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A Tale of Two Executions
Intellectual Conservative.com ^ | 15 December 2005 | Michael P. Tremoglie

Posted on 12/15/2005 6:33:31 AM PST by Miami Vice

One day after notorious gang leader and vicious killer Tookie Williams was executed in California -- despite weeks of very vocal, vociferous, protests by Hollywood stars, political and civil rights leaders -- another man was executed in Mississippi.

John B. Nixon, Sr. was 77 years old when he was executed December 14, 2005. He was the oldest man to be executed since the death penalty was reestablished in 1976 and the oldest to be executed since 1916.

Unlike the Tookie Williams execution, there were no protests about this execution. There were no claims about discrimination when imposing the death penalty involving John Nixon. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton did not travel to Mississippi to meet with the condemned. Former actor Mike Farrell did not fly to Mississippi to appear in front of the prison on TV and rant about the inequities of this particular case or of the criminal justice system in general. Fox News Channel and Air America host Alan Colmes did not say Nixon might be innocent because there was no DNA evidence.

One has to wonder why this execution went ignored. After all, there were more circumstances involved with this case than with Williams that may have provided a reason for commuting the sentence to life.

Nixon was convicted of the 1985 murder for hire of a Mississippi woman. The woman’s ex-husband hired him. He shot and wounded the woman’s current husband before killing the woman as he was contracted to do.

The man who hired him only received a life sentence (Nixon was sentenced in 1986). Nixon made every possible appeal. All were rejected and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour did not grant clemency.

Many differences between the two cases would lend themselves for clemency for Nixon as opposed to Tookie Williams.

Nixon only murdered one person, one time. Williams murdered four people, two different times. Nixon was twenty years older than Tookie and spent less time on death row. Nixon was a former auto mechanic who volunteered for service in the Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged. Tookie was the founder and leader of a murderous gang.

Unlike Tookie, Nixon was diagnosed with a mental disorder. Unlike Tookie, Nixon saved the lives of other people.

So there were a great many reasons to spare Nixon. Yet the only protests made about executing him was a simple statement from the website of the National Coalition Against the Death Penalty and something from a Canadian anti-death penalty group. Other than that, there were some news reports -- not much though.

Contrast that with the showering of media stories, TV programs, websites, and radio shows all about Tookie Williams. He even had a movie made about him.

John Nixon had no savejohnnixon.org, website going for him, like there was a savetookie.org. There were no articles in the Revolutionary Worker Online for Nixon as there were for Williams. Nothing on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, or anyplace else for Nixon as there was for Williams.

Unlike the Tookie Williams execution, there were no interviews with college professors offering their years-long studies indicating that the administration of capital punishment in the US is discriminatory. When it came to John Nixon academicians, lawyers groups, civil rights groups, and anti-death penalty groups were all MIA.

There were no witnesses when John Nixon was executed chanting: “The State of Mississippi has killed an innocent man,” as there was when Tookie was killed.

Europeans were not outraged by Nixon’s execution as they were about Williams’.

Not one Catholic Bishop made a public statement about the execution of John Nixon. Yet, they were very outspoken about Williams’ execution. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, N.Y., the chairperson of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Domestic Policy, wrote a letter to California Governor Schwarzenegger requesting Williams not be executed.

Bishop DiMarzio did not write anything to Governor Barbour.

The NAACP said nothing. The Death Penalty Information Center said nothing. Amnesty International said nothing.

They were all there for Tookie. They went AWOL for Nixon.

Why though? This is the real question. Why not protest the Nixon execution? This is the mystery.

As already stated the differences between the Nixon and Williams cases lent themselves to Nixon being more worthy of commutation than Williams. Yet, no sound was made to save him.

However, there was another difference between Williams and Nixon. One that may explain why so many groups coalesced to protest the execution of Tookie Williams and not John Nixon. A difference other than Williams’ history of violence, his history of crime as opposed to Nixon’s history of working for a living. A difference other than Williams’ creation of an organized crime group and Nixon’s military service.

Nixon was white. Tookie was black. Maybe that explains the reason why the silence was deafening when John Nixon was executed and a din of protests for Williams.

Could it be that the protests about the Tookie Williams execution were just another example of racial exploitation by liberals?

Probably.

A former police officer, Michael P. Tremoglie recently published his first novel, Sense of Duty. His work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Human Events, FrontPage Magazine, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has a Master of Science degree from Saint Joseph's University,Philadelphia.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deathpenalty; execution; johnnixon; liberals; race; stanleywilliams

1 posted on 12/15/2005 6:33:34 AM PST by Miami Vice
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To: Miami Vice

While I get the point of the article, anybody who works as a contract killer has probably done enough to warrant execution.


2 posted on 12/15/2005 6:37:27 AM PST by gondramB (Rightful liberty is unobstructed action within limits of the equal rights of others.)
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To: Miami Vice
"One has to wonder why this execution went ignored."

