 30%, were overturned because of some error in conviction or sentence.
Even the 30% is too high, because some of those cases were overturned because of either new legislative or case law that didn’t exist at the time of the trial.

The Death Penalty: Neither Hatred nor Revenge

Death penalty opponents say that the death penalty has a foundation in hatred and revenge. Such is a false claim.
A death sentence requires pre existing statutes, trial and appeals, considerations of guilt and due process, extreme protections for defendants and those convicted. Revenge requires none of these and, in fact, does not even require guilt or a crime.
Unlike revenge, those directly affected by the murder are not allowed to be fact finders in a legal case.
The pre trial, trial. appellate and executive clemency/commutation processes offer much greater time and human resources to capital cases than they do to any other cases, meaning that the facts tell us that defendants and convicted murderers, subject to the death penalty, receive much greater care and concern than those not facing the death penalty – the opposite of a system identified with either hatred or vengeance.

Death Penalty Polls – Support Remains Very High – 80%

April, 2009
When polls correctly ask about true capital, death penalty eligible
murders, support is around 80%.
Most familiar polls wrongly ask a variation of “Do you support the death
penalty for murder?”, usually getting replies in the 60-75% range.
However, in the US, the death penalty is only allowed for those who commit
capital murders. Therefore, all polls, which only refer to murders are
irrelevant when asking about death penalty support.
Death penalty support is much deeper and much wider than we are often led
to believe.

The Death Penalty: More Protection for Innocents

Often, the death penalty dialogue gravitates to the subject of innocents at risk of execution. Seldom is a more common problem reviewed. That is, how innocents are more at risk without the death penalty.
Of all the government programs in the world, that put innocents at risk, is there one with a safer record and with greater protections than the US death penalty?
Enhanced Due Process
No knowledgeable and honest party questions that the death penalty has the most extensive due process protections in US criminal law.
Therefore, actual innocents are more likely to be sentenced to life imprisonment and more likely to die in prison serving under that sentence, that it is that an actual innocent will be executed.
That is. logically, conclusive.
Enhanced Incapacitation

Deterrence and the Death Penalty: A Reply to Radelet and Lacock

Subject:”Do Executions Lower Homicide Rates? The Views of Leading Criminologists”, by Michael Radelet, Traci Lacock (1)
There appears to be a lot of confusion, with regard to the actual findings of the subject review/survey (hereinafter “Survey”).
Within this Survey, the response to question 12 finds that 100% (or 77) of the criminologists agree that the death penalty may deter some.
It is a rational conclusion. All prospects of a negative outcome/consequence deter the behavior of some. It is a truism.
The responses to question 8 found that 61% (or 46) of the criminologists found some support for the deterrent effects of the death penalty through the empirical, social science studies.
16 recent studies, inclusive of their defenses (2), find for death penalty deterrence. These studies find executions deter from 4-28 murders per execution.
Life is preferred over death. Death is feared more than life. No surprise.
If your public policy question is “Does the death penalty deter?” The answer is “Of course it does.”
Game over? Not quite.

Cost, Deception & the Death Penalty: The Colorado Experience

Cost, Deception & the Death Penalty: The Colorado Experience
Worldwide NEWS RELEASE May 8, 2009
contact: Dudley Sharp, 713-622-5491
Cost, Deception & the Death Penalty: The Colorado Experience
Death penalty opponents fashioned this argument: End the death penalty, they said, and we can use the $380,000/year(1), the alleged net cost excess of the death penalty, to fund cold case investigations, for over 1400 Colorado unsolved murders.
From the beginning, this was, only, another anti death penalty effort. Plea bargains to a life sentence, only possible because of the presence of the death penalty, likely, would save more money (1).
By the end of the Colorado Legislative session, even for the most naive, all doubt was removed.

A reply – Judge Posner’s comment, polling and the death penalty

the fact that almost two-thirds of the U.S. population supports the death penalty is some, albeit weak (because it does not measure intensity of preference), evidence bearing on the comparison.” Judge Posner (“The Economics of Capital Punishment–Posner”, Becker-Posner Blog, Decemer 18, 2005)
Look closer.
When polls correctly ask about capital murders, death penalty support is around 80%.

Cost Savings: The Death Penalty

Reasonable and responsible protocols, currently in use, will produce a death penalty which costs no more, or will cost less, than Life Without Parole (LWOP).
Death penalty states could better implement justice, as given by jurors, and save taxpayers money, currently wasted by many irresponsible state systems.
1) Obvious solution, Improve the system
Virginia executes in 5-7 years. 65% of those sentenced to death have been executed. Only 15% of their death penalty cases are overturned. The national averages are 11 years, 14% and 36%, respectively.
With the high costs of long term imprisonment, a true life sentence will be more expensive than such a death penalty protocol.
2) Current cost study problems
a) Geriatric care: Most cost studies exclude geriatric care, recently found to be $60,000-$90,000/inmate/yr., a significant omission from life sentence costs. Prisoners are often found to be geriatric at relatively young ages, 50-55, because of lifestyle.

Sister Helen Prejean & the death penalty: A Critical Review

” . . .makes you realize the Dead Man Walking truly belongs on the shelf in the library in the Fiction category.” “Being devout Catholics, ‘the norm’ would be to look to the church for support and healing. Again, this need for spiritual stability was stolen by Sister Prejean.” The Bourques, Victim Survivors, Dead Family Walking
“On November 5, 1977, the Bourque’s teenage daughter, Loretta, was found murdered in a trash pile near the city of New Iberia, Louisiana lying side by side near her boyfriend–with three well-placed bullet holes behind each head. ”

Why did Gov. Richardson repeal the death penalty? His legacy.


Why did Gov. Richardson repeal the death penalty? His legacy.
Dudley Sharp, contact info below

“(Richardson) admitted his legacy factored into his calculus.”(1) The evidence is that is was “the” factor.


“(Richardson) acknowledged that he hoped his administration would be remembered for ‘doing the right thing, making decisions on matters of conscience.’ ” (1)


How did he do the right thing in a matter of conscience?


In a wealth of understatement, Gov. Richardson admits that some of the anti death penalty arguments he used may not be true: “I am not totally, …

Catholic death penalty support, modern scholars


To: Governor Richardson, staff and cabinet and
        Corrections Department and Police Agencies and media throughout New Mexico


From: Dudley Sharp, contact info, below


Dear Honorable Governor Richardson:


There are thoughtful writings on both sides of this debate, but the pro death penalty side is stronger.


Even today, a Catholic in good standing can call for more executions, if their prudential judgements finds for that.

1)  Avery Cardinal Dulles:


This recently deceased US Cardinal, in one of his final interviews, states that he thought the Church may return to a “more traditional …