American Justice Notebook

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Just Saying: The Slap Heard Around the World & Death Penalty Facts

Chris Rock Finally Opens Up About Will Smith’s Infamous Slap In Netflix Special

Rock, who has been relatively quiet about the Oscars slap, joked at length about Smith’s infamous hit during a comedy special on Saturday.
Chris Rock, during a live Netflix special on Saturday, quipped that he had Will Smith’s “Summertime” ringing in his ears after the Best Actor winner infamously slapped him at the Oscars last year. — Huffington Post.



The problem with many of these clowns is that they lose touch with reality and start to believe they are the characters that a screenwriter creates in his head and puts down on paper.

The public doesn’t help much when they treat these mere mortals as though they were gods.

Yes, many of these actors are incredibly talented, and watching them ply their trade on the silver screen is inspirational.

Will Smith is talented, but he got to the point where he can punch, humiliate and feel proud about what he did.

And the Oscars audience applauded after he struck another human being — no apologies that night.

That was before the backlash from millions worldwide that can affect his pocketbook and “star” status.

Chris Rock was a class act in all this. He didn’t curse at Smith or demand that he gets tossed out of the room and arrested.

Does anyone believe Will Smith would have pulled this publicity-seeking-slap stunt if it was Mike Tyson on that stage saying the same joke about Jada Pinkett?


Facts AboutThe Death Penalty in the U.S.

The following states in the US have the death penalty: 

AlabamaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaFloridaGeorgiaIdahoIndianaKansasKentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina,Tennessee, Texas,Utah, and Wyoming

Some states have abolished the death penalty in recent years, including New Mexico (2009), Illinois (2011), Connecticut (2012), Maryland (2013), New Hampshire (2019), Colorado (2020) and Virginia


In addition, the District of Columbia has abolished the death penalty. For more information about Connecticut, Delaware, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington, see the notes below.


In addition, the U.S. Government has declared a moratorium on executions.

For more information, click here:  Death Penalty Information