DAILY GRINDER: Terrance Williams Denied Clemency
Convicted, condemned murderer Terrance Williams lost his clemency bid yesterday when the five member clemency board did not vote to unanimously spare his life. Clemens murdered Mt. Airy churchman Amos Norwood in 1984 during, it was then claimed, an alleged robbery. Since then, claims have been made that Clemens had been sexually abused by Norwood and the robbery story was created by police to convict Williams. A Change.org petition had been passed around calling for Gov. Tom Corbett to grant clemency, and noted Williams was a “survivor of sexual abuse.” Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Thomas Dolgenos, arguing for the death penalty, noted that Williams’ allegations of molestation were not made at his trial in the mid-80s or any appeals, until 1998. “He has every motivation to make those allegations [of abuse] now,” he said. Williams is scheduled to die on October 3rd.
Councilman David Oh thinks City Council members should not have to resign their seat if they want to run for another higher office. He calls this “disadvantageous for our city”—what is David Oh running for next?
A video was released yesterday showing Mitt Romney being asked how he was going to win the election. He responded: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”
A little offensive, no? He had a cleanup press conference last night, which didn’t really help the situation. Watch it:
Advocacy groups are working with Pennsylvania colleges to get students identification cards with a photo and an expiration date, since both are required on IDs used to vote in November. Some schools have already begun issuing new IDs.
Another Philadelphia Catholic priest has been suspended for allegedly molesting kids.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s foundation is donating $200,000 to help renovate a football field in Hunting Park.