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  • The Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution for Cleve Foster

    09/20/2011 2:26:28 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/20/11 | CNN
    Whole headline.... The Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution for Cleve Foster, who was to die tonight in Texas for a 2002 murder. banner only
  • US Supreme Court halts Texas execution

    09/15/2011 7:05:17 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 60 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9-15-2011 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    US Supreme Court halts Texas execution MICHAEL GRACZYK September 15, 2011 HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution Thursday of a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago after his lawyers contended his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial.
  • The Ugliness of Cheering for Capital Punishment

    09/11/2011 12:25:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 09/11/2011 | Rod Dreher
    I said here last night that the California GOP audience cheering the announcement that Texas has executed 234 condemned murderers under Rick Perry was a vile, repulsive thing. Even when I was for capital punishment, I believed this. Justice may require execution, but we should never rejoice in taking the life of another human being. At best, capital punishment is a necessary evil. I quit believing in capital punishment when I became convinced that the state is not trustworthy to use this power responsibly. It happened about 10 years ago, when it emerged that a forensic scientist in Oklahoma whose...
  • Man dies following Evanston attack, robbery

    09/10/2011 8:50:07 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 10, 2011
    A Chicago man died this morning, a week after being attacked and robbed in Evanston while on his way to work, authorities said. John Costulas, 61, was declared dead at 3:38 a.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, after having been found struck in the head and robbed near a gas station in the 500 block of Howard Street in the north suburb about 5:20 a.m. on Sept. 2, authorities said. Costulas was on his way to work at the time, police said in a news release today.
  • Activists Have Running Mate for Perry: Cameron Todd Willingham

    09/07/2011 3:15:39 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 25th | Jonathan Weisman
    The 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham in Texas remains one of the most controversial death penalty cases in modern U.S. history, with forensic evidence that indicates an innocent man was put to death. Now, activists in Austin would like to make Mr. Willingham Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s running mate. With Mr. Perry surging to front-runner status in the Republican primary race, a slew of activities are planned to raise the profile of the Willingham case, and the aftermath that directly involved Mr. Perry. Anti-death penalty activists that run Cameron Todd Willingham website are recruiting activists in Iowa and New...
  • Rick Perry in the debates: I don't lose sleep over Texas executions (VIDEO HERE)

    09/08/2011 10:28:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | 09/08/2011 | Brian Montopoli
    Rick Perry says he doesn't lose sleep over the possibility that his state has executed an innocent man. At Wednesday night's Republican Presidential debate in California, moderator Brian Williams noted to Perry that his state "has executed 234 death row inmates, more than any other governor in modern times." As Williams tried to continue asking his question, the crowd broke into applause, prompting Williams to pause. The moderator then continued: "Have you struggled to sleep at night with the idea that any one of those might have been innocent?" Perry responded, "no, sir." "I've never struggled with that at all,"...
  • Why They Cheered

    09/08/2011 9:47:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 8, 2011 | JAMES TARANTO
    [snip] Williams: Governor Perry...Your state has executed 234 death row inmates, more than any other governor in modern times. (APPLAUSE) Have you struggled to sleep at night with the idea that any one of those might have been innocent? Perry answered: "No sir," pointed out that death-row convicts are entitled to extensive appeals, and crisply declared: "In the state of Texas, if you come into our state and you kill one of our children, you kill a police officer, you're involved with another crime and you kill one of our citizens, you will face the ultimate justice." [snip] [E.D.]Kain implies...
  • Do You Struggle to Sleep at Night? NBC's Williams Asks Perry & Rick Jacks It Out The Park

    09/07/2011 8:48:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 85 replies
    'Do You Struggle to Sleep at Night?' NBC's Brian Williams Asks Perry About Executions...And Rick Jacks It Out The Park LINK TO MUST SEE VIDEOBrian Williams: Governor Perry a question about Texas. Your state has executed 234 death row inmates more than any other governor in modern times. Have you struggled to sleep at night? Governor Rick Perry: No sir. I’ve never struggled with that at all… If you kill one of our children or police officers or another citizen in a crime you will face the ultimate justice in Texas
  • AM Alert: Death penalty opponents launch ballot initiative

