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  • Trump blasts California governor for halting executions

    03/13/2019 5:45:38 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 13 2019 | Brooke Singman
    President Trump on Wednesday blasted California Gov. Gavin Newsom for halting executions for the state’s 737 death row inmates. “Defying voters, the Governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers. Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!” Trump tweeted early Wednesday. The tweet comes hours before Newsom, a Democrat, is expected to sign an executive order that would halt all executions at San Quentin State Prison, closing a new execution chamber. The order would also withdraw lethal injection regulations. The order, though, would leave all convictions...
  • Gavin Newsom to stop death penalty in California, giving reprieves to 737 death row inmates

    03/12/2019 8:19:51 PM PDT · by kingu · 113 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | MARCH 12, 2019 07:24 PM | SOPHIA BOLLAG
    Gov. Gavin Newsom is putting a moratorium on the death penalty in California, sparing the lives of more than 700 death-row inmates. Newsom plans to sign an executive order Wednesday morning granting reprieves to all 737 Californians awaiting executions – a quarter of the country’s death row inmates. His action comes three years after California voters rejected an initiative to end the death penalty, instead passing a measure to speed up executions. Newsom says the death penalty system has discriminated against mentally ill defendants and people of color. It has not made the state safer and has wasted billions of...
  • 2 more Death Row inmates die; San Quentin officials probe possible contraband drugs

    12/06/2018 12:13:21 PM PST · by KingofZion · 41 replies
    sfgate ^ | December 5, 2018 | Megan Cassidy
    <p>San Quentin prison officials called an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss a possible connection between contraband lethal drugs and the unexplained deaths of two Death Row inmates on Monday and Tuesday, according to an internal prison document obtained by The Chronicle.</p>
  • California man instructed teen to toss IED at police officers during July march, police say

    11/09/2018 8:57:52 AM PST · by ETL · 5 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 9, 2018 | Ryan Gaydos
    A California man arrested after several police officers were injured in an explosion at a July march reportedly told authorities he gave the incendiary device to a teen and told him to throw it. Giovanni Gaines, 23, was arrested last week for his alleged involvement in the blast, which injured 10 Oakland police officers during a July 23 march honoring Nia Wilson, Lt. James Beere said Thursday, according to the SF Gate. Wilson had been fatally stabbed at a BART station a day earlier in what initially appeared to be a racially motivated attack, though, it later emerged the suspect had...
  • Man’s lethal injection fight may lead him to electric chair [TN]

    10/23/2018 9:07:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 23, 2018 11:25 AM EDT | Travis Loller
    Attorneys for a Tennessee death row prisoner were trying to spare him from lethal injection and they succeeded — but not the way they hoped. Instead of getting the needle, Edmund Zagorski is scheduled to die in the electric chair on Nov. 1. If the execution goes forward, he will be only the second person to be executed that way in Tennessee since 1960. His case illustrates how hard it is for states to find ways to execute prisoners that courts will deem humane; the challenge attorneys face trying to save their clients from execution; and the frustration of some...
  • Did George W Bush ever mock death row inmate Karla Faye Tucker?

    08/26/2018 3:55:02 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 41 replies
    26th August 2018 | Ennis85
    I was just on a blog post today about the death of John McCain and there was a discussion about his integrity compared to his opponents. And one of the people he was compared to was his Republican primary opponent of 2000 George Bush. This comment caught my eye; "In 2000 George Bush and John McCain were competing in the South Carolina Republican primary. Bush chose to spread rumours that McCain had fathered a black child out of wedlock, and McCain's adopted Bangladeshi daughter was used as the proof. Bush won the closely contested primary. Bush was never a decent...
  • More than quarter of Alabama's death row inmates choose [nitrogen] gas over lethal injections

    08/25/2018 2:50:47 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 53 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 25, 2018 | Kim Chandler
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Some say inhaling nitrogen gas would be like dying on a plane that depressurizes in flight, swiftly killing all aboard. Now more than a quarter of Alabama’s death row inmates have signed statements saying they would prefer that gas over lethal injection or the electric chair when facing execution. No inmate in the U.S. has been put to death with nitrogen gas before, and critics suspect at least some inmates are simply hoping to delay a date with the death chamber through the inevitable legal challenges ahead. State corrections officials say 51 of Alabama’s 180 inmates have...
  • Are the gas chamber, electric chair, gallows in Louisiana's future? | Opinion

    07/31/2018 1:44:43 PM PDT · by BBell · 55 replies
    https://www.nola.com/ ^ | 7/31/18 | Tim Morris
    Are Louisiana lawmakers ready to bring back the gas chamber, hanging, firing squad or electrocution as options for carrying out the state's death penalty? Attorney General Jeff Landry says he will push for those changes if Louisiana can't figure out how to get its lethal injection protocols back on track. Executions in the state are on hold and will be for at least another year as part of a legal battle and efforts to find a drug manufacturer or pharmacy that will sell them the products needed to carry out executions. Louisiana hasn't put a prisoner to death since 2010...
  • Too frail for death row? Texas inmate seeks execution reprieve

    06/18/2018 5:33:05 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 18, 2018 | Jon Herskovitz
    After two recent botched U.S. executions of inmates with compromised veins, a convicted murderer and rapist is arguing he is too ill to be put to death by lethal injection in Texas later this month. Lawyers for Danny Bible, a 66-year-old inmate set to be executed on June 27, said in a federal court filing in June that his health and vein access were worse than inmates in Alabama and Ohio whose executions were called off after IV placements failed. The cases have capital punishment critics questioning whether justice is served by executing a person convicted of horrific crimes but...
  • Pennsylvania cop killer on death row asks highest court to throw out conviction

