20/20 Covering Breonna Taylor Story — “Say Her Name”

Tune in this coming Friday, November 20, 2020 for an exclusive special on the Breonna Taylor case.

Photo Credit: Rolling Stone

NY TIMES — The death of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March during a botched raid on her apartment, led to wide-scale demonstrations in the spring and summer as the case drew more attention.

As of today, none of the officers still have been convicted of her murder.

Rape, Sex Trafficking & Domestic Violence Victim Begs Trump for Execution Pardon

Lisa Montgomery
Photo Credit: Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide

Lisa Montgomery is petitioning Donald Trump for a stay of execution prior to her scheduled execution date of December 8, 2020.

Lisa is hoping that her past traumas, horrific life experiences & mental illness would move the president to give her a second chance at a better life.

Here is her letter:

Dear President Trump,

We ask you to extend mercy to Lisa Montgomery, a victim of multiple rapes, child sex trafficking, and domestic violence. Lisa was sentenced to death by a jury that was never informed of the full extent and impact of the sexual violence and physical abuse she endured. As a result of her trauma, she is now so mentally ill that she must receive multiple medications to prevent full-blown psychosis.

We also ask you at a minimum to grant a stay of execution. We believe Lisa deserves a full and fair opportunity to petition the courts to stay her execution, as well as an opportunity to present comprehensive arguments to you and your administration as to why her death sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment. This cannot happen in the midst of a global pandemic.

The story of Lisa’s life is worse than a nightmare. She was born with permanent brain damage caused by her mother’s drinking during pregnancy. A child of extreme poverty, she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather. She was routinely beaten and terrorized by her mother. Lisa’s mother trafficked her to men who were allowed to rape Lisa in exchange for utilities and other services. Although this was suspected or known by teachers, police, and the courts, nobody intervened to protect Lisa.

This horror continued when she married her stepbrother at the urging of her mother at the age of 18. He continued the cycle of abuse, raping and beating her. Not surprisingly, this lifetime of torture exacerbated Lisa’s genetic predisposition to mental illness, and caused her to develop a dissociative disorder in addition to complex post-traumatic stress disorder. Her severe trauma and mental illness led directly to the crime for which she was convicted – the murder of a pregnant woman and the kidnapping of her child.

At her trial, prosecutors used gender stereotypes against Lisa, repeatedly casting her as unfit mother and homemaker, telling jurors that she didn’t go to her children’s events, and that “[s]he didn’t cook, and [s]he didn’t clean,” and kept a “filthy home.” The prosecution trivialized the evidence of her being repeatedly raped as a child, calling it the “abuse excuse.”

The lifetime of rape and sexual torture that Lisa endured is not an ‘abuse excuse.’ It was her horrific life story that the jury should have considered in deciding whether she was someone who deserved to live or die. The jury was never given that opportunity. President Trump, please consider this evidence and spare Lisa Montgomery’s life. Spending the rest of her life in prison is more than adequate punishment for this crime given Lisa’s traumatic history and mental illness.

Sign the Petition to grant Lisa Montgomery a pardon of execution.

Let’s Chop It Up: Handing Out Flowers Edition

On today’s Let Chop It Up we discuss being a woman in the man’s crime writing world.

I also dropped off some fresh flowers for one of my favorite writers Christian Cipollini, author of the Gangland Mysteries series.

Follow him on Twitter: GanglandLegend, IG & Facebook!

Check it out!

Trap Music Legend Gucci Mane Says He Has No Regrets About 2005 Murder

Southern Trap rapper Gucci Mane has done a lot of work on himself both inside & out.

Check out this interview with Charlemagne where Gucci discusses his true feelings regarding the shooting death of Henry Lee Clark III in which he felt he was forced to commit May 10, 2005.

Gucci claimed that Clark, a rapper from Macon, Ga, and 4 other men attacked him & the shooting was self defense.

Charges were dropped in 2006 as prosecutors stated they didn’t have enough evidence to charge the “So Icey” rapper with murder.

While he still makes trap music, Gucci has seemingly has turned his life around and is often a source of inspiration & motivation via his social media accounts, promoting growth & self awareness.