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  • China says executes 'very small number' of criminals

    09/11/2016 11:10:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2016 1:49 AM EDT
    China says it intends for the death penalty to be used only on “a very small number of extremely serious criminal offenders.” […] China is believed to execute more people than the rest of the world put together, but no longer does so for most nonviolent crimes. China’s law allows for the death penalty for dozens of offenses, including treason, separatism, spying, arson, murder, rape, robbery and human trafficking. …
  • Mother ‘stood by and watched’ (murder of 10-year old Victoria Martens)

    08/27/2016 4:51:25 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 73 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | 26 Aug 16 | Robert Browman, Elise Kaplan And Nicole Perez
    The scene Wednesday morning in apartment number 808 of the Arroyo Villas complex was like something out of a horror movie. A man and a woman had allegedly drugged a little girl, then raped, killed and dismembered her. Most would expect the girl’s mother to fight with everything she had to save her daughter. But Michelle Martens, according to her own reported account to police, is not that kind of mother. In her statement to police, it appears that Martens wanted to watch as her boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 31, and his cousin Jessica Kelley, 31, raped her 10-year-old daughter Victoria...
  • Study: Harris County, Texas, death penalty cases biased (says Harvard Law School)

    08/27/2016 7:29:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2016 2:24 PM EDT
    A Harvard Law School study reports that racial bias, over-aggressive prosecutions and inadequate representation for poor defendants plagues Harris County’s handling of death penalty cases. Juries in Harris County, where Houston is, have imposed the death penalty more than any other county in the U.S. since the 1976 reinstatement of the death penalty, though the report by the school’s Fair Punishment Project notes that the number of death sentences has fallen from 53 in 1998 through 2003 to 10 since 2010. Harris County was named one of 16 “outlier” counties in the U.S. where five or more death sentences were...
  • Ohio inmate who survived '09 execution appeals to high court

    08/23/2016 9:41:45 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 75 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 23, 2016 | Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A condemned Ohio killer who survived a 2009 botched execution is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that a second attempt to put him to death would be unconstitutional. Lawyers for death row inmate Romell Broom argue that giving the state prisons agency a second chance would amount to cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy. A divided Ohio Supreme Court rejected Broom's arguments in March. Broom's attorneys appealed that ruling earlier this month to the U.S. Supreme Court and filed notice of that appeal on Monday with the state court. The state stopped Broom's execution...
  • Man Accused Of Killing Grandparents Was Influenced By Radical Islamists, Police Say

    08/21/2016 7:02:46 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8-20-16 | Alene Tchekmedyian
    A 35-year-old man accused of bludgeoning his foster grandparents to death last year in their Glendale home using an ax and a hammer was held to answer Tuesday to capital murder charges. Investigators found two decomposing bodies under a blanket on a twin-sized bed in that room. They were later identified as William and Verna Scheiern, 77 and 82 years old, respectively. On the floor a few feet away, police found a bloodied hammer. Against a wall in the living room, they found an ax, with dried blood on the head and handle. During an interview with detectives at the...
  • In Texas, a man who didn’t kill anybody is about to be executed for murder

    08/12/2016 9:55:23 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 121 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 12 2016 | Kristine Guerra
    Terri Been’s voice shook as she read a long text message from her niece. “I had a nightmare about my dad last night,” Paige Rowan told her aunt in the text. Rowan described a dream in which she watched helplessly as the execution needle pierced her father’s skin. She woke up screaming, panicking and feeling hopeless, she told Been.
  • Iran says it executed nuclear scientist for spying for US

    08/07/2016 6:19:18 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 20 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | August 7, 2016, 3:16 pm | AFP and Times of Israel staff
    Iran has executed a nuclear scientist convicted of handing over “confidential and vital” information to the United States, a judicial spokesman said on Sunday, confirming claims made by the man’s family over the weekend.
  • Delaware court says state death penalty law unconstitutional

