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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...