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  • Death Penalty Opposition: EU Set to Ban Export of Drug Used in US Executions

    12/12/2011 10:55:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/12/2011 | cgh — with wire reports
    Ever since January, when the Illinois-based pharmaceutical company Hospira elected to stop making a key ingredient in the lethal injection cocktail used by several US states to execute death-row inmates, the United States has been searching for alternative suppliers. As of Friday, obtaining the drug from the European Union will become much more difficult. According to a report published Monday in the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, a new European Union regulation set to go into effect at the end of this week will prohibit the export of some barbituric acids unless a special permit has been issued. Among those chemicals on...
  • Free the Death Penalty

    12/11/2011 12:34:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders
    Imagine a democracy in which key players are committed to making sure that duly enacted laws don't work. These players slow things down. They hire confederates who also want to sabotage the system. Then they shrug and claim that though they want to enforce the law, success is impossible and, besides, prohibitively expensive. Maureen Faulkner has had to deal with forces opposed to the death penalty since her police officer husband, Daniel, was murdered Dec. 9, 1981. Philadelphia police found Faulkner fatally wounded and Mumia Abu-Jamal with a bullet wound in his chest, his own handgun and five spent shell...
  • (Saudi) Man Could Receive Death Penalty for Adultery with Ex-Wife

    12/10/2011 2:58:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Dec. 9, 2011 | Katerina Nikolas
    Man could receive death penalty for adultery with ex-wife Jeddah- Under strict sharia law a Saudi man could be stoned to death for committing adultery with his ex-wife, who was unaware he had divorced her. A Saudi woman has demanded that her ex-husband receive the strictest punishment under sharia law, for committing adultery with her. In a bizarre tale the Saudi man divorced his wife without letting her know, yet continued to have sex with her. The woman had no inkling they were no longer man and wife. Emirates 247 reported that four months after divorcing his wife, the man...
  • Man Sentenced to Death in Connecticut Home Invasion

    12/09/2011 12:50:58 PM PST · by ColdOne · 50 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/9/11 | AP
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – DEVELOPING: A jury has condemned a Connecticut man to death for killing a woman and her two daughters in a 2007 attack in their suburban home. The jury deliberated over the span of five days before returning the verdict against Joshua Komisarjevsky. His accomplice, Steven Hayes, is already on death row. The two men were convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, ages 17 and 11
  • One-month-old baby with every rib broken fighting for its life

    12/03/2011 11:30:43 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 47 replies
    A man and a woman have been arrested after one-month-old baby was allegedly raped and battered. The tiny child had a heart attack brought on by his injuries and is fighting for his life. He was rushed to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent, on Thursday at 7am, but was transferred to London's King's College Hospital after having a cardiac arrest there.
  • Is This Conservatism ?

    12/02/2011 4:25:27 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 49 replies · 1+ views
    My Undying Opposition To Ron Paul's Candidacy | 12/2/11 | Alan Levy
    One of my many, many pet peeves is the following statement, which is often said by some Paultard stoned out of his mind on some drug or another: "Ron Paul is the only Conservative running for President!" To me, this is is like fingernails on a chalkboard or watching the latest offering from the FOX Neocon Channel (FNC). Let's take a look at some of RuPaul's (H/T: Mark Levin) "Conservative" thoughts. Let's put this moronic theory to the test, shall we ? *********************************** "I don't think it's very good sign for civilization to still be invoking the death penalty. ....
  • A Response to Oregon's Governor on Capital Punishment

    11/29/2011 7:24:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2011 | Dennis Prager
    The governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, announced last week that he would not allow any more executions in his state during his time in office. Kitzhaber, a Democrat, gave five reasons for his decision. My response follows each one. 1. "I refuse to be part of this compromised and inequitable system any longer." This has become one of the most frequently offered reasons for objecting to capital punishment -- that because the system is not equitable, no murderer should be put to death. This is a reason that is devoid of reason. If a system is not equitable, you don't...
  • Triple killer Rhoades executed in Idaho

    11/18/2011 10:44:15 AM PST · by verum ago · 19 replies
    Spokesman-Review ^ | 11/18/11 | Betsy Z Russel
    BOISE - Triple murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades was executed this morning despite repeated last-minute appeals, in Idaho’s first execution since 1994 and only its second since 1957. “The time of death is 9:15,” Mountain time, Idaho Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Ray announced. “The procedures are complete.” In his final words, Rhoades took responsibility for one of the murders, but not the other two. A friend of the family of one of the victims, who was in the chamber witnessing the execution, said, “The devil has gone home.” Unlike the last person executed in Idaho, double murderer Keith Eugene Wells,...
  • Manson acolyte 'Tex' Watson denied parole

    11/16/2011 4:06:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | November 16, 2011 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) -- Charles Denton "Tex" Watson, one of the chief participants in the Manson Family murders in the summer of 1969, will stay in prison at least another five years, the California Board of Parole Hearings announced Wednesday. Watson, 65, was denied parole for the 16th time, the board said, and will not be considered again until 2016.
  • Postscript to LA Times op-ed on capital punishment: What if an innocent is executed?

