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  • Hillary Clinton Won’t Say Whether She Backs Death Penalty For Dylann Roof

    05/31/2016 3:59:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | May 31, 2016
    For nearly a week now, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has refused to answer a simple yes or no question: whether she favors the Department of Justice’s decision to seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine people last year at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Philippine president-elect Duterte vows to kill criminals (Well, There goes the legislature.)

    05/15/2016 2:48:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/15/16 | Ayee Macaraig - AFP
    Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed Sunday to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces "shoot-to-kill" orders in a devastating war on crime. In his first press conference since winning the May 9 elections in a landslide, the tough-talking mayor of southern Davao city warned his campaign threats to kill were not rhetoric. "What I will do is urge Congress to restore (the) death penalty by hanging," Duterte, 71, told a press conference in Davao. He also said he would give security forces "shoot-to-kill" orders against organised criminals or those who violently resisted arrest. "If you resist, show violent resistance, my...
  • Pfizer’s Lethal Injection Drug Ban Raises Fears of Alternative Execution Methods in US

    05/15/2016 12:40:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 14 May 2016 | Jamie Doward
    Human rights campaigners warn action is needed to stop use of unlicensed drugs or other legally unsatisfactory methodsHuman rights groups have welcomed news that pharmaceutical firm Pfizer is to block the sale of its drugs in the US to perform executions, but warned that legally dubious alternatives could take their place. All companies licensed by the US government to manufacture drugs for state executions have now blocked their use in lethal injections. Pfizer’s withdrawal follows a campaign targeting pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders. The company said: “Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we...
  • Gov. Scott signs into law overhaul of Florida death penalty

    03/07/2016 1:22:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 7, 2016 3:50 PM EST | Brendan Farrington
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a major overhaul of Florida’s death penalty on Monday in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring the previous system unconstitutional. The new law requires at least 10 out of 12 jurors recommend execution for it to be carried out. Florida previously required that a majority of jurors recommend the death sentence. The law was found unconstitutional in January because jurors served an advisory role while judges had the final say in death penalty cases. “It is my solemn duty to uphold the laws of Florida and my foremost concern is always...
  • Utah Senate narrowly passes death penalty repeal

    03/02/2016 2:51:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 2, 2016 5:40 PM EST | Michelle L. Price
    Utah senators on Wednesday voted to abolish the death penalty, advancing what had been considered a longshot proposal in the conservative state. The measure marks a stunning turn in Utah, where a year ago lawmakers voted to reinstate the use of the firing squad as a backup execution method. Lawmakers argued last year that if the state has a shortage of lethal injection drugs, it must still find a way to kill death row inmates. Sen. Steve Urquhart, a Republican, is leading the push this year to repeal capital punishment, citing conservative themes of imperfect governments and capital punishment as...
  • Is the Magisterium in crisis?

    02/26/2016 10:54:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 2/25/16 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    CONTRACEPTION So Fr Lombardi believes, apparently, that Papa Bergoglio was right: B Paul VI did permitt nuns in the Congo to guard themselves contraceptively against the consequences of rape. If there is evidence that Montini made some utterance to this effect, then we have a right to be told where it is so that we can go and look at it. That, surely, is why the Apostolic See publishes its Acta. If people are required to respect and obey a Magisterium, then Natural Justice requires that they should have the means to acquaint themselves with their obligations. Otherwise, why decimate...
  • Delaware House Rejects Legislation to Abolish Death Penalty

    Proponents of a defeated measure to abolish Delaware's death penalty say they will continue fighting until capital punishment is outlawed. The legislation failed Thursday evening in the state House, getting only 16 of the 21 votes needed for passage. Twenty-three lawmakers voted against the bill, which cleared the Senate last year by a single vote. Supporters said they would try to resurrect the measure after a five-week break for budget committee meetings.
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida Death Penalty Law

    01/12/2016 7:58:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 12, 2016 | Pete Williams
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Florida's death penalty law unconstitutional. Florida requires the trial judge, not the jury to make the critical findings necessary to impose the death penalty.
  • The Dawn of a New Form of Capital Punishment (Nitrogen)