I don't. He was White, old and didn't attract the degenerate 'Celebrities' and Race Baiters like Jesse Jackson. As a result the MSM found it too much trouble to whip up the masses to create a news event. It's really very simple AND very Racist if you ask me but typical of our new up is down Society.

3 posted on 12/15/2005 6:39:11 AM PST by TCats
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To: Miami Vice
Its the Race Card TM. If Stanley Williams had been a white gangbanger, the Left would not have raised a finger for him. He just happened to have the right skin color and that's what attracted liberals to him like bears are attracted to honey.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

4 posted on 12/15/2005 6:43:19 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: gondramB

There was a mental illness question. Of course, Clinton allowed a guy missing 40% of his brain (Rector) to be executed for political reasons.


5 posted on 12/15/2005 6:45:12 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Miami Vice

If only Mr Nixon had written a few children's books!


6 posted on 12/15/2005 6:46:36 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: Gay State Conservative
White guys will never be victims. They're not politically correct.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

7 posted on 12/15/2005 6:47:49 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: ncountylee

"There was a mental illness question. Of course, Clinton allowed a guy missing 40% of his brain (Rector) to be executed for political reasons."

I know this is going to sound cold but I am generally in favor of executing contract killers no matter what.


8 posted on 12/15/2005 6:48:29 AM PST by gondramB (Rightful liberty is unobstructed action within limits of the equal rights of others.)
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To: Miami Vice
For all the talk of the death penalty being given disproportionately to blacks, the fact remains that they are 12% of the US population and commit 50% of the murders.

By that math, 50% of the people on death row ought to be black, but they aren't.

9 posted on 12/15/2005 6:50:07 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: goldstategop

It's not "bears attracted to honey" but "flies attracted to sh*t". Bears, after all, are omnivores.


10 posted on 12/15/2005 6:52:54 AM PST by GSlob
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To: Miami Vice
Not one Catholic Bishop made a public statement about the execution of John Nixon. Yet, they were very outspoken about Williams’ execution. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, N.Y., the chairperson of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Domestic Policy, wrote a letter to California Governor Schwarzenegger requesting Williams not be executed.

As a Catholic, I am very uncomfortable with the death penalty (but would not say that I am opposed to it), and I have no problem with the Bishops taking a stance against it, I just wish they would be consistent and if they are going to stand-up for scum, that they do so for all scum, not just the politically correct scum.

11 posted on 12/15/2005 6:53:55 AM PST by Sthitch
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To: E. Pluribus Unum


Death penalty is not given for murder, but for aggravated murder. Plus many blacks live in jurisdictions where the death penalty is rarely given, even when justified or legal.


12 posted on 12/15/2005 6:53:59 AM PST by LWalk18
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To: Miami Vice; mpackard; titleist975; LibLieSlayer; Soulfull; wxdawg; A Mississippian; Cedar; ...

Mississippi ping


13 posted on 12/15/2005 6:54:12 AM PST by WKB (If you can't dazzle them with brilliance.. then Baffle them with BS)
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To: Miami Vice
Unlike the Tookie Williams execution, there were no protests about this execution.



This is not rocket science

One in Ca. One in Mississippi
nuff said
14 posted on 12/15/2005 6:57:13 AM PST by WKB (If you can't dazzle them with brilliance.. then Baffle them with BS)
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To: WKB
They knew Haley would not entertain their antics like Arnold did.
15 posted on 12/15/2005 7:00:38 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Dr. Adrian Rogers, September 12, 1931 - November 15, 2005)
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To: gondramB

I don't think that was the point. The point was that it is okay to execute white criminals, but not black criminals.


16 posted on 12/15/2005 7:01:50 AM PST by Redleg Duke (Kennedy and Kerry, the two Commissars of the Peoples' Republic of Massachusetts!)
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To: LWalk18
Death penalty is not given for murder, but for aggravated murder. Plus many blacks live in jurisdictions where the death penalty is rarely given, even when justified or legal.

My point was that blacks are not disproportionately represented on death row.

My point still stands.

17 posted on 12/15/2005 7:02:12 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam Factoid:After forcing young girls to watch his men execute their fathers, Muhammad raped them.)
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To: Sybeck1
Haley being a Presbyterian
probably figured he was gonna die anyway
18 posted on 12/15/2005 7:02:44 AM PST by WKB (If you can't dazzle them with brilliance.. then Baffle them with BS)
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To: goldstategop
If Stanley Williams had been a white gangbanger, the Left would not have raised a finger for him.

Oh yes they would have raised their middle finger.

19 posted on 12/15/2005 7:10:50 AM PST by oyez (Appeasement is death!)
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To: Miami Vice

The Good news is that they are both dead, The bad news is that it took 20 years to do it.


