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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Last Line of Defense

NH currently has one man sentenced to be executed by the state.  Michael Addison was found guilty and sentenced to die on December 2008.  Capital murder is the only crime punishable by execution. 

Michael Addison was raised by a broken family, had a troubled life in a drug ridden, violent neighborhood of housing projects in Roxbury, MA.  He is a poor black man with a horrible record dating back to his teen years.

John Brooks was the second man charged with capital murder by AG Ayotte.  Mr Brooks was a multimillionaire charged and convicted of hiring men to kidnap and kill a man.  Mr. Brooks was a president of PolyVac Inc. He was privileged and freely spent money to present the best defense possible.

It is impossible to fairly administer State murder.  Current US Senator Ayotte as Attorney general prosecuted Michael Addison and John Brooks.  There are many who believe these prosecutions were political in nature.  The last capital case tried before Addison was in 1997. 

It is also disturbing to know that the poor black man from Roxbury is scheduled to die by NH, while the rich white man is sentenced to life without parole.

There simply is no fairness when race, money, and politics interact.  the following article addresses the last line of defense and highlights some issues with capital punishment in the United States

http://m.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/the-last-line-of-defense/8875/

Mr. Elmore was released last week after three trials.

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