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  • Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother Sentenced to Life; Boyfriend Sentenced to Death in Torture Killing Case

    06/07/2018 10:53:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    KTLA ^ | June 7, 2018, | Cindy Von Quednow and Eric Spillman
    The boy's mother, Pearl Fernandez, 34, pleaded guilty in connection with the boy's 2013 death in February. Fernandez's boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, was convicted of first-degree murder on Nov. 15 and a jury found true the allegation that the defendant tortured the victim. ... Gabriel was taken to a hospital in May 2013 when he stopped breathing. He had a cracked skull and broken ribs, with B.B. pellets in his lung and groin. He was declared brain dead and died two days later. Hatami argued that Aguirre and Fernandez worked to keep their treatment of Gabriel hidden by using make up...
  • Freed death row inmate-turned-speaker is back behind bars [Isaiah McCoy]

    05/13/2018 2:37:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2018 2:37 PM | Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
    Isaiah McCoy walked out of a Delaware prison a free man in January 2017, five years after being convicted of murder and sentenced to death. A judge found him not guilty at a retrial, and McCoy soon began enjoying the limelight that came with his exoneration. He reveled in speaking engagements before lawyers associations and anti-death penalty groups. “People were loving my story,” McCoy said. But in less than a year, he went from death row in Delaware to giving speeches about wrongful convictions to back behind bars. Now, he’s in a detention center in Hawaii, where he is charged...
  • Man executed for killing off-duty prison guard groans: 'It burns, man'

    05/04/2018 11:31:35 PM PDT · by confederatecarpetbag · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2018
    — A Georgia inmate executed Friday for a 1996 shotgun slaying twitched briefly as the lethal injection flowed into his body and groaned, “It burns, man.” Robert Earl Butts Jr., 40, was declared dead by a prison warden at 9:58 p.m. after the compounded barbiturate pentobarbital was injected into his body. Prison officials said he had declined to take a sedative. Butts was convicted along with 41-year-old Marion Wilson Jr. in the March 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks, an off-duty prison guard. Parks, 24, gave the men a ride outside a Walmart store in Milledgeville. The men then ordered...
  • Donald Trump Proposes Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers, Wall To Keep the Damn Drugs Out

    03/19/2018 3:34:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/19/18 | Charlie Spiering
    Trump also criticized Democrats for opposing his proposed wall on the Southern border. “Eventually the Democrats will agree with us to build the wall and keep the damn drugs out,” he said, prompting chants of “build that wall” in the room. The president criticized sanctuary city policies for allowing illegal immigrants and drug dealers to remain in the country. He called on Congress to end funding for sanctuary cities. “If we are not going to get tough on the drug dealers who kill thousands of people and destroy so many people’s lives, we are just doing the wrong thing,” he...
  • Missouri inmate’s execution could be ‘gruesome’ due to rare condition, lawyers say

    03/18/2018 12:09:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2018 | AP
    ST. LOUIS — A condemned Missouri inmate faces a potentially “gruesome and painful” execution because of a rare medical condition that compromises the man’s veins and causes multiple tumors in his head and throat, his attorney said Sunday. Russell Bucklew is scheduled to die by injection Tuesday evening for killing a former girlfriend’s new boyfriend in 1996 in eastern Missouri. Bucklew, 49, was moments away from execution in May 2014 when the U.S. Supreme Court halted it amid concerns about Bucklew’s medical condition. He suffers from cavernous hemangioma, a rare ailment that causes weakened and malformed blood vessels, as well...
  • Mennonite woman jailed for refusing on religious grounds to testify in death-penalty case

    03/01/2018 5:00:32 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 22 replies ^ | 03/01/2018 | unknown
    “I feel like I’m having to choose between you and God.” That’s what Greta Lindecrantz, a 67-year-old Mennonite, told an Arapahoe County, Colo., district judge on Wednesday after she ordered her to testify for the prosecution in a death-penalty case — or remain in jail for contempt of court. Lindecrantz had been behind bars since Monday. As she spoke, wearing a jail jumpsuit and shackles on her arms, supportive Mennonites sang hymns outside the courtroom, according to the Daily Journal. “This is now me telling you directly … and I’m ordering you to answer the questions,”
  • Rubio Says the Florida Shooter Should Be Executed