    11/01/2011 1:33:57 PM PDT · by T.Bourne · 17 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 29, 2011 | David Rivkin and Andrew Grossman
    What if the state executes an innocent person? David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew Grossman respond to question regarding their Op-Ed article defending capital punishment.
  • The death penalty: valid yet targeted

    10/27/2011 9:52:42 AM PDT · by american_steve · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 26, 2011 | David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew Grossman
    No serious constitutional argument can be made against the death penalty. The endless campaigns to ban it cost taxpayers millions to defend. By David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew Grossman On the September night that the state of Georgia put Troy Davis to death, a crowd of several hundred gathered at the Supreme Court in Washington to protest America's continued practice of capital punishment. But they were in the wrong place. The protesters should have assembled 600 miles southeast, in Atlanta.
  • Jury recommends death for Home Depot killer (Orange County, CA)

    10/26/2011 9:33:02 PM PDT · by TheDon · 21 replies
    THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | Oct. 26, 2011 | LARRY WELBORN
    A convicted killer raised his eyebrows and pursed his lips Wednesday when an Orange County jury announced that he should receive the death penalty for gunning down the manager of a Tustin Home Depot during a botched robbery in 2007. A jury of six men and six women deliberated for five hours before deciding that death was the appropriate penalty for Jason Russell Richardson, 40, convicted last year of first-degree murder plus special circumstances for the shooting death of Tom Egan, who was trying to protect his employees when he was shot in the stomach Feb. 9, 2007. ...
  • Convicted killer Gary Sampson gets new trial

    10/20/2011 8:36:35 PM PDT · by massmike · 5 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 10/20/2011 | Associated Press
    A federal judge on Thursday threw out the death penalty against a man convicted of killing three people in Massachusetts and New Hampshire during a weeklong crime spree in 2001 and ordered a new trial. Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled that Gary Sampson was denied his constitutional right to have his sentence decided by an impartial jury and that he is "entitled to a new trial to determine whether the death penalty is justified in his case." Sampson, a drifter who was raised in Abington, pleaded guilty to carjacking two Massachusetts men after each picked him up hitchhiking....
  • Terror Victims' Org to Launch Death Sentence Campaign

    10/20/2011 6:27:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/10/11 | Gil Ronen
    Terror victims' group Almagor demanded Thursday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak immediately publish the conclusions of the Shamgar Committee, which was appointed to set rules for cases in which soldiers and/or civilian citizens are abducted by the enemy. Its conclusions have not yet been made public because the committee met after the Shalit abduction and did not want to influence activity that might have already begun to free him. The group also announced plans for a new campaign calling for a return to the spirit of Yoni Netanyahu, brother of the prime minister. Yoni was...
  • Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3

    10/05/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter. Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million. That number would put Perry somewhere between $4-6 million ahead of Mitt Romney’s rumored total for Q3, according to this report last week from the Boston Globe. It’s also likely to far outpace Herman Cain’s fundraising or that of the other Republicans currently in the race. The pace is even more impressive. Perry had 49 days in which to raise funds, rather than the full 92...
  • Fla. Man Executed Amid Injection Controversy

    09/28/2011 8:24:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 28, 2011
    A Florida man convicted of killing a police officer during a traffic stop 33 years ago has been executed at the Florida State Prison. The governor's office said Manuel Valle was pronounced dead at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday. He was the first Florida prisoner to be executed with a new mix of lethal drugs. Valle fatally shot Coral Gables officer Louis Pena in 1978. He also shot fellow officer Gary Spell, who was saved by his bulletproof vest.
  • Miami-Dade cop killer scheduled for 4 pm execution

    09/28/2011 8:43:50 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 28, 2011 | Associated Press
    RAIFORD— A Florida man convicted of shooting a police officer to death during a traffic stop in 1978 is scheduled to be executed Wednesday. Barring an 11th-hour stay, Manuel Valle, 61, is set to become the first prisoner to die from the state's newly revised mix of lethal drugs. The concoction has been challenged, twice delaying the death sentence.
  • "You'll Swing for This!" Thoughts on the Execution of Troy Davis

