Supreme Court Considers Race In Sentencing Case
The U.S. Supreme Court today takes up the case of a Texas man sentenced to death because of testimony that he was more likely to be a danger because he’s black. The court will hear oral arguments in the case of convicted murderer Duane Buck. Buck killed his former girlfriend and another man at the woman’s Houston home in 1995. During Buck’s sentencing hearing his attorneys called a psychiatrist who testified that Buck’s race “increased the probability” he’d be violent in the future. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund is representing Buck and says his death sentence was “tainted by racial bias.”
Matthew Could Cause “Massive Destruction” In Florida
Florida Governor Rick Scott says his state is preparing for a direct hit from Hurricane Matthew. The category three storm is heading toward Florida with current maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. At a press conference this afternoon, Scott said a direct hit would cause “massive destruction” on a scale the state hasn’t seen in years. The governor is warning people to be prepared to evacuate. The Florida National Guard has been activated and Scott said emergency agencies across the state are gearing up and standing by. Scott said heavy rains, flooding and large power outages are a near certainty.
Guards, Inmates, Suppliers Indicted For Prison Smuggling
Eighteen correctional officers and 35 inmates are among 80 people being indicted on federal corruption charges for allegedly smuggling contraband into Maryland’s largest state prison. The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office says the guards are accused of taking bribes to bring drugs, tobacco and cellphones into the Eastern Correctional Institution near Westover, in Somerset County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. According to indictments unsealed today, the guards accepted payment from outside suppliers and/or inmates, or engaged in sex with inmates, to bring in the contraband. Prosecutors say the “going rate” was about 500-dollars per package.
Main Street To Reopen In Ellicott City
People and cars are being allowed again on Main Street in Ellicott City. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman announced today that Main Street will reopen tomorrow at 5 p.m., allowing pedestrian and vehicular traffic into the entire historic district for the first time since the devastating July 30th flood. Some access to sidewalks may be restricted at times as repair work continues. No parking will be allowed on Main Street, but most county lots are open and more than 450 parking spaces are available throughout the historic district.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.