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  • 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).
  • Texas set to execute Mexican man despite pleas by U.S. and Mexico

    07/07/2011 3:40:09 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 84 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-7-77 | Reuters
    Texas is set to execute on Thursday Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia for the rape and murder of a teenage girl, defying pleas by the Mexican government and President Barack Obama to delay it because his consular rights were violated
  • U.S. high court clears way for Mexican's execution

    07/07/2011 3:21:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 85 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2011
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a last-minute stay of execution in a Texas case involving a Mexican national who was not told of his right to diplomatic counsel when arrested.
  • Should Texas Execute a Mexican? Rick Perry Will Decide

    07/07/2011 10:24:23 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 181 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jul 7 2011 | Chris Strohm
    The case of a Mexican man scheduled to be executed on Thursday in Texas threatens to disrupt U.S. diplomatic relations abroad and creates a politically volatile dilemma for Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering a run for president. Unless Perry or the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes to stay the execution, Texas plans to execute Humberto Leal Jr. at 6 p.m. Central Time for the 1994 murder of 16-year-old Adria Sauceda. The International Court of Justice ruled in 2004 that the United States violated the rights of Leal and more than three dozen other Mexican nationals on death row because...
  • Administration Asks Court To Halt Execution Of Mexican National In Texas

    07/06/2011 10:05:12 AM PDT · by tutstar · 85 replies · 1+ views
    kwtx.com ^ | 7/1/2011 | kwtx
    <p>The Obama administration is taking the unusual step of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Texas from executing a Mexican citizen who was convicted and sentenced to die for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl.</p> <p>The administration is asking the court to delay the July 7 execution of Humberto Leal, 38, for as long as six months to give Congress time to consider legislation that would directly affect Leal's case.</p>
  • 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...
  • U.N. Official Calls for Texas Governor to Block Execution of Mexican National

    07/01/2011 3:12:08 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 01, 2011 | FoxNews/Reuters
    A top United Nations official is urging the governor of Texas to call off the execution of a Mexican national convicted of murder because he was not told of his right for diplomatic advice when he was arrested, according to Reuters. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is calling for Gov. Rick Perry to commute the sentence to life in prison for Humberto Leal Garcia. Garcia was convicted of raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in February 1998. "The lack of consular assistance and advice raises concerns about whether or not Mr. Leal Garcia's right to a fair...
  • Execution case important to international relations

    06/11/2011 2:52:37 AM PDT · by cweese · 22 replies
    The Austin-Mexican Statesman ^ | June 11, 2011 | AAS Editorial Board
    The Golden Rule of life also applies to the tricky business of international relations. What we do to non-Americans in our country we can reasonably expect to be done unto Americans in other countries. It is for that reason that Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles — both in the uncommon position of making a decision with international impact — should commute or postpone the death sentence of Humberto Leal, a Mexican raised in Texas, scheduled to die July 7 for the 1994 murder of Adria Sauceda, 16, in Bexar County. The key issue in...
  • Saudi Arabia beheads man for Murder

    05/27/2011 9:23:09 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/27/11 | AFP
    RIYADH — Saudi Arabia on Friday beheaded a Sudanese man convicted of murdering a compatriot in the capital Riyadh, the interior ministry announced.
  • Ohio man executed after Supreme Court denies appeal

    (Reuters) - An Ohio man was executed on Tuesday morning after the Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal, officials said. Daniel Lee Bedford, 63, was put to death by lethal injection Tuesday morning for a double homicide in Cincinnati in 1984, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. His defense attorneys had argued for clemency, citing dementia and mental retardation. A federal judge had granted Bedford a stay of execution Monday, but this was lifted by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. Bedford was convicted of shooting...
  • Mississippi set to execute man for murder of four people

    05/10/2011 6:54:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 5/10/2011
    Mississippi is set to execute later on Tuesday a man convicted in 1999 of slaying four people, the first inmate in the state to be put to death using a new drug as part of the lethal injection. Benny Joe Stevens is scheduled to be executed shortly after 6 p.m. local time on Tuesday, according to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. He will be executed using the drug pentobarbital, a sedative often used to euthanize animals, because of a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental. Several states have switched to pentobarbital because of the shortage.
  • S.C. inmate put to death with new drug combo

