1906 Conviction and Death Sentenced Overturned

This is from 2000 but still worth a read:

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Ninety-four years after a black man accused of raping a white woman was lynched by a mob, a judge overturned the man’s conviction and death sentence Friday.

Ed Johnson was hanged in 1906 from a bridge spanning the Tennessee River by a mob that included Hamilton County Sheriff Joseph Shipp. The mob was angry that the U.S. Supreme Court had agreed to stay Johnson’s execution and to
consider his case.

“God Bless you all. I am an innocent man,” were supposedly Johnson’s last words.

Hamilton County Criminal Judge Doug Meyer overturned Johnson’s conviction at the urging of a defense attorney haunted by the case since discovering it 30 years ago during unrelated court research.

“It really is hard for us in the white community to imagine how badly blacks were treated at that time,” Meyer said as several observers in the crowded, small courtroom murmured in agreement. “It’s still a continuing struggle.”

The victim, Nevada Taylor, was walking home from her job in downtown Chattanooga when she was raped. She testified at Johnson’s trial she thought he was the attacker, but she wasn’t sure.

CopWatchers

A YouTube Channel:

Police brutality is a term used to describe the excessive use of physical force, assault, verbal attacks, and threats by police officers and other law enforcement officers. The term may also be used to apply to such behavior when used by prison officers. Widespread, systematic police brutality exists in many countries, even those which prosecute it.[1] Brutality is one of several forms of police misconduct which include false arrest, intimidation, racial profiling, political repression, surveillance abuse, sexual abuse, and police corruption.

The purpose of this channel is to provide one space where we can upload video evidence of police abusing their powers for all to see,the aim being that if they know we are paying attention and watching them,they will have to behave in the right manner and observe what civil rights we still have left.

Cracking Open the Altair 8800

Tag along as Erik Klein lovingly restores a 1974 Altair 8800 to working order. Aficionado and collector Klein runs Vintage-Computer.com, a Web site dedicated to documenting and discussing historic hardware and programming.

These machines, which were among the earliest computers made widely available, were packaged in do-it-yourself kits available through mail order from the manufacturer, MITS of Albuquerque, N.M. You might remember MITS from its role in spurring a two-man gig later called “Micro-Soft.” MITS bought a program from Bill Gates…on paper tape.