    11/29/2015 6:03:09 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 68 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 2015 | Josh Sanborn
    Why Oklahoma became the first state to approve nitrogen gas as a lethal injection alternative In the weeks following the execution of Clayton Lockett, the Oklahoma death row inmate whose botched lethal injection triggered a statewide moratorium on executions, lawmakers there began rethinking their approach to capital punishment. Among the people they called on to help was Michael Copeland. Copeland is a criminal justice professor at East Central University, a public school with about 6,000 students in Ada, Okla. From 2010 to 2013, he was the director of the anti-fraud unit at the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Before that, he was...
  • Texas executes inmate for killing man in $8 robbery

    10/06/2015 10:03:12 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 7, 2015
    A convicted killer in Texas was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting another man in a robbery that yielded just $8. No late appeals were filed for Juan Martin Garcia, who was lethally injected for the September 1998 killing and robbery of Hugo Solano in Houston. Solano, a Christian missionary from Guadalajara, Mexico, had moved his family to the city just weeks earlier so his children could be educated in the U.S.
  • History Lesson on the Death Penalty

    10/05/2015 7:38:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 3, 20153 | Cliff Kincaid
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia notes that support for the death penalty has been part of Christian and Catholic tradition in the Old and New Testaments. What’s more, it was morally accepted when the U.S. Constitution was adopted. Scalia recently told a group of students, “If the death penalty did not violate the Eighth Amendment when the Eighth Amendment was adopted, it doesn’t violate it today.” The Supreme Court has formally ruled that the death penalty is not a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. What’s more, in June, the Court in a 5-4 ruling...
  • Kansas Federation of College Republicans adopts resolution opposing death penalty

    08/20/2015 8:04:25 PM PDT · by posterchild · 17 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | Aug 20, 2015 | Peter Hancock
    TOPEKA — The Kansas Federation of College Republicans recently voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for repeal of the state's death penalty law, a sign that capital punishment may be on its last legs in the state. “More young conservatives like myself recognize that our broken and fallible system of capital punishment in no way matches up with our conservative values,” Dalton Glasscock, a Wichita State University student and chairman of the federation, said in a news release Thursday. "By ending the death penalty, Kansas has an opportunity to promote a culture of life and fiscal responsibility. As Republicans...
  • Supreme Court Allows Use of Execution Drug

    06/29/2015 7:22:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Adam Liptak
    The Supreme Court ruled on Monday against three death row inmates who had sought to bar the use of an execution drug they said risked causing excruciating pain. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote the majority opinion in the 5-to-4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more conservative justices. The drug, the sedative midazolam, played a part in three long and apparently painful executions last year. It was used in an effort to render inmates unconscious before they were injected with other, severely painful drugs. Four condemned inmates in Oklahoma challenged the use of the drug, saying it...
  • The Church Shooter and Capital Punishment

    06/23/2015 5:16:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    It is fitting, if late, that South Carolina's political leaders seem ready to evict the Confederate flag from the grounds of their state Capitol in response to the vile shooting that left nine African-Americans dead in Charleston's Emanuel AME Church last week. In a Monday news conference while flanked by Democrats and fellow Republicans, Gov. Nikki Haley noted that many in the Palmetto State see the Confederate flag as a tribute to their Southern roots but said, "Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it's time to move the flag...
  • International Law and Agreements: Their Effect upon U.S. Law

    06/21/2015 4:43:27 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Congressional Research Service ^ | February 18, 2015 | Michael John Garcia
    International Law and Agreements: Their Effect upon U.S. Law Michael John GarciaLegislative AttorneyFebruary 18, 2015 Summary This report provides an introduction to the roles that international law and agreements play in the United States. International law is derived from two primary sources—international agreements and customary practice. Under the U.S. legal system, international agreements can be entered into by means of a treaty or an executive agreement. The Constitution allocates primary responsibility for entering into such agreements to the executive branch, but Congress also plays an essential role. First, in order for a treaty (but not an executive agreement) to...
  • South Carolina governor says Charleston massacre gunman should 'absolutely' be put to death...

