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  • 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...
  • Why Is the U.S. Prison Population So Large?

    01/13/2013 10:41:06 AM PST · by redreno · 46 replies
    /www.learnliberty.org ^ | January 7, 2013 | Speaker Daniel D'Amico
    The United States houses more human beings in prisons than any other country, both in terms of actual numbers and in relation to population size. The U.S. prison population began to grow dramatically in the 1970s. Professor Daniel D’Amico examines the data behind the alarming increase in the number of prisoners in the United States and finds that much of the growth in the last 40 years has been driven by the war on drugs. From 1980 to 1990, the total U.S. prison population more than doubled. In that same time, the proportion of people in prison for nonviolent drug...
  • Minors could face death penalty if law amended (India)

    01/08/2013 7:25:32 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 17 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Jolted by the extreme cruelty unleashed on Nirbhaya by the only juvenile among the six accused in the Delhi gang-rape case, the government may be looking at enhanced punishment for minors — even a waiver of the delinquent's age by six months to a year — keeping in view the severity of the crime. While this review comes too late for the Delhi gang-rape case as it cannot be applied with retrospective effect, the shift is significant because heinousness of the crime committed rather than the exact age of the accused will determine the punishment. If the government...
  • Cheshire(CT) Killer Seeks Execution(Petit case)

    10/11/2012 5:38:20 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    Steven Hayes, the notorious killer who sits on death row for the 2007 slayings of a Cheshire woman and her two daughters, wants to waive his appeals and proceed to his execution, a path that serial killer Michael Ross took before being put to death in 2005. In a letter to the Courant, Hayes, 49, said he is the subject of "cruel and unusual punishment" by prison staff at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, treatment he claims has "been escalating" since March 2012. "I was willing to live with the intense grief from my past actions, and I still am...
  • Gambia to execute all death row prisoners next month

    08/21/2012 11:18:03 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    France 24 ^ | 8/21/2012
    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh (pictured) pledged to have all of the country’s death-row prisoners executed by mid-September in a stern Eid address aired on Sunday which targeted “heinous acts” including homosexuality and drug use. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has told the people of his tiny west African nation that by the middle of September all those already sentenced to death for crimes will be executed. He added that crimes like banditry, drug trafficking or illicit use, homosexuality, murder, terrorism and other subversive activities against either the state or the people will not be tolerated. Jammeh said in a televised address...
  • Vengeance Is Ours (The Moral Case for Capital Punishment)

    08/09/2012 6:42:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/09/2012 | William Voegeli
    After Jonah Goldberg applied the case for capital punishment to the Aurora shootings, the liberal blogger Joel Mathis argued that executing James Holmes would serve no purpose other than retribution. Mathis implied that 1) deterrence can’t be part of the death-penalty debate in a case like the movie-theater atrocity, since people wicked or unhinged enough to contemplate perpetrating an unprovoked massacre of random strangers are unlikely to work through any cost-benefit analysis; and 2) there are people who think retribution is “justification enough” for capital punishment, but Mathis isn’t one of them and has a low opinion of those who...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Capital Punishment

    08/03/2012 10:38:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Capital Punishment 1231. You insist that the State has the right to inflict capital punishment? The State possesses the right on the same principle as an individual who may kill an unjust aggressor, if there be no other efficacious way in which to preserve his own life. Those whose crimes gravely threaten the well-being of society may be put to death by social authority when lesser penalties prove inefficacious as a control upon them. God Himself sanctioned this law in Hebrew society, and it is entirely reasonable. If the extreme penalty could not be lawfully inflicted by the State upon...
  • James Holmes, Colorado Shooting Suspect, Facing Death Penalty? (PHOTO)

    07/20/2012 6:40:39 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    Christian Post.com ^ | July 20, 2012 | Benge Nsenduluka
    James Holmes could potentially face the death penalty over the fatal Colorado shootings that left at least 12 people dead and 59 others injured on Friday. The 24-year-old was arrested at the multiplex theater at an Aurora mall shortly after midnight following his deadly shooting rampage which occurred during a midnight premiere screening of "The Dark Knight Rises." He is currently behind bars, where he awaits his first court appearance- tentatively scheduled for Monday morning, according to MSN.com. Colorado reinstated the death penalty in 1975 and while since 1977 the state has only executed one prisoner, Holmes could face a...
  • 'Green Mile' star Michael Clarke Duncan saved by girlfriend Omarosa Stallworth...

