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  • Animal-Rights Activists Free 5,740 Mink in Cross-Country Crime Spree

    07/26/2015 9:12:00 AM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies
    nymag.com ^ | July 25, 2015 | Chas Danner
    The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has arrested two animal-rights activists after they spent half a year driving 40,000 miles around the U.S., raiding fur farms, and releasing about 5,740 mink into the wild. According to the Associated Press, in addition to freeing the mink (and one bobcat), Joseph Buddenberg, 31, and Nicole Kissane, 28, allegedly slashed tires, smashed windows, glued door locks, vandalized businesses using caustic acid, and even tried to flood a fur industry employee’s home.
  • Iran sees unprecedented spike in executions with 694 people already put to death this year…

    07/24/2015 1:10:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:46 EST, 23 July 2015 | Sam Matthew
    The Iranian authorities have put to death nearly 700 people so far this year, in an unprecedented spike in executions. Amnesty International said this is the equivalent of three people being killed each day. […] The reasons behind this year’s shocking surge in executions are unclear, but the majority of those put to death in 2015 were convicted on drug charges. […] Amnesty International said in Iran, death sentences were handed down by courts “completely lacking in independence and impartiality.” “They are imposed either for vaguely-worded or overly-broad offenses, or acts that should not be criminalized at all, let alone...
  • Life Without Parole is No Substitute For Death

    07/17/2015 7:58:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    AN ARGUMENT regularly advanced by opponents of the death penalty is that incapacitation doesn't require execution. Life imprisonment without parole is sufficient, they say: Put the most dangerous murderers behind bars and keep them there forever. But "lock 'em up and throw away the key" is a delusion. Life without parole is no replacement for the death penalty when it comes to protecting innocent lives. Understandably, many find it reassuring to believe that there is a way to protect the public from the worst killers without requiring the state to kill.National surveys find a preference for locking up murderers for...
  • New documentary exposes Hollywood man-boy pedophile ring

    07/08/2015 4:27:52 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 52 replies
    Fellowship Of The Minds ^ | 7/6/2015 | Dr. Eowyn
    Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media reports that An Open Secret, a new explosive documentary on Hollywood pedophiles opened on Friday night, July 3, 2015, at the Cinema Village at 22 East 12th Street in New York City. On July 17, the film will open in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills. Directed by Amy Berg, An Open Secret exposes how pedophiles operate in Hollywood and cover up their crimes. Berg’s 2006 documentary on the Catholic Church’s cover-up of pedophilia/pederasty, Deliver Us from Evil, was nominated for an Oscar. The Hollywood Reporter describes the film as “A...
  • Pundit's Death Marks End of An Era for Democrats

    07/03/2015 7:25:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81. He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years ago, my office just a few doors down from where Ben used to work.) Ben was one of the last star pundits of what might be called the Old Order, before cable news and the Internet transformed the landscape. When everyone was rushing to CNN to shout at each other on "Crossfire," he launched a PBS show called "Think...
  • Minneapolis teen charged with murder after stomping girlfriend’s crying daughter to death

    06/28/2015 3:25:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | June 17, 2015 | BY Doyle Murphy
    A Minneapolis teen stomped his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter to death to keep her from crying. Cody Feran-Baum, 17, admitted to investigators he kicked little Sophia O’Neill in the back, laid her on the floor and stomped on her back, authorities said. “It was, it was bad,” Feran-Baum said when asked how hard he’d kicked the tot. “It was hard.” The vicious blows split the girl’s left kidney and pancreas in two, ripped her liver loose from a ligament, fractured eight ribs and collapsed a lung. Feran-Baum, who is not Sophia’s father, was babysitting on June 9 while the mother left...
  • Race-hate 'gunman CONFESSES to shooting dead nine at historic black church' to 'start a race war'

