Friday, September 16, 2011

Newsdome: Supreme Court to re-examine Texas death penalty case that used testimony saying black people are more likely to commit violence

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Rick Perry
>> The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to re-examine the role racism played in Texan Duane Buck's death sentence at the eleventh hour last night. Buck, who was convicted of shooting his girlfriend and a man in her apartment in 1995, does not argue innocence, but he was convicted using testimony from a psychologist who said black people are more likely to commit violence. Speaking of Texas, Gov. Rick Perry has overseen 235 executions, more than any other governor in modern times—and soon to be 236. (Houston Chronicle)

>> After Egypt's prime minister said the country's 1979 peace treaty with Israel "is not sacred" and can be "revised," the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the Egyptian ambassador today. The treaty was the first Arab-Israeli agreement, and it wasn't until 1994 that Jordan followed. What isn't sacred in the Middle East? (AP)

>> Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt was elected as Denmark's first female prime minister today after nearly a decade as the opposition. I don't know much about the center-left party, but I can tell you Helle's hotter than Michele Bachmann. (BBC)

>> After Kosovo imposed a trade ban on goods from Serbia in July following its independence from Serbia three years prior, Kosovo ended the embargo today. Oo I wanna take you down to Kosovo, we'll ban Serbian goods and then uplift it slow. Balkans is where I wanna go, way down in Kosovo. (Bloomberg)

>> And finally, Just to stir some shit on a Friday: Seventy-four-year-old Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called the German Chancellor Angela Merkel an "unfuckable lard-arse," according to newspaper wiretaps. Well, she's no Ruby the Heart-stealer. (the Independent, the Telegraph)

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