    08/29/2011 8:41:16 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/29/11 | Micaela Massimino
    When legislation to let California voters decide whether to keep the death penalty got shelved last week, death penalty opponents vowed to launch a ballot initiative anyway. They're keeping their promise. California Taxpayers for Justice is unveiling the SAFE California Act, which would replace capital punishment with life imprisonment without parole. Listed speakers at this morning's news conference include Gil Garcetti, the former Los Angeles district attorney who has prosecuted dozens of death penalty cases, Jeanne Woodford, the former warden of San Quentin State Prison who oversaw four executions and is now the executive director of Death Penalty Focus; Gloria...
  • Perry Delivers on Texas Death Penalty

    08/28/2011 5:09:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders
    As Texas governor, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry has presided over 234 executions. It's a record number, which, The Washington Post reported last week, bestows on Perry "a law-and-order credential that none of his competitors can match -- even if they wanted to." Watch how pundits will try to turn that statistic into a political negative -- and paint Perry as the governor with blood on his spurs -- even though American voters overwhelmingly support the death penalty. The temptation to tout Texas' status as the state with the most executions will prove too seductive. It won't matter that, as...
  • Man accused of killing 3-month-old during sexual assault

    08/24/2011 7:46:46 AM PDT · by TSgt · 24 replies · 1+ views
    www.upnorthlive.com ^ | 08.23.2011 at 6:12 PM | Roxanne Werly
    PESHAWBESTOWN -- A Leelanau County man is accused of killing his baby daughter during a sexual assault. Federal investigators say Steven Deuman of Peshawbestown killed the 3-month-old on August 12 . Deuman was arrested on August 18, the same day Federal officials issued a murder complaint. 7&4 News first told you about the death investigation last week but FBI investigators were not able to release details on the crime. The suspected crime scene is a home on the 32-hundred block of M-22 in Peshawbestown. It's on federal land belonging to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Deuman...
  • Ruben Rosario: Will the death penalty endure? Not if this attorney can help it

    08/19/2011 7:26:26 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 50 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-19-11 | rube rosario
    Wells, like many attorneys who plunge into this protracted and rewarding but frustrating legal venture, is morally and philosophically opposed to the death penalty. Although 34 states have it, there are other reasons Minnesota should continue to oppose it. Several credible national studies conclude, and nearly 90 percent of the nation's top criminologists in a recent survey agree, that the death penalty has very little, if any, effect at all on deterring violent crime. So agrees the law enforcement community. A national poll of police chiefs placed it dead last, pun intended, on ways to reduce violent crime. The chiefs...
  • Looking into the eyes of evil

    08/17/2011 9:02:05 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 9 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Aug. 17, 2011 | John David Powell
    In a few days, exactly one week as I write this, our family will look once more into the eyes of evil and hope that our long journey for justice will be ended. Events happen throughout our lives that we remember with a clarity undimmed by the passage of time. The day was Oct. 26, 1981. I was home for my dinner break when my mother-in-law called to deliver the awful news that my wife’s sister was dead, murdered in her Greencastle, Ind., home. When I saw President Bush’s face as Andy Card told him about the 9/11 attacks, I...
  • In Iran, pastor awaits decision on execution

    07/31/2011 8:40:26 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 29, 2011 | Staff
    ISTANBUL (BP)--A pastor in Iran found guilty of leaving Islam is awaiting the outcome of a judicial investigation into his spiritual background to see if he will be executed or forced to become a Muslim, according to Christian groups with ties in Iran. The court-ordered investigation will take place sometime this fall to determine whether Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, 34, was a Muslim as a teenager before he became a Christian at 19. On Sept. 22, 2010, a regional court sentenced Nadarkhani, who leads a 400-strong house church movement in Rasht, to death by hanging for "convert[ing] to Christianity" and "encourag[ing]...
  • Did Norway's Laws Against Death Penalty Encourage Massacre?