    06/19/2015 6:14:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 19, 2015 | Lydia Warren and Mia De Graaf
    Dylann Storm Roof has confessed to entering a South Carolina church on Wednesday night and shooting dead nine people at their weekly bible study meeting, telling investigators that he wanted to 'start a race war', according to reports.The 21-year-old admitted to Charleston police and the FBI that he was behind the massacre, law enforcement officials told CNN on Friday. He also told them that he bought the .45-caliber handgun himself; a family member had previously said the gun was a birthday gift from Roof's father.His roommate has also revealed that Roof, who is white, had been planning the attack for...
  • The Left Disbars Another Conservative Prosecutor

    06/15/2015 1:50:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    Realizing they control the judiciary and state bar associations, as well as much of the complicit media, the left is going after conservatives with a vengeance using the legal system. Any conservative is at risk of being sued, but conservative attorneys and judges are getting hit the hardest because state bars can take away their license to practice law, destroying their reputations and careers. Once they’ve been disciplined by the state bar, it is easy for aggrieved “victims” to sue and get a large judgment awarded against them from a sympathetic judiciary. Several years ago, society was concerned about renegade...
  • Ex-SC officer indicted for murder in shooting of black man

    06/08/2015 8:53:11 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former North Charleston police officer was indicted on a murder charge Monday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who was running away from the officer after a traffic stop. The shooting April 4 was captured on video by a bystander and showed officer Michael Slager firing eight times as 50-year-old Walter Scott ran away. The shooting rekindled an ongoing national debate about the treatment of black suspects at the hands of white officers
  • Lawfare is Killing the Death Penalty

    06/03/2015 11:18:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Last week, the Nebraska legislature voted to do away with the death penalty. I think that was a mistake. But that's a conversation for another day. Instead, I want to talk about a lesson we might take from the decision. Charles Murray (my colleague at the American Enterprise Institute) has written a book, "By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission." The first third of the book is the best diagnosis of America's governmental sickness ever written for the non-specialist. I say "diagnosis," but Murray might call it an autopsy. "The founders' Constitution has been discarded and cannot be restored,"...
  • Death Penalty Repealed | State Senators Override Gov. Pete Ricketts' Veto

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

    05/17/2015 8:14:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 5/18/2015, 5:13 AM | Ben Ariel
    The European Union (EU) on Sunday denounced the death sentence handed down to Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi and at least 100 others, noting the penalty stemmed from a flawed trial, according to AFP. “The court decision to seek the death penalty… was taken at the end of a mass trial that was not in line with Egypt’s obligations under international law,” the EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said in a statement. She added that Egypt has to guarantee defendants’ rights to a fair trial and to an independent investigation, noting the EU believes the sentence will be revised upon...
  • Why Boston Is Queasy About the Tsarnaev Death Sentence

    05/16/2015 9:07:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | May 16, 2015 | TOM KEANE
    BOSTON - APRIL 8: Camille Lerner, 21, of Boston, painted the words 'B Strong' on the window of Sugar Heaven on Boylston Street, across from the Finish Line where the first bomb went off, after the verdict came down in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston on April 8, 2015. No victim of the Boston Marathon bombings was more poignant, perhaps, than eight-year-old Martin Richard. It was a photo of a smiling Martin, who was from Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, holding up a handmade sign saying, “No more hurting people,” that seemed to underscore the callousness of the acts and...
  • Live Coverage: Jury sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

    05/15/2015 12:31:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    FOX CT ^ | May 15, 2015 | Staff
    Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have reached a verdict over whether he should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. Tsarnaev is dressed in a dark blazer and light shirt. U.S. marshals are stationed around the courtroom.
  • Tsarnaev gets death penalty

    05/15/2015 12:32:01 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 206 replies
    twitter | 5/15/15 | Laurel Sweet
    BREAKING: Dzhokhar #Tsarnaev is to be executed for the Boston Marathon bombing.
  • Triple murderer put to death in Texas