    06/21/2015 2:22:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sunday, June 21, 2015 | Associated Press
    Two days after the shooting deaths of nine people during a Bible study at a Charleston church, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said the gunman 'absolutely' should be put to death. However, the state, though largely pro-death penalty, cannot secure one of the drugs needed for lethal injections and has not executed an inmate since 2011. Any potential execution order for Dylann Storm Roof, 21, would be years away. He is charged with nine counts of murder in Wednesday's killing spree at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. He appeared briefly before a judge on Friday and his next court appearance is...
  • Texas inmate, 67, executed for slayings 31 years ago

    06/03/2015 6:36:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies
    AP ^ | June 3, 2015 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 67-year-old man convicted of killing four men more than three decades ago was executed Wednesday, making him the oldest of the 526 Texas prisoners put to death since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. Lester Bower Jr. was convicted of the October 1983 fatal shootings at an airplane hangar on a ranch near Sherman, about 60 miles north of Dallas. Prosecutors say he killed the four after stealing an airplane he'd been trying to buy from one of his victims.
  • Death Penalty Repealed | State Senators Override Gov. Pete Ricketts' Veto

    05/28/2015 2:19:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    NBC Nebraska ^ | May 28, 2015
    Nebraska has abolished the death penalty in a landmark veto-override vote backed by a coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment. North Platte Senator Mike Groene stood with 18 others as an advocate to keep the death penalty. But that just wasn't enough as 30 other senators decided to over ride Governor Pete Ricketts' veto and abolish the death penalty. He voted to keep the death penalty and uphold the governor's veto. "I believe in the death penalty in a civil society, we do not tolerate evil," Senator Groene said. State Senators voted 30-19 on Wednesday to override Gov. Pete...
  • How Kelsey Grammer's Personal Tragedy Argues For The Death Penalty

    04/20/2015 1:46:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Nantz
    Countless souls have made the spectral walk to the gallows, have heard the dusty rasp of death’s mournful eulogy whispered odiously from his pale throat, “dead man walking.” The condemned have been hung by the neck until dead, shot, poisoned, decapitated, stoned, or clapped in an iron skull cap while 10 thousand volts of electricity boil the life from flesh and bone. But, this is justice, when delivered by legitimate authority. This is the only atonement that can be made to expunge a crime so black and abhorrent that its presence distorts and tortures nature and its order. Capital punishment...
  • Oklahoma legalizes execution by GAS CHAMBER: State will kill prisoners with 'foolproof ...

    04/18/2015 5:43:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | April 17, 2015 | Kieran Corcoran
    Complete Headline: Oklahoma legalizes execution by GAS CHAMBER: State will kill prisoners with 'foolproof, fast and painless' nitrogen if lethal injection isn't possible Oklahoma introduced a law allowing it to use nitrogen gas to kill death row prisoners if lethal injections aren't available. Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill approving nitrogen as an alternative method of death, giving Oklahoma four different ways to enact its death penalty. The method, which involves pumping a chamber full of nitrogen and leaving a prisoner's body to die from lack of oxygen, has been touted as 'foolproof' by supporters, in the wake...
  • Three of Utah's eight death row inmates have CHOSEN to die by firing squad

    03/24/2015 11:34:39 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 March 2015 | Kieran Corcoran For Dailymail.com
    It is a macabre choice to make - and almost unique to some inmates on Utah's death row: would you be injected with toxic chemicals, or shot in the heart? But, amid cries of outrage against the southwestern state bringing death by firing quad back into law, almost half of those due to die that way have picked the punishment themselves. Ron Lafferty, who slit the throats of his sister-in-law and her baby daughter in 1984, is one of three who has opted to die by the bullet. Two others in Utah's eight-strong death row have made the same choice,...
  • The Pope’s Un-Catholic Scolding Against The Death Penalty Demeans and Cheapens Innocent Life

