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  • Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

    12/27/2014 11:48:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 27, 2014 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess." The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the country that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn't.
  • UN chief urges Pakistan’s leader to stop executions

    12/26/2014 8:18:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2014 4:48 PM EST
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Pakistan’s leader to stop the execution of convicts and re-impose a moratorium on the death penalty. […] In the wake of the Pakistani Taliban school massacre on Dec. 16 that killed 149 people, most of them students, the government reinstated the death penalty and has already executed six people. …
  • What PUNISHMENT Should Lena Dunham Suffer for Making FALSE Rape Claim?

    12/05/2014 5:20:45 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 108 replies
    Self | December 5, 2014 | PJ-Comix
    Breitbart has done an INVESTIGATION and has found that the rape charges that Lena Dunham hurled against an Oberlin college Republican named "Barry" are completely unsubstantiated. There was a "Barry" at Oberlin who fits some, but not all, of Dunham's description but he is definitely not the rapist. Unfortunately, "Barry," who can easily be found via Google now has the false finger of Dunham accusing him of rape. I believe he has strong grounds to take action against Lena Dunham. So what would you recommend for punishment? Here are my suggestions: 1. All copies of Dunham's books, Not That Kind...
  • 'It was a bloody mess': Report reveals prison warden's reaction to botched Oklahoma execution

    12/15/2014 8:26:21 AM PST · by bkopto · 77 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Dec 14, 2014 | Wills Robinson
    A report into the botched execution of Clayton Lockett has revealed new grisly details of the moments leading up to his agonizing death. According to the document, a doctor tried to insert an intravenous line into his groin in a frantic attempt to save him, but hit and burst an artery instead. It caused blood to splatter over the doctor's jacket before the execution was officially stopped. Lockett's heart stopped beating moments later. In the report, Oklahoma state prison warden Anita Trammell is quoted as saying that the procedure was a 'bloody mess'.
  • Texas to execute man who lawyers say is delusional (Scott Panetti)

    11/29/2014 9:18:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2014 11:32 AM EST | Michael Graczyk
    No one disputes that Scott Panetti—heavily armed, head shaved and wearing camouflage—shot and killed his in-laws at their Texas Hill Country home, showering his estranged wife and 3-year-old daughter in blood. Panetti himself acknowledged during his 1995 capital murder trial that he had killed Joe and Amanda Alvarado. Dressed as a cowboy, he acted as his own attorney, believing only an insane person could prove an insanity defense. Jurors convicted him and sentenced him to death, and he is scheduled to die on Wednesday. Panetti’s attorneys are seeking to get him off death row or, in the very least, to...
  • One in three law students backs death penalty (in Germany)

    11/26/2014 11:32:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Nov 2014 10:57 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    A decades-long study has found that budding lawyers are increasingly in favor of harsher punishments. Professor Franz Streng at the University of Erlangen in Bavaria asked his first-year law students the same set of questions every year from 1989 to 2012. “At the beginning of their studies, they’ve still only had their opinions formed by school, their parents and the media,” Streng said. He found that despite the young people feeling less at risk from crime from year to year, they became more and more positive about harsher punishments for criminals. …
  • Jurors: 'Riverside Man Should Be Put To Death For Murdering, Torching Ex In Front Of Her 6 Children'

    11/21/2014 3:07:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | November 21, 2014
    Jurors decided the fate of a 41-year-old man Friday who murdered and lit his former girlfriend on fire in front of her children. According to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, jurors decided Tyrone Harts, of Riverside, will be sentenced to death early next year ... At the time of the murder, the children ranged in ages from six to 15-years-old. On Feb. 21, 2011, Harts shot his former girlfriend, Brandi Morales, inside of her Moreno Valley home she shared with her six children ...
  • Holder Drops Death Penalty For Accused Cop Killers

    11/18/2014 4:35:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Investors.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Justice: Eric Holder, who dropped the New Black Panther case and almost had a defender of cop-killer Mumia abu-Jamal as an assistant, takes the death penalty off the table for four alleged Virginia cop-killers. The National Guard has not been called up, Al Sharpton has not made an appearance, and neither have 40 FBI agents been dispatched to ensure the convictions of the four gang members who allegedly murdered a Virginia police officer. Nor will there be riots and looting if they are acquitted. When cops are the victims instead of the accused, a different standard of social justice seems...
  • Holder Takes Death Penalty off Table for Gang Members Charged with Killing Cop