    07/25/2011 12:08:59 PM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 29 replies
    vanity | 07-25-11 | OrangeHoof
    Early reports from Norwegian authorities are that the shooter/bomber who surrendered to police after carrying out his deadly spree expects to spend the rest of his life in prison. Norway, of course, is a liberal "tolerant" country that has long since outlawed the death penalty. My question is this: Did the shooter's knowledge that if he surrendered to police he would not be executed subtly encourage him to carry out his deadly spree because he knew it would not cost him his life?
  • Texas Inmate Mark "Arab Slayer" Stroman Executed

    07/20/2011 10:54:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/20/2011
  • Death penalty foes' self-fulfilling prophecies

    07/17/2011 9:59:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/17/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, is pushing legislation to end California's death penalty. "Capital punishment is an expensive failure and an example of the dysfunction of our prisons," she explained in a statement. "California's Death Row is the largest and most costly in the United States. It is not helping to protect our state; it is helping to bankrupt us." You have to hand this to death-penalty opponents: For decades, capital punishment opponents have tried to thwart California's 1978 death-penalty law with frivolous appeals that clog courts, delay punishment and burn through taxpayers' dollars. They now have been so successful...
  • Texas Treats Illegal Alien as a Genuine Citizen of the United States and Executes Him for Murder

    07/13/2011 10:35:10 AM PDT · by jim byrd · 28 replies
    jimbyrd.com ^ | 07/13/2011 | Jim Byrd
    The state of Texas executed Humberto Leal for the 1994 brutal rape and murder of a 16-year-old Texas girl. The fact that Leal was living in this country illegally since 1975 was irrelevant. Dismissing pressure from the United Nations, foreign and American diplomats, former President George W. Bush, Barack Obama, the Department of State, Mexico, and the International Court of Justice, Texas executed its laws and Leal. The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, refused to exercise his discretion to grant Humberto Leal a 30-day delay of execution, which was congruent with the rejection by the Texas Board of Pardons and...
  • Texas violates treaty, executes Mexican citizen [reporting 11,400 more on TX death row]

    07/11/2011 8:30:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Peoples World ^ | July 8, 2011 | Emile Schepers
    Thumbing his nose at President Obama, Texas's Republican Governor Rick Perry allowed the Thursday evening execution of a Mexican national, even though the action violated U.S. treaty obligations under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations to U.S. states. The Vienna Convention stipulates, among other things, that citizens of one country arrested in another have the right to consult, "without delay," with their own country's consulate, and to be so informed of that right by the arresting authority. If the arrested person so requests, the police must take the initiative by, for example, faxing pertinent information to the prisoner's consulate....
  • Hell Has a New Resident and Mexico Has a New Hero

    07/10/2011 4:44:11 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 60 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Friday, July 08, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    ..THE RAPING AND BLUDGEONING THAT AMERICANS WON'T DO Obama bizarrely decided to intervene in a death penalty case in Texas on behalf of a rapist and murderer, also international law. In 1994, he kidnapped 16-year-old Adria Sauceda, raped her with a large stick, and bludgeoned her to death with a piece of asphalt. Just remember. Obama will not pay your mortgage. But if you rape and bludgeon a 16 year old girl to death... he'll be there for you. The San Francisco Chronicle asks, "Is Rick Perry Killing His Way To The White House?". Here's a better headline. "Is Obama...
  • U.N. official deplores Texas execution (story uses Ft. Hood shooting memorial picture)

    07/08/2011 1:29:03 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    UPI ^ | July 8, 2011
    UNITED NATIONS, July 8 (UPI) -- The Texas execution of a Mexican national puts the United States in violation of international law, the U.N. human rights chief said Friday. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said federations like the United States have a responsibility to ensure that individual states "respect the international responsibilities assumed by the country as a whole." ...."I am very disappointed that neither the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles nor the governor took steps open to them to prevent this breach of the U.S. obligations under international law from occurring," Pillay said.
  • Mexican National Repents on Death Row: "I Know Christ Has Forgiven Me"