    03/21/2015 3:31:14 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 63 replies
    The Stumbling Block ^ | 3/21/15 | Stumbling Block
    Why is it that we support clubs of people who think they can impose some unjust law upon the whole planet? How in the world is a collection of subsidized scolders, winers, and diners supposed to impose a worldwide moratorium on anything? Why does the Pope think they can? Pope Francis delivered a letter this week to the International Commission against the Death Penalty With these letters, I wish to have my greeting reach all the members of the International Commission against the Death Penalty, to the group of countries that support it, and to those who collaborate with the...
  • 'Texas 7' killer Donald Newbury put to death

    02/05/2015 5:44:43 AM PST · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    WFAA ^ | February 4, 2015 | Jason Whitely
    HUNTSVILLE — One of the infamous "Texas 7" fugitives was executed by lethal injection Wednesday night. Donald Newbury was put to death for his role in the murder of an Irving police officer on Christmas Eve in 2000. [Snip] He was serving 99 years in prison for robbery when he escaped from the Connally Unit in December 2000 with six other inmates. After committing more crimes in Houston they traveled to North Texas where they were caught robbing the Oshman's sporting goods store off Highway 183 in Irving. Dispatchers called Officer Aubrey Hawkins away from dinner with his young son...
  • Ohio to delay 7 executions (for one year) while searching for new drugs

    01/31/2015 5:41:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | January 30, 2015 | Ralph Ellis
    Ohio will delay the executions of seven death row inmates while searching for an adequate supply of drugs that complies with its new execution protocol, the state's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Friday. That means the state will not carry out any executions in 2015, the agency said in a press release.
  • Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

    12/27/2014 11:48:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 27, 2014 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess." The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the country that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn't.
  • This Dem Governor Threatens to Release Mass Murderer if Not Re-Elected

    10/14/2014 1:35:21 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    TPNN ^ | 10/13/14 | Greg Campbell
    Our nation is supposed to be a republic governed by laws- not men. Our elected officials are supposed to create and enforce the laws, not serve as the laws themselves. However, at a time when the mainstream media focuses on the pending corruption charges against Texas Governor Rick Perry for exercising his right to veto, they are deafeningly silent on the heinous and inexcusable corruption going on in Colorado as Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper threatens to commute the sentence of a convicted multi-murderer if he does not get re-elected. You may recognize the name as the name of the Democrat...
  • Jury Finds Richard McTear Guilty

    07/31/2014 3:13:31 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    970WFLA (Tampa) ^ | 7/31/14 | Melanie Michael
    Richard McTear showed no emotion as the jury in his trial found him guilty on all counts, including first degree murder. Prosecutors say McTear threw his ex-girlfriend's 4-month-old boy out of a car while driving down I-275 in 2009. The jury also found him guilty of aggravated child abuse, kidnapping, assault and battery, and burglary. No date has been set for his sentencing. McTear is eligible for the death penalty.
  • Florida man becomes 3rd executed in US in 24 hours

    06/18/2014 5:04:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 7:50 PM EDT
    Florida has executed a man who fatally stabbed his wife and her young son in 1985. It is the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours since a botched April lethal injection in Oklahoma. The governor’s office says John Ruthell Henry was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday. …
  • 12 Sentenced to Death in China for Terror-Related Crimes

    06/07/2014 6:03:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    China's fast-track courts today sentenced 81 people, including 12 to death, and arrested 29 others in the restive Xinjiang province for terrorism-related crimes as part of a nationwide crackdown on Islamist militants blamed for a spate of recent attacks. While nine militants were sentenced to death, three others received death penalty with a two-year reprieve, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Besides the death penalties, local courts in six cities in Xinjiang convicted 69 others in 23 terrorism-related cases and pronounced sentences ranging from life imprisonment to fixed-term imprisonment, a regional higher people's court said. They were convicted for committing crimes...
  • Oklahoma Delays Man's Execution By Six Months After Botched Effort On Fellow Inmate

