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Death of bin Laden: Doomsday or Renewal?

May 6, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody We are left to speculate as to the effect of the execution of Osama bin Laden on the American psyche. On a feeding frenzy since 9/11, the military industrial complex, the most self-conscious wing of corporate capitalism, will need the kind of resuscitation that only money can buy. There appears to be […]

War and Prison: Instruments of Christian Darwinism

April 29, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody A wise person once said something to me that I never forgot: “All evil goes back to ‘I want to be somebody.’” Reflect on the evil that has occurred in your own life or on the evil that you have inflicted on others. At the root is the scramble to become or […]

Maine Wants a Piece of Arizona’s Immigration Law

April 23, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody As Maine lurches from one legislative session to another, it becomes common for the media to sit back and decide which bill is valid and which a waste of time. Having been both a legislator and editorial writer, I have an appreciation of the urgings that drive both. In a word, both […]

Republican Senators Blast Gov. Paul LePage

April 19, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody I respond to the opinion piece on Gov. Paul LePage, posted in the Kennebec Journal on April 4th by 8 of his Republican colleagues in the senate. It was run while LePage was on vacation and after he had apologized to the senators. The prevailing rule of politics is indeed civil discourse. […]

What Would Jesus Do with a 9mm Glock?

April 6, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody As legislators struggle with the effectiveness and human dignity issues surrounding lifetime sex offender registries that, under the Adam Walsh Act, would run the gamut of 189 categories from pedophilia to urinating on the sidewalk, there emerges a contingent of leaders pushing for harsher distinctions. In a word, these leaders seem to […]

Maine Murderer Takes the Fall for Connecticut Priest

March 30, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody 60 Years and Counting: It was August 20, 1987.  The Prosecution asked the Court to sentence 23-yr. old Jeffrey Libby to 50 years for murdering his grandfather in a fit of rage.  The judge, now deceased, sentenced him to 60 years, saying, “There is nothing in this case that can be seen […]

Prison Reform: Moving Beyond the Scott Sisters

March 24, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody Shortly before the Scott Sisters, Jamie and Gladys, were released from prison in Mississippi in early January, 2011, I was a bit player in the drama by efforts to have Jamie apply for a pass for me to visit as her pastor. Conversations with a number of happy, accommodating bureaucrats within the […]

What List Are You On?

March 23, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody In my work on prison reform in Maine, I have noticed that there are pockets of activists, some organized and some not so organized, each with a certain niche but with no collaborative agenda. Several weeks ago, I had lunch with the founder and executive director of one of those well-organized but […]

Denial Is a River in Gotham City, Maine

March 22, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody Syndicated Columnist, Leonard Pitts, recently published a piece, “Telling the truth that no one wants to believe.” It strikes at the heart of what ails America as we lurch from one political extreme to another. Government’s role no longer is the protection of and promotion of the general welfare of its citizens […]

Prison Advocacy Group Files Federal Complaint on Prisoner Deaths

March 18, 2011

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Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (M-PAC) maineprisoneradvocacy.org Jonathan M. Smith, Chief Civil Rights Division RE: Request for Investigation Special Litigation Section of Maine Department of Corrections U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20530 March 17, 2011 Dear Jonathan M. Smith: The Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (M-PAC), a growing coalition of human rights […]