2009 Shooting Out Of Jefferson County

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CW vs. Tawaiin Lewis

Tawaiin Lewis was charged in connection with the September 23, 2009 shooting deaths of Jonte Johnson and Quinntin Knighten in an apartment complex on Saddlebrook Lane.  Our special guest was Ryane Conroy who is a prosecutor for Jefferson County.




Law & Order vs. Real Life

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By: Alexis Athanas:

The writers of Law & Order try to use the show to educate the public on the criminal justice system. 12It’s a popular show all over the world. Crime is something easy to translate to any language. Law & Order doesn’t require you to follow along the entire series to understand what’s going on, you can just get right into it on any episode! So, how alike is Law & Order to reality?

The first half of the show is about showing the audience the crime and builds the story on who committed the crime. They try to pick subjects that aren’t slam-dunks and make you think a little more about the crime. The second half of the show is about preparing for the criminal’s trial, trying to figure why the decided to commit the crime, and of course, proving they’re guilty in court.

Law & Order does a great job of showing that the prosecutors have to prove to the court that the subject committed the crime even if it’s a blatant textbook case. Just like in the real world, justice doesn’t always prevail in the end. Guilty people get off and innocent people get convicted. The show accurately depicts reality by not always ending with a happy ending.

Keep some important ideas in mind when you watch Law & Order though! Remember that the show has about 60 minutes plus commercials to show you a crime and a conviction. The show accelerates a lot of the processes in the show. Remember that d123etectives usually have multiple cases on their plates and usually don’t devote all of their time to one single case. Also, the justice system takes a significant amount of time; a serious crime trial could last for several months. Our police officers, detectives, and prosecutors are on a sincere quest for justice not matter how long it takes!




What happens when a Social Worker meets the Criminal Justice System?

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By: Nikki Fedorko

 These past two weeks have been eventful, to say the least.  I’ve been in and out of the different courtrooms for a variety of reasons, toured the police department and both courthouses, participated in “Kids in Court”, attended a meeting held by the Child Sex Abuse Multidisciplinary team, and successfully completed a Concealed Carry of Deadly Weapons course.

 One of the most important lessons I’ve learned thus far at the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is that knowledge of the court system is essential in any field of social service because the practice of social work and the legal system are inexplicably intertwined.  The law plays a multitude of fundamental roles in the field of social work and social workers play a fundamental role in the criminal justice system.

 First, the judicial system affects every client’s physical and social environments because the law is supposed to dictate one’s behavior and actions.

 Second, the law provides social workers with knowledge of their clients’ rights and responsibilities on the micro and macro levels of society.

 Third, it is important that practioners know the specific laws applicable to their clients and the referrals they make on their behalf. In addition, practioners should make sure that their own agencies are adhering to the laws and legislation that regulate their business.

 Finally, social workers need to be cognizant of the law, as well as correlating ethical principles, in order to avoid a malpractice suit or causing harm to the client.  Social workers should aim to provide the best possible service to their clients and in order to do so knowledge of the law is crucial.




MORE ON THE TEXAS EXECUTION OF THE KILLER WHO STARVED THE 9 YEAR OLD CHILD OF HER GIRLFRIEND.

There was not an inch on his body that had not been bruised or scarred or injured,” said Dixie Bersano, one of Coleman’s trial prosecuto

TEXAS EXECUTION
by Kent Scheidegger

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.
Lisa Coleman, 38, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her.
She was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT, 12 minutes after Texas Department of Criminal officials began administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital.
Coleman became the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive lethal injection in Texas this year. Nationally, she’s the 15th woman executed since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume. During that same time, nearly 1,400 men have been put to death.

Coleman was condemned for the death of Davontae Williams, whose emaciated body was found in July 2004 at the North Texas apartment Coleman shared with his mother, Marcella Williams.

Paramedics who found him dead said they were shocked to learn his age. He weighed 36 pounds, about half that of a normal 9-year-old. A pediatrician later would testify that he had more than 250 distinct injuries, including burns from cigarettes or cigars and scars from ligatures, and that a lack of food made him stop growing.

“There was not an inch on his body that not been bruised or scarred or injured,” said Dixie Bersano, one of Coleman’s trial prosecutors.
Women are a much smaller proportion of death row than of the general population, but we don’t hear the same wailing and gnashing of teeth that we do with racial “disproportion.” It’s perfectly obvious to everyone that women per capita commit fewer murders overall and far fewer murders deserving the death penalty than men, and therefore comparison with the general population is irrelevant. Why are so many people blind to the same truth on the racial angle?

But there are a few. Torture and starvation of a child definitely does it.

Twelve minutes. No indication of a problem. Pentobarbital is the way to go if we can get it. Write your congressman and demand action lifting importation restrictions and outlawing resale restrictions in contracts.



 
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