    11/16/2014 4:49:00 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 70 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 15 Nov 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Holder Takes Death Penalty off Table for Gang Members Charged with Killing Cop by AWR Hawkins 15 Nov 2014 753 post a comment On November 14, federal prosecutors made it clear that Attorney General Eric Holder has "taken the death penalty off the table" for four men charged in the gang-related murder of Waynesboro, Virginia, police officer, Captain Kevin Quick. The Daily Progress reports that 45-year-old Quick was reported missing on February 1. His body was found days later. Siblings Daniel Mathis, Shantai Shelton, and Mersadies Shelton have been charged in the death. A fourth person, Kweli Uhuru, has also...
  • Florida set to execute man who has been on death row for 22 years for......

    11/12/2014 4:17:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 52 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 12 November 2014 | Associated Press Reporter
    FULL TITLE: Florida set to execute man who has been on death row for 22 years for raping and murdering his 10-year-old stepdaughter and her mother A Florida Panhandle man is set to be executed tomorrow for raping and murdering his 10-year-old stepdaughter 22 years ago, just minutes after he killed her mother. Chadwick Banks, 43, is scheduled to die at 6pm Thursday at Florida State Prison in Starke for the 1992 slaying of Melody Cooper, who was found on her knees naked from the waist down and her body slumped on her bed at their Gadsden County trailer home....
  • On Death Row: 10 infamous cases from Orange County

    11/12/2014 3:04:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 12, 2014 | Kelly Puente
    California’s death row houses 749 inmates, including 64 convicted in Orange County. From serial killers to child murderers, here is a closer look at 10 of the most notorious death row cases from O.C., as well as some facts about Death Row in California: ...
  • Missouri prepares for 9th execution of 2014

    10/28/2014 11:06:49 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 35 replies
    St Louie Post Dispatch ^ | October 28, 2014 | JIM SALTER
    Missouri is preparing to execute a man who wasn't able to appeal his conviction in federal court because his attorneys missed a filing deadline to do so. Mark Christeson is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. CDT Wednesday for the killing of a woman and her two children in 1998. * Christen was 18 in 1998 when he and his cousin, Jessie Carter, were living about a half-mile from Susan Brouk. On Feb. 1, the cousins broke into Brouk's home and used shoelaces to tie up her daughter, Arian, 12, and son Kyle, 9. Christeson raped Brouk in a bedroom....
  • China cult murder trial: Two members sentenced to death

    10/10/2014 11:43:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/11/2014 | BBC News
    A Chinese court has sentenced five cult members for beating a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant in Shandong province last May. Two members were given death sentences, one was given a life sentence, and two were given 10 and seven-year jail terms. The victim was allegedly killed after she refused to give her phone number to the members, who tried to recruit her. The Church of the Almighty God cult is banned in China. However, it claims to have millions of members. 'A demon' Zhang Fan and her father Zhang Lidong were given death sentences by the Yantai...
  • Oklahoma prison officials unveil new death chamber

    10/09/2014 6:24:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 8:05 PM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Prison officials unveiled the renovated execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday and expressed confidence that the agency would be ready for the state’s next scheduled execution in November. The $71,000 reconstruction of the death chamber and adjacent witness rooms gives executioners more space in which to operate. Department of Corrections also spent about $34,000 on new medical equipment, including $12,500 for a surgical table and $6,000 for an ultrasound machine to help locate veins. New protocols require more training for the execution team and backup procedures in case a lethal injection goes awry. …
  • Attorney General Eric Holder orders no death penalty for three members of Brooklyn drug crew

    09/28/2014 10:36:59 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 46 replies
    Daily News ^ | 09/27/2014 | John Marzulli
    Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered federal prosecutors not to seek the death penalty against three members of a Brooklyn drug crew charged with a killing in which the victim was tortured, the Daily News has learned. . . . John, 31, is accused of killing six people, and Johnson, 30, with four. Both also are members of the Bloods gang, court papers say. Jones, 31, is accused of one killing. Their trial is to start Oct. 22.
  • Pennsylvania death row inmate asks federal judge for stay of execution (Illegal Alien)