    05/12/2015 10:18:13 PM PDT · by South40 · 55 replies
    Washington (AFP) - The state of Texas executed a man convicted in the triple murder of his girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather, officials said. Derrick Charles, 32, was put to death by lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville at 6:36 pm (2236 GMT), according to spokesman Jason Clark. His last words before being injected with the lethal drugs were "I'm ready to go home," Clark said. The US Supreme Court earlier on Tuesday denied a last minute appeal by the condemned man, allowing the execution to proceed. Charles was just 19 at the time of the murders,...
  • British Grandmother Prepares for Execution in Indonesia

    05/05/2015 9:04:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | Mon, May 04 2015,
    A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article on Sunday. Lindsay Sandiford, 58, said she was expecting to die shortly, after seven foreign drug convicts were executed last week, causing a storm of international protest. "My execution is imminent and I know I might die at any time now. I could be taken tomorrow from my cell," Sandiford wrote in British newspaper the Mail on Sunday. "I have started to write goodbye letters to members of my family." Sandiford,...
  • Whistleblower Targeted for Exposing UN Troops Raping Children

    05/04/2015 3:00:40 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 April 2015 | Alex Newman
    United Nations “peacekeeping” troops deployed on a UN “peace” mission in the Central African Republic were systematically raping and sexually exploiting starving young children, according to a leaked internal report that the global organization was seeking to conceal. Because UN leadership failed to take action against their soldiers' widespread sexual abuse of children — some of whom were less than 10 years old — an aid worker with the organization in the war-torn African nation handed the document to French authorities. As has become the norm when UN military forces are exposed raping, abusing, and murdering the populations they are...
  • Harris-Perry Guest: Don't Execute Tsarnaev—Could Become Spox for Reconciling with Islam

    04/25/2015 10:26:08 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Of all the rotten reasons not to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, we'll give the booby prize to the one offered by Paul Raushenbush, a HuffPo religion editor and ordained American Baptist minister. On Melissa Harris-Perry's show today, Raushenbush imagined that in twenty years, Tsarnaev might become "a spokesperson for reconciling Islam with America. We don't know what this life is going to lead to." Anything's possible, but surely Tsarnaev's sentence should not be based on this sort of idle speculation. What made Raushenbush's argument particularly galling was his statement that "the idea of ending any life for any reason is for...
  • Tsarnaev gives finger to prison camera; jury in Boston Marathon trial sees photo

    04/21/2015 3:14:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | Denise Lavoie/AP
    BOSTON (AP) — First, the jury was shown large, vibrant pictures of the four people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Then prosecutors pulled out the photo they saved for last: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the finger to the security camera in his jail cell. “This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — unconcerned, unrepentant and unchanged,” federal prosecutor Nadine Pellegrini told the jury that will decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed. The penalty phase in the Boston Marathon bomber’s trial opened in dramatic fashion Tuesday, with prosecutors portraying Tsarnaev as a coldblooded killer and “America’s worst...
  • How Kelsey Grammer's Personal Tragedy Argues For The Death Penalty

    04/20/2015 1:46:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Nantz
    Countless souls have made the spectral walk to the gallows, have heard the dusty rasp of death’s mournful eulogy whispered odiously from his pale throat, “dead man walking.” The condemned have been hung by the neck until dead, shot, poisoned, decapitated, stoned, or clapped in an iron skull cap while 10 thousand volts of electricity boil the life from flesh and bone. But, this is justice, when delivered by legitimate authority. This is the only atonement that can be made to expunge a crime so black and abhorrent that its presence distorts and tortures nature and its order. Capital punishment...
  • Watch What Happens When 3 Muslim Spokesmen Are Asked About Islam’s Death Penalty for Apostasy

    04/14/2015 9:00:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/14/2015 | Robert Spencer
    CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO A recent episode of the BBC program The Big Questions was anomalous: instead of pumping out more of the usual fog of obfuscation and denial regarding the aspects of Islamic law incompatible with Western standards of human rights and human dignity — as do most BBC shows — it actually featured an honest discussion of Islam’s death penalty for apostasy.Or it would have, that is, if the Muslim spokesmen on the show had been remotely honest about that penalty. Instead, they offered an instructive case study in how Islamic supremacists deal with uncomfortable aspects...
  • Tsarnaev Conviction Puts Death Penalty Opponents in an Awkward Spot

