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  • Covid-19 claims two more death row inmates at San Quentin

    07/03/2020 10:49:08 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 42 replies
    SFgate ^ | July 3, 2020 | Bay City News Service
    Two San Quentin Prison death row inmates died Friday from what appear to be complications related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. There have been at least three death row inmates at the prison who have died of the virus since June 24. Scott Thomas Erskine, 57, had been on California's death row since 2004, and Manuel Machado Alvarez, 59, had been on death row since 1989, both died on July 3, 2020, at outside hospitals. A third death row inmate at San Quentin, Richard Stitely, 71, died June 24...
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Today’s Supreme Court Denial of Appeal from Four Death Row Inmates

    07/01/2020 9:10:59 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 23 replies ^ | June 29, 2020 | White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
    The Supreme Court today rightly rejected yet another attempt by four death row inmates to escape justice. These four men each stand convicted of horrendous acts of violence — including the brutal rape and murder of children. Each criminal was first convicted and sentenced for their offenses more than fifteen years ago. Thanks to the leadership of Attorney General Barr, the families and communities of the victims will finally receive some long-overdue justice. The White House
  • ‘Grim Sleeper’ Lonnie Franklin, serial killer who preyed on South L.A. women for 2 decades, dies on death row

    03/29/2020 5:40:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    KTLA ^ | 03/29/2020
    Lonnie Franklin, the convicted serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” who preyed on the women of South Los Angeles for more than two decades, has died in prison. He was 67. California corrections officials said Franklin was found unresponsive in his cell at San Quentin State Prison on Saturday evening. An autopsy will determine the cause of death; however, there were no signs of trauma, corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said in a statement. Franklin had been on death row since August 2016 for the deaths of nine women and a teenage girl. Franklin was linked at trial to 14...
  • ‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Killer Dies on Death Row

    03/29/2020 3:58:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Lonnie David Franklin Jr., who killed at least 10 people between 1985 and 2007 -- mainly in the South Los Angeles area -- has died at the age of 67, officials at San Quentin State Prison said Sunday. Franklin, who was sentenced to death in Los Angeles in 2016, was found unresponsive in his cell at about 7:20 p.m. Saturday. “Medical assistance was rendered and an ambulance was summoned. Franklin was pronounced deceased at 7:43 p.m. His cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy; however, there were no signs of trauma,” prison officials said. Local Local news...
  • Mass shooter Dylann Roof staged death row Hunger Strike, claiming 'harsh' treatment

    02/27/2020 8:27:19 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 63 replies
    <p>White supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been “targeted by staff,” “verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated disproportionately harsh.”</p>
  • Death is Not the Answer

    02/22/2020 3:28:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 108 replies ^ | February 22, 2020 | Kathryn Lopez
    He killed his grandmother. And he did so brutally, dumping her in the water before she was even dead, if the coroner is correct that her cause of death was drowning. He killed two others -- all evil acts. And then once in prison, he managed to kill a fellow inmate. So, I get why the governor of Tennessee refused to grant Nick Sutton clemency when the time came for his execution and final appeals. But no one was asking for the man to be released. Instead, people -- including prison staff and the sister of the inmate he killed...
  • Texas man who killed his family apologizes, thanks in-laws for their forgiveness before execution

    02/07/2020 7:00:30 AM PST · by FourtySeven · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 7, 2020 | Brie Stimson
    A Texas man who murdered five family members, including his 7-year-old and 9-month-old daughters, apologized to his in-laws and thanked his father and Jesus for turning around his life before he was executed Thursday evening. Abel Revill Ochoa, 47, was denied his last appeal an hour before his execution by lethal injection 18 years after he shot his wife, Cecilia, two daughters, Crystal and Anahi, his father-in-law, Bartolo, and his sisters-in-law Alma and Jackie with a handgun. Alma was the only one who survived. He shot his eldest daughter, Crystal, four times, the Houston Chronicle reported “ I would like to thank God, my dad,...
  • On Death Row For a Murder he Did Not Commit

    12/09/2019 5:47:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | December 9, 2019 | Rachel Alexander
    We often hear about inmates on death row who are exonerated after years behind bars, usually because the prosecution made procedural errors, or there wasn’t any DNA evidence to convincingly prove the person committed the crime. But what if it was made clear at the trial that someone else committed the murder, not the guy sentenced to death row? Patrick Bearup has been sitting behind bars for almost 17 years, sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. He fell in with some bad people in his 20s. They told him to accompany them to the house of...
  • Serial killer who targeted gay men executed in Florida after eating hearty last meal

    08/23/2019 11:58:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    FOX News ^ | 08/23/2019 | By Danielle Wallace
    A mass murderer known as the “I-95 killer,” who spent the majority of 1994 targeting gay men -- including a Navy World War II veteran -- ate three burgers, fries and bacon before he was executed late Thursday in Florida. Gary Ray Bowles, 57, was pronounced dead at 10:58 p.m. Thursday evening after receiving a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke, the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said. Bowles had already eaten his last meal by 3 p.m. that afternoon, prison officials told WJXT. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute appeal filed by Bowles’ attorneys...
  • Texas Is Executing a Man Tonight for a Murder and Rape Experts Say He Didn't Commit

    08/22/2019 6:44:57 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 53 replies
    Reason ^ | 21th August 2019 | ZURI DAVIS
    A little after 6 p.m., the state of Texas will execute Larry Swearingen for a crime experts believe he was unable to commit. Journalist Andrew Purcell detailed the events leading to Swearingen's impending death in a thorough investigation. A 19-year-old college student named Melissa Trotter disappeared from her Montgomery College campus, north of Houston, in December 1998. Police set their sights on Swearingen, an electrician who was witnessed having a conversation with Trotter in the college library. Montgomery County law enforcement also found a scrap of paper with the name "Larry" and his phone number in one of Trotter's books....
  • These Are the 5 Men the Federal Government Plans to Execute

    07/26/2019 5:35:43 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 50 replies
    New York Times via MSN ^ | 7/26/19 | Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
    No one on federal death row has been executed since 2003, but on Thursday, William P. Barr, the attorney general, announced that the government was resuming executions, starting with five men convicted of killing children. The men, whose ages range from 37 to 67, have each been convicted of heinous crimes, and together have been involved in the slayings of 13 victims. The cases fell under federal jurisdiction because of how or where they were carried out. All five are being held at a high-security federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., where their executions are set for December and January....
  • Capital Punishment Is Government Overreach On Our Liberty

    07/19/2019 7:17:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies ^ | July 19, 2019 | Erich Reimer
    In 2018 25 persons were put to death by the United States. They ranged from 31 years old to 83 and all were convicted by courts, and those convictions affirmed by further courts, that found them guilty of heinous, horrid, disgusting crimes against their fellow man. Despite that, I believe that their deaths were wrong. The death penalty in the United States is seldom used. 25 states have either abolished it entirely or declared a moratorium on its use. Almost a dozen other states have not executed a person in years. Yet it still remains on the books and is more than...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...