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  • 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...
  • Will the Roberts court abolish capital punishment?

    10/31/2015 11:21:15 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/31/2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    The U.S. Supreme Court appears on track to revisit the constitutionality of the death penalty, with recent remarks from justices and world leaders sparking fresh optimism from opponents of capital punishment. The high court under Chief Justice John Roberts has in recent terms agreed to rule on cases related to how states handle death penalty prosecutions and conduct executions, but has yet to weigh in on whether the practice violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  Some court watchers say that will soon change, pointing to signals suggesting an appetite among some of the justices to...
  • Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against Abolishing The Death Penalty

    10/28/2015 1:44:49 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    HUFFPO ^ | Oct. 28, 2015 | Cristian Farias
    During a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came out against abolishing the death penalty -- the first time she has addressed the issue during the current presidential campaign. "I do not favor abolishing" the death penalty, she said, qualifying her position by adding that its use should be "very limited and rare," according to press reports. Clinton has previously acknowledged how the plight of mass incarceration and police brutality affect communities of color disproportionately, and on Wednesday she conceded the death penalty is often administered in a discriminatory way, according to a reporter...
  • Iran: hurl scorn at human rights

    10/23/2015 2:01:42 PM PDT · by Keyvan Salami · 2 replies
    23 Oct 2015 | Keyvan Salami
    Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) has arrested a number of families of PMOI (MEK) and former political prisoners early this week. Shaqayeq Azimi, 22, one of the PMOI members whose parents Mahmoud and Fatemeh Ziae were amid the detainees of October 11, has launched a worldwide campaign to pursue her beloveds’ fate. In a meeting of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom on human rights in Iran at the UK House of Commons on October 19, 2015 via the internet, She described her torment after hearing the news. Shaqayeq has been unable to obtain any information about where her...
  • HIV-positive rapist jailed for filmed sex with 6-year-old boy:cops

    10/22/2015 1:40:14 PM PDT · by fwdude · 25 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 21, 2015 | ALFRED NG
    An HIV-positive Pennsylvania man is charged with raping a 6-year-old, recording the sickening act and spreading it on the internet, cops said. Ira S. Task, who told cops he was HIV-positive for over 20 years, was busted after cops saw footage of him and another man raping a 6-year-old boy on a third pervert's phone, Penn Live reported.
  • Scalia: 'Wouldn't surprise me' if death penalty struck down

    10/21/2015 10:09:17 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 20, 2015 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (October 20, 2015) — Referencing rulings to restrict capital punishment and changing sentiment within the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday he wouldn't be surprised if the nation's highest court invalidates the death penalty. Scalia addressed capital punishment during a University of Minnesota Law School appearance in which he also made clear retirement isn't in his near-term plans. The death penalty came up as Scalia described his judicial view that the Constitution is an "enduring" document that shouldn't be open to broad interpretation — while sharing frustration that his colleagues too readily find flexibility in it.
  • Harvard-educated professor who opened fire during faculty meeting and killed three colleagues...

    10/20/2015 8:31:21 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 October 2015 10:49 EST, 20 October 2015 | REGINA F. GRAHAM
    After five years ex-Alabama professor who opened fire during faculty meeting killing three colleagues and injuring three more FINALLY apologizes to victims and her family as she challenges her sentence Amy Bishop Anderson killed three colleagues and wounded three more during a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama at Huntsville in 2010 She pleaded guilty to capital murder and attempted murder in 2012 The professor waived her right to appeal with the guilty plea, but she's been challenging the conviction ever since with a number of claims Now she has apologized to the victims, their families and her family...
  • California's New Death Row: Virginia

    10/01/2015 12:24:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    California has a new death row; it's called Virginia. Anti-death penalty advocates, federal judges and defense attorneys have been so successful at blocking capital punishment in California that a San Quentin death row inmate has more to fear from being extradited for a capital murder to another state than seeing his sentence carried out here. There has been no execution in California since a federal judge effectively halted the practice in 2006. Take serial killer Alfredo Prieto. In 2005, Prieto was on San Quentin's death row for the 1990 rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff in Riverside County, when...
  • Kelly Gissendaner: Georgia executes first woman for 70 years despite last-minute appeals

    09/30/2015 8:14:23 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/30/2015 | Staff
    Georgia has executed Kelly Renee Gissendaner with a fatal injection for the slaying of her husband, despite a plea for clemency from their children.Last-minute appeals from her lawyers to the 11th US circuit court of appeals and the US supreme court as well as the Georgia board of pardons and paroles all failed.Gissendaner, 47, died by injection of pentobarbital at 12:21am EDT on Wednesday at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification prison in Jackson, a prison spokeswoman said.She sobbed as she said she loved her children and apologized to the family of her husband Douglas Gissendaner, who she was convicted of conspiring...
  • Cruz takes exception to pope on death penalty

    09/27/2015 9:35:07 AM PDT · by Isara · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/24/15 | Seung Min Kim
    In an interview with POLITICO shortly after the pope’s historic address to Congress, the Texas senator said he respects Francis’ views and the Catholic Church’s teachings on the issue, but “as a policy matter, I do not agree.”“I spent a number of years in law enforcement dealing with some of the worst criminals, child rapists and murderers, people who’ve committed unspeakable acts,” Cruz said. “I believe the death penalty is a recognition of the preciousness of human life, that for the most egregious crimes, the ultimate punishment should apply.” Cruz also said that whether the death penalty should be in...
  • Not once! Not Jesus Christ and not abortion. The very political Pope!