    05/08/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 8, 2014 | Josh Lowenstien
    In the wake of an execution that left a prisoner dying of a painful heart attack, Oklahoma is delaying lethal injection for another man so that the matter can be fully investigated. Oklahoma's attorney general today said that he'd put off the execution of convicted murderer and rapist Charles Warner so that the state can finish looking into what led to the botched execution of prisoner Clayton Lockett, The New York Times reports. The mix of drugs Lockett was given last week left him awake during the second and third rounds of chemicals designed to stop breathing and then the...
  • What is was like watching the botched Oklahoma execution

    05/02/2014 5:10:37 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 57 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 2, 2014 | Mark Berman
    *** Oklahoma was using a new lethal injection drug for the first time, and the secrecy surrounding the drugs had caused a protracted argument that extended to the state’s courts and lawmakers. Branstetter had been there in January when Michael Wilson was killed with a three-drug mix that had been obtained from a compounding pharmacy. Wilson’s final words, spoken after the injections: “I feel my whole body burning.” So she wanted to go to see what was different this time. At the beginning, the only thing that was different was that the execution was late. At 6:23 p.m., 23 minutes...
  • US death row study: 4% of defendants sentenced to die are innocent

    04/29/2014 8:38:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/29/2014 | Ed Pilkington in New York
    At least 4.1% of all defendants sentenced to death in the US in the modern era are innocent, according to the first major study to attempt to calculate how often states get it wrong in their wielding of the ultimate punishment. A team of legal experts and statisticians from Michigan and Pennsylvania used the latest statistical techniques to produce a peer-reviewed estimate of the “dark figure” that lies behind the death penalty – how many of the more than 8,000 men and women who have been put on death row since the 1970s were falsely convicted. The team arrived at...
  • After Court Drama, Oklahoma to Have 2 Executions

    04/24/2014 4:05:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday. The move comes a day after the state Supreme Court removed one of the final obstacles, ruling late Wednesday that Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them. The inmates had sought that information through a civil lawsuit. "The defendants had their day in court. The court has made a decision," Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement. "Two men that do not contest their guilt in heinous murders...
  • Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice (gubernatorial race)

    04/15/2014 1:55:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 4:42 PM EDT | Paul J. Weber
    The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don’t dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation’s busiest death chamber. It’s an election-year dilemma for Abbott. But in Texas, it’s one that Democratic rival Wendy Davis can’t easily exploit, illustrating the difficulty of navigating the issue in such a pro-death penalty state. Abbott must soon decide whether to stick with his earlier opinions that Texas must disclose the source of the execution drugs it...
  • Court Delays Mississippi's First Execution of Female Inmate in 70 Years

    03/31/2014 11:32:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 27, 2014 | Emily Le Coz
    A Mississippi woman convicted of murdering her husband was granted at least a brief reprieve on Thursday but could still become the first female prisoner executed in the state in 70 years. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood had asked the state Supreme Court to set the execution of Michelle Byrom, 57, for Thursday night for the fatal shooting of her husband, Edward Byrom Sr. in 1999. But the court denied Hood's motion to carry out the execution, giving her attorneys hope the court will take up their motion to seek permission to file additional appeals.
  • Attorney General Says Tennessee Can Lawfully Electrocute Inmates

    03/14/2014 7:51:28 PM PDT · by gooblah · 32 replies
    NewsChannel5.com ^ | Posted: Mar 14, 2014 1:26 PM CST Updated: Mar 14, 2014 1:26 PM CST
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The State Attorney General says Tennessee can lawfully use the electric chair on death row inmates if drugs used for lethal injection are not available. Attorney General Bob Cooper's written legal opinion was issued this week as state lawmakers consider a bill that would allow condemned prisoners to be electrocuted if lethal injection is thwarted by big drug companies or the courts.
  • Rethinking Capital Punishment: Are U.S. standards far below biblical guidelines?