    02/19/2018 2:01:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | February 18, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), in an interview with CBS Miami, was asked if he believed Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old behind the shooting in a Florida high school that left 17 dead, should rececive the death penalty. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. BONUS CLIP: In our interview, @marcorubio says he believes Nikolas Cruz should be executed.This portion of the interview didn't make Facing South Florida coming up at 11:30 am on @CBSMiami— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) February 18, 2018 "The answer is yes," Rubio said, but added that in general he has concerns about the death...
  • State Senate votes to repeal death penalty in Washington state

    02/14/2018 7:08:37 PM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    KIRO ^ | February 14, 2018
    . - In a historic vote, the Washington State Senate on Wednesday repealed the death penalty. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were optimistic 2018 could bring the end of Washington’s death penalty, following changes in senate leadership and years of stalled attempts in the state Legislature. Under earlier Washington state law, individuals found guilty of aggravated first-degree murder could be put to death by hanging or lethal injection. Washington’s death penalty has been seldom used in recent years. In 2014, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee placed a moratorium on capital punishment, suspending the practice for as long as he’s...
  • Death row inmate who killed daughters smiles at ex-wife at execution: 'Well, hi Mary Jean'

    02/02/2018 10:28:27 AM PST · by bgill · 32 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 2, 2018 | Michael Graczyk
    A former Dallas accountant condemned for fatally shooting his two young daughters while their mother listened helplessly on the phone was put to death Thursday night in Texas. John David Battaglia was executed for the May 2001 killings of his 9-year-old daughter, Faith, and her 6-year-old sister, Liberty. Battaglia and his wife had separated, and he shot the girls at his Dallas apartment during a scheduled visit... Asked by the warden if he had a final statement, the inmate replied: "No," then changed his mind. "Well, hi, Mary Jean," he said, looking and smiling at his ex-wife. "I'll see y'all...
  • Capital Punishment: A Defense of Justice

    01/08/2018 6:05:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | January 8, 2018 | Jack Kerwick
    Not all that long ago, conservatives, including and especially conservative intellectuals, argued vigorously in favor of the death penalty. However, along with other several other moral-cultural issues in which they once took an interest, issues like abortion, euthanasia, and “gay marriage,” to note but a few, the topic of the death penalty is one in which contemporary conservatives appear to have little interest. This is just one of the many crucial respects in which the conservative movement has gone off the rails, for a society that abolishes the death penalty is a less just society for doing so. Thought it...
  • ACLU to represent American detained overseas as enemy combatant

    01/06/2018 11:51:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 6, 2018 | Andrew Blake
    An American citizen detained overseas by the U.S. military has asked the American Civil Liberties Union to sue the Trump administration for holding him as an enemy combatant. The unidentified man spoke with ACLU attorneys this week and said they could challenge his detention in federal court, the ACLU wrote in a court filing entered Friday. “The Trump administration illegally denied an American his rights to access a lawyer and a court for nearly four months, but those efforts have finally failed,” said ACLU attorney Jonathan Hafetz. “Now that our client has secured the judicial review that the government attempted...
  • Parolee Fed 8-Year-Old Meth So He Could Rape Her

    01/06/2018 11:14:35 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 36 replies
    BlueLivesMatter ^ | 6 January 2018 | Holly Matkin
    Brett Pendleton raped an 8-year-old girl, and forced her to eat methamphetamine, police said. Washington, MO – A 48-year-old parolee confessed that he raped an 8-year-old girl, fed her methamphetamine, and forced her to smoke marijuana, police said on Wednesday. Brett Pendleton, 48, has been charged with sodomy and endangering the welfare of a child, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The incident occurred at an American Inn hotel on Jan. 1, Washington Police Department (WPD) Detective Betsey Schulze told KTVI. According to WPD Detective Sergeant Steve Sitzes, the child was Pendleton’s relative, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The girl’s mother...
  • EU blasts Israel over death penalty for terrorists bill

    01/03/2018 8:05:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 01/03/18 19:09 | David Rosenberg
    The European Union slammed Israel Wednesday, hours after a bill aimed at encouraging prosecutors to seek the death penalty for terrorist murderers passed its first hurdle in the Knesset. The Knesset voted 52 to 49 Wednesday in favor of a bill pushed by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party which would ease the conditions under which terrorists convicted of murder could be sentenced to death. […] Hours later, however, the European Union criticized the move and reiterated its opposition to the death penalty. “The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity,” a statement released by the EU read. “It...
  • Knesset to vote on death penalty for terrorists

