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January 22, 2014



According to the National Registry of Exonerations there have been 1,284 documented exonerations in the U.S. since 1989. The Innocence Project states that on average, a person will spend 13 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted. The Innocence project also recommends compensation of $50,000 for each year a person is wrongfully denied their liberty and freedom. That works out to be about $834 million taxpayers should have spent over the last 24 years, in an attempt to right the wrongs society committed against the wrongfully convicted.

Ask Michael Morton of Texas, Deon Patrick of Illinois, Ryan Ferguson of Missouri, ask their families if their being wrongfully convicted may have been considered a “quality of life issue.” Better yet ask David Camm, I am sure they will all tell you it was, and for David Camm, his public defenders were worth their weight in gold.

Kathy J. Heil


Chemical spill opens political floodgates

The West Virginia Chemical Spill, (I’m told is used by Coal Industries) into Elk River effecting nine counties and more than 300,000 peoples wash and drinking water for five days, call up military, and of course the price tag will be paid for by flesh and blood citizens, not the corporate citizens which is a thing and not to mention all living things in its path, including the Ohio River.We are told in Louisville that human consumption will be within tolerance. I pray the person taking the measurement of what is tolerant isn’t Republican.

Republican Party and their Tea Party allies has blocked the Obama Administration for over two years to appoint a E.P.A. director to the agency, a position of regulatory enforcement, not a old guard dog that’s teeth been kicked out by the same rascals as they did to F.D.A. and other regulatory agencies.

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