    05/08/2011 9:36:44 AM PDT · by upchuck · 15 replies
    Ass Pest/Aiken Standard ^ | May 8, 2011 | Jeffrey Collins
    South Carolina on Friday executed a man who strangled his cellmate, using a new combination of lethal injection drugs for the first time. Jeffrey Motts, 36, was declared dead at 6:17 p.m. He was given the sedative pentobarbital instead of sodium thiopental as part of the lethal three-drug combination because federal agents seized the state's supply as part of a nationwide investigation into whether prisons obtained the drugs legally from England. Motts was sentenced to death for killing his cellmate at a state prison in Greenville County in 2005. He was already serving a life sentence for killing two elderly...
  • Death row inmate who failed to delay execution does not want to be guinea pig

    04/04/2011 3:56:02 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 11:17 PM on 4th April 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    On the eve of his execution, a Texas death row is saying that he does not want to be the state’s guinea pig for the use of a new drug for lethal injection. Cleve Foster, who is accused of murdering Sudanese refugee Nyaneur Pal in 2002, is set to be executed on Tuesday, but he doesn’t want to be the first Texan to be executed with the new drug pentobarbital.
  • Arizona executes convicted killer by lethal injection

    03/30/2011 10:42:50 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 11 replies
    http://tvnz.co.nz ^ | 03/30/2011 | Reuters
    A man convicted of killing two convenience store employees in a 1989 robbery was executed by the state of Arizona after he lost an appeal that raised questions about the drugs used in putting him to death by lethal injection. A jury convicted Eric John King in 1990 of two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of convenience store clerk Ron Barman and the store's security guard, Richard Butts, during a robbery that netted the killer $72. King, 47, was executed at a state prison in Florence, Arizona, southeast of Phoenix, according to state Attorney General Tom Horne....
  • The Real 'Birther' Conspiracy Theory

    02/11/2011 1:59:20 AM PST · by Scanian · 46 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 11, 2011 | Jack Cashill
    In the course of my inquiries into many of history's more recent controversies -- JFK, Waco, Vince Foster, Oklahoma City, Ron Brown, TWA Flight 800, 9/11, Obama's birth, the authorship of Obama's books -- I have come to see that when there are actual conspiracies afoot, they fall into two general categories, conspiracies of execution and conspiracies of concealment. Conspiracies of execution, at least on any kind of scale, are rare in American history. The nature of our national character and the openness of our political culture war against them. Conspiracies of concealment are another matter. When officials fail in...
  • Tucker Carlson says Michael Vick should have been killed for cruelty to dogs

    12/29/2010 4:24:47 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 100 replies · 10+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 29, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Tucker Carlson says Michael Vick should have been killed for cruelty to dogs. On last night’s Hannity on FNC, Carlson was filling in for the vacationing Sean Hannity (going on two weeks, now) when the conversation turned to Vick during the "Great American Panel" segment. More specifically, the conversation centered on Barack Obama’s recent support to the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles for giving Vick a second chance. While that is an issue in and of itself, Carlson eventually took the conversation into no man’s land by saying that he wished Vick would have been executed for killing dogs. Interestingly,...
  • Oklahoma to consider executing death row inmates with drugs vets use to put down animals

    11/10/2010 8:57:04 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 91 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 8:39 AM on 10th November 2010 | Daniel Bates
    The state of Oklahoma is planning to execute death row inmates with drugs intended for use on animals. Lawmakers want to switch away from the only brand of anaesthetic that has been used in the US for lethal injections because there is not enough to go around. The replacement is likely to attract controversy because it is currently used by vets to anesthetise animals for operations. Other states are watching closely and may well follow suit, but such a move is likely to face a challenge from human rights groups to ensure that it is safe to use.
  • Christopher Hitchens: Don't Hang Tariq Aziz (His execution will threaten Iraq's fragile democracy)

    11/09/2010 9:41:12 AM PST · by WebFocus · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/09/2010 | Christopher Hitchens
    The decision of the Iraqi war crimes tribunal to sentence Tariq Aziz to death is one that needs to be vigorously opposed for several reasons. Although it is true that, as Saddam Hussein's longtime henchman and deputy, he is morally tainted with some of the most appalling crimes in modern history, Aziz was not, in fact, condemned to execution for his part in the annexation of Kuwait, the destruction of the Marsh Arabs, or the attempted genocide against Iraq's Kurdish minority. (Indeed, there is some evidence that he advised his boss against the insane attack on Kuwait in 1990.) For...
  • Arizona's Jeffrey Landrigan executed despite concerns drugs not FDA-approved _