    03/14/2014 9:18:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 140 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 03/14/2014 | David Neff
    The year was 1573, and 19-year-old Frantz Schmidt was beheading stray dogs in his back yard. He was not a troubled teenager in need of psychological attention. Frantz was practicing for his life's calling. Unlike teens today, Frantz didn't have to decide what he wanted to be when he grew up. Male teens followed in their fathers' footsteps. For Frantz, that meant becoming an executioner. It also meant having to live with enormous social stigma. Despite the shame, Frantz, a Lutheran, believed his executioner's role was divinely sanctioned. Martin Luther wrote that "the hand that wields the sword and strangles...
  • No, Death Isn't 'Too Good' for Tsarnaev

    02/15/2014 8:00:38 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/15/13 | Jeff Jacoby
    Of all the reasons to oppose the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is found guilty of the Boston Marathon terror bombings, none is less convincing than the claim that executing the murderer of Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier would amount to rewarding him. Seek Tsarnaev's death and you give him just what he craves, runs this argument, which has been made by law professor Alan Dershowitz, criminologist James Alan Fox, and death-penalty critics in the media. Executing Tsarnaev will succeed only in making him a martyr and a hero, they say; it will drive...
  • Family alleges Ohio execution unconstitutional

    01/25/2014 6:51:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 25, 2013
    Family alleges Ohio execution unconstitutional January 25, 2014 AP COLUMBUS, Ohio – The prolonged execution of an Ohio inmate during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted amounted to cruel and unusual punishment which should not be allowed to happen again, the inmate's family said in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed late Friday, also alleges the drug maker that produced the medications illegally allowed them to be used for an execution and should be prohibited from making them available for capital punishment. McGuire "repeated cycles of snorting, gurgling and arching his back, appearing to writhe in pain," the lawsuit said....
  • ‘I feel my whole body burning,’ says Oklahoma death row inmate during execution

    01/10/2014 7:39:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 136 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Jan 10, 2014
    ‘I feel my whole body burning,’ says Oklahoma death row inmate during execution Published January 10, 2014 Associated Press A man has been executed by lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary almost 20 years after orchestrating the brutal assault and robbery of his co-worker at a Tulsa convenience store. Michael Lee Wilson, 38, was convicted in the killing of Richard Yost, 30, who aspired to one day manage the Quiktrip store. Wilson, who was convicted of first-degree murder, was the third person executed for the February 25, 1995, crime; the fourth defendant is serving a life term.
  • Peace activist priest dismissed from Jesuits ("obstinately disobedient")

    01/08/2014 5:27:50 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 25 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | January 8, 2014 | Joshua J. McElwee
    A popular U.S. Catholic priest and author known for his peace writings and some 75 arrests for civil disobedience actions across the country has been dismissed from the international Jesuit religious order, which says he was "obstinately disobedient" to its directives. Removal of Fr. John Dear caps 32 years in the order for the priest, who has been known for protesting a wide range of issues, including U.S. policies on Latin America, nuclear weapons development, and the cooperation of Jesuit educational institutions with American military recruiting programs such as the ROTC. The dismissal also raises the specter of Pope...
  • Peace Activist Priest Dismissed from Jesuits

    01/08/2014 6:51:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    UCA News ^ | 1/8/14 | Joshua J. McElwee (National Catholic Reporter)
    A popular U.S. Catholic priest and author known for his peace writings and some 75 arrests for civil disobedience actions across the country has been dismissed from the international Jesuit religious order, which says he was "obstinately disobedient" to its directives. Removal of Fr. John Dear caps 32 years in the order for the priest, who has been known for protesting a wide range of issues, including U.S. policies on Latin America, nuclear weapons development, and the cooperation of Jesuit educational institutions with American military recruiting programs such as the ROTC. The dismissal also raises the specter of Pope Francis,...
  • Four men given death sentences after being convicted of India gang rape, murder