    07/08/2011 1:18:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/08/2011 | Amanda Winkler
    Humberto Leal Garcia was executed in Huntsville, Texas, Thursday after being convicted of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl in 1994. His death comes after failed attempts by his attorney as well as the Obama administration to delay his execution until the end of this year due to concerns of rights violations. According to the local newspaper, Huntsville Item, Garcia accepted responsibility for his crimes and appeared remorseful prior to his death. While he was lying “strapped to a gurney in the death house, he apologized for his actions and said he wanted Christ in his life.” “I’ve hurt a...
  • Texas Executes Mexican After Court Declines Action

    07/07/2011 10:31:01 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies
    npr ^ | July 7, 2011 | Nina Totenberg
    Texas has executed a Mexican national for the kidnapping and rape of a 16-year-old San Antonio girl. Garcia, 38, was put to death less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-to-4 vote, rejected pleas from the Obama administration for a delay to avoid what it called serious international repercussions…. Before Garcia's trial, Texas authorities failed to inform him of his right to speak with officers from the Mexican consulate and failed to inform the consulate that a Mexican national had been arrested.
  • Mexican Citizen Is Executed as Justices Refuse to Step In

    07/08/2011 1:01:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    WASHINGTON — In a 5-to-4 decision that split along ideological lines, the Supreme Court on Thursday evening rebuffed a request from the Obama administration that it stay the execution of a Mexican citizen on death row in Texas. The inmate, Humberto Leal Garcia Jr., was executed about an hour later. ……On Thursday, in an unsigned majority opinion, the Supreme Court said that Congress had had plenty of time to act and that the court would not now “prohibit a state from carrying out a lawful judgment in light of unenacted legislation.” “Our task,” the majority wrote, “is to rule on...
  • Texas executes Mexican after court stay rejected

    07/07/2011 5:05:55 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 313 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 7/7/11 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    A Mexican national was executed Thursday for the rape-slaying of a teenager after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a White House-supported appeal to spare him in a death penalty case where Texas justice triumphed over international treaty concerns. Humberto Leal, 38, received lethal injection for the 1994 murder of Adria Sauceda. She was fatally bludgeoned with a piece of asphalt. Leal was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. EDT (2221 GMT).
  • State initiative would abolish death penalty (California referendum to end executions)

    07/07/2011 6:43:17 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 32 replies · 1+ views
    KABC-TV ^ | July 07, 2011 | Nannette Miranda
    A new push is under way to ban the death penalty in California and close death row. Among those supporting the ban is the original author of California's death penalty law. Lawmakers held a first vote Thursday. The death penalty is popular among Californians, but those who want to get rid of it think the cost might change minds. California voters could decide next year the fate of more of than 700 notorious criminals currently locked up in San Quentin's death row. The California State Assembly Committee on Public Safety approved an initiative slated for November 2012 that would abolish...
  • Calif. lawmakers advance bill to end death penalty

    07/07/2011 6:31:37 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 17 replies
    AP (via SF Examiner) ^ | 07/07/11 11:54 AM | DON THOMPSON
    A bill that seeks to abolish California's death penalty advanced Thursday after its first legislative hearing with support from the author of the state's death penalty and a former warden who presided over executions. Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, said she introduced the bill because California can no longer afford a capital punishment system that is both expensive and ineffective as it battles persistent multibillion-dollar budget deficits. If eventually signed into law, the bill would put the question before voters in 2012. The Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 5-2 along party lines in favor of SB490 after hearing testimony from Sacramento...
  • The Weinberger Kidnapping (I relate this old case to the Garcia Execution today.)

    07/07/2011 6:09:50 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 12 replies
    FBI ^ | Some FBI Guy
    It was—at least for residents of Long Island, New York—the "crime of the century" when one-month-old Peter Weinberger was kidnapped from his suburban home on July 4, 1956. ... The Weinberger case also resulted in new legislation—signed by President Eisenhower—that reduced the FBI's waiting period in kidnapping cases from 7 days to 24 hours.* ... After the kidnapping, Morris Weinberger requested that the newspapers hold off printing the story of his son's kidnapping. All but one newspaper granted Mr. Weinberger's request—the kidnapping made the front page of the New York Daily News. By the following day, news reporters swarmed the...
  • Humberto Leal Garcia announced dead by lethal injection by the state of Texas

