In the Old Mole's regular feature "The Left and the Law," attorney Mike Snedeker and psychologist Jan Haaken discuss two current death penalty cases -- those of Duane Buck and Troy Davis. (Since this show aired, Davis has lost his bid for clemency and is scheduled for execution on Wednesday.) Despite the ongoing legalized deaths in Texas and elsewhere, Snedeker argues that the future looks good for the abolition of capital punishment.
Mike Snedeker, who has written a book on the recurrance of "satanic ritual abuse" cases, talks with Jan Haaken and about the West Memphis Three was and the ways it exemplifies so much of what's broken in our judicial system: plea-bargins, hasty police invetigations and false confessions. They also spend some time talking about the phenomenon of popular hysteria around satanic ritual abuse of children and the circumstances surrounding it.
We talk with Zita Holburne from BARAC - Black Activists Rising Against Cuts - in the UK. You'll also hear from anti-fascist organizer Weymann Bennett and family members of people who have died in police custody in Britain, organizing for justice and police accountability.
Denise Morris hosts this show featuring the music of rebellion. Bill Resnick analyzes recent people's uprisings in Europe and Israel, and the Movie Moles review Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a film about an animal uprising against human masters. And Bill talks with investigative journalist Lance Tapely about the the brutality of solitary confinement in prisons.
Lance Tapely is an investigative journalist in Maine whose work has exposed the use of solitary confinement as a punishment in prisons and jails and led to some reforms. He talks here with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the destructive effects of solitary on its victims, many of whom are mentally ill. The photo comes from a video. Tapely writes, "the prison tapes each extraction [removal of a prisoner from a cell] in order to prove, some people would say ironically, that the prisoner is not being mistreated."
Grace talks with Shane about how society needs more chances for better choices and so do inmates, especially those coming out of prison on parole. Drastic changes and getting to the source of prevention through treatment, enforcement and restoration are needed to reduce recisivm and increase opportunities for success.