    09/16/2014 10:44:41 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 17 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 16 September 2014 | Brian Bowling
    A Blair County man to be executed for three first-degree murder convictions asked a federal judge on Monday to stay his execution by Pennsylvania while he appeals his sentences. Miguel Padilla, 34, of Gallitzin plans a federal challenge of the constitutionality of his convictions and sentence, said the brief filed by Marshall Dayan, an assistant federal public defender who specializes in death penalty appeals. He's also asking for the court to appoint an attorney to handle his final appeal and waive his filing fees. Gov. Tom Corbett on Monday signed the death certificate for Padilla. Padilla's state appeals ran out...
  • Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

    09/16/2014 4:47:38 AM PDT · by EC1 · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 09/16/2014 | JUERGEN BAETZ
    BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian official says a convicted rapist and murderer who has been imprisoned for almost three decades has been granted the right to die after doctors agreed his psychological condition was incurable.
  • Missouri’s rapid rightward shift

    09/13/2014 7:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    MSNBC ^ | September 13, 2014 | Trymaine Lee
    In just four weeks, Missouri has carried out an execution, imposed a 72-hour waiting period on women seeking abortions, expanded gun rights and become the poster child for the militarization of police and racial discord. Its public school system is struggling beneath the weight of an ongoing funding crisis, and an entire local police force is under federal investigation. While the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a small-city cop and the fiery protests and heavy-handed police response that followed has drawn national attention and scorn, the incident is but a glimpse into the current social and political...
  • Henry McCollum and Leon Brown Convictions Overturned After 30 Years

    09/06/2014 5:36:11 AM PDT · by exhaustguy · 56 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 9/2/2014 | Newsmax Wires
    Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, two men who have sat on North Carolina's death row for three decades for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, were set free this week after the discovery of new DNA evidence.
  • Pennsylvania justice urges ban on defender group (death penalty appeal lawyers)

    09/04/2014 11:58:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2014 9:54 PM EDT | Mark Scolforo
    Pennsylvania’s chief justice wants the state Supreme Court to ban lawyers at an organization that currently handles many appeals by convicted murderers on the state's death row. Chief Justice Ronald Castille took that position in a rare single-justice opinion issued late Wednesday that resolved a number of issues surrounding a decision he wrote three years ago. In both opinions, Castille took aim at the Philadelphia-based Federal Community Defender Office, writing that the group has engaged in abusive and unethical practices that warrant removing its lawyers from all Pennsylvania cases. …
  • Hickenlooper suggests full clemency an option if death penalty becomes too big an issue

    08/25/2014 2:43:49 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 27 replies
    The Complete Colorado ^ | Todd Shepherd
    Audio obtained by Complete Colorado has raised significant new issues regarding Governor John Hickenlooper’s stance on the death penalty. In an interview with CNN earlier this year, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper suggested that if he does not win reelection, he could use his executive powers to overhaul Colorado’s death row with clemency. In particular, the Governor suggested these remedies were conditional – if his opponent turned the death penalty, or the Dunlap case in particular, into a “political football.” In the audio, the unidentified CNN interviewer asks, “But it (the death penalty) is an issue. And, you know, some of...
  • Saudi Beheads Convicted Pakistani Drug Trafficker

    08/14/2014 10:29:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | Aug. 14, 2014
    Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani Thursday after sentencing him to death for drug trafficking, the Interior Ministry said, taking to 25 the number of executions announced this year.
  • Appeals Judge Says Guillotine 'Probably Best' for Executions

    08/04/2014 12:47:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 68 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 21st 2014 | Tracy Connor
    A federal appeals judge issued a blistering dissent in a death-row case on Monday, declaring that an execution system that relies on drugs is doomed and the guillotine would be better. "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote. "But executions are, in fact, nothing like that. They are brutal, savage events, and nothing...
  • Japanese Man Executed in China Over Drug Smuggling

    08/02/2014 7:23:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Chinese authorities executed on Friday a Japanese man who had been sentenced to death in connection with stimulant drug smuggling, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said. The identity of the man is not immediately known. Kishida told a news conference that while it is up to China to decide what kind of penalty should be imposed on criminals, "We have conveyed to the Chinese side that we have taken a heightened interest in the death penalty handed down to Japanese nationals." China informed Japan of the execution in the morning, Kishida said. A court in Dalian in northeastern China conveyed...
  • Misplaced Mercy In Arizona Execution Drama