    07/07/2011 4:44:55 PM PDT · by libh8er · 97 replies
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  • Fla. Legislator Proposes Caylee’s Law

    07/06/2011 3:53:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 152 replies
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – The outrage over the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony trial has reached the Florida Legislature. Wednesday, Representative Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, introduced what is being called, “Caylee’s Law,” according to the Orlando Sentinel. The law would make it a felony for a parent or legal guardian to fail to timely report a missing child in cases where the parent knew or should have known that the child was possibly in danger, the Sentinel reported. Rep. Hager said that the law will “ensure that parents are held responsible for their actions.” He continued, “It will...
  • Hasan to face death penalty [Fort Hood Murderer]

    07/06/2011 2:07:21 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 34 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | July 6, 2011 | Sig Christensen
    The Army said Wednesday that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of killing 13 people in a rampage on Fort Hood in 2009, will face the death penalty. Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr., the post's commander, ordered a capital murder trial after reviewing recommendations from an Army colonel who presided over an evidentiary hearing last year. Fort Hood's action sets the stage for a trial that most likely will take place in about a year. While Campbell ordered a court-martial that allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty, Hasan must still be arraigned and a judge selected. In addition to being...
  • Barack Obama Asks For Texas And Rick Perry To Spare Mexican The Death Penalty [No Consular Advice!]

    07/05/2011 6:16:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 86 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | July 05, 2011 | Toby Harnden
    Barack Obama Asks For Texas And Rick Perry To Spare Mexican The Death Penalty Texas is preparing to execute a Mexican citizen for a gruesome 1994 murder on Thursday despite an appeal by Barack Obama to spare him because he was not granted the consular help required by international law. By Toby Harnden 05 Jul 2011 Humberto Leal, 38, a native of Monterrey, Mexico was convicted of the 1994 rape and murder of Adria Sauceda, 16, whose naked body was found with a large stick protruding from her. She had been bitten and her head crushed by a lump of...
  • Obama tries to stop execution in Texas of Mexican killer

    07/05/2011 11:04:09 AM PDT · by cowtowney · 75 replies
    Guardian ^ | July 5, 2011 | Chris McGreal
    Obama tries to stop execution in Texas of Mexican killer US president warns Texan authorities that execution would put America in breach of international legal obligations Share235 reddit this Chris McGreal in Washington guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 5 July 2011 16.39 BST Article history COP15 U.S. President Obama President Barack Obama has asked the Texan authorities not to execute the convicted rapist and murderer Humberto Leal Garcia. Photograph: Bob Strong/Reuters President Barack Obama is attempting to block the execution in Texas on Thursday of a Mexican man because it would breach an international convention and do "irreparable harm" to US interests. The...
  • UN Intervening in Texas Death Penalty Case

    07/01/2011 2:17:34 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    UN Dispatch ^ | July 1, 2011 | Mark Leon Goldberg
    On July 7, Humberto Leal Garcia, Jr is scheduled to die. He was convicted in a Texas court in 1994 of rape and murder–a capital offense for which he was sentenced to death. But this case is different from other Texas death penalty cases for the fact that Leal is a Mexican citizen. When he was arrested, he was denied the right under international law to contact the Mexican consulate. In 2004, Mexico sued the United States at the International Court of Justice for denying one of its citizens the his right under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The...
  • Mexicans Blast Execution of Criminal Alien Murderer In Texas

    07/01/2011 1:11:26 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | Jun 10, 2011 | Jim Kouri
    June 10, 2011 Mexicans Blast Execution of Criminal Alien Murderer In Texas Jim Kouri, CPP Mexicans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are protesting the upcoming execution of a criminal alien rapist and murderer scheduled for July 7, 2011, in Texas. Because the convicted killer is a Mexican citizen, the Calderon government is questioning the procedures that were utilized in sentencing the death row prisoner, Humberto Leal Garcia. The Mexican ambassador to the United States requested this week that Texas Governor Rick Perry delay the execution until a review is completed of the sentencing procedures. The 38-year old Garcia...
  • Texas: A state without conscience