    07/13/2012 12:32:36 PM PDT · by 989 replies · 69 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 07/13/2012 | FoxNews.com
    Actor Michael Clarke Duncan suffered a heart attack early Friday morning and was rushed to intensive care, his rep confirmed to FOX411. "He is now stable and we look forward to his full recovery," his rep said. Duncan may have died were it not for the efforts of his girlfriend, Omarosa Stallworth, TMZ reports. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/07/13/green-mile-star-michael-clarke-duncan-saved-by-girlfriend-omarosa-stallworth/#ixzz20WvknxDo
  • North Carolina execution blocked on racial grounds (Black Perp ... White Victim ... Black Judge )

    04/20/2012 10:24:23 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 51 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 20, 2012
    In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge vacated the death penalty Friday of a convicted murderer, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged for years in a deliberate and systematic pattern of racial discrimination while striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases. In a 167-page order harshly critical of prosecutors, Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks said they "intentionally used the race of (jury pool) members as a significant factor in decisions to exercise peremptory strikes in capital cases." He ruled that discrimination was a factor not only in the case Weeks heard involving convicted murderer Marcus Reymond Robinson,...
  • Serial Killer's Letters May Have Sped up Execution

    04/05/2012 9:47:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 5, 2012 | BRENDAN FARRINGTON
    Serial killer David Alan Gore is set to be executed sooner than he expected, in part because he could not stop bragging about raping and murdering four teenagers and two women in the Vero Beach area about 30 years ago. Several people have made sure the boasting did not go unnoticed. There was the Las Vegas man who wrote to Gore, an author who published the inmate's grotesque letters, and a newspaper columnist and editorial board who brought the case to the attention of Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The Republican promptly signed the death warrant even though more than 40...
  • Coleman 'optimistic' of Senate repealing death penalty (CT)

    03/23/2012 1:33:01 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    A bill repealing the death penalty cleared the Judiciary Committee on a 24-19 vote Wednesday night and was headed to the Senate, where a proponent, Sen. Eric D. Coleman, D-Bloomfield, said he was "very optimistic" about winning passage. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is committed to signing a repeal bill similar to one vetoed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2009 after it squeaked through the Senate on a 19-17 vote. With eight new senators, a vote in the Senate again is projected to be close. The governor discounted the impact of a new Quinnipiac University poll that found Connecticut voters...
  • Iran executed 670 in 2011, says U.N. investigator

    03/12/2012 2:43:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:20pm EDT | Robert Evans
    Iran executed some 670 people last year, most of them for drug crimes that do not merit capital punishment under international law and more than 20 for offenses against Islam, a United Nations investigator said on Monday. The investigator, former Maldives foreign minister Ahmed Shaheed, also reported what he said were a wide range of violations by Iran of U.N. human rights accords, from abuse of minorities to persecution of homosexuals and labor unions. Shaheed was delivering his first report to the U.N.'s 47-nation Human Rights Council on the rights situation in the country since being appointed last year. It...
  • Policeman's widow awaits justice with Rivas' execution [Texas seven ringleader set to die]

    02/29/2012 12:46:48 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 1+ views
    WFAA ^ | February 28, 2012 | Jason Whitely
    On Wednesday night, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will execute George Rivas, 41, for murdering Irving police Officer Aubrey Hawkins on December 24, 2000. "I'm glad justice is being served and he's going to the death chamber," Lori Hawkins-Acosta, the officer's widow, told News 8. "I just want to see justice served." Rivas was the ringleader of the so-called Texas 7. Eleven years ago, he led a daring escape from the TDCJ's Connally Unit near San Antonio. The seven inmates fled first to Houston and later to North Texas, where they robbed an Oshman's sporting goods store in...
  • Judge sets execution for 2001 killings (GA)