    04/10/2015 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    How about now? Are you in favor of the death penalty now? I ask because the preferred argument from opponents of the death penalty is doubt: We can never be sure; look at all of the people released from death row; we can't afford to risk ending a single innocent life. None of those arguments apply to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He admitted, through his lawyers, that he and his brother murdered three people and maimed 260 others at the Boston Marathon. (A few days later, they murdered a police officer.) Tsarnaev knowingly left a bomb next to a family on...
  • 'He should die in prison': Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks out against the death penalty

    04/09/2015 3:41:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4-9-15 | Ashley Collman
    Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty Wednesday on all 30 charges related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing His case will now proceed to the penalty stage, in which the jury will decide whether to sentence him to life in prison or execution Reflecting her state's liberal politics, Warren is against capital punishment Warren also spoke about current party issues - but refused to compare her politics to those of likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Warren has repeatedly said she will not be running for president in 2016 Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren says she's relieved Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty...
  • Slow-Motion Justice

    04/09/2015 12:02:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Michael Reagan
    Justice has been done in Boston, but it's not finished. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty in the Boston Marathon terrorism bombing. The verdict Wednesday was no surprise. Everyone in the country already knew that Tsarnaev and his dead brother planted two bombs in the crowd at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Even Tsarnaev's defense team acknowledged that he took part in the act of domestic terrorism that killed three and wounded 260 others. After 16 days and 95 witnesses, it took the jury just 11 hours to render their verdict on the 30 federal counts against the...
  • Nitrogen gas execution bill heading to Oklahoma governor

    04/09/2015 10:33:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 9, 2015 1:21 PM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma is poised to become the first state in the nation to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute inmates under a plan given final legislative approval on Thursday and now headed to the governor’s desk. Without a single dissenting vote, the Oklahoma Senate approved legislation that would allow the new method to be used if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or if the deadly drugs become unavailable. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is a staunch supporter of the death penalty, but her spokesman declined to comment on the measure Thursday. Executions are on hold in Oklahoma while the U.S....
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Is Guilty in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

    04/08/2015 11:18:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 8, 2015 | Katharine Q. Seeyle
    After 11 hours of deliberations over two days, a federal jury on Wednesday found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a failing college student and the youngest child in a dispersed Russian immigrant family, guilty of the 2013 bombings at the Boston Marathon, the worst act of terrorism on American soil since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The bombings almost two years ago transformed one of the world’s most prestigious road races on a glorious spring afternoon into a scene of carnage with bodies strewn across Boylston Street, giving the nation a horrifying glimpse into the consequences of homegrown, self-taught terrorism. The bombs,...
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal Hospitalized In “Diabetic Shock”

    03/31/2015 10:12:08 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 87 replies
    News One ^ | 3/31/15
    Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal is in intensive care for treatment of diabetes and is “not doing well,” his family said Tuesday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken from the Pennsylvania state Correctional Institution in Mahanoy to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville Monday after passing out, his wife Wadiya Jamal said outside the hospital. She says prison officials told her he is in diabetic shock. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer: His blood sugar level was very high – 779 – when he arrived at the hospital and remains at more than 300, she said....
  • Vatican Good Friday reflections ask: ‘When will death penalty be abolished?’

    03/30/2015 7:15:12 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 23 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 3/30/15 | Joshua J. McElwee
    A series of reflections to be used by Pope Francis in Rome on Good Friday make connections between the crucifixion of Jesus and the modern-day use of the death penalty. The reflections, to be used by the pope at an annual public service in and near Rome’s historic Colosseum, pointedly ask: “When will the death penalty, still practiced in many states, be abolished?” That question is part of a service known as the “Way of the Cross,” a type of liturgical service frequently celebrated by Christians on Good Friday. The service follows Jesus through different stations of his torture and...
  • Utah governor signs 55 bills into law, brings back firing squad as method of execution