    12/17/2017 5:02:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/12/17 | Hezki Baruch
    Following the demand of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the leaders of the coalition parties on Sunday evening approved the Yisrael Beytenu party’s bill mandating the death penalty for terrorists. The bill will be brought to a preliminary vote in the Knesset plenum. MK Robert Ilatov, Yisrael Beytenu Parliamentary Group Chairman, said, "Today is a historic day in the State of Israel. After years in which the Yisrael Beytenu party has been promoting the death penalty for terrorists and after it was rejected by the Knesset and the government, today the death penalty bill for terrorists has finally been approved by...
  • Moronic MSNBC Contributor Rips Trump For Not Demanding Death Penalty For Already Dead Vegas Shooter

    11/02/2017 4:21:12 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 22 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Nov. 2, 2017 | Joshua Caplan
    On Thursday afternoon, Wall Street Journal reporter and MSNBC contributor Eli Stokols ripped into President Trump for not demanding the death penalty for already dead Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.
  • The Modern Left and the New Death Penalty

    11/02/2017 12:02:07 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 1, 2017 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    It is well known that the modern Democratic party does not believe in the concept of capital punishment for crimes, even for the crimes long regarded as of a “capital” nature, such as murder, violent robbery, violent rape, and treason. They advocate jail time, preferably brief, in cozy, comfortable cells, of regulation size… and if there isn’t enough room, the Left mandates that the prisons be opened so the overflow can walk free, rather than be incarcerated for their crimes in harsh, uncomfortable surroundings. But this isn’t to say that the modern Left opposes the death penalty completely. In fact,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope ‘seems to be contradicting traditional teaching’ on death penalty

    10/14/2017 3:03:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 13, 2017 | Pete Baklinsk
    Pope Francis’ recent statements about the death penalty being “contrary to the Gospel” seem to be a departure from previous Catholic teaching, a Catholic professor says.  “When Pope Francis says that capital punishment is ‘in itself contrary to the Gospel,’ and ‘inadmissible … no matter how serious the crime,’ he seems to be contradicting traditional teaching,” said Dr. Edward Feser, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College in California, to LifeSiteNews.  Pope Francis made his controversial remarks during an October 11 speech to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, which gathered to celebrate the 25th...
  • Pope Francis on the Death Penalty: Reversing the Constant Teaching of the Church?

    10/14/2017 1:37:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | October 12, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The very credibility of the Magisterium, the teaching office of the Holy Catholic Church, depends upon its universality and constancy down through the Christian centuries, being based, as it is, on the Deposit of Faith: i.e., divine revelation, including the Gospel and the Commandments of God as explicated by the same Magisterium. The famous formula of St. Vincent of Lerins captures this essence of the Magisterium, describing it as: “quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus creditum est (“what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all”). Like God who does not change His mind, the Magisterium cannot reverse itself...
  • Pope: Catholic Guide Needs Updating on Death Penalty Issue

    10/11/2017 5:58:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 10/10/17 | Nicole Winfield
    <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of a landmark compilation of Catholic teaching by saying Wednesday it should be changed to address an issue close to his heart: the death penalty.</p> <p>During an anniversary ceremony at the Vatican, Francis repeated his insistence that capital punishment is “inadmissible” under any circumstance. He said the death penalty violates the Gospel and amounts to the voluntary killing of a human life, which “is always sacred in the eyes of the creator.”</p>
  • The Latest: Ohio high court denies condemned killer appeal (10 AM execution)

    09/13/2017 6:27:16 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 26 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 9/13/17 | Star Tribune
    LUCASVILLE, Ohio — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a contemned Ohio killer (all times local): 8:55 a.m. The Ohio Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a condemned killer who argues he shouldn't be put to death because of his age at the time of the crime. The court declined to halt a scheduled 10 a.m. Wednesday execution in a decision released about two hours before. Lawyers for death row inmate Gary Otte (OH'-tee) wanted the court to apply the ruling of a Kentucky court last month that found the death penalty unconstitutional for people who...