    09/13/2013 3:51:05 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 25 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 13 Sep 2013 | New York Daily News
    NEW DELHI — A judge Friday sentenced to death the four men convicted in the December gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows for a brutal attack on a moving bus that left the young woman with such severe internal injuries that she died two weeks later. Handing down the sentence, Judge Yogesh Khanna said that "courts cannot turn a blind eye" to such crimes, saying the attack "shocked the collective conscience" of India.
  • The website that records the last word of EVERY prisoner executed in Texas…

    07/08/2013 12:59:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:32 EST, 8 July 2013 | Ashley Collman
    A quick Google search can tell you what John Lennon’s last words were, but for anyone who isn’t a celebrity, last words are either forgotten or unmemorable. In the case of death row convicts in the state of Texas, they may not all be famous, but their words are being preserved forever. Ever since the death penalty was reinstated in December 1982, last words have been recorded, and more recently they’ve been posted on a penitentiary website. Texas euthanizes more convicts than any other state in the U.S., having reached their monumental 500th execution on June 26. …
  • Grim milestone: Texas set to execute 500th inmate

    06/25/2013 10:21:17 AM PDT · by South40 · 100 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | 6/25/2013 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison. "I remember thinking: We're really going to do this. This is really going to happen," says Willett, who was a captain for the Texas Department of Corrections. When the van pulled away early the next morning, it carried to a nearby funeral home the body of convicted killer Charlie Brooks, who had just become the first Texas prisoner executed since a Supreme Court ruling six years earlier...
  • Florida child molester (finally) executed for (1990) rape and murder of 10-year-old girl

    05/30/2013 9:13:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 30, 2013
    <p>A convicted child molester condemned for the 1990 rape and murder of a 10-year-old Florida girl has been executed at the Florida State Prison.</p> <p>During Carroll's two decades on death row, his lawyers argued he was too mentally ill to stand trial or be subjected to the death penalty.</p>
  • Death penalty by suffocation passes Papua New Guinea parliament

    05/28/2013 1:50:57 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 28th May 2013 | Daniel Piotrowski
    <p>AUSTRALIA'S closest neighbour Papua New Guinea has moved tonight to introduce the death penalty - and suffocation is one of the approved execution methods.</p> <p>The nation's parliament has passed amendments to its criminal code that will allow death sentences for rape, murder and robbery.</p>
  • Rise of terror main reason why death sentence exists: Supreme Court [India]

    04/12/2013 1:43:41 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 13, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has held that long delays in deciding on the mercy plea of a terror convict cannot be grounds for granting a commutation of death penalty to a life sentence, putting terrorism on the top of a hierarchy of "rarest-of-rare" crimes which attract the capital punishment in India. "Terrorism stands on an altogether different plane and cannot be compared with murders committed due to personal animosity or over property and personal disputes," Justices GS Singhvi and SJ Muhopadhyaya said as they turned down the plea of Khalistani terrorist Devender Pal Singh Bhullar. The judges also said...
  • Texas woman’s execution first in US since 2010

    01/28/2013 10:03:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2013 4:14 PM EST | Michael Graczyk
    A Texas woman convicted of the gruesome slaying and robbery of her neighbor, a retired 71-year-old college psychology professor, is set to be the first woman put to death in the United States since 2010. A Dallas County jury already found former nursing home therapist Kimberly McCarthy guilty of the 1997 killing when evidence at the punishment phase of her trial tied her to two similar murders a decade earlier.“Once the jury heard about those other two, we were certainly in a deep hole,” recalled McCarthy’s lead trial attorney, Doug Parks. Jurors decided McCarthy should die. Her execution, set for...
  • Iowa lawmaker calls for death penalty, chemical castration

    01/26/2013 5:31:25 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 21 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES — A state senator will push for public hearings on the death penalty in the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives as he files legislation to bring capital punishment back to Iowa. Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, has championed the idea of reintroducing the death penalty in Iowa since the abduction and killing of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, this summer in Evansdale. Elizabeth’s parents joined Sorenson and parents of other missing and murdered children at a Capitol news conference, where the senator outlined five pieces of legislation he plans to introduce this session. Iowa abolished the...