    03/24/2015 2:45:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 03/24/2015 | Lee Davidson
    Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law Monday a bill to make firing squads the state's back-up method of execution — used whenever the state is unable to obtain drugs needed to perform lethal injections. The Republican executive signed the firing-squad bill despite international attention on the state as it becomes alone in allowing that method of execution. (Oklahoma authorizes execution by firing squad only if lethal injection and electrocution are found unconstitutional, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.) Numerous groups called for a veto, but Herbert signaled last week that he was leaning toward signing it. "Those who voiced...
  • Let’s See Who Is More Stubborn

    03/21/2015 5:52:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | March 21, 2015 | Mundabor
    Catholic bloggers serving a Flugabwehrkanone as Francis' bombers fly again over Catholicism. For the umpteenth times, The Most Astonishing Hypocrite In Church History, known among friends as TMAHICH, exhibits himself in another senseless, anti-Catholic rant against Capital Punishment. I would call him stupid, but Francis isn't stupid, though he certainly is not a genius. He is an evil enemy of the Church, and a man of average or less than average intelligence believing himself a messiah of the poor. I read around heavy cannon fire to this latest act of sabotage. I found this one particularly beautiful. But this is...
  • Back to Firing Squads? Thank Death-Penalty Foes

    03/19/2015 1:11:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19 | Jeff Jacoby
    FOR A NATION that almost never puts murderers to death — there were 14,196 homicides in 2013, but only 39 executions — Americans spend an awful lot of time debating whether and how to do it. The Utah legislature last week passed a bill reinstating the firing squad to execute death row inmates, as a back-up in case lethal-injection drugs aren't available. It was in Utah five years ago that the last death by firing squad in the United States took place, when Ronnie Lee Gardner paid with his life for the courthouse murder of attorney Michael Burdell in 1985....
  • Missouri Executes Cecil Clayton, Cop Killer Missing Part of Brain

    03/17/2015 9:02:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 212 replies
    NBC News ^ | Tracy Connor
    Missouri cop killer Cecil Clayton was executed Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he should be spared because he was missing a piece of his brain. Clayton, who at 74 was the state's oldest death-row prisoner, was pronounced dead at 9:21 pm CT, eight minutes after his lethal injection was administered, prison officials said in a statement. "They brought me up here to execute me," he said in his final statement. Clayton was convicted of murdering sheriff's deputy Chris Castetter after a domestic disturbance in 1996. His case drew extra attention because of his brain injury, the...
  • In a 'very rare' move, judge kicks Orange County D.A. off case of Seal Beach mass shooting killer...

    03/13/2015 10:40:22 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 13, 2015 | Tony Saavedra and Kelly Puente
    In a 'very rare' move, judge kicks Orange County D.A. off case of Seal Beach mass shooting killer Scott Dekraai SANTA ANA – A Superior Court judge removed the Orange County District Attorney’s Office from the case against the deadliest killer in county history, saying Thursday that the defendant’s right to a fair trial had been violated by false testimony and the withholding of evidence. Judge Thomas M. Goethals, however, refused to block a potential death sentence for confessed mass murderer Scott Dekraai, whose penalty trial is scheduled to start March 30 for killing eight people at a Seal Beach...
  • Cop-killer’s sister writes to board, asks that he not be paroled (NM)

    03/12/2015 11:59:24 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | March 12, 2015 | Patrick Lohmann
    The state parole board has received 500 letters in anticipation of a hearing today over whether convicted cop-killer Joel Lee Compton will be released from prison. But to the widow of Albuquerque police officer Gerald Cline – who Compton shot and killed 32 years ago – one particular letter stands out. “We were very touched, and we appreciate it,” said Yolanda Cline. “You’re not defined by what your relatives did. You can’t choose them.” In fewer than 200 words, Sharron Compton, sister of Joel Lee Compton, spells out why her brother should not be released from prison despite three decades...
  • Vote for firing squad shows frustration with drug shortages

    03/11/2015 8:31:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | BRADY McCOMBS and LINDSAY WHITEHURST
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A vote by Utah lawmakers to bring back executions by firing squad is the most dramatic illustration yet of the nationwide frustration over bungled executions and shortages of lethal-injection drugs. Utah and several other states are scrambling to modify their laws on the heels of a botched Oklahoma lethal injection last year and one in Arizona in which the condemned man took nearly two hours to die. Meanwhile, Texas executed a Mexican mafia hit man Wednesday evening with its second-to-last dosage of drugs.
  • The Catholic Church Opposes the Death Penalty. Why Don't White Catholics?

