William Blake has been held in solitary confinement at Elmira Correctional Facility in New York State for nearly 26 years, after he murdered a Sheriff's Deputy and wounded another in a failed escape attempt back in 1987. Sentenced to 77 years to life, he will be eligible for parole in 2064. But Blake has no chance of ever leaving prison alive, and almost no chance of ever leaving solitary — a fate he considers "a sentence worse than death.
" (Via) [more inside]
Six natural disaster experts and one government official were sentenced today
to six years in jail for not having warned the populace of the major earthquake that hit L'Aquila, Italy in April of 2009 (previously
). [more inside]
"Your sentences are so long," [L.A.Times]
The point of the long and winding sentence - Pico Iyer’s essay on why he’s made the conscious decision to write longer sentences.
Long and short of it continues in part 2
I loved reading the first part of this series
and it now has the second part that I have put link to.
Long and short of it goes deeper into an important topic: Whether we should have a long sentence or a short one when describing things. I would well go with the long sentence as written by Charles Dickens on his novel Oliver Twist a century ago. But it seems quite a few people prefer short ones! What's your take on this.
Despite letters of support
from the likes of Henry Kissinger
, John Bolton
, Paul Wolfowitz
and James Carville
, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby gets 30 months and a fine of $250,000
. (Judge Walton apparently also got letters from regular folks
). Arguments about whether Libby stays out on bail pending appeal will be heard next week.
True stories, told in one sentence [via Projects]
. More single sentence stories (and such) at Scrine [truthiness not guaranteed]
. They have a kind of lame contest on right now, but check out some of the older entries: 1
No Death Sentence for '20th Skyjacker' Moussaoui
(he Newsfiltered), and as he was led from the courtroom, the defendant, who had looked for the last few weeks like he was campaigning for martyrdom, clapped his hands and said “America, you lost. I won.” (I had severely underestimated this character's skill at Political Theater) In spite of the final spit-in-the-face-of-the-US, MSNBC.com's Unscientific Instapoll has 51% saying it was the right decision
, while CNN.com's Poll says 63%
, and Foxnews.com's poll... is about tax cuts.
Disclaimer: Yes, I do some writing for the Entertainment section at MSNBC.com, but the News department does not know I exist and doesn't want to. And newssite instapolls are so-o-o Web 1.0, I know, but still, what's with the non-outrage?
Archer sentenced to 4 years...
This may not mean much to those from outside the UK but there will be celebrations in much of England tonight as the 'Teflon Tory' finally takes fall. Sometimes justice is
done, even to politicians with immense arrogance, money and no apparent morals. The scale of the web of deceit is fascinating and the ending
Ex-Klansman Thomas Blanton Jr. has been convicted
of first degree murder, for the bombing and killing of four young girls
in a Birmingham, Alabama church, back in 1963. If anyone here has seen Four Little Girls
, you'll probably agree: it's about time.