    07/27/2014 3:27:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    The state of Arizona executed double murderer Joseph Wood this week. The convicted killer was injected with a combination of lethal drugs that eventually caused his death; however, it took too long according to some observers. After being administered the drugs, Wood lingered for almost two hours before dying. Witnesses included reporter Troy Hayden who said the execution was “botched” and that Wood’s last words were similar to “a fish on shore gulping for air.” While Hayden complained that the execution was “very disturbing to watch,” U.S. Senator John McCain noted that it was “terrible” and amounted to “torture.” During...
  • Jonathan and Reginald Carr death sentences overturned

    07/26/2014 9:02:00 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 46 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | July 25, 2014 | Amy Renee Leiker
    The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned death sentences for Jonathan and Reginald Carr, brothers convicted of murdering five people in one of Wichita’s most notorious crime sprees. The state’s high court in separate rulings issued Friday unanimously struck down three of each man’s four capital murder convictions in the Dec. 15, 2000, execution-style killings of four people in a snow-covered soccer field. A remaining capital murder conviction for each man was upheld by the court, but the death sentence connected to it was vacated after a 6-1 majority said the district court judge who presided over the brothers’ trial...
  • Arizona’s McCain: Execution was torture

    07/25/2014 6:00:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 8:05 PM EDT
    U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. The Republican who represents the conservative state told Politico that he supports capital punishment for certain crimes but felt Wednesday’s execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood was a “bollocks-upped situation.” The execution has renewed debate about the death penalty. But Arizona lawmakers say the debate is not likely to have an impact on practices in the state. …
  • Executions should be by firing squad, federal appeals court judge says

    07/24/2014 3:24:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Maura Dolan
    Days before an Arizona murderer gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes and died nearly two hours after his execution began, a conservative federal appeals judge called for replacing lethal injection with firing squads, saying the public must acknowledge that executions are "brutal, savage events." "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in a dissent...
  • The Triumph of Dubious Death Penalty Appeals

    07/20/2014 6:06:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    A -- all bow -- federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional because the state's "dysfunctional administration" has meted out the punishment to more than 900 murderers but imposed it on "only 13" since 1978. That's too arbitrary, wrote U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney of Santa Ana. Besides, "the slight possibility of death, almost a generation after (killer Ernest Dewayne Jones) was first sentenced, violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment." And: A "death sentence carefully and deliberately imposed by the jury has been quietly transformed into one no rational jury or legislature...
  • U.S. judge rules California death penalty system unconstitutional

    07/16/2014 3:44:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 16, 2014 | by Sharon Bernstein
    California's system for imposing and carrying out the death penalty is so long and drawn-out that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and so is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. Ruling in the case of Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was condemned to death in 1995 and has yet to be executed, Judge Cormac J. Carney of the U.S. District Court for the Central California said that to take "nearly a generation" to decide on Jones' appeals was unconstitutional. As part of the ruling, Carney vacated the death penalty sentence in Jones' case. "The dysfunctional administration of California's...
  • Federal judge rules California death penalty is unconstitutional

    07/16/2014 1:32:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/16/2014 | Maura Dolan
    <p>A federal judge in Orange County ruled Wednesday that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to die nearly two decades ago.</p>
  • Florida Man Becomes 3rd Executed in US in 24 Hours

    06/21/2014 1:25:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Florida on Wednesday executed a Tampa-area man who murdered his estranged wife and her young son in 1985, two years after he had been paroled for killing his previous spouse. It was the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours since a botched April lethal injection in Oklahoma. John Ruthell Henry, 63, was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection for the stabbing death of Suzanne Henry. He also was convicted of stabbing her 5-year-old son, Eugene Christian, hours after the woman's murder.
  • Florida man becomes 3rd executed in US in 24 hours

    06/18/2014 5:04:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 7:50 PM EDT
    Florida has executed a man who fatally stabbed his wife and her young son in 1985. It is the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours since a botched April lethal injection in Oklahoma. The governor’s office says John Ruthell Henry was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday. …
  • Florida Man Convicted of Killing 3 Scheduled for Execution

    06/15/2014 3:46:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Jun 15, 2014
    John Ruthell Henry is scheduled to die Wednesday for 1985 murders.A man who killed his estranged wife and her son two years after he had been paroled for murdering his previous spouse is scheduled to be executed this week, more than two decades after he was sentenced to death. John Ruthell Henry, 63, is scheduled to die Wednesday for the 1985 stabbing death of his wife, Suzanne Henry, in Pasco County. Gov. Rick Scott signed Henry's death warrant for that murder. He also was convicted in Hillsborough County of stabbing Suzanne Henry's 5-year-old son, Eugene Christian, near Plant City, hours...
  • Florida man charged in alleged plot to videotape (9 year old) girl's rape, kill her family