    03/08/2015 7:22:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    TNR ^ | 03/07/2015 | Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    )n Thursday, a slew of American Catholic publications, including America Magazine, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and Patheos Catholic announced their joint commitment to abolishing the death penalty in the United States. Prompted by an upcoming Supreme Court hearing on the use of certain drug combinations in lethal injections, the statement represents a rare and welcome moment of unity among Catholics of varied political commitments. No such unity can be found among the 78.2 million American Catholics themselves, and that's because one group opposes these publications' position on the death penalty: white Catholics. The Catechism of...
  • Prosecutors to seek death penalty for N.C. man charged in Muslims' killings

    03/02/2015 2:03:17 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 20 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 3/2/15 | Colleen Jenkins
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man who police say kept detailed notes on parking at his condominium complex before gunning down three young Muslims in a neighboring unit, according to documents released on Monday. Craig Hicks, 46, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the Feb. 10 shooting deaths of a newlywed couple and the wife's sister about two miles from the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill.
  • Dinner to die for: Only woman on Georgia’s death row makes HUGE last meal request of two Whoppers…

    02/19/2015 12:45:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:57 EST, 19 February 2015 | David McCormack
    Georgia’s only female death row inmate has submitted a rather lengthy list for her last meal ahead of her execution later this month. Kelly Renée Gissendaner, 46, will become the first woman to be executed in seven decades in the state when she receives a lethal injection on February 25. She requested a last meal of cornbread with a side of buttermilk; two Burger King Whoppers with cheese; two large orders of fries; cherry vanilla ice cream; popcorn; a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, cheese and Newman’s Own buttermilk dressing; and lemonade. […] (Gissendaner) was convicted...
  • DA Kearney: Wolf's death penalty moratorium a slap to victims' families

    02/17/2015 5:34:41 PM PST · by lightman · 29 replies
    The York Dispatcj ^ | 17 February AD 2015 | Thomas L. Kearney, Sr.
    After much thought and careful consideration, I am deeply saddened and disturbed at the actions taken by our governor this past Friday. Gov. Tom Wolf elected to place his own personal beliefs above the law of this commonwealth. As an elected district attorney, I took an oath to uphold the constitution of our commonwealth as well as the Constitution of the United States of America. Gov. Wolf recently took a similar oath; however, he has decided to usurp the roles of our Legislature, our courts, and the will of the people of this commonwealth. What Gov. Wolf does not understand...
  • Holder calls for halt to US executions

    02/17/2015 1:02:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 17, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    Attorney General Eric Holder called Tuesday for a national moratorium on the death penalty until the Supreme Court weighs in on the issue later this year. “Our system of justice is the best in the world. It is comprised of men and women who do the best they can, get it right more often than not, substantially more right than wrong. But there's always the possibility that mistakes will be made,” he said. “It is one thing to put somebody in jail for an extended period of time, have some new test that you can do and determine that person...
  • In close vote, Utah House OKs firing-squad proposal

    02/13/2015 9:19:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 13, 2015 4:50 PM EST | Michelle L. Price
    A hotly contested proposal that resurrects Utah’s use of firing squads to carry out executions narrowly passed a key vote Friday in the state’s Legislature after three missing lawmakers were summoned to break a tie vote. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 39-34 Friday morning to approve the measure, sending it to an uncertain fate in the state’s GOP-controlled Senate. Leaders in that chamber have thus far declined to say if they’ll support it, and Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert won’t say if he’ll sign it. […] (Rep. Paul) Ray argues that a team of trained marksmen is faster and...
  • Pa. governor says death penalty flawed, imposes moratorium

