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Editorial: Another Russian Sacrificial Feast

 It had been assumed by many newspaper correspondents in Russia that the series of trials of Stalin’s opponents and potential rivals had ended, and Stalin himself had talked of stopping the judicial persecution at least of the more obscure victims. But the trial of the twenty-one Old Bolshevists is barely ended before there are reports of further public trials involving highly placed generals and others.

Death penalty: state-sanctioned murder

The bungled execution of Saddam Hussein has raised this issue again. But executions in the US are no better.

It was while looking for background information on Stanley “Tookie“ Williams, the Californian death row inmate executed in December 2005, that I discovered what Karl Hammond (above) actually looked like, via the Texas Dept. of Corrections website. What a weird feeling! Until that moment the only thing I knew about his physical appearance was that he was black. You’ll not have heard of Karl Hammond, but I came in contact with him back in the late 980s when he was awaiting execution in Huntsville, Texas for the murder of an FBI secretary.

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