    08/03/2016 2:41:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 2, 2016 5:45 PM EDT | Randall Chase
    Delaware’s death penalty law is unconstitutional in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, the state's high court ruled Tuesday. In a 148-page opinion, a majority of Delaware Supreme Court justices said the state law violates the U.S. Constitution because it allows a judge to sentence a person to death independently of a jury’s recommendation. …
  • We Need a Federal Law: Any Immigrant Who Commits Violence Gets Automatic Death Penalty

    07/14/2016 4:26:17 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 32 replies
    Self | July 14, 2016 | Stayfree
    We need a law that requires every legal and illegal immigrant to sign a waiver of their rights such that if they commit an act of violence or even attempt to do so, that they agree that the punishment will be the death penalty and that failure to agree to this would result in immediate deportation.
  • Pope on death penalty: 'Thou shalt not kill' is absolute

    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is amplifying his opposition to capital punishment, saying it's an offense to life, contradicts God's plan and serves no purpose for punishment. In a video message to an anti-death penalty congress in Norway, Francis declared: "The commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty." Francis has gone beyond his predecessors and traditional Catholic teaching in saying there is simply no justification for the death penalty today. He said Tuesday that rather than rendering justice, it fosters vengeance. Church teaching allows for recourse to capital...
  • 'It's an insult': Disbelief of William Petit who was forced to listen to wife being raped and killed

    06/16/2016 11:52:52 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    dailymail ^ | 6/16/16 | James Wilkinson
    The Connecticut man who lost his wife and daughters in a brutal home invasion in 2007 said Wednesday it was 'sad' one of the killers had his death sentence revoked to comply with new state laws. Dr. William Petit was tied up in the basement of his New Haven home during the July 23, 2007 attack and almost beaten to death. He could only listen as his wife was raped and murdered by Steven Hayes. Petit managed to flee to a neighbor's home as his daughters perished in the fire Hayes lit. 'It is a very sad day when a...
  • LA archbishop rips the seamless garment: Abortion and euthanasia ‘stand alone’

    06/08/2016 5:05:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 06.07.16 | Claire Chretien
    LOS ANGELES, June 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop José Gomez tore apart the “seamless garment” argument that intrinsic evils and social ills are morally equivalent in the Los Angeles archdiocesan newspaper June 3.  Advocates of the “seamless garment” approach to moral issues and social justice, promoted by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, often use it to suggest a moral equivalency between issues like abortion, poverty, and immigration.  “The hard truth is that not all injustices in the world are ‘equal,’” wrote Gomez. “We can understand this perhaps better about issues in the past than we can with issues in...
  • 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.
  • Coalition chair: ‘Death penalty for Jewish terrorists too’

    05/22/2016 3:42:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/16
    Coalition chairman MK David Biton (Likud) on Sunday addressed the proposed death penalty law for terrorists initiated by Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman during coalition negotiations. "I think there needs to be a death penalty, not just for those who want to commit suicide, but those who want to carry out a deadly attack only to be released after a few years in some exchange deal," said Biton during an interview with Radio Lelo Hafsaka. According to Biton, the law will provide a solution to terrorists who sit comfortably in Israeli prisons, study for an academic degree and are then...
  • 'The blood of a Jewish child must be avenged'

    05/22/2016 3:38:24 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/5/16 | Hezki Baruch
    The Almagor terror victims organization on Sunday contacted ministers on the Security Cabinet and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, demanding that they not block a new death penalty bill for terrorist murderers. The bill is being requested by incoming Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman as a condition for his Yisrael Beytenu party to join the coalition. While Liberman reportedly may fold on the demand for a new law, it seems that new instructions will be given to facilitate the death penalty for terrorists. Almagor Director Lt. Col. (ret.) Meir Indor spoke to Arutz Sheva on Sunday about the new bill, and former...
  • Death penalty for terrorists deal infuriates former AG

