News Roundup, Sept. 13
Today, the Los Angeles City Council introduced new measures and restrictions for fundraising for city campaigns. Starting in 2015, the City Council will only provide matching funds to donations raised within city limits, and in order to qualify for those funds candidates will have to raise money from at least 200 unique donors. Additionally, in 2013 the the City will match every 1 dollar raised by a candidate by 4 dollars in a general election, and by 2 dollars for every 1 dollar raised during primaries.
Proposition 34 will repeal the death penalty in California, and institute a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole in its place. Proponents of the proposition say it is less about the merits of the death penalty, and more about allocating resources properly. There have only been 13 people executed in California in the last 34 years, yet $4 billion have been spent on the program since 1978. Those are funds that can be used more wisely in a State where the death penalty is all but abolished.
In six neighborhoods in Los Angeles crime reports went up significantly last week. Harbor City and Westwood saw a jump in reports in property crimes, with 13 incidents being reported in Harbor City, and 16 being reported in Westwood. Meanwhile, Fairfax, Lincoln Heights, Valley Glen, and Exposition Park all experienced sharp increases in violent crimes reported over the week.
Today the Federal Reserve announced a plan to stimulate the economy via a new round of bond buying. The Fed has announced that it will buy $23 billion worth of mortgage bonds by the end of this month. The Federal Reserve stated the investments are needed because “growth might not be strong enough to generate sustained improvements in labor market conditions.”
Ahead of the November elections, groups are working hard to combat Republican voter I.D. laws in Pennsylvania that might restrict voting in underserved communities. Labor unions and elected officials have mobilized initiatives to educate voters about the new law and the need for new I.Ds to vote. Democrats are still hoping that the law is overturned by the State’s Supreme Court, but the initiatives are aimed at getting voters ready for the elections if the law is still on the books come November.
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No âsavings.â Alleged savings ignore increased life-time medical costs for aging inmates and require decreased security levels and housing 2-3 inmates per cell rather than one. Rather than spending 23 hours/day in their cell, inmates will be required to work. These changes will lead to increased violence for other inmates and guards and prove unworkable for these killers.
No âaccountability.â Max earnings for any inmate would amount to $383/year (assuming 100% of earnings went to victims), divided by number of qualifying victims. Hardly accounts for murdering a loved one.
No âfull enforcementâ as 729 inmates do not receive penalty given them by jurors. Also, for the 34,000 inmates serving life sentences, there will be NO increased penalty for killing a guard or another inmate. Theyâre already serving a life sentence.
Liberals are also trying to get rid of life sentences. (Human Rights Watch, Old Behind Bars, 2012.) This would lead to possible paroles for not only the 729 on death row, but the 34,000 others serving life sentences. Remember Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan, Darryl Thomas Kemp, Kenneth Allen McDuff, and Bennie Demps?
Arguments of innocence bogus. Canât identify 1 innocent person executed in CA. Canât identify 1 person on CAâs death row who has exhausted his appeals and has a plausible claim of innocence.
Of these victims, at least 211 of them were raped and 319 of them robbed. Sixty-six victims were killed in execution style, usually bound and shot in the back of the head. Forty-seven victims were tortured.
Forty-three of these victims were law enforcement agents and another seven were security guards. Not included in these numbers are cases where the killer attempted to kill a police officer, but was unsuccessful, as in the case of Oswaldo Amezcua who shot three police officers.
An important consideration in changing a killerâs sentence to life is whether he has murdered other inmates while incarcerated. Eleven death sentences were handed down after an already-incarcerated inmate murdered another inmate. Troy Ashmus had previously killed an inmate and viciously attacked a deputy while incarcerated for another crime. Joseph Barrett killed an inmate while incarcerated for having killed a teacher. Kenneth Bivert killed an inmate while already incarcerated on three counts of murder. John Capistrano had a previous conviction for killing an inmate and attacked another inmate in a holding cell. Joseph Danks was already incarcerated for six murders when he killed the inmate which led to his death sentence. Martin Drews was also serving time for murder when he killed an inmate. Similarly, Lee Capers brought a knife to court to stab one of the witnesses testifying against him.
While the murders for which these killers were sentenced to death are horrendous, the murder victims are only a part of the trail of violence left by these killers. Many had killed others before finally being sentenced to death for their most recent killing. Others are suspected to have killed dozens more. For example, Randy Kraft is believed to have killed at least 65 other people. Another serial killer Glen Rogers was convicted of killing three other people in three other states and confessed to his sister he was responsible for more than 70 killings. Lawrence Bittaker is suspected to have raped and murdered another 30-40 victims in addition to the five for which he was sentenced to death. Charles Ng, while convicted for murdering eleven people, is suspected to have killed up to 25 people. Wesley Shermantine is believed to have killed 25 people even though only convicted for four. This year he has began leading law enforcement to more bodies. More than twenty additional murders have been attributed to Cleamon Johnson. Police suspect William Suff murdered twenty woman in addition to the twelve for which he was convicted and sentenced to death. Michael Allen is believed to have killed 12-20 more people in addition to the two he was sentenced to die for. Franklin Lynch was linked to more than thirteen additional murders. David Carpenter was believed to have killed another 7-11 victims. Anh Duong was suspected of having committed 7 murders and 15 armed robberies. Kevin Haley was suspected in seven other homicides. Dennis Webb admitted to five additional murders. Steven Homick has also been sentenced to death in Nevada for 3 murders. Malcolm Robbins admitted to or was convicted of killing four additional minors. Thus, these individuals alone are responsible for approximately another 300 murders.