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  • Federal Prison Reform Comes Right Out of Sen. Kennedy’s Playbook

    12/15/2018 10:20:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2018 | Pastor Darrel Scott
    Since the start of the Trump administration, the calls to reform America’s outdated prison and sentencing policies have grown into a massive chorus that transcends partisanship, race, and class. Thanks to President Trump’s leadership and willingness to work with elected officials across the political spectrum, we are closer than ever to passing new policies that will equip inmates with the skills necessary to enter the workforce while also ensuring our communities remain safe. This can be the most significant legislation for minorities since the 1964 civil rights bill Federal prison reform comes right out of Sen. Kennedy’s playbook Of course,...
  • DEATH PENALTY

    12/08/2018 7:21:04 PM PST · by mabarker1 · 24 replies
    North Carolina Department of Public Safety/North Carolina Department of Corrections/NCDPS ^ | Unknown, Will Call it 12/01/2018 | NC Department of Corrections
    More than 1,000 persons have been sent to North Carolina's death row since the state assumed responsibility for executing criminals in 1910. The prison system houses male death row inmates at Central Prison and female death row inmates at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women. Both prisons are located in Raleigh. At Central Prison, the men are housed in cellblocks of Unit III. Two correctional officers in a control center watch the inmates at all times. Each cell block is divided into eight pods with 24 single cells - 12 cells on each level. The cells open into a...
  • Kavanaugh joins liberals in tough questions on execution plans for man with rare condition

    11/06/2018 3:50:18 PM PST · by KingofZion · 72 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2018 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court spent a gruesome hour Tuesday debating a constitutional way to execute a Missouri man who has a rare medical condition, with the likely decider, new justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, joining the court’s liberals with tough questions for the state. Modern and ancient execution methods — a firing squad, electrocution, hanging, lethal gas, being burned at the stake — all made appearances during the court’s sober assessment of ways to kill Russell Bucklew without violating the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Missouri plans to use an injection of a single drug, pentobarbital, to carry out the...
  • Tennessee man's last words in electric chair: 'Let's rock'

    11/01/2018 6:49:54 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 89 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 11/01/18 | Kimberlee Kruesi
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee inmate's final words were "let's rock" moments before he became the first man executed in the electric chair in that state since 2007, put to death for the killings of two men during a drug deal-turned-robbery decades ago.</p>
  • Under Trump, federal death penalty cases are ticking up

    10/31/2018 10:40:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 31, 2018 | Jim Mustian
    Before a suspect was even publicly named, President Donald Trump declared that whoever gunned down 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue should “suffer the ultimate price” and that the death penalty should be brought back “into vogue.” Trump has largely gotten his wish, at least on the federal level, with death penalty cases ticking back up under his Justice Department after a near-moratorium on such prosecutions in President Barack Obama’s last term, when he directed a broad review of capital punishment and issues surrounding lethal injection. Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has so far approved at least a dozen death...
  • Man’s lethal injection fight may lead him to electric chair [TN]

    10/23/2018 9:07:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 23, 2018 11:25 AM EDT | Travis Loller
    Attorneys for a Tennessee death row prisoner were trying to spare him from lethal injection and they succeeded — but not the way they hoped. Instead of getting the needle, Edmund Zagorski is scheduled to die in the electric chair on Nov. 1. If the execution goes forward, he will be only the second person to be executed that way in Tennessee since 1960. His case illustrates how hard it is for states to find ways to execute prisoners that courts will deem humane; the challenge attorneys face trying to save their clients from execution; and the frustration of some...
  • Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty

    10/11/2018 3:31:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 11, 2018 3:04 PM EDT | Rachel La Corte and Gene Johnson
    Washington’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty Thursday, ruling that it had been used in an arbitrary and racially discriminatory manner. Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment by legislative act or court decree. The court converted the sentences of the eight people on Washington’s death row to life in prison. “The death penalty is unequally applied — sometimes by where the crime took place, or the county of residence, or the available budgetary resources at any given point in time,...
  • Washington Supreme Court tosses out state’s death penalty [Barf Alert]

    10/11/2018 9:22:17 AM PDT · by fwdude · 41 replies
    AP News ^ | 10/11/2018 | Rachel La Corte
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty violates its Constitution. The ruling Thursday makes Washington the latest state to do away with capital punishment. The justices said the “death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially.” They ordered that people currently on death row have their sentences converted to life in prison.
  • Lawyers fight to ban death penalty from truck attack trial, citing Trump comments

    10/09/2018 5:01:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2018 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people when he drove his truck onto a New York City bike path say the death penalty should be ruled out because President Donald Trump was “uninformed and full or rage” when he called for it. The lawyers filed papers Tuesday in federal court on behalf of Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sah-YEE’-pawf).
  • Inmate asks for electric chair execution over lethal injection

    10/09/2018 6:08:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | October 9, 2018
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee inmate set to be executed this week is asking the state to die by electric chair over lethal injection, calling the move the "lesser of two evils." Attorney Kelley Henry confirmed Monday that Edmund Zagorski made the request roughly two hours before the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol is constitutional. The decision paved the way for the execution of Zagorski on Thursday. Zagorski was sentenced in 1984 in the slayings of two men during a drug deal. Prosecutors said Zagorski shot John Dotson and Jimmy Porter, then slit their throats...
  • George Will: Abolish the death penalty

    09/30/2018 3:06:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 97 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2018 | George F. Will
    Without being aware of it, Vernon Madison might become a footnote in constitutional law because he is barely aware of anything. For more than 30 years, Alabama, with a tenacity that deserves a better cause, has been trying to execute him for the crime he certainly committed, the 1985 murder of a police officer. Twice the state convicted him unconstitutionally (first excluding African Americans from the jury, then insinuating inadmissible evidence into the record). In a third trial, the judge, who during his time on the bench overrode more life sentences (six) than any other Alabama judge, disregarded the jury’s...
  • Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty in New York Bike Path Terrorism Case

