Another stopgap: some other webpages and blog entries.
1. I’ve mentioned the Stella Liebeck case before (the hot coffee at McDonalds case – see also German Wikipedia). Now there is a film made by a lawyer that attempts to educate the public about this and other litigation issues: Hot Coffee – see also German Wikipedia entry and English Wikipedia entry.
2. Lisa John seems to have persuaded Manypedia to put English and German Wikipedia entries side by side rather than machine-translating them,
See Ü wie Übersetzen (in German), where you can also see a screenshot. You have to click on ‘disable translation’.
3. In connection with Troy Davis’ execution, Andrew Hammel comments on the attitude to the death penalty in the USA and Europe. He has been quoted by the New York Times on an earlier entry.
4. Troy Davis protested his innocence. Boing Boing reported that he refused a final meal:
11:13pm ET: The execution began at 10:53pm. Troy Davis was reported dead at 11:08PM ET. Media witnesses say that he refused a final meal; he refused a final prayer; he did not take an anti-convulsive, anti-anxiety, hypnotic drug called Ativan that was offered to him to ease the procedure. As is customary with prisoner executions in the United States, his death certificate will be marked “homicide.”
Meanwhile, Texas is doing away with final meals. According to the WSJ Blog:
The move comes in response to a complaint from John Whitmire, a Democratic state senator from Houston, who objected to the last meal request of Lawrence Russell Brewer, a white supremacist executed Wednesday by Texas for dragging a black man to death in 1998.
Brewer did not eat any of the food he requested as his last meal: two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a large bowl of fried okra, a pound of barbecue, three fajitas, a meat lover’s pizza, a pint of ice cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts.
5. Obiter J. writes on the upcoming appeals in connection with the August riots (‘disorder’ is now apparently the term used) in England: Friday Roundup.
He also quotes and links a number of other interesting blogs.