    09/25/2011 8:30:44 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 18 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 09-26-11 | stolinsky
      “You’ll Swing for This!” Thoughts on the Execution of Troy Davis David C. Stolinsky Sept. 26, 2011 On Sept. 21, Georgia executed convicted murderer Troy Davis by lethal injection. Twenty-two years ago, Davis murdered police officer Mark MacPhail. After shooting Officer MacPhail, Davis stood over him and shot him again. Predictably, MacPhail’s name was mentioned much less often than the murderer’s name, and there were demonstrations for the murderer but none for MacPhail. For details read Ann Coulter, who is an attorney and − unlike other commentators − actually reviewed the transcript. If opponents of capital punishment claim...
  • Vietnam: Lethal injections to replace guns in November

    09/25/2011 2:07:03 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 8 replies
    Vietnam will officially carry out lethal injections from November this year to replace firing squads in the implementation of death penalties, according to a new government decree. According to the decree, issued for the implementation of the Law on Execution of Criminal Judgments and signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on September 16, local provincial authorities must build lethal injection facilities. The Ministry of Health will be responsible for supplying the chemicals used in lethal injections, including the barbiturate anesthetic Sodium thiopental, muscle relaxant Pancuronium bromide and Potassium chloride – the three chemicals most common in lethal injection combination...
  • Why Death Penalty Opponents Can't Win

    09/24/2011 7:15:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Wednesday, two men were lawfully executed. Both insisted they were innocent. If you've been watching the news or following Kim Kardashian's tweets, you've likely heard of one of these men, Troy Davis. The other death penalty "victim," Lawrence Russell Brewer, was until this week the more significant convicted murderer. Brewer was one of the racist goons who infamously tied James Byrd to the back of their truck and dragged him to death in Texas. The case became a touchstone in the 2000 presidential race because then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush had refused to sign a "hate crimes" law. The...
  • Crazy Larry: Perry Is GOP's 'Favorite Killer, Favorite State-Sanctioned Killer'

    09/23/2011 7:21:29 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's going to be a long campaign . . . Republicans haven't come close to choosing their presidential candidate yet, but already a proud member of the MSM is calling a leading GOP contender a "killer." On his MSNBC show this evening, Crazy Larry O'Donnell accused Rick Perry of being--for his record of enforcing the law on capital punishment in Texas--the Republicans' "favorite killer, favorite state-sanctioned killer." View video here.
  • Well known civil rights activist Dick Gregory visits Jasper (Protests Texas execution)

    09/23/2011 5:36:15 AM PDT · by Route797 · 12 replies
    JASPER - Longtime civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory held a prayer vigil in Jasper Tuesday night in protest of Lawrence Brewer's execution. Brewer was sentenced to death and is scheduled to die Wednesday for his role in the dragging death of James Byrd Junior in 1998. Gregory, a strong opponent of capital punishment, will conduct an 18 hour fast and vigil at the Walls Unit in Huntsville. "When do the State qualify to kill somebody and the government qualify to kill somebody and it's all right"? said Gregrory. "It's never all right to kill somebody intentionally. There are...
  • No more last meal choices for death-row inmates

    09/22/2011 1:46:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 90 replies
    Chron.com ^ | 09-22-2011 | Peggy Fikac
    Death-row inmates headed to their executions will no longer be able to pick what they’d like for their last meal. Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, issued this statement in response to concerns from Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire: “I believe Senator Whitmire’s concerns regarding the practice of allowing death row offenders to choose their last meal are valid. Effective immediately, no such accommodations will be made. They will receive the same meal served to other offenders on the unit.” Here’s the original post about Whitmire’s concerns: Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman...
  • 'It's Over': After Three Torturous Hours Strapped To The Chair Troy Davis Has Been Executed

    09/21/2011 8:26:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | September 21, 2011
    'It's Over': After Three Torturous Hours Strapped To The Chair Troy Davis Has Been Executed Davis finally died at 11.08pm All nine Supreme Court justices voted to deny the stay after taking more than four hours to come to their decision Appeal had challenged ballistics linking Davis to the crime, and eyewitness testimony identifying Davis as the killer Davis convicted of killing off duty police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989 Defence lawyers say there is still 'lingering doubt' of Davis' guilt By HANNAH ROBERTS 22nd September 2011 Mental torture: The convicted murderer was sedated and strapped to the chair in...
  • There Is No Travesty of Justice in Georgia. Execute Troy Davis

    09/22/2011 11:36:53 AM PDT · by freespirited · 23 replies
    Red State ^ | 09/21/11 | Eric Erickson
    Tonight the United States Supreme Court declined to stay Troy Davis’s execution. He will, by the time many of you are reading this, be dead. There were no expressions of dissent or objection from any of the 9 members of the Supreme Court. ———————- I like Guy Benson a lot, but his column on Troy Davis got my blood pressure up. I’m hearing a lot from people opposed to Troy Davis’s execution that there is no physical evidence in the case — and a whole lot of other hoo-haa. First of all, let’s set out that the case has been...
  • Davis case: source for 34 witnesses figure?