    06/22/2011 1:07:19 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 157 replies
    Metro NY ^ | June, 22, 2011 | Tony Metcalf, Editor
    So, the United States is One Nation, as the Pledge of Allegiance has it? I sometimes wonder how that can possibly be so. Yesterday, lawmakers here in New York were on the verge of making gay marriage legal. Although the issue is controversial, it's a sign that the state is civilized and considerate, understanding that people should be allowed to love each other whatever their sexual orientation. At the same time the state of Texas executed a mentally handicapped man by lethal injection. How can one country produce such wildly differing moral landscapes? How can one state prepare to take...
  • Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, to introduce bill to abolish death penalty

    06/20/2011 4:20:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 6/20/11 | Josh Richman - Oakland Tribune
    An East Bay lawmaker said Monday she'll introduce a bill which, if passed and then approved by voters, would abolish California's death penalty. The forthcoming bill from state Senate Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, would convert already-condemned inmates' sentences to life in prison without possibility of parole. "Capital punishment is an expensive failure and an example of the dysfunction of our prisons," Hancock, who also chairs the budget subcommittee that oversees prison spending, said in a news release. "California's death row is the largest and most costly in the United States. It is not helping to protect our...
  • With 1.2 Billion People, India Seeks a Good Hangman

    06/16/2011 7:41:38 AM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | Jim Yardley
    India has 1.2 billion people, among them bankers, gurus, rag pickers, billionaires, snake charmers, software engineers, lentil farmers, rickshaw drivers, Maoist rebels, Bollywood movie stars and Vedic scholars, to name a few. Humanity runneth over. Except in one profession: India is searching for a hangman. Usually, India would not need one, given the rarity of executions. The last was in 2004. But in May, India’s president unexpectedly rejected a last-chance mercy petition from a convicted murderer in the Himalayan state of Assam. Prison officials, compelled to act, issued a call for a hangman. No one answered. Not initially.
  • Muhammad ready for July trial after final hearing (Arkansas recruiter shooter)

    06/14/2011 4:39:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    CW Arkansas ^ | 6/13/11
    Muhammad ready for July trial after final hearingUpdated: 6/13 5:53 pm After more than two years and now eighteen court appearances accused soldier killer Abdulhakim Muhammad is ready to stand trial in Little Rock. He called his case a “sham trial” outside a Pulaski County courtroom Monday morning. In what is supposed to be the final hearing for the 25-year old before his death penalty case starts in July, attorneys said Monday all pre trial details are done. The case is ready is for a jury. But this case has been a repeated volley of start and stops. Trial dates...
  • Casey Anthony LAUGHS in court as she is branded a 'cold-blooded, callous monster'

    06/02/2011 3:01:59 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 29 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 10:43 PM on 2nd June 2011 | By Jacqui Goddard
    Jurors looked stunned on Thursday as Casey Anthony, who faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted of murdering her daughter two-year-old Caylee, started laughing in court. As she waited for the afternoon session to begin she smiled broadly, at one trying to cover up her giggles with her hand. Just a couple of hours earlier jurors heard dramatic tape recordings of detectives telling Casey Anthony that she risked being judged as a 'cold-blooded, callous monster' after she lied to them over her daughter’s disappearance
  • Texas inmate put to death for killing security guard (23 years later)

    06/01/2011 5:40:16 PM PDT · by PROCON · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | June 1, 2011
    A Texas man convicted of shooting and killing a security guard during a 1988 robbery at a Dallas grocery store was executed Wednesday after spending 22 years on death row. Gayland Bradford, 42, was pronounced dead at 6:25 pm (23:25 GMT), nine minutes after lethal drugs flowed into his veins at the Huntsville prison.
  • Prison Abolition: Next Stop of the Moonbat Express

    06/01/2011 11:32:12 AM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 5 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-30-11 | Zazu
    Proponents of the abolition of the death penalty in western nations have achieved all but total victory, Japan and the US (some states) are the only western nations that still execute criminals. The worlds terrorists, serial killers, and war criminals can rest in peace knowing nobody can give them the eye for an eye treatment. But what will criminal rights activists do once the death penalty is a thing of the past? Prison abolition! After all it makes no sense to save a killer from execution only to have the government fascists put him in a cage for the rest...
  • Gold trader to be executed for killing wife in battle to control multi-million dollar company

    06/01/2011 11:48:19 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12:48 PM on 1st June 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A wealthy gold dealer who murdered his estranged wife as they fought for control of his multi-million dollar trading business has been sentenced to death. A Los Angeles jury decided on Tuesday that James Fayed, 48, should face the death penalty. He was convicted two weeks ago of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the fatal stabbing of his wife, Pamela.
  • Convicted Texas White Supremicist Soon to Meet His Maker. What's a Liberal to Do?