20 posted on 12/15/2005 7:20:25 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: WKB; Miami Vice

"Nixon was white. Tookie was black. Maybe that explains the reason why the silence was deafening when John Nixon was executed and a din of protests for Williams."


He forgot that Tookie was nominated for a Nobel Prize.
Nixon wasn't.

I'm sure that was the difference...(/s)

Good article, MV.
Thanks for the ping, WKB.


21 posted on 12/15/2005 7:53:21 AM PST by dixiechick2000
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To: dixiechick2000

Thank Tremoglie he wrote it. He is William Tell 2 on FR


22 posted on 12/15/2005 8:06:35 AM PST by Miami Vice
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
By that math, 50% of the people on death row ought to be black, but they aren't.

In Philadelphia, of those convicted of crimes eligible for the death penalty, blacks were found to be 38% more likely to be given the death penalty. Being black was also statistically found to be an aggravating factor for harsher sentencing, right between multiple stab wounds and torture.

I'm not against the death penalty, but the system definitely needs fixing.

23 posted on 12/15/2005 8:10:01 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: ncountylee
There was a mental illness question. Of course, Clinton allowed a guy missing 40% of his brain (Rector) to be executed for political reasons.

I remember reading about that case. Rector was eating his last meal when they came for him. As he was being led down the last mile, he was so clueless about what was about to happen he said, "Don't let them take my pie away--I want to save it for later," or words to that effect.

Bill Clinton's "legacy" rears its ugly head yet again.

24 posted on 12/15/2005 8:11:38 AM PST by Uncle Vlad
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To: Miami Vice; William Tell 2

Thank you, MV...I will do just that.


This is a very good article, WT2.
Thank you for your efforts.


25 posted on 12/15/2005 8:13:04 AM PST by dixiechick2000
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To: Uncle Vlad

It was pecan pie too.


26 posted on 12/15/2005 8:14:55 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee

That's right.


27 posted on 12/15/2005 8:15:44 AM PST by Uncle Vlad
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To: dixiechick2000

Thanks Dixiechick2000

As usual thanks Miamivice for posting it. I don't know if I told you. My novel is finally published.

One of the two main themes of the book is the exploitation of race by liberals.

Oh BTW - to antiRepublicrat that Philadelphia study you mentioned is a great example of a post hoc fallacy. Even if you accept the data as true ( there were questions about its credibility), the fact remains it did not establish that racism was the cause.

In order to prove a cause/effect three things are necessary:

1- Temporal Precedence (One must show cause occurred before the effect)

2- Covariation ( there must be a relationship; like clouds are dark before it rains)

3 - No Plausible Alternative Explanations ( you have to eliminate all other possibilities)

These racial studies used by race hustlers and liberals always have the first two yet conveniently forget number three.


28 posted on 12/15/2005 8:28:19 AM PST by William Tell 2
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To: Sthitch
There ain't nothin' wrong with the death penalty, but ya gotta keep an eye on them DAs and their idiot juries.

Also, a punishment has to be BOTH cruel AND unusual to be wrong - ain't nothin' unusual 'bout death. Happens to everybody at least once.

IN Tookie's case, however, the was not much of a question of guilt; nor was there in the case of Nixon. My gripe is that Tookie died much too easily. If he was in good shape and drug free they shoulda sent him to a hospital and cut him up for parts...
29 posted on 12/15/2005 8:30:51 AM PST by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: Redleg Duke; E. Pluribus Unum

"I don't think that was the point. The point was that it is okay to execute white criminals, but not black criminals."

i know that i missed that point and I think some of the other posters did too - I did not notice in the story that he was white.


30 posted on 12/15/2005 2:52:41 PM PST by gondramB (Rightful liberty is unobstructed action within limits of the equal rights of others.)
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To: Miami Vice

If somebody is executed and BJ Hunnicut (aka Mike Ferrel) doesn't show up to get his face on TV, does the execution make a sound?


31 posted on 12/15/2005 3:05:13 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

Good one


32 posted on 12/15/2005 3:56:07 PM PST by Miami Vice
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To: goldstategop

33 posted on 12/15/2005 4:07:23 PM PST by ErnBatavia (403-3)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

What is the %?


34 posted on 12/15/2005 5:37:16 PM PST by katiebelle
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To: Miami Vice

Thanks. My favorite (bad taste) joke in this line is: "If Helen Keller were alone in a forest and fell down, would she make a sound?"


35 posted on 12/15/2005 7:27:09 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Gay State Conservative

that is the funniest thing I've ever hear about John Nixon. I'm related to him. I honestly agree with him being executed and I can't believe his last words were accusing his son of doing it instead of him, I can't see him doing that at all! Don't get me wrong, I'm a very big family person but it's about time he was executed!


36 posted on 12/19/2005 2:16:25 PM PST by tifajk (Family of John Nixon!)
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