    06/14/2014 7:34:42 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2014
    <p>A Florida man was charged Friday in an alleged plot to lure a 9-year-old girl to a vacant home, kill the girl's family members and then videotape himself raping the child.</p> <p>State law enforcement officials said Friday that 29-year-old Shawn Thomas was charged with attempted premeditated homicide, attempting to commit capital sexual battery and possession of child pornography.</p>
  • Convicted murderer in Dunkin Donuts violent robberies: 'I enjoyed it'

    06/03/2014 8:50:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | June 3, 2014 | Rafael Olmeda
    James Herard came from a broken home. He was sexually abused by a family friend, and his mother inflicted forms of corporal punishment that some would consider abusive, a Broward jury was told Tuesday. And when Herard shot to kill during a string of violent robberies in 2008, it excited him. "I got a deranged mind," Herard said during an interview with detectives in late 2008. "It's like sex to me. I enjoyed it."
  • New Photos Reveal What a Botched Lethal Injection Procedure Looks Like [w/pic]

    05/30/2014 2:23:11 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 55 replies
    The Wire via Yahoo! News ^ | May 29, 2014 | Abby Ohlheiser
    On Thursday, the New Republic published a series of photos from a 2006 botched lethal injection in Florida, weeks after the details of a similarly problematic procedure in Oklahoma made national news. The 2006 lethal injection death of Angel Diaz was well-reported at the time, but magazine editor Ben Crair's discovery of the photos — submitted as evidence during an appeal of a separate court challenge to lethal injections — adds a new depth to the conversation of the reality of modern capital punishment.   Diaz likely died a painful death. "Angel Diaz winced, his body shuddered and he remained alive...
  • Official: Texas can keep lethal drug source secret

    05/29/2014 4:04:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 5:22 PM EDT | Nomaan Merchant
    Texas’ prison system doesn’t have to reveal where it gets its execution drugs, the state attorney general said Thursday, marking a reversal by the state’s top prosecutor on an issue being challenged in several death penalty states. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor in the nation’s busiest death penalty state, had rebuffed three similar attempts by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice since 2010. His decision can be appealed to the courts. […] The issue has put Abbott in a thorny position during an election year in Texas, where the death penalty is like gun rights: Candidates...
  • Supreme Court strikes Florida law on intellectually disabled death row inmates

    05/27/2014 8:52:16 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | 05/27/2014 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court gave greater protection Tuesday to death row inmates seeking to prove they should not be executed because they are intellectually disabled, and ruled that laws like those in Florida and Virginia are too rigid. The court ruled 5 to 4 that state laws that draw a bright line on IQ-test results are unconstitutional. Under those laws, an inmate who scores above 70 on the test cannot be considered intellectually disabled and cannot present evidence that he or she should not be executed. Florida, Virginia and Kentucky have such laws, and a handful of others have similar rules....
  • SCOTUS Kills Florida Execution Law

    05/27/2014 8:52:06 AM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 26, 2014 | Staff
    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that Florida’s law restricting death row prisoners from trying to prove they are mentally impared is unconstitutional. Florida’s law mandates that prisoners must have an IQ of less than 70 “before being permitted to present any additional evidence of intellectual disability.” Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the opinion, arguing Florida’s law violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. “This rigid rule creates an unacceptable risks that persons with intellectual disability will be executed, and thus is unconstitutional.”
  • Tennessee brings back electric chair

    05/23/2014 12:02:09 AM PDT · by kingattax · 31 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-23-14 | ERIK SCHELZIG
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has decided how it will respond to a nationwide scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates: with the electric chair. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain the drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of drug sales for executions. Tennessee lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the electric chair legislation in April, with the Senate voting 23-3 and the House 68-13 in favor of the bill. Tennessee is the first state to...
  • APNewsBreak: Tennessee brings back electric chair