    05/31/2011 7:41:24 PM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 17 replies
    Vocal Minority ^ | 5/31/11 | EricTheRed
    This is what we might call a "liberal's paradox". Anybody recognize the name Lawrence Russell Brewer? That's one of the three racist human debris who in 1998 chained James Byrd, Jr., a black man, to a pickup truck in Texas and dragged him to his death. It's been reported today that Brewer, who had been given the death penalty, will be executed for this crime later this year: A judge in Jasper County signed an order on Tuesday that sets Sept. 21 as the date 44-year-old Lawrence Russell Brewer will be put to death by lethal injection for killing James...
  • China Wants Death Penalty In Food Scandals

    05/31/2011 9:53:57 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 12 replies
    BEIJING (AP) -- China's supreme court has ordered judges across the country to issue harsher sentences, including the death penalty, to people convicted of food safety violations as the government struggles to clean up the nation's food supply after repeated scandals.
  • 'Business death penalty' for hiring illegal workers is upheld by Supreme Court (5 - 3)

    05/26/2011 11:31:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1+ views
    La Times ^ | 5/26/11 | David G. Savage
    The Supreme Court on Thursday gave Arizona and other states more authority to take action against illegal immigrants and the companies that hire them, ruling that employers who knowingly hire illegal workers can lose their license to do business. The 5-3 decision upholds the Legal Arizona Workers Act of 2007 and its so-called business death penalty for employers who are caught repeatedly hiring illegal immigrants. The state law also requires employers to check the federal E-Verify system before hiring new workers, a provision that was also upheld Thursday. The court's decision did not deal with the more controversial Arizona law...
  • DOJ Tells Arizona it Illegally Obtained Death Penalty Drug

    05/26/2011 8:10:39 AM PDT · by CharlyFord · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | 25 May 2011 | ARIANE DE VOGUE
    Hours before the scheduled execution of an Arizona death row inmate, the Department of Justice informed the state that it should not use a controversial drug as part of the execution protocol because the state had illegally obtained the drug from a foreign source.
  • Death Penalty Repeal Dead

    05/21/2011 6:10:12 PM PDT · by matt04 · 60 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut legislative leader says there are not enough votes to repeal the state’s death penalty this session. Senate President Donald Williams said Friday the bill lacks enough support after two lawmakers said they would not support repeal this session after meeting with Dr. William Petit, the lone survivor of a 2007 Cheshire home invasion in which his wife and two daughters were killed.
  • Life sentence given US woman found guilty of killing baby daughter in microwave oven

    05/20/2011 8:11:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2011
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A woman convicted of killing her month-old baby daughter in a microwave oven was spared the death penalty and sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman sentenced China Arnold, 31, of Dayton, Ohio, who psychologists testified showed no signs of serious mental illness. Arnold declined to make a statement during her sentencing.
  • A Former Opponent of the Death Penalty Now Favors Hanging - by the Penis

    05/18/2011 9:17:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies
    New Haven Advocate ^ | May 17, 2011 | Win Vitkowsky
    It looks like the death penalty will remain an option in the Cheshire home invasion trial, as key lawmakers who supported abolition last year say they will cross over to the other side. Dr. William Hawke-Petit, the sole survivor of a highly publicized 2007 home invasion in which his wife and daughters were followed home, raped and murdered, has led a lobbying effort against abolishing the death penalty in Connecticut. State Sen. Edith Prague, who voted in favor of abolition last year, said she will switch sides this year. She made a strong statement to watchdog website CT News Junkie....