Thursday, May 12, 2005

News Roundup 5/12

Ross May Die Early Friday

I've mostly avoided talking about Michael Ross and the endless legal circus surrounding his upcoming execution, but since it looks as if it might actually happen this time...

There are dozens of stories out there right now about Ross and the continuing appeals being put forward by members of his family and other advocates.

Tomorrow, maybe, then, this whole thing will be over. Then, once Ross is finally dead, maybe we can talk about the death penalty in a more sane manner.

Rell Testifies About Schaghticoke Recognition

Gov. Rell and other state political figures testified before a Senate committee yesterday about the faulty tribal recognition process that led to the BIA recognizing the Schagticoke Tribal Nation.

This is, I believe, the first time that Gov. Rell has traveled to Washington as governor (correct me if I'm wrong-I know she skipped the governors' association meeting). She also spoke with the congressional delegation about the future of the Groton Sub Base and other matters. Her full testimony is here (registration required).

The BIA has lost a lot of credibility, as the recognition process for the Eastern Pequots and the Schagticokes has shown. It needs to either be fixed or replaced.

Umpires, Other Sports Officials, May Get More Protection

The House approved a bill yesterday that would make assulting sports officials a class D felony. That means that if you shove the ump because he called your kid out, you could face five years in prison or a $5,000 fine.

Umpires, a protected class? Where will this end? Will they target "hate speech" against refs next? Will the chant "A rope! A tree! Hang the referee!" become a thing of the past? Does this mean jail time for the guy at Wolf Pack games with the poster of the linesman's head up his own ass? Stay tuned.

Last Minute Effort to Keep Sub Base off List

A report out Wednesday shows that the Groton Sub Base has high military value and "wastes no space." This report appeared just two days before the announcement of the initial list of base closures, which is expected out tomorrow morning.

We'll all be waiting.


tkd27 said...

Regarding Ross: Despite being a pretty strong death penalty abolitionist, I just want this to happen and get over with, as it's painfully obvious that it is going to happen at some point.

And yes, once we stop thinking about abolishing the death penalty is terms of "saving Michael Ross," we might actually make some headway.

It wouldn't matter so much if this was Texas, or even a region that executes people a lot. But this will be the first execution in New England (not even just CT) in quite some time (I forget the among of years, but I'm sure someone will let me know).

I guess in terms of state pride, this is a counter balance to the civil unions bill.


Genghis Conn said...

I think the last one was in 1960, but that may not be right. It's been at least 40 years.

I think a lot of people feel the same way you do, tkd27. It's very hard to defend Ross... I think we all may wake up tomorrow with a bad taste in our mouths from this, though.

ctkeith said...

Fox reporting Sub Base is on list to be closed.