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Friday, June 06, 2003
too much time is cruel AND unusual
As our society of people becomes desensitized to violence on the screen and in video games, our legal society is evolving on an opposite path. In Delaware, we have abolished the whipping post, chosen the less dramatic/barbaric (if that can be possible) lethal injection method of capital punishment, and now drawn the dotted line in the shifting sands as to how much time in jail constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
On the 30th of May, the Delaware Supreme Court decided to remand the case of Crosby v. Delaware for a third time, because the lower Court's 45 year sentence under Delaware's "too many strikes" law was so long as to be impermissible under the U.S. Supreme Court's recent 8th Amendment rulings. In the Delaware Supreme Court's 43 + page Opinion, it can clearly be seen that the Court is interpreting the U.S. Supreme Court rulings and apply them to the facts in Crosby. We were a little lost in some of the language in the first half of the Opinion, but found the review of the history of Delaware's habitual criminal statutes and the ultimate logic of the analysis to be instructive.
The Delaware Supreme Court's decision is, of course by definition, correct. This entry is a report and commentary and is not intended as a critique.
That Denise Howell is awesome comes in this Wired article called Gag Rules? Bloggers Report Anyway.
Thursday, June 05, 2003
in the public domain
I've signed the petition to Reclaim the Public Domain in support of the Public Domain Enhancement Act.
While I was there, I looked through some of the other signatures of folks who put their names on the document. There's a section called "Something I Created Using Public Domain Work" which allows people to write about their efforts to improve our society by using ideas and works from the public domain.
I grabbed some links to those, and want to share them. There's some awesome stuff amongst them, and these were just taken from the first 5,000 or so signers. If you've created anything from the public domain, you might want to go and show your support. You'll be in good company. I had so many links that I'm publishing some of them here, and some of them over on my other blog.
Translation: The Cry of Merlin the Wise
Dorothea Salo?s translation of a text from 1498, about a mage named Merlin.
The Oyez Project
is a dazzling multimedia approach to the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Symbology for the Cathedral
I didn't know that there was a Cathedral underneath Central Park. This Arcanum Project is spooking me out.
Giant World History Timeline Chart
I really want this for my wall. But first, I think I have to get a bigger wall.
The Book of Dzyan
Russian psychic Helena Petrovna Blavatsky kind of scares me. She has a pretty intense stare.
appears to marry ecards and old photos, and you're going to be wondering just where in the world they got some of those photos.
The Freenet Project
An interesting type of software that allows encrypted surfing.
Internet Moving Images Archives
everytime I visit the Prelinger Archives, I come away wanting a bigger, faster computer with lots of video editing software so that I can make my own collages of films.
Berkman Center's H2O Project
Harvard is using this set of software projects to build community, and aid education.
Apache Software Foundation
open source software projects.
Some neat stuff, and that's only a few of them.
Tuesday, June 03, 2003
complaining about the laws
The story of a South Baltimore resident who spent 5 1/2 hours in lockup for complaining to police about prioritizing their click-it seat belt roadblocks is a sad commentary upon our police system and government.
Sunday, June 01, 2003
winer on blogs
Dave Winer takes a look at blogs at Havard, and asks What makes a weblog a weblog?. It's a work in progress, and may see some changes. Not sure that I agree with everything said there so far, but I'll wait to see how the final edition turns out.