    01/13/2012 5:32:29 PM PST · by bksanders · 7 replies
    Athens Banner-Herald ^ | Jan 12, 2012 | Athens Online
    DALLAS, Ga. — A Paulding County judge has scheduled an execution for a man convicted of the 2001 killing a woman and her 3-year-old daughter. The judge ruled Thursday that Nicholas Cody Tate will be put to death between Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. State officials have not yet determined the date of the execution. A spokeswoman for the Georgia Attorney General's office declined comment. Tate's case moved relatively quickly through the death penalty appeals process because he has yet to challenge his death sentence by filing a habeas appeal. Tate pleaded guilty in 2005 to murdering 26-year-old Chrissie Williams...
  • If you're against hanging, think of poor Lesley

    12/23/2011 5:34:35 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 23rd December 2011 | Kelvin MacKenzie
    Donald Neilson has just died at the age of 75. He had been looked after by the State for the past 36 years, receiving three square meals a day which he didn’t pay for and he was provided with a warm and secure shelter. Contrast Neilson’s life to that of Lesley Whittle. At the age of just 17, it was snuffed out. She died alone and naked, with her neck tethered by a wire noose, down a 60ft reservoir drainage shaft. Such an ordeal would have been terrifying for anyone, let alone a teenage girl. Neilson was better known as...
  • Europe moves to block trade in medical drugs used in US executions

    12/22/2011 7:51:06 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 20 December 2011 | Ed Pilkington
    The European Commission has imposed tough new restrictions on the export of anaesthetics used to execute people in the US, in a move that will exacerbate the already extreme shortage of the drugs in many of the 34 states that still practice the death penalty. The EC has added eight barbiturates to its list of restricted products that are tightly controlled on the grounds that they may be used for "capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment". The eight include pentobarbital and sodium thiopental – the two drugs on which almost all American executions currently...
  • Triple killer Rhoades executed in Idaho

    11/18/2011 10:44:15 AM PST · by verum ago · 19 replies
    Spokesman-Review ^ | 11/18/11 | Betsy Z Russel
    BOISE - Triple murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades was executed this morning despite repeated last-minute appeals, in Idaho’s first execution since 1994 and only its second since 1957. “The time of death is 9:15,” Mountain time, Idaho Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Ray announced. “The procedures are complete.” In his final words, Rhoades took responsibility for one of the murders, but not the other two. A friend of the family of one of the victims, who was in the chamber witnessing the execution, said, “The devil has gone home.” Unlike the last person executed in Idaho, double murderer Keith Eugene Wells,...
  • Israel Needs a Death Penalty for Terrorism

    10/13/2011 8:31:18 AM PDT · by OddLane · 10 replies
    Commentary: Contentions ^ | October 11, 2011 | Michael J. Totten
    I hate the death penalty and always have, so I do not say this lightly, but it’s high time even opponents of capital punishment start thinking seriously about executing convicted terrorists. Unlike even the worst criminals such as serial killers, terrorists remain dangerous to societies at large even after they’ve been locked up with life sentences because innocents outside the prison walls are frequently kidnapped to secure their release. The Israeli government just struck a deal with Hamas to free Gilad Shalit, a soldier who was kidnapped five years ago near the border with Gaza. In exchange for Shalit’s release,...
  • "You'll Swing for This!" Thoughts on the Execution of Troy Davis

    09/25/2011 8:30:44 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 18 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 09-26-11 | stolinsky
      “You’ll Swing for This!” Thoughts on the Execution of Troy Davis David C. Stolinsky Sept. 26, 2011 On Sept. 21, Georgia executed convicted murderer Troy Davis by lethal injection. Twenty-two years ago, Davis murdered police officer Mark MacPhail. After shooting Officer MacPhail, Davis stood over him and shot him again. Predictably, MacPhail’s name was mentioned much less often than the murderer’s name, and there were demonstrations for the murderer but none for MacPhail. For details read Ann Coulter, who is an attorney and − unlike other commentators − actually reviewed the transcript. If opponents of capital punishment claim...