    05/18/2018 9:25:24 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 22 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 05/18/18 | Christen Smith
    A Pennsylvania cop killer on death row wants the state Supreme Court to toss out his 2017 conviction. Attorneys for 35-year-old Eric Frein will argue Thursday investigators in Pike County violated his right to remain silent the night he was captured for murdering one state officer, Cpl. Bryon Dickson, and seriously wounding another, Trooper Alex Douglass, nearly four years ago. Frein led state and federal law enforcement on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono Mountains after gunning down Dickson and Douglass during a shift change at the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, 2014. He was identified as a...
  • DA: Former prosecutor withheld key email in death row case

    03/04/2018 10:58:30 AM PST · by ARGLOCKGUY · 25 replies
    A former Harris County prosecutor withheld a key email that helped establish a clear alibi for Alfred Dewayne Brown in the high-profile murder case that eventually sent him to death row, District Attorney Kim Ogg said late Friday.
  • Alabama postpones execution of inmate with damaged veins

    02/23/2018 1:55:57 AM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 23, 2018
    Alabama on Thursday halted the execution of an inmate who had argued that his veins were too damaged for lethal injection, because medical staff did not think they could connect the intravenous line by the time the death warrant expired at midnight. Alabama Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said the prison system halted Doyle Lee Hamm's execution around 11:30 p.m. "out of an abundance of caution" after medical staff said they did not think they could obtain "the appropriate venous access" before midnight. "It was a time issue," Dunn said. "I wouldn't necessarily characterize what we had tonight as a problem....
  • Judge Stays Alabama Execution of Ill Inmate

    02/07/2018 5:36:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    WVUA-TV ^ | February 6, 2018 | University of Alabama Journalism Class
    A federal judge has stayed the lethal injection of an Alabama inmate in order to have an independent medical expert review his claims that he is too sick to be executed. [Snip] A lawyer for Doyle Lee Hamm has argued that lethal injection would be unconstitutionally cruel because lymphoma and hepatitis C have compromised Hamm's veins. His lawyer also argued it would be inhumane to execute someone battling cancer. [Snip] Hamm was scheduled to be executed Feb. 22 for the 1987 murder of motel clerk Patrick Cunningham.
  • Texas 'Tourniquet Killer' set to be 1st US execution in 2018

    01/18/2018 6:16:10 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 17, 2018 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    A man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique on four female victims more than two decades ago is set to become the nation's first prisoner executed in 2018.
  • California Death Row Inmate Who Was Near Top of Execution List Dies in Prison

    10/08/2017 9:29:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | October 7, 2017 | Nate Gartrell
    A condemned murderer who was one of just 16 inmates on California’s Death Row to have exhausted his appeals died of unknown causes, prison officials have announced. San Quentin officials are investigating the death of Fernando Belmontes, 56, but say there was no obvious cause. More details about his death earlier this month have not been released. Belmontes was one of 16 condemned inmates — out of California’s nearly 750 — who had exhausted his appeals. As such, he was considered a top priority for execution. Belmontes was sentenced to die at 20 years old, a year after he murdered...
  • California Death Row inmate who was near top of execution list dies in prison

    10/07/2017 10:48:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 10/7/17 | Nate Gartrell - BANG
    SAN QUENTIN — A condemned murderer who was one of just 16 inmates on California’s Death Row to have exhausted his appeals died of unknown causes, prison officials announced this week. San Quentin officials are investigating the death of Fernando Belmontes, 56, but say there was no obvious cause. More details about his death have not been released. Belmontes was one of 16 condemned inmates — out of California’s nearly 750 — who had exhausted his appeals. As such, he was considered a top priority for execution. Belmontes was sentenced to die at 20 years old, a year after he...
  • Condemned Inmate Wants Steak, Chicken, Pork Chop for Last Meal

    05/11/2017 8:44:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Thursday, May 11, 2017 | Rhonda Cook
    J.W. Ledford, who is schueduled to be executed Tuesday, has asked for a high-calorie last meal with three kinds of meat. The Department of Corrections on Thursday released Ledford’s requested menu: filet mignon wrapped in bacon with pepper Jack cheese, large French fries, 10 chicken tenders with sauce, fried pork chop, bloomin’ onion, pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, sherbert and Sprite. Ledford has filed a petition for clemency and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles will hear from his lawyers and advocates on Monday. He also has a complaint pending in federal court in Atlanta, saying a death...
  • The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to block the first of two scheduled Arkansas lethal injections

    04/24/2017 6:05:16 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/24/17 | ap
    Full title................... The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to block the first of two scheduled Arkansas lethal injections in one night............
  • FDA officially bans Texas' attempted import of execution drugs

    04/21/2017 6:39:23 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 49 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 04/20/2017 | Jolie McCullough
    Almost two years after Texas tried to import an execution drug from overseas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled Thursday that the drug can’t be admitted into the United States. In July 2015, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice tried to import 1,000 vials of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic that the state has previously used in executions, but the FDA seized the drugs at a Houston airport and has held them ever since. The federal agency has maintained that the import of the drug is illegal because it is not currently approved in the U.S. In a statement, the...
  • Death Row Inmate Lee's Execution ON HOLD (1 of 8 AR death in APR)

    04/20/2017 6:17:28 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 16 replies
    Fox 16 news ^ | 20 APR 17 | dcbryan1
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The latest ruling from the 8th Circuit Court has postponed Lee's execution -- originally scheduled for 7 p.m. -- to 8:15 p.m. There are no other legal barriers at this time hindering his execution from moving forward. Thursday afternoon, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request for reconsideration on the stay that was granted for Stacey Johnson. Johnson's stay will not be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning his scheduled execution will not happen.