    09/21/2011 10:49:14 PM PDT · by sthguard · 28 replies
    Vanity | 9/22/01 | Vanity
    Ann Coulter's excellent column on the Troy Davis brouhaha mentioned that there were 34 witnesses, not 9 like the Left keeps insisting. Has anyone come across legal documents to back up that number?
  • Troy Davis executed in Georgia

    09/21/2011 9:10:07 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 114 replies
    (CBS/AP)  JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia executed Troy Davis on Wednesday night for the murder of an off-duty police officer, a crime he denied committing right to the end as supporters around the world mourned and declared that an innocent man was put to death. Defiant to the end, he told relatives of Mark MacPhail that his 1989 slaying was not his fault. "I did not have a gun," he insisted.
  • BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block execution of Troy Davis.

    09/21/2011 7:32:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 75 replies
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  • White supremacist executed for Texas dragging

    09/21/2011 6:09:07 PM PDT · by Borges · 111 replies
    AJC ^ | 9/21/11 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas — White supremacist gang member Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed Wednesday evening for the infamous dragging death slaying of James Byrd Jr., a black man from East Texas. Byrd, 49, was chained to the back of a pickup truck and pulled whip-like to his death along a bumpy asphalt road in one of the most grisly hate crime murders in recent Texas history. Brewer, 44, was asked if he had any final words, to which he replied: "No. I have no final statement." He glanced at his parents watching through a nearby window, took several deep breaths and...
  • Troy Davis execution delayed while supreme court considers stay

    09/21/2011 4:36:27 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 75 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sept. 19, 2011 | Ed Pinkinton
    The execution of Troy Davis was delayed temporarily by the US supreme court on Wednesday night in a dramatic intervention just as he was due to be put to death by lethal injection. The last-minute decision caused confusion outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia, where family, supporters and civil rights campaigners broke into celebration as they believed the court had granted Davis a stay of execution. But it quickly emerged that the delay was only temporary, while the justices considered whether to issue a stay. Until that moment it seemed almost certain that Davis would be executed, as the Georgia...
  • Ann Coulter: COP-KILLER IS MEDIA'S LATEST BABY SEAL (Going Clubing)

    09/21/2011 3:08:38 PM PDT · by Syncro · 35 replies
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | September 21, 2011 | Ann Coulter
      COP-KILLER IS MEDIA'S LATEST BABY SEAL September 21, 2011For decades, liberals tried persuading Americans to abolish the death penalty, using their usual argument: hysterical sobbing. Only when the media began lying about innocent people being executed did support for the death penalty begin to waver, falling from 80 percent to about 60 percent in a little more than a decade. (Silver lining: That's still more Americans than believe in man-made global warming.) Fifty-nine percent of Americans now believe that an innocent man has been executed in the last five years. There is more credible evidence that space aliens have...
  • Convicted murderer Troy Davis loses last ditch plea to prove innocence

    09/21/2011 10:36:43 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:39 PM on 21st September 2011 | By Associated Press
    Georgia inmate Troy Davis's last-ditch request for a lie detector test to try to prove his innocence ahead of tonight's planned execution has been denied by Georgia Department of Corrections. Defence lawyer Stephen Marsh said he had hoped the polygraph would convince the state pardons board to reconsider a decision against clemency, which was rejected yesterday. Davis, 42, is scheduled to die at 7pm tonight. It is the fourth time in four years that Davis' execution has been scheduled by Georgia officials.
  • New TLC show Prison Diaries reveals shocking reality of life awaiting execution

    09/20/2011 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12:03 AM on 21st September 2011 | Daisy Dumas
    A chilling look inside the minds of female prisoners unfolds on Thursday with the première of the new TLC show, Prison Diaries. The first episode of the series focuses on Emilia Carr, one of just 63 women on death row in the U.S. Carr is seen in ankle chains and handcuffs, led by a burly, fully-armed female guard as she leaves her cell. She wears bright orange overalls and trainers, her long, dark hair allowed to fall around her hunched shoulders.
  • 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...