    05/19/2016 12:23:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/5/16 | Ido Ben Porat
    Former Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has roundly condemned the reported agreement between the Likud and Yisrael Beytenu parties, to include provisions for implementing the death penalty for terrorists as part of a coalition deal. Under the agreement, a new directive will be issued to military courts, by which only a simply majority of two judges will be needed to sentence a terrorist murderer to death, as opposed to the unanimous requirement currently in place. Imposing a death penalty for terrorist killers was one of the key conditions set by Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman for entering the governing coalition. While...
  • [Israel] Coalition negotiators agree: Death penalty for terrorists

    05/19/2016 7:43:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 5/19/2016, 5:05 PM | Ari Soffer
    Negotiators from the Likud and Yisrael Beytenu parties have agreed to accept the latter’s demands for the death penalty for terrorist murderers, as a condition for entering the coalition government. According to the agreement, the IDF military court — which is technically able to level the death penalty, but maintains an unofficial moratorium on it — will be issued new instructions, by which a simple majority of two judges can hand down a death sentence to terrorists convicted of murder. Currently, the law requires all three judges to unanimously agree. …
  • 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...
  • Pfizer moves to block its drugs from being used in lethal injections

    05/13/2016 10:46:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 10:53 PM ET, Fri May 13, 2016 | Ralph Ellis, Eliott C. McLaughlin and Dave Alsup
    Lethal injections will probably become more difficult to carry out in the United States because Pfizer, the second-largest pharmaceutical company in the world, has strengthened controls to prevent its products from being used in executions. Drugs used in executions are no longer available through “the normal pharmaceutical market,” said Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center. Every U.S. drug maker with products that have been used in executions has gone on record to say they don’t want that to happen any more, he said. “States at this point have decisions to make,” Dunham said. …
  • Ricketts endorses Seiler opponent

    05/02/2016 6:43:04 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Pete Ricketts on Friday endorsed Steve Halloran of Hastings in his bid to unseat Sen. Les Seiler of Hastings, chairman of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee. Ricketts, who was joined in the endorsement by Lt. Mike Foley, said Halloran is “a conservative Republican who is committed to growing Nebraska, reducing the growth of government spending and easing our tax burden.”
  • Rights group: Dramatic increase in executions in 2015 [Amnesty International]

    04/05/2016 5:49:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 5, 2016 8:20 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Amnesty International reports that there was a dramatic 54 percent increase in executions globally in 2015, with Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia responsible for nearly 90 percent of the killings. The human rights organization said that the figure of at least 1,634 people executed last year — up from 1,061 in 2014 — does not include executions in China where data on the death penalty is considered a state secret. […] According to the report, the number of executions recorded in Saudi Arabia increased by 76 percent to 158. Executions in Iran rose 31 percent to 977. and the 326...
  • The Shocking Truth About the Electric Chair

    03/29/2016 9:46:40 AM PDT · by DGA · 139 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03-28-16 | Daniel Allott
    Seven hundred and forty-four people have been executed in the United States over the last 15 years. Just nine of them, according to the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center, were killed by electrocution. But that number may soon rise. Amid controversies over lethal injection drugs, several states are in the midst of reintroducing the electric chair as a method of state-sanctioned capital punishment. The Virginia House of Delegates recently passed legislation that would require the use of the electric chair for condemned prisoners if lethal injection drugs cannot be found. Similar legislation passed Alabama's state house last year and became...
  • German state to finally get rid of death penalty [Hesse]

    03/17/2016 5:39:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Mar 2016 16:55 GMT+01:00 | Emma Anderson
    The central state of Hesse is overhauling their constitution, making sure to get rid of one thing in particular that no other state has: the death penalty. In the wake of the Second World War, Germany wrote a new Constitution with reforms intended to shake off its violent Nazi past, including to clearly define where the country newly stood on the death penalty. “Capital punishment is abolished,” states Article 102 simply, with no further explanation. The Constitution, or Grundgesetz, was signed in 1949, but just three years before, the state of Hesse apparently had its own ideas about capital punishment....
  • Judge: Man on Death Row for Killing 2 Cops Can't Be Executed

