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Tuesday, May 06, 2008
William Earl Lynd executed... Earl Wesley Berry set for execution... I must speak out: Does every Caucasian male on America's death rows have three names, of which "Earl" is one? And if so, why? Is "Earl" an aggravating factor under prevailing death-penalty jurisprudence? Does it prejudice juries? Is it malpractice for defense counsel in capital cases not to make their "Earl" defendants change their names? Or are these defendants given the name at sentencing? At death-row in-take? Or is is that death-penalty states are the states where all Caucasian males have "Earl" somewhere in their names, so it don't matter no-how?