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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Goldstone sentenced tens of blacks to death as judge

The Hebrew website Yedioth Aharonoth (YNet's counterpart) will report over the weekend that as a South African judge during the apartheid era, Richard Goldstone sent tens of blacks to their deaths.
Israel's largest newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, is leading this morning on the top of its front page with an advance story to its weekend edition by its top investigative reporter, Tzadok Yechezkeli, that while a judge during the Apartheid regime in South Africa, Richard Goldstone sentenced tens of blacks to death sentences, beatings, and enforced racial laws. (Headline) Goldstone: "Those were the laws, and I had to respect them".


In the full story to come out on Friday, it will be reported that while a judge in the South African Court of Appeals, Goldstone sent tens of blacks to their death. They point out in the article that while this hasn't stopped Goldstone from severely criticizing the death penalty and those countries that continue to permit it, he has himself never expressed any regret for his actions.

According to Yediot's findings, Goldstone confirmed the death sentences of at least 28 accused blacks, who had appealed their sentences, most of them for murder, and he expressed his support for death sentences in his decisions as well, as he wrote in the case of a young black man who was sentenced to death for killing the white owner of a restaurant after he fired him: "The death penalty needs to reflect the demands of society to take retribution for the crimes that people see, justifiably, as horrifying". Goldstone, "declared that the gallows were the only punishment of deterrent in these cases", and wrote: "Fury is a relevant factor in the imposition of a suitable punishment".

The article notes that Goldstone also supported Apartheid policies in other decisions where the death sentence was not involved, among them: "He confirmed a punishment of flogging for 4 blacks who were charged with violence, and acquitted 4 policemen who broke into the house of a white woman who was suspected of having sexual relations with a black man - which was considered then to be a severe crime in South Africa".
I remember hearing this story last fall when the Goldstone Report came out. I guess he was just following orders.



At 1:32 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

He was just being a faithful servant of the South African government. Today he claims to be a high-minded paragon of international human rights. I don't want to say, Et tu, Goldstone. The one thing that runs like a thread through his career is his ability to take advantage of whatever situation presented itself. And ironically, the same people defending him today are the same people who were on the opposite side of him on South Africa's apartheid policies in the 1970s and the 1980s.

At 2:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

goldstone is an opportunist of the worst kind...that we know

what this points out is that those that respect him have absolutely no moral compass...and that we know too

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Goldstone is a pathetic tool, a dhimmi, a kapo. I wonder how he can look himself in the mirror.


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