    09/24/2015 5:23:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 107 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | Thursday, 24 September 2015 | Vox Cantoris
    Not once was the name or Our Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed aloud. Not even a subtle illusion. Not even a blessing. Even at St. Patrick's Church later, not even a formal blessing to Catholics. Is the Pope embarrassed to be Catholic? Is he even? Not once was the word "abortion" used. There were references to protecting "human life at every state of development." Yes, the Pope opposes abortion. But that weak statement could mean anything to anyone. To me it could mean from conception to natural death; to someone else it can mean birth until life has no dignity. It...
  • Pope’s speech to Congress: no specific mention of abortion, only the death penalty

    09/24/2015 5:18:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Thu Sep 24, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    EDITORIAL WASHINGTON, D.C., September 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- In his historic address at the US Congress today Pope Francis focused on immigration, human dignity, poverty and the environment. Speaking before all senators hours before they vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, at no point did he mention abortion by name. He spoke to Congress of “money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood,” but was referring only to the sale of weapons. “In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade,” he said. Prompting palpable joy...
  • For One Missouri Lawyer, Eight Clients Executed in 18 Months

    09/04/2015 11:56:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 September 2015 | Jessica Lussenhop
    At a time when other states in the US are backing away from the death penalty, Missouri has done the opposite. It is currently executing its death row inmates faster than any other state in the country, at a rate of about one per month. At 21:09 local time on Tuesday evening, Roderick Nunley became the sixth death row inmate executed by the state of Missouri in 2015. He was convicted of the 1989 kidnapping, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in Kansas City. His was the latest in a string of executions by the state since 2013. In...
  • Kansas Federation of College Republicans adopts resolution opposing death penalty

    08/20/2015 8:04:25 PM PDT · by posterchild · 17 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | Aug 20, 2015 | Peter Hancock
    TOPEKA — The Kansas Federation of College Republicans recently voted unanimously to adopt a resolution calling for repeal of the state's death penalty law, a sign that capital punishment may be on its last legs in the state. “More young conservatives like myself recognize that our broken and fallible system of capital punishment in no way matches up with our conservative values,” Dalton Glasscock, a Wichita State University student and chairman of the federation, said in a news release Thursday. "By ending the death penalty, Kansas has an opportunity to promote a culture of life and fiscal responsibility. As Republicans...
  • The Sense of Losing Control

    08/18/2015 9:50:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 113 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    A searing sentiment driving debate in the presidential race is that ordinary Americans are losing control of their lives -- watching the right to moral decision-making wrested away from them. Wrested away by whom? By those who "know better." The know-better crowd -- heavily represented at the opinion-making level -- tighten their grips every second, it seems. Last week, Connecticut's supreme court tossed out the death penalty on grounds that it "no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose." The decision to absolve from capital punishment 11 death row denizens had about...
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty Unconstitutional

    08/13/2015 11:31:38 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | August 13, 2015 | Brakkton Booker
    Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state's current death penalty law is unconstitutional. The decision spares the lives of 11 inmates already on the state's death row who were subject to execution even though state lawmakers passed legislation repealing capital punishment in 2012. That law applied to all future cases, not capital crimes committed before the legislation was enacted. The court effectively closed that loophole with a 4-3 vote.
  • Academy Award Winning Actress Calls Oklahoma Governor “Horrible Person”

    08/07/2015 2:36:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 7, 2015 | AUGUST 7, 2015
    An Academy Award winning actress is calling for Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to stop the execution of a man she believes is “clearly innocent.” Actress Susan Sarandon is now joining the fight to save the life of Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip. “I want people to know I didn’t kill this man. I didn’t participate or plan anything to do with this crime,” said Richard Glossip in an interview earlier this year. Glossip was convicted in connection with the murder of Barry Van Treese. Van Treese was found dead at an Oklahoma City motel back in 1997. Despite that conviction, Glossip...
  • Colorado Jury Finds James Holmes Qualifies for the Death Penalty (TR-BREAKING)

    08/03/2015 11:56:49 AM PDT · by dware · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08.03.2015 | Fox News
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    07/26/2015 9:12:00 AM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies
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