    02/13/2015 10:12:14 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    WPXI ^ | February 13, 2015
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Newly elected Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is imposing a moratorium on the death penalty. He calls the state's current system of capital punishment "error-prone, expensive and anything but infallible." The Democrat had announced during his fall campaign he intended to issue such an order. Wolf said Friday the moratorium will remain in effect at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that's been studying the topic for about four years.
  • '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...
  • Texas Executes Killer Robert Ladd After Low-IQ Arguments Rejected

    01/29/2015 7:33:05 PM PST · by PROCON · 36 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | Tracy Connor
    Texas on Thursday executed a man convicted of fatally beating a mentally disabled woman -- after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments that he has an IQ of 67 and should be exempt from the death penalty. In his final statement before the lethal injection, Robert Ladd, 57, addressed the sister of his victim by name, telling her he was "really, really sorry." Ladd was sentenced to death for hammering, strangling and setting ablaze 38-year-old Vicki Ann Garner in 1996 — while he was on parole for a 1980 stabbing and arson that killed a woman and two children. Ladd's...
  • Justices to Hear Case on Execution Drugs

    01/23/2015 3:06:45 PM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | ADAM LIPTAK and ERIK ECKHOLM
    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide a case on the constitutionality of the new lethal injection drug combinations that some states are using for executions. The court agreed to hear a challenge to Oklahoma’s choice of drugs even though on Jan. 15 the court declined to stay an execution there, using the same contested drugs. In April, Oklahoma botched the execution of Clayton D. Lockett, who appeared to gasp and struggle after the drugs were administered before he finally died in the execution chamber of a heart attack.
  • Suit: Stop law shielding lethal injection drugmakers’ names

    01/19/2015 9:27:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2015 4:19 PM EST | Lisa Cornwell
    Four death row inmates who are suing Ohio officials over a new state law that shields the names of companies providing lethal injection drugs want a federal court to prevent the law from taking effect in March. Attorneys for the inmates filed the motion Monday in U.S. District Court in Columbus. They want the court to stop the provisions that they say violate the right of free speech from taking effect, pending a trial on the lawsuit. […] Supporters of the new law have said that shielding the names of companies that provide lethal injection drugs is necessary to protect...
  • No plea deal likely in Boston Marathon bombing case

    01/18/2015 1:23:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2015 | Eric Tucker - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The focus of the Boston Marathon bombing trial figures to be as much on what punishment Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face as on his responsibility for the attack. With testimony expected to start later this month, the Justice Department has given no indication it is open to any proposal from the defense to spare Tsarnaev's life, pushing instead toward a trial that could result in a death sentence for the 21-year-old defendant. In a deadly terror case that killed three people, including a child, and jolted the city, there may be little incentive for prosecutors who believe they...
  • Fury as Indonesia executes foreigners by firing squad

    01/18/2015 1:57:47 AM PST · by dila813 · 44 replies
    Yahoo-AFP ^ | Today | Arlina Arshad
    Jakarta (AFP) - Brazil and the Netherlands recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia and expressed fury on Sunday after Jakarta defied their pleas and executed two of their citizens along with four other drug offenders by firing squad.
  • ACLU Assembles Dream Team to Defend Gitmo Terrorists

    04/05/2008 5:47:17 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 20 replies · 186+ views
    stoptheaclu.com ^ | 04/04/08 | stoptheaclu
    The Government has raised the number of detainees at Gitmo that they will be seeking the death penalty for to the enormous and shocking number of seven. The ACLU are quick and ready to defend these warriors! Backed by a slate of prominent legal figures, including former Attorney General Janet Reno and former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director William Webster, the ACLU has assembled a team of top civilian attorneys to supplement the military defense counsel assigned to represent Guantanamo’s “high-value detainees.” … The effort significantly adds to the legal forces that over the past seven years have challenged the...