Free at last?

Free at last?

Alice Through the Macro Lens June 27, 2012 He always had a feeling it would always come down to just one person. One governor to agree to sign the release. One judge to admit his mistake. One man to cleanse his soul and confess his sin. On Monday 25th June 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States of America held that “The Eighth Amendment forbids a sentencing scheme that mandates life in prison without possibility of parole for juvenile homicide offenders.” He was…

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The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

Maine Coast Now By Lawrence Reichard February 14, 2007 Two days ago I opened the New York Times and there it was, the first new article on Gary Tyler in years. Never mind Katrina, this man has been living his own personal hell in Louisiana for 33 years, two thirds of his life, and there is no end in sight. Gary Tyler has been buried alive by the state of Louisiana, and it’s all legal. Gary’s crime? Being in the…

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“They Beat Gary So Bad”

“They Beat Gary So Bad”

By Bob Herbert, Op-Ed Columnist / New York Times  St. Rose, Louisiana, February 8, 2007  Juanita Tyler lives in a neat one-story house that sits behind a glistening magnolia tree that dominates the small front lawn. She is 74 now and unfailingly gracious, but she admits to being tired from a lifetime of hard work and trouble. I went to see her to talk about her son, Gary. The Tylers are black. In 1974, when Gary was 16, he was accused of…

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Gary Tyler’s Lost Decades

Gary Tyler’s Lost Decades

By Bob Herbert, Op-Ed Columnist / New York Times Destrehan, Louisiana, February 5, 2007  The term time warp could have been coined for this rural town of 11,000 residents that sits beside, and just a little below, the Mississippi River. A remnant of the sugar-plantation era, the region’s racially troubled past is always here, seldom spoken about but inescapable, like the murk in the air of a perpetually stalled weather front. The Harry Hurst Middle School is on the site of the…

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Free Gary Tyler: Thirty Years of Injustice by Joe Allen

Free Gary Tyler: Thirty Years of Injustice by Joe Allen

Joe Allen is the author of a three-part series on Vietnam, co-author of “Leonard Peltier: Incident at Oglala Thirty Years On,” (ISR 44, November–December 2005), and is a frequent contributor to the ISR. The article is in the current issue of the September-October 2006 issue of the International Socialist Review. GARY TYLER, at one time the youngest person on death row, turned forty-eight years old this July. He has spent thirty-two of those years in jail for a crime he…

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Legal Lynching In Louisiana The Case That Refuses To Die

Legal Lynching In Louisiana The Case That Refuses To Die

By Adam Nossiter Originally publised by The Nation Magazine  March 12, 1990  Lynchings in the Deep South are rare these days. Respectable Southerners never much cared for them anyway, although they recognized their usefulness as a way of keeping blacks in their place. Still, lynchings were awfully messy. So over the years, the starched shirt South developed a cleaner, more formal way of carrying out this larger social purpose. It used the court system. Small-town Southern justice has proved as…

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American Federation of Teachers 1976 Convention Resolution No. 28 New Trial for Gary Tyler

American Federation of Teachers 1976 Convention Resolution No. 28 New Trial for Gary Tyler

Submitted by: The United Teachers of New Orleans, Local 527 Whereas, Gary Tyler was singled out from a bus load of Black students following the shooting of a white student during a racial disturbance at Destrehan High School, which has had a history of such disturbances, and Whereas, seventeen tear old Gary Tyler was convicted of murder by an all white jury and sentenced to death, and Whereas, several witnesses have said on the stand that original testimony at Gary’s…

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