Sunday, September 16, 2007


I submitted some stock pix yesterday. I liked this. It is pine needles fallen on a puddle, and I thought it would make a great texture layer for graphic artists, but it got rejected. Hey ho, but I still like it.

It's wet here today, so I'll leave the garden and concentrate on holiday clothes and my piano practise. I feel like I'm getting a little better at the piano. I'll never be a natural, but I'm glad I didn't give up earlier on because I'm starting to enjoy it.

This also moved me this week. She is a remarkable young woman:

"University honour for lawyer
A US-BASED lawyer who specialises in fighting miscarriages of justice has been named Edinburgh University alumnus of the year.

Emily Maw, who is director of The Innocence Project New Orleans, received the award yesterday in recognition for her work with prisoners in the states of Louisiana and Mississippi.

In the past six years, the project has overturned 12 wrongful convictions for men sentenced to life without parole. Ms Maw, 31, was responsible for securing eight of these overturned convictions.

She was given a project grant by the Alumni Fund to take up an internship at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Centre while a law student in Edinburgh, and returned for four years after graduation.

Her caseloads have included prisoners sentenced to death for first-degree murder and rape, and she has helped save ten people from execution.

Professor Alexander McCall Smith, Edinburgh Alumnus of the Year 2006, and a former tutor to Ms Maw, said:

"Ms Maw's determination and spirit are quite remarkable. She has probably saved lives; she has certainly prevented innocent men from spending their lives in degrading and unwarranted penal servitude."

She had a fantastic speech, which I can't find on-line, which was delivered to the freshers students. It included a plea from one of her clients, who has already served 25 years on death row, that simply said,"Do well for all those who won't ever get the chance."

See more about the project here .

This is their mission statement:

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release. IPNO works in the states with the country's highest incarceration rates, and the highest rate of wrongful conviction in the country. By identifying and remedying cases and causes of wrongful conviction, IPNO engages in high impact, frontline advocacy in the courts of law and public opinion, and leads a community-based response to the mistakes made by our criminal justice system.


Blogger Verilion said...

She certainly sounds like she really deserves the prize. I also really like the photo.

4:06 pm  
Blogger Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

That is incredible work Emily Maw is doing. Seldom do we stop to think, I suspect, of the all too numerous miscarriages of justice.

By the way, I thought the picture was brilliant!

5:05 pm  
Anonymous belle said...

Totally unrelated but ... I looked up the Flow Country on Google as I had not heard of it.
I had not realised at all that this was the area damaged by the forestry tax breaks although I knew of them.
Do you know much about it? Has it recovered from the non-native tree planting damage ... and where might I find the best images?
I want to know more!

8:46 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

SNH was created as a direct result of the damaging forestry planations brought about by the tax breaks. The RSPB have been instrumental in preserving vast areas of it by buying land and conserving. Rare birds like the divers live on the lochans there.

This is a good article with a typical photograph of the landscape.

There's a booklet here and info on the visitors' centre created by the RSPB

10:42 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

And this is from the the snh site and lists the protected wetlands including Caithness and Sutherland

10:48 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

This is a diver:

I've met Laurie Campbell, he's an amazing photographer

10:53 pm  
Blogger apprentice said...

Missed off this:

11:03 pm  
Anonymous belle said...

thanks apprentice - sorry if that kind of hi-jacked the subject of your post .... much appreciated!

7:23 am  
Blogger f:lux said...

I love the photo. I love the look of it, bit it's also one of those images that spark smell memories, and makes you want almost happy about the imminent arrival of autumn, for walks in foisty woods.

10:09 am  
Blogger PI said...

What do they know?
re Emily Maw she must be a bright light in a very murky area. One of my sons pointed me in the direction of a blog by a Brit incarcerated in a US prison and some of the stories are horrific and I had to stop reading it. There is a particular Sherrif who could be Satan himself.

10:53 am  
Blogger apprentice said...

Thnks f:lux. The stock library have very straight tastes at times. The smell of resin was lovely, and there were cones everywhere after the gales we've had. Autumnal indeed.

Pat I couldn't read that stuff either, but I won't comment on the sysyem as our is far from perfect either. But to achieve all that at 31 is remarkable.

11:38 am  

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