    03/16/2016 5:02:35 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    ABC/AP ^ | March 15, 2016 | Michael Balsamo
    A man on death row for killing two undercover New York City police officers cannot be executed because he meets the legal standard to be considered intellectually disabled, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. In his 76-page decision, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis vacated Ronell Wilson's death sentence and imposed a new punishment of life in prison. "In reaching this decision, the court in no way minimizes or excuses the cruelty and depravity of Wilson's action," Garaufis wrote. "Having presided over this tragic case for more than a decade, the court quite frankly finds it impossible to muster any sense...
  • Conservative Utah lawmakers show progressive leanings

    03/12/2016 8:23:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 11, 2016 5:58 PM EST | Brady McCombs and Hallie Golden
    Utah’s staunchly conservative legislature came close to eliminating the death penalty and gave serious consideration to setting up a system to grow and distribute medical marijuana — making the 2016 session a surprising one that may foreshadow future traction for progressive issues. […] The lean toward progressive issues was led by a pair of outgoing GOP lawmakers who went all in on their bills. Sen. Mark Madsen led the medical marijuana push, while Sen. Steve Urquhart pushed the death penalty abolishment. Urquhart also backed a failed measure that would have added discrimination protections for gay and transgender people. A year...
  • Texas man executed for 1997 shooting rampage that killed 5 (Coy Wesbrook)

    03/09/2016 6:47:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 9, 2016 9:41 PM EST | Michael Graczyk
    A man convicted of killing five people including his ex-wife in a 1997 shooting rampage near Houston was put to death Wednesday. Coy Wesbrook’s lethal injection was the eighth this year nationally and fourth in Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than any state. Two Georgia inmates have been executed so far in 2016, plus one each in Alabama and Florida. […] Wesbrook killed his ex-wife, Gloria Jean Coons, 32; her roommate, Diana Ruth Money, 43; and three men: Antonio Cruz, 35, Anthony Ray Rogers, 41, and Kelly Hazlip, 28. …
  • 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...
  • Bill to make electric chair backup in Virginia moves forward

    03/02/2016 9:33:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 2, 2016 3:53 PM EST
    A bill that would force condemned inmates to die by the electric chair if the state can't find lethal injection drugs is one step closer to final approval in Virginia. [...] The bill sailed through the GOP-dominated House last month. A spokesman for Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, has declined to say whether he would support the bill. ...
  • 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...
  • Pope calls for abolition of death penalty 'Thou shalt not kill' applies to guilty as well as...

    02/21/2016 9:07:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 21, 2016 | Alex Matthews
    Pope Francis has called on Catholic leaders to seek a ban on the death penalty exclaiming that 'Thou shall not kill applies to the guilty as well as the innocent'. Speaking to thousands at St. Peter's Square, in the Vatican, the Pontiff asked politicians around the world to make 'a courageous and exemplary gesture' during the Church's current Holy Year. He said: 'I appeal to the consciences of those who govern to reach an international consensus to abolish the death penalty...
  • Pope calls for no executions in Holy Year, hopes for end of death penalty

    02/21/2016 12:09:13 PM PST · by ebb tide · 50 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/21/16 | Tribune News Services
    Pope Francis on Sunday urged Catholic leaders to show "exemplary" courage by not allowing executions this year, while expressing hope that eventually the death penalty will be abolished worldwide. Francis told tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square that "the commandment 'do not kill' holds absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty."
  • Panel defeats bill banning use of 'secret' execution drugs [Virginia]

    02/04/2016 10:09:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2016 12:42 PM EST
    A Virginia legislative committee has defeated a measure that sought to prohibit officials from using execution drugs they received from another state if they don't reveal the source of the drugs. Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell's bill was voted down by the Senate Education and Health Committee on Thursday. ...
  • Utah bill could allow executions of human traffickers

    02/02/2016 1:34:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 2, 2016 4:14 PM EST | Michelle L. Price
    A proposal allowing Utah to execute someone convicted of human trafficking even if the criminal didn't actually kill the person would be unjust, costly and likely unconstitutional, opponents of the death penalty argued Tuesday. The bill from Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, would make human trafficking a capital crime in Utah if the victim dies. Under current state law, someone convicted of trafficking that results in a victim's death faces five years to life in prison. Ray said trafficking is a terrible crime, and the state has to do something to try and deter it. [...] The American Civil Liberties Union...
  • 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.
  • Man charged in killing and rape of girlfriend's 2-year-old son

