It is immaterial for me or anyone else to turn to the "Social Justice Movement" and look for them to thank the same Georgia Parole Board that they had damned to hell last year as they finally did something that the movement approved of.
Convicted murderer Daniel Greene of Georgia never garnered the following that Troy Davis was ever to assemble.
Ultimately Greene's life was not spared due to large rallies full of people who took on his persona - per the "I Am Daniel Greene" signs that they had on their t-shirts.
The main product of such mass "Hoodie rallies" is seen within the mind of those in attendance. The "congregational unity" of being a part of a STRUGGLE - as they stand against an "unjust" system - means more to the average person there than does their willingness to be held accountable for the number of people within their community who's consciousness compelled them take the life of another in a fit of rage or as they committed a crime of opportunity.
The point is - as long as they stay ahead of the indictment against them by generating external indictments of their own - they "self-convince themselves" that despite the success of their views rising to power into the government where they live - they can execute the "Establishment Power Repudiation" that is necessary for them to DENY that they now have the power to alter the consciousness of the people who they were charged with developing, producing the same "Social Justice" results WITHIN that they demand the nation to bestow upon them.
Daniel Greene should be thankful that the State Of Georgia has an infrastructure of checks and balances that afforded him a hearing before a Parole Board.
The people murdered each year in Georgia and elsewhere by Street Pirates have the right to condemn the self serving people in the community from which the consciousness of their killer was fomented - the entrenched ideological bigotry within preventing any sort of effective CHECK on their ways to be transacted - in the hopes that more effective outcomes would be had. With their murder and their voice silenced - they are not around to serve in a more effective counter rally for "REAL Social Justice" - the one produced organically - closer to home.
Without such bonding - the actor-vists are now seeing going after 'Stand Your Ground' laws. With the addition of David Greene's murderous exploits to the list below - the 23 "Stand Your Ground" defenses out of the 4,926 murders - STILL amounts to only 0.4% of the total homicides in the state.
As a massive high school defensive tackle, Daniel Greene had an unusually gentle nature on the football field. As a former coach wrote this week to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, “We could not coach the niceness out of him.”
During one five-hour rampage in 1991, however, Greene stunned those who knew him in close-knit Taylor County by killing former classmate Bernard Walker and then attacking an elderly couple and a store clerk as he stole money to buy crack cocaine.
On Thursday, Greene, 42, was supposed to be executed for his crimes. But in an unusual decision Friday, the parole board spared Greene’s life and sentenced him to serve the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The decision marked just the fourth time since 2002 the board granted clemency to a death-row inmate. During the same period, 25 condemned killers were put to death by lethal injection.
The five-member parole board, after a lengthy clemency hearing Tuesday, granted Greene a stay to consider pleas for mercy from former teachers, relatives, friends and a prison guard who called the 6-foot-5, 350-pound inmate “as fine a man as I have ever met.” Just three days later, the board commuted the sentence.
Not all welcomed the decision. Bob Bacle, the former police chief in Reynolds who held Walker in his arms as he died, expressed outrage. On Tuesday, he appeared before the parole board and asked for the death sentence to be carried out.
“When I looked into Bernard’s eyes, I told him I’d seek justice for him if I could,” said Bacle, who retired from the force in 2005. “I’m really upset.”
Jeff Ertel, one of Greene’s lawyers, said he was overjoyed for Greene and his family.
“I recognize the loss of Bernard Walker and the harm caused to the others was a tremendous loss for the people of Taylor County,” he said. “I would like to thank the board for its courageous act.”
Bacle described Walker, who did odd jobs for many residents in Taylor County, as an exceptional young man trusted and liked by everyone. Bacle said he had repeatedly asked Walker to join the police force, but Walker always refused.
“He said he couldn’t lock anyone up,” the former chief said. “He had such a kind heart.”
Taylor County Sheriff Chief Jeff Watson, a teammate of Greene's and the quarterback of the team at Taylor County High, said the murder devastated the community and "deeply scarred and tore apart two really good families." When he heard the news that Greene killed Walker, Watson said he couldn't believe it.
"It was just so out of character," Watson said. "That wasn't the Daniel I knew -- the easy-going guy, always laughing and cutting up."
Watson said he declined an invitation to attend the execution. Instead, Watson said, he and a local pastor paid Greene a visit Tuesday on death row because, "God had put him on my heart."
Greene's crime binge occurred Sept. 27, 1991, when he first went to the Suwanee Swifty store in Reynolds and forced the clerk to give him $142 from the cash register. He told police that when she yelled out, he stabbed her. When Walker, 20, arrived and tried to help the clerk, Greene fatally stabbed his former classmate in the heart before fleeing the scene.
Greene then drove to the home of a Macon County couple who had previously employed him as a farm laborer. Greene burst into their house, took their car keys and then stabbed Willie and Donice Montgomery multiple times. The couple survived.
Greene next went to another convenience store in Warner Robins and pulled a knife on the store attendant, who gave Greene money from the cash register. Greene stabbed her in the back of the shoulder before fleeing. He was later arrested at a relative's home and confessed to the crimes in a videotaped interview, saying he needed money for crack cocaine.
Greene's final words to police during the interview: "I need some help, 'cause of what I did."
Greene was tried and sentenced to death in 1992 in Clayton County, where the trial was held because of so much publicity back home.
A clemency petition filed this week on Greene's behalf said he had lived an exemplary life before the murderous rampage and an exemplary life since then. His only infraction while on death row: possessing too many stamps.
Corrections officer Randy Foster told the board that Greene has a great deal of sadness for what he did and has accepted responsibility for his acts.
"Daniel Greene is as fine a man as I have ever met in my life," Foster wrote. "He is not like anyone else on death row. ... I have seen him cry when talking about the people he hurt and killed and the loss he caused to the people in his hometown."
At Taylor County High, Greene wore number 71 stretched across his enormous frame. His coaches gave the linemen the nickname "Ton of Fun" because they were all oversized guys with bubbly personalities who loved playing the game, his former position coach, Freddie Harmon, told the parole board.