|Cameron Todd Willingham-Its Nearly Official:Texas Did Eecute Innocent Man|
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|Sydney Carton||Feb 17 2017, 12:14 PM Post #91|
This case should be making headlines in MSM but,of course,it is not.It appears a Texas prison administration may well have consecutively killed twenty-two prisoners who were not eligible for the death penalty Meanwhile Cameron Todd Willingham's case remains unresolved.
A federal judge has ruled the Texas prison system and its top leaders must stand trial in a civil rights lawsuit over the heat-related death of an inmate, a sharp rebuke that focused new attention on the deaths of more than 20 other inmates in prison units that lack air-conditioning.
The 83-page order by U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison - who personally visited a prison in the summer heat - cites the state's own records documenting a heat index of about 150 degrees inside the Hutchins State Jail near Dallas where inmate Larry Gene McCollum, 58, a cab driver from Bellmead near Waco, died during a heat wave in 2011.
Evidence indicates the heat inside the facility was exacerbated by sealed prison windows, sparse fans, an insufficient supply of cool water and inadequate medical care, the judge ruled.
"Larry McCollum's tragic death was not simply bad luck, but an entirely preventable consequence of inadequate policies," the judge wrote, in denying the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit or grant immunity to prison officials. "These policies contributed to the deaths of 11 men before McCollum and 10 men after him."
Prison officials said Tuesday they will appeal the ruling to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. snip.
Edited by Sydney Carton, Feb 17 2017, 12:17 PM.
|Quasimodo||Feb 17 2017, 03:56 PM Post #92|
If this were a dog kennel, the place would have been closed and the owners prosecuted.
Sounds like something out of the 19th century Devil's Island.
The prison administrators, and the legislators who have oversight of the prison system, ought
to be locked up for a time under the same conditions...
(How much oversight did those charged with that, actually provide?)
Edited by Quasimodo, Feb 17 2017, 04:07 PM.
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