    01/29/2016 7:43:14 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 01/28/2016 | Robert Salonga
    A 22-year-old San Jose man was arraigned Thursday on charges he raped, beat and suffocated a 2-year-old boy earlier this month as the child's mother slept in another room.
  • Mississippi could debate firing squad as execution method

    01/27/2016 4:32:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 7:18 PM EST | Emily Wagster Pettus
    Mississippi's attorney general said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution in case the state is prevented from giving lethal injections. States are struggling to obtain execution drugs since European pharmaceutical companies began blocking the use of their products for lethal injections. Executions are on hold in Mississippi because the state's supply of lethal-injection drugs expired. In October, Ohio delayed executions for a year while it searches for the drugs. ...
  • The Death Penalty Endgame

    01/17/2016 8:10:37 AM PST · by EveningStar · 57 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 16, 2016 | The Editorial Board
    How does the death penalty in America end? For decades that has been an abstract question. Now there may be an answer in the case of Shonda Walter, a 36-year-old black woman on Pennsylvania's death row. On Friday, the Supreme Court met to discuss whether to hear a petition from Ms. Walter, who is asking the justices to rule that in all cases, including hers, the death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishments.
  • Supreme Court strikes down Florida's death penalty system

    01/14/2016 11:23:02 AM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 16 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 12, 2016 | David G. Savage
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Florida's death penalty system on the grounds that judges, not juries, decide the key facts that determine whether a killer is condemned to die. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said this judge-driven system violates a defendant's right to a jury trial. The ruling will likely give new sentencing hearings to inmates who were recently sentenced to death in Florida, but the justices in the past have said such new rulings do not apply automatically to old cases. Tuesday's ruling relied on a 2002 decision that struck down Arizona's judge-driven system for...
  • 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 Price Of Liberty And The Cost Of Energy

    01/04/2016 8:48:23 PM PST · by Randall_S
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 4, 2016 | Alex in Spain
    Should we look in another direction, or should we speak up about the reality of what is happening around the world? While a large number of people are brutally executed with or without reason – against the basic European principle of the right to live - we look in the other direction in order to ensure that we don’t suffer an increase in the cost of energy. Such an increase would, you see, compromise our businesses and economic performance. Life is valued cheaply when it does not affect our society directly. We still do business and depend on countries that...
  • Media Down Playing Bergdahl Punishment

    12/23/2015 10:29:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 23, 2015 | Russ Vaughn
    Since an Army general has finally demonstrated the backbone, rarely seen nowadays among his peers, to defy the White House and proceed with the prosecution of Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the liberal media is doing its very best to downplay the possible seriousness of the charges. Even conservative venues are repeating the deceit that the desertion charge carries a maximum penalty of five years confinement while the lesser known second charge can result in a life sentence at maximum. I hate to disappoint all the liberal Democrats and their media mouthpieces whose war heroes...
  • 'No forgiveness' as Pakistan hangs men behind school massacre

    12/02/2015 4:31:24 AM PST · by csvset · 8 replies
    France24 ^ | 02 December 2015 | AFP
    <p>Pakistan Wednesday hanged four men linked to the Taliban's massacre of more than 130 schoolchildren, with parents of victims saying they deserved "no forgiveness" as the attack anniversary approached.</p> <p>The executions, which officials said were carried out Wednesday morning at a prison in the northwestern city of Kohat, were the first in connection with the December 16 attack on an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. The army has put the final toll at 151 killed, 134 of them children.</p>
  • UPDATE: Sentencing enhancement filed in Amanda Blackburn's murder (relative of a Freeper)

