Allen also claims that two decades on Death Row, in which he claims he received shoddy medical treatment, also amounts to unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. California’s justices have repeatedly rejected arguments that lengthy periods on Death Row are unconstitutional. The justices did not indicate when they would rule. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake State prosecutors have already rejected that position, when they urged Schwarzenegger last week not to grant clemency. “It is completely irrelevant now to whether he deserves to die for his monstrous crimes,” Supervising Deputy Attorney General Ward Campbell wrote Schwarzenegger. The Attorney General’s Office argued that because Allen had ordered killings from inside prison, keeping him alive could be a security risk. While serving time for murder at Folsom State Prison in 1980, Allen was sentenced to death for hiring a hit man who murdered three people at a Fresno market. Allen had the trio killed because he feared their testimony would hurt his chances of prevailing at overturning his murder conviction on appeal, prosecutors said. The convicted hit man, Billy Ray Hamilton, also is on Death Row. Prosecutors said Hamilton was following Allen’s orders when he killed Bryon Schletewitz, Douglas Scott White and Josephine Rocha. SAN FRANCISCO – The California Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered state prosecutors to respond to attorneys of Clarence Ray Allen, the oldest man on Death Row who claims his looming Jan. 17 punishment would be cruel and unusual because of his age and health problems. The justices, in ordering a response by Jan. 3, did not comment on the petition from Allen, who also is making similar arguments to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in a petition for clemency that asks that his death sentence be commuted to life without parole. In his Supreme Court petition, filed Friday, Allen’s lawyers said their 75-year-old client uses a wheelchair, suffered a stroke in September and is deaf and blind. Executing him would serve no purpose, they said. “Execution of a person as elderly as Mr. Allen is contrary to our state norms, our national norms, and international norms of civilized behavior,” attorney Somnath Chatterjee wrote the justices.
Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, is urging the nation’s two most influential stakeholders, women and musicians, to remain steadfast as positive influences both locally and globally, while dismissing issues detracting from this course.“Our mission, that must be accomplished, must transcend personal agendas for the upliftment of all our people. We must ridicule personal vengefulness and, at all times, we must ensure that we are our sisters’ and our brothers’ keepers,” the Minister asserts.She was addressing over 400 participants from some 30 nations at the closing ceremony for the International Women’s Forum World Cornerstone Conference, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, on May 31.[RELATED: Creative Expressions Can Unlock Wealth – PM]Noting the impact of Jamaica’s music globally, Ms. Hanna said the country’s musicians and its women must accept and understand that they are the “revolution and the transformation” and that, as a nation “we have the same empathy of purpose that gives us the same shared experiences’.“Our journey as a people has been blessed through a strength of purpose, that we are the founders of our own destiny. The music helped to create a momentum that drove political leaders to focus on the realities of people’s lives,” she pointed out.The Minister informed that through music, Jamaica advanced a wave of radicalism that confronted global powers in a manner that still befuddles many.“We were the first to boldly enter the halls of the United Nations and lobby against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Emboldened by the music, we promoted democracy in Zimbabwe, and supported Fidel Castro in his revolution in Cuba and the Cuban involvement in the war in Angola,” she outlined.Ms. Hanna pointed out that as the world currently seeks to transition from a confrontational setting to more harmonious co-existence, “we in Jamaica are at a crossroads.”“Today, the reality is that we can transform the world in minutes … with vision. Our music is expected to be the platform on which the world will build its future generation of power. Today when you hear the music of Jamaica … you are not just listening to scintillating rhythmic combinations and melodies; our music is about mobilizing and in most instances, a call to action,” Ms. Hanna said.Contact: Glenis A. Rose
CRY works towards sustainable change, by ensuring all children receive their rights. ‘Vote for Child Rights’ campaign aims to pursue political candidates to ensure due emphasis is given to child rights in their party manifestos. The mission was to make politicians stand up and take notice.Instead of a simple pledge, BBH India did something unique and created a vote bank. Strength in numbers encourages the audience, and a vote bank in itself is what politicians pay attention to. BBH created a campaign around the childmark, a yellow dot symbolising your vote for child rights. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The film shows how the yellow childmark and a vote bank can make all the difference. Essential child rights were highlighted including the right to education, nutrition, protection and most importantly, the right to a childhood.Emphasizing on the importance to reach out to politicians and public, Anita Bala Sharad, Director, Resource Mobilisation, CRY said, ‘This campaign aims to urge politicians to put children first and the general public to vote for a party that does so. While several nationwide initiatives and policies are in place to protect children against violation of their rights, there is a visible lack of political will to implement the same. We wanted to highlight the support we can garner from public to ensure that the parties take notice and that the best interest of the child be put at the centre of all policy, legislation and practice.’
The morning of June 4 featured a spectacular play, ‘Proposal’ by Anton Chekov. The show was produced by Moscow Theatre of Russia. The packed audience at Bratyajon International Theatre Festival sat through with a lot of enthusiasm and their applause inspired the artistes to deliver their best on stage. Russian Consul General in Kolkata Alexey Idamkin watched the show along with theatre personalities namely Ashok Mukhopadhyaya, Meghnad Bhattacharjee and Goutam Halder. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe penultimate day of the festival had night long shows of three theatre productions, all written by playwright Bratya Basu. The evening started with ‘Jatugriha’, staged by Shantipur Sanskriti, followed by ‘Cinemar Mato’ at 11 pm and ‘Hridipash’ at 3 am in the morning.Local Bangla band, ‘Arshinagar’ captivated the audience with their melodious folk music at 2 am between two successive theatre shows.The festival ended with another Bratya Basu play, ‘Anusochna’, which dealt with ethics of forgiveness.