Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New hearing begins today for the convicted murders of Matt Landry

The Supreme Court has ruled minors convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison is cruel and unusual punishment. The Supreme Court ruling says, teens must be given a new hearing to determine if their brains were mature enough at the time the crime was committed to understand the consequences of their actions.

Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says:

Graham [v. Florida]Roper [v. Simmons], and our individualized sentencing decisions make clear that a judge or jury must have the opportunity to consider mitigating circumstances before imposing the harshest possible penalty for juveniles. By requiring that all children convicted of homicide receive lifetime incarceration without possibility of parole, regardless of their age and age-related characteristics and the nature of their crimes, the mandatory sentencing schemes before us violate this principle of proportionality, and so the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

This is what I call an over compassionate society enabling teens to commit crimes and giving them excuses for their poor choices. Yes, our brains mature and change as we grow, but by the time a child reaches his/ hers teenage years their brains have matured enough to know the difference between right and wrong.

The Supreme Court has now ordered the re-sentencing of two teens sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole while minors began today with the re-sentencing oIhab Maslamani and Robert Taylor who were convicted of kidnapping and the brutal murder of Mathew Landry. Maslamani's attorney is blaming the situation he was growing up in for his actions, deeming him incapable of understand his effect of his actions at the time the crime was committed.

Schools, children services and the court systems love to blame parents and other adults involved in the child's life for a child's poor decision making skills. Where the actual problem lies is a lack of accountability and over compassionate society who make excuses for the poor choices of today's youth.

A lot of murderers do in fact come from fractured difficult backgrounds. Does that mean we should appeal their decisions also? A teenager is not the same as a five year old committing murder. Most children begin to understand cause and effect by the age of two years old. By the time a child reaches his or her teenage years they are capable of having a clear understanding of the rules of society and begin to develop their thoughts and value system. Therefore, holding them capable of understanding their actions and being held accountable for the crimes they commit.

New Travel Bans Placed on Travel From West Africa

All travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

The CDC is now requiring passengers fly into these five airports who are flying from the Ebola hot zones and new safety measures are now to be taken. Those individuals who are conducting the screening are required to wear more safety gear and there is to be no skin exposed. What does that say for those individuals flying on those planes and the airline employees? Ebola is highly more contagious than the CDC would like the American public to know. 

The Ebola virus is way more contagious than the common cold. If those wearing protective gear can catch the Ebola virus from patients even with protective gear, then the CDC is not being honest with the American people.

Even West Africa put travel restrictions from other Ebola hot zones. Sounds like West Africa has a better grip on the Ebola Crisis than our own American Government does. Hundreds of Americans have already been exposed to the Ebola virus and the numbers will continue to increase everyday until the CDC take the necessary steps to control an outbreak from happening here in the United States.

New Leak in Ferguson Missouri Case

Protesting has been going on for over 70 days now in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters are waiting on an indictment of the officer involved the death of Michael Brown. If the grand jury does not indict Officer Wilson, officials fear the protests will get worse.

New details have been leaked by a federal source to The New York Times could be strategic, a former FBI official told CNN. "It could be really for, in part, a beneficial purpose, to start leading those community leaders and those leading the protests to believe that there won't be an indictment," said Ron Hosko, former assistant director of the FBI Criminal Division. "It may be over time, that will have a beneficial effect of no riots, no battles in the streets again."

The protesting in Ferguson, could  be any city in the United States. The entire situation was handled poorly right from the beginning. The Grand Jury is dragging their feet on an indictment decision is the worst thing they could be possibly being doing right in the Brown case. The longer they drag their feet on an indictment, the more tension will build in Ferguson, Missouri increasing the possibility of protesting breaking out into total chaos.

As you listen to the video below, you can hear how the Ferguson Police Department has incorrectly handled the case right from the very beginning.

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