Shocking Number Of Innocent People Sentenced To Death, Study Finds
More than 4 percent of inmates sentenced to death in the United States are probably innocent, according to a study published Monday that sent shock waves across the anti-death penalty community. What the researchers call a “conservative estimate” about the number of wrongfully convicted death row inmates is more than double the percentage of capital defendants who were exonerated during more than three decades that were studied. That means innocent people are languishing behind bars, according to the study. Read more.
Clippers Sponsors Drop The Team Over Racist Owner
Corporate sponsors started to distance themselves from the Los Angeles Clippers Monday after a tape surfaced over the weekend of the team’s owner Donald Sterling allegedly making racist remarks. In a statement provided to The Huffington Post Monday, Carmax, a used car chain, confirmed it would cut ties with the team, ending a nine-year partnership. Virgin America confirmed to HuffPost that it would end its sponsorship with the Clippers, noting that the company continues to “support the fans and the players.” A Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman wrote in an email to HuffPost that the company “has moved to cease its sponsorship of the Clippers effective immediately.” Chumash Casino Resort told Businessweek it was “withdrawing [its] sponsorship” of the team. Read more.
Rutgers Students Stage Sit-In To Protest Condoleezza Rice Commencement Speech
Roughly 50 Rutgers University students are staging a sit-in at a school administration building in New Brunswick to protest the school’s decision to invite Condoleezza Rice to speak at the university’s commencement next month. The school’s Board of Governors voted to pay the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush and national security adviser $35,000 for her appearance at the May 18 ceremony. Read more.
Heat Players Protest Donald Sterling In Show Of Solidarity With Clippers Players (PHOTOS)
The Miami Heat let the players in the Los Angeles Clippers organization know that they’re not alone. In an act of solidarity, the defending NBA champions reproduced the Clippers’ silent protest against team owner Donald Sterling. After emerging from the visitors’ locker room at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte on Monday night, LeBron James and the Heat players huddled up at the center of the court. Just as the Clippers had done on Sunday when they took the floor in Oakland, the Heat players all ditched team-issued, branded shirts to reveal that they were wearing warm-up shirts inside out to obscure the team name and logo. Read more.