    05/22/2014 7:06:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2014 8:27 PM EDT | Erik Schelzig
    Tennessee has decided to bring back the electric chair. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a bill into law allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event the state is unable to obtain drugs used for lethal injections. […] Richard Dieter, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said Tennessee is the first state to enact a law to reintroduce the electric chair without giving prisoners an option. …
  • Alleged Satanist 'Craigslist Killer' Could Face Death: Judge

    05/19/2014 10:03:41 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | May 20 2014 | M. Alex Johnson
    A self-proclaimed Satanist who claimed to have killed almost two dozen people could face the death penalty in the killing of a man she and her husband are accused of luring to his death through a Craigslist ad, a Pennsylvania judge ruled Monday.
  • Condemned man worried about execution

    05/16/2014 2:12:23 PM PDT · by Controlling Legal Authority · 60 replies
    A Missouri inmate facing execution next week says he is scared that the lethal drug could cause him to suffer...
  • NBC poll shows support for death penalty undimmed by recent botched execution

    05/15/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The botched execution of a brutal murderer in Oklahoma has done nothing to change American minds about the death penalty, but does have them looking to the past for better solutions. A new NBC poll shows the death penalty enjoying a significant level of public support — more than many other government policies — if still down from its peak twenty years ago: A badly botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has not chipped away at the American public’s support of the death penalty, although two-thirds of voters would back alternatives to the needle, an exclusive NBC News poll shows....
  • Appeals Court Stays Texas Execution After Intellectual Disability Claim

    05/13/2014 11:34:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A federal appeals court has stayed the Texas execution of a convicted rapist and murderer, saying that his defense team should have more time to make their case that Campbell is intellectually disabled. Robert James Campbell's execution had been scheduled for Tuesday. It would have been the first execution in the United States since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma left an inmate writhing in pain before death. His defense team now will have more time to appeal his death sentence. "It is regrettable that we are now reviewing evidence of intellectual disability at the eleventh hour before Campbell's scheduled...
  • Another Round in the Death-Penalty Debate: The Washington Post messes up the math

    05/13/2014 6:01:29 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | MAY 13, 2014 | John Lott
    The death-penalty debate goes on. After a piece that I wrote about the debate last week, National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke wrote a response, followed later by a much stronger attack by the Washington Post’s Radley Balko. Cooke’s response was philosophical and drew a distinction between killing someone in self-defense and using the death penalty, though given the evidence that the death penalty deters murders and thus saves lives, that distinction isn’t as clear as he thinks. Balko, a blogger/reporter for the Washington Post, based his reply on empirical evidence. He puts a lot of faith in studies by...
  • The Shaky Case against the Death Penalty

    05/08/2014 6:42:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/08/2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    After the recent mishandled execution in Oklahoma, in which the murderer ended up dying from a heart attack, death-penalty opponents pounced. Not surprisingly, the Sunday-morning talk shows focused on whether we should keep the death penalty. ABC News’s This Week was hardly a balanced panel, with four members wanting to abolish the death penalty and the fifth wanting “maybe a halfway point between eliminating it” and what we currently have. Let’s analyze the three main arguments made on ABC against the death penalty. 1. “Support for the death penalty has fallen from 80 percent in 1993 [actually 1994] to...
  • The Oklahoma Heart Vs. the Abolitionist Heart

    05/06/2014 4:53:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, Oklahoma authorities botched the execution of a murderer named Clayton Lockett. The execution by lethal injection took more than 40 minutes. According to witnesses, he twitched and gasped and said, "oh, man" after officials had thought he was unconscious. Opponents of the death penalty outdid one another in expressing their outrage. It was the left's hysteria-of-the-week. In contrast, many Oklahomans were not nearly as upset. "Who cares if he feels pain," stylist April Sewell, at Hair Naturally in Perry told Oklahoma TV station KFOR. "You know, honestly, he's getting away a lot easier than how his victim...
  • Death penalty is unchristian

    05/05/2014 5:59:03 PM PDT · by stirrinthepuddin · 57 replies
    The recent and ghastly botched execution of a man in Oklahoma has rekindled my thoughts on capital punishment -- a practice outlawed in most civilized countries. Indeed, most of the industrialized world looks with horror on the United States, in this regard, as a primitive and backward country. Just in passing fact, capital punishment was banned in the Netherlands in 1870, in Costa Rica in 1877, in Colombia in 1910. In allowing the death penalty, the United States stands with Libya, Uganda, Cuba, Egypt and Equatorial Guinea, among our other peers. It's a sad commentary on justice in this country...