The difference is though that New York is not enforcing its death penalty now, and Texas is.
On Monday, Texas resumed the criminal trial of a death penalty case against a mentally ill criminal defendant James Calvert.
There was a pause in the trial.
Because James Calvert was ordered to be SHOCKED by high-voltage shock for - guess what - failure to stand up while speaking to a judge, judge Jack Skeen.
The judge reportedly (see the same link) denied the self-represented criminal defendant the right to represent himself, as he wanted while all the defendant wanted was, reportedly:
- that court reporting of his trial should be done accurately - he "objected to the use of a new court reporter and claimed some court reports are under investigation";
- asked for the police records to be allowed into evidence;
- claimed a police log was "untruthful" and "biased".
All of the above claims of the criminal defendant were legitimate.
Yet, this is what the judge did:
1) reportedly, he ordered to shock the defendant for failure to stand up when talking to the court;
2) denied the criminal defendant the right to defend himself;
3) bickered with the criminal defendant, openly stating to him, in public proceedings: "the only thing that you cannot handle is the truth".
The shock, this statement, and punishing the criminal defendant with stripping him of his right to self-defense BECAUSE he wanted evidence in and BECAUSE he claimed wrongoing on behalf of a court reporter and the police, is evidence of JUDICIAL BIAS.
And judicial bias in a death penalty case EQUALS DEATH for the criminal defendant.
Yet, a reporter from NBC considered it possible for himself as a human being to state the following in his "journalistic" coverage of the case:
"the defendant has already experienced a very small taste of how an electric chair might feel: He was given a shock in court for refusing to comply with a judge's orders", the orders being to stand up while talking to a judge.
TASERED for not standing up in court.
A mentally ill person.
A pro se litigant.
A presumed-innocent criminal defendant.
Fighting a death penalty case.
TASERED by the court for not standing up to speak to the judge.
And a journalist is snickering that he has "already experienced a very small taste of how an electric chair might feel".
There were so many people present in the courtroom when it happened.
WHAT KIND OF HUMAN BEINGS have we become to allow this?
And shouldn't THIS CASE put an end to the death penalty in this country - for good.
Because the way it is handled, I would presume that the judge giving the James Calvert the "small taste of how an electric chair might feel" was the real purpose of the judge. At least it appears this way.
My opinion is that Judge Skeen should be taken off the bench, disbarred and criminally prosecuted for this episode, for assault and battery.
We will see if Judge Skeen will suffer any consequences of his outrageous conduct.
After all, judges in this country consider themselves not nobility, not royalty, but deity.