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This is a really thin little red line. It's purpose is to steal your underpants when you are sleeping.


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Men sentenced to death and later exonerated:
Ryan Matthew
John Robert Ballard
Freddie Pitts
Anthony Brown
Juan Ramos
William Jent
James Richardson
Andrew Golden
Joseph Nahume Green
Juan Roberto Melendez
Damien Echols
Damon Thibodeaux
Darby Tillis
David Keaton
Delbert Tibbs
Joseph Green Brown
Willie Brown
Earnest Miller
Bradley P. Scott
Robert Hayes
Frank Lee Smith
Rudolph Holton
Jessie Misskelley
Shujaa Graham
Wilbert Lee
Anibal Jarramillo
Anthony Ray Peek
Larry Troy
Robert Cox
Sonia Jacobs
Joseph Spaziano
Joaquin Martinez
John Robert Ballard
Jason Baldwin

What's the point of the last request?

Thu May 10, 2007

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - A convicted murderer put to death in Tennessee this week got his last meal wish after he died.

Philip Workman had turned down the usual final meal of his choice traditionally offered the condemned, asking instead that a vegetarian pizza be given to a homeless person.

Prison officials refused to send out a pizza and Workman died Wednesday by lethal injection.

But news accounts of his request touched a nerve with the public.
Nashville's Union Rescue Mission received 170 pizzas. Media reports said listeners to a radio station in Minnesota also ordered pizzas sent to another organization for troubled youngsters.

Dorinda Carter, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Correction, said, "Taxes are to be spent on specific things for the care of the inmates." But she acknowledged there was no regulation against carrying out Workman's request.
An official at the mission said "the pizzas were enjoyed greatly by our clientele."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Salem, Oregon - SALEM -- Gov. John Kitzhaber announced today he will not allow the execution of Gary Haugen -- or any death row inmate -- to take place while he is in office.

The death penalty is morally wrong and unjustly administered, Kitzhaber said.

"In my mind it is a perversion of justice," he said at an emotional news conference in Salem.

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