    11/24/2015 10:48:47 AM PST · by RummyChick · 19 replies
    wthr ^ | 11/24 | wthr
    INDIANAPOLIS - Prosecutors Tuesday filed a sentencing enhancement against one of the suspects in Amanda Blackburn's murder. The enhancement means that if Larry Taylor is found guilty of murder, he could face an additional 6-20 years in prison because Blackburn was pregnant when she was killed. Both Taylor and Jalen Watson pleaded not guilty in court earlier Tuesday morning. Prosecutors say Taylor and Watson entered the Blackburns' unlocked front door on Sunnyfield Court the morning of Nov. 10 after Amanda's husband, Davey, left for the gym. Inside, Amanda put up a fight. But court documents say Taylor admitted to Watson...
  • Planned UN ‘hub’ in Washington aims to influence US counterterrorism strategy

    11/20/2015 8:42:44 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    EXCLUSIVE:  The chief United Nations human rights agency, with the Obama administration’s apparent blessing, is creating a new “regional hub” for itself in Washington, to use as a center for organizing against the death penalty, among other things, and for affecting the legal frameworks, policies, and strategies of American counterterrorism.  In a management plan covering its activities through 2017, the agency, known as the Office of the High Commissioner for Hu
  • Man Who Crushed Baby Said He 'Felt Better' After Stepping on Her: Prosecutors

    11/21/2015 11:44:00 AM PST · by Perseverando · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 21, 2015 | Inside Edition
    A California man has been found guilty of murdering a baby girl by stepping on her and prosecutors revealed Friday that he told them he felt a sense of relief after committing the atrocious crime. Daniel Ruiz of Hesperia killed one-year-old Scarlett by placing his foot on her chest and crushing her with the force of most of his 230-pound bulk while the baby's mother was out buying milk. After crushing the baby, the San Bernadino County District Attorney said Ruiz flipped through channels on the television while Scarlett struggled desperately to breathe.
  • Kermit Alexander's Life Sentence

    11/14/2015 9:23:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents' worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African-Americans and that prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty when victims are black. Alexander is an African-American who grew up in the projects of Los Angeles. So were the four members of his family slain in a 1984 contract killing gone wrong. He has watched the three black men convicted for the murders try to escape responsibility for their crimes. In prison, Darren Williams -- the Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips...
  • Appeals court rejects challenge to California death penalty

    11/12/2015 10:17:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2015 | BRIAN MELLEY
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that found California's death penalty was unconstitutional because of excessive delays.
  • One in 10 death row inmates are military veterans, report says

    11/10/2015 6:50:43 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2015 | Mark Berman
    One-tenth of those who currently on death row in the United States are military veterans, including some with post-traumatic stress disorder that was not factored into their sentences, according to a new report released on the eve of Veterans Day. [Snip] While it is not known exactly how many veterans have been sentenced to death, the report released Tuesday by the Death Penalty Information Center says that about 300 of the country's more than 3,000 death-row inmates have served in the military. It goes on to argue that a person's military service should be factored into a possible sentence, particularly...
  • Jury: Death penalty for Harris in fatal Strip shooting, crash (Las Vegas)

    11/04/2015 5:53:28 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 4, 2015 | Ken Ritter
    A jury decided Wednesday that a 29-year-old self-styled pimp should be sentenced to death for killing three people by opening fire into a moving vehicle after a dispute at a hip-hop event at a posh Las Vegas Strip resort. Ammar Asim Faruq Harris was not in the courtroom when relatives and friends of the victims sobbed and shouted after the verdict was read Wednesday in Clark County District Court.
  • Bernie Sanders: Abortion is 'Choice' But Death Penalty is 'Murder'

    11/01/2015 8:15:40 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I took it for granted that a leftist like Bernie Sanders would be opposed to the death penalty. Still, I was truly shocked to see Sanders—not in some throwaway comment on the campaign trail but in prepared remarks on the Senate floor—flatly call the death penalty "murder." On his MSNBC show this morning, Al Sharpton played the Sanders clip to illustrate how Sanders is working to differentiate his policy positions from those of Hillary Clinton, who says she supports the death penalty in "rare" cases. Question: how can we begin to explain the moral compass of liberals like Sanders who...