    09/29/2018 5:03:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    ktla ^ | September 28, 2018
    Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, who previously entered a plea of not guilty, faces an indictment that includes murder, attempted murder and terror-related charges in the October 31 rampage. In a court filing Friday, prosecutors said Saipov, 30, committed the crimes “in an especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner.” They also cited his alleged support of the Islamic State and lack of remorse. The suspect’s attorneys said in a statement that they were disappointed. “We think the decision to seek the death penalty rather than accepting a guilty plea to life in prison with no possibility of release will only prolong the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican Jesuit Accuses Ohio Prosecutor of Grave Sin for Seeking Death Penalty

    08/24/2018 1:56:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | August 23, 2018 | David Nussman
    CINCINNATI, Ohio (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Jesuit priest in Rome is accusing an Ohio prosecutor of grave sin for seeking the death penalty for a convicted serial killer.  Father Paul Mueller, superior of the Jesuit community at the Vatican Observatory, wrote a letter to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters accusing him of violating Catholic teaching on capital punishment. "The teaching of the Church is clear: In defending society against evil, it is morally unacceptable to make use of the evil of the death penalty," claimed Mueller. He went on to accuse Deters of the sin of pride and advised him to "chat with a good confessor."...
  • [Cath Caucus] Can Pope Francis’ Death Penalty Teaching be Harmonized with Scripture and Tradition?

    08/18/2018 5:33:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | August 18, 2018 | Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
    August 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- In the less than three weeks since the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) promulgated and explained on August 2 a new papally mandated revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty, the Internet has been awash with conflicting interpretations of this revised version of CCC #2267. It seems like Amoris Laetitia All Over Again: some Catholic scholars affirm, while others deny, that another novel papal teaching can be given a valid ‘hermeneutic-of-continuity’ reading in harmony with the previous magisterium. And as we saw in the wake of...
  • Capital Punishment in Japan

    08/16/2018 10:17:51 AM PDT · by chajin · 10 replies
    Nippon.com ^ | August 16, 2018 | nippon.com
    Seven leading members of the religious cult Aum ShinrikyŨ, including its founder Matsumoto Chizuo (Asahara ShŨkŨ), were executed on July 6, 2018, for their roles in masterminding a series of major crimes including the March 1995 sarin gas attack on Tokyo subway lines that resulted in the deaths of 13 people [snip]...The decision to execute prisoners now is said to have been based on the difficulty of doing so in 2019, as the year of the imperial succession, or 2020, when the Tokyo Olympic Games will take place.
  • The Day Andrew Cuomo Got Religion

    08/12/2018 11:34:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | August 12, 2018 | T.R. Clancy
    Who could have predicted back in 1928 that Al Smith's successor as governor of New York would be explaining his advancement of legislation by his "solidarity" with the pope?Ā Ā Back then, poor Governor Smith was defeated in his run for president in part by anti-Catholic fears that he represented a "Romish Peril," not least by way of a transatlantic tunnel between Washington and the Vatican.Ā Ā A vote for Al Smith would put America under the dictatorship of the pope. So when Governor Andrew Cuomo, literally on the same day Pope Francis declared that the death penalty is "inadmissible" in all cases, introduced...
  • Tennessee child killer Billy Ray Irick picks deluxe burger combo as last meal before execution

    08/09/2018 7:55:48 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/09/18 | Katherine Lam
    A Tennessee convicted child rapist and killer on Wednesday picked a deluxe burger combo as his last meal before his execution -- the first in the state in nearly a decade. Billy Ray Irick, 59, chose the combo that included a super deluxe burger, onion rings and a Pepsi soft drink, the Tennessee Department of Correction said Wednesday. Irick, who is being held at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, will eat his last meal before his execution, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. The name of the restaurant that prepared the meal was not released “out of...
  • CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: Pope Francis vs. the Catholic Church

    08/07/2018 7:14:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Remnat Newspaper ^ | August 7, 2018 | RTV
    RTV's 'Sunday Sermons from South St. Paul' blows the lid off Pope Francis's attempt to change the constant teaching of the Catholic Church on capital punishment. In what surely must be one of the most courageous sermons of 2018, this diocesan priest takes the gloves off and asks: "What's it going to be? The constant teaching established by Scripture, doctors and fathers of the Church, sainted popes and God Himself? Or that which rests on the whim of Pope Francis, who seems to think the Catholic Church’s binding teaching is whatever his opinion happens to be." God help us, what...
  • The Catholic Catechism Has Changed: Is the Pope Right About the Death Penalty?

    08/06/2018 9:10:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/06/2018 | Rev. Mark H. Creech
    The Vatican announced on Thursday that Pope Francis had approved formal alterations to Catholic teaching that clarify the death penalty is unacceptable. The section of the Catholic Catechism which deals with capital punishment will now read: "Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good. Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious penal sanctions imposed...
  • [Catholic Caucus] With Catechism Change, An Opening of Pandora’s Box

    08/05/2018 3:21:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 3, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    The debate over the pope’s recently announced changes to the Catechism on the subject of capital punishment are being hotly debated in every corner of the Catholic world. Some are saying this change is a mere “development of doctrine.” Some think it’s not a change in doctrine at all, but an adjustment to practical application. On The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, Robert Royal characterized it as a “break” with tradition; Fr. Gerald Murray called it an “overthrow.” (Their discussion is worthwhile if you have time for it.) Others – like me – take it a step farther, believing that...