    10/27/2010 10:10:10 AM PDT · by managusta · 54 replies · 2+ views
    NY Daily news ^ | 10/27/2010 | Aliyah Shahid
    The state of Arizona executed a convicted murderer on Tuesday night despite objections from attorneys that the state would use a non-approved drug from overseas for the lethal injection. Just hours before Jeffrey Landrigan's death, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to lift a stay issued by a federal judge to halt the execution. "There is no evidence in the record to suggest that the drug obtained from a foreign source is unsafe," the Supreme Court said Due to a U.S. shortage, the state turned to a non-FDA approved drug. It was later revealed that the source was the U.K., although...
  • Connecticut massacre killer faces execution

    10/05/2010 1:16:14 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5th October 2010 | David Gardner
    A crack addict was found guilty today of carrying out a nightmare home invasion that lead to the brutal deaths of a mother and her two young daughters. Steven Hayes was convicted of six capital crimes, all of which are punishable by death. The 47-year-old career criminal was found guilty of 16 of 17 charges, including the murder of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley, seventeen, and Michaela, eleven.
  • Calif calls off execution after court setbacks

    09/29/2010 5:59:39 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 19 replies
    hosted ^ | Sep 29 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California officials on Wednesday called off the scheduled execution of a convicted murderer after setbacks in federal and state courts. The attorney general's office said in a court filing that it can no longer proceed with the lethal injection of Albert Greenwood Brown at 9 p.m. Thursday. It would have been California's first execution since 2006. "I'm relieved," said John Grele, one of Brown's attorneys. "This was a hastily designed plan." The announcement came after a California Supreme Court ruling made Friday the earliest possible day the state could execute Brown. But by then, the state's...
  • California's first execution in five years delayed by legal issues (appeals court stops it)

    09/28/2010 10:49:35 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 28, 2010 | Carol J. Williams
    A federal appeals court in San Francisco late Monday ordered a trial judge to reconsider a ruling that allowed for a convicted murderer and rapist to be executed this week at San Quentin State Prison. Albert Greenwood Brown was scheduled to die at 9 p.m. Thursday for the 1980 killing of a 15-year-old Riverside girl. But the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel erred by offering Brown a choice of a one-drug lethal injection or a three-drug cocktail.
  • BREAKING: Schwarzenegger delays California's first execution in nearly five years

    09/27/2010 4:00:58 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 96 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 27, 2010 | LA Times
    BREAKING: Schwarzenegger delays California's first execution in nearly five years
  • Some US executions held up by shortage of drug

    09/27/2010 1:25:18 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 27 replies
    hosted ^ | Sep 27
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Some executions in the U.S. have been put on hold because of a shortage of one of the drugs used in lethal injections from coast to coast. Several of the 35 states that rely on lethal injection are either scrambling to find sodium thiopental - an anesthetic that renders the condemned inmate unconscious - or considering using another drug. But both routes are strewn with legal or ethical roadblocks. The shortage delayed an Oklahoma execution last month and led Kentucky's governor to postpone the signing of death warrants for two inmates. Arizona is trying to get...
  • Was executed Virginia woman, Teresa Lewis, really a Christian?

    09/25/2010 1:10:07 PM PDT · by jackspyder · 42 replies · 2+ views
    examiner.com ^ | Sept. 24, 2010 | Réne Girard
    On Sept. 23, 2010, in Jarrat, Virginia, 41 yr. old Teresa Lewis was executed by lethal injection in connection with the murder of her husband, Julian Lewis and her stepson Charles "C.J." Lewis in October 2002. Thousands of individuals petitioned VA Governor Robert F. McDonnell to change her sentence to "life in prison" to no avail. (SaveTeresaLewis.org) News reports around the nation mentioned the story citing details about female executions (the last one in the U.S. was here in Texas in 2005; of the current 10 TX females on death row, 4 are from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - details)....
  • Judge OKs way for 1st CA execution in 4 yrs

    09/24/2010 2:42:50 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 8 replies
    ABC-TV LA ^ | September 24, 2010 | ABC-TV, LA
    SAN FRANCISCO (KABC) -- A federal judge cleared the way for California's first execution since 2006 after the state revised its lethal injection procedures. Officials have scheduled the execution of Albert Greenwood Brown, a convicted rapist and killer, for next Wednesday.
  • About that first woman executed in US in 5 years …

    09/24/2010 12:43:52 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 22 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/24/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    OK, the story is all over the Old Media edifice: forty-one-year-old Teresa Lewis has become "the first woman to be executed in the U.S. in five years." Every news outlet from TV and cable, to newspapers, to radio, to the Internet is using this line, this "the first woman to be executed in the U.S. in five years" line. They are all playing the same narrative. So, here's the question I have. How exactly can anyone be the "first" anything "in five years"? Doesn't the whole "in five years" presuppose that someone else came first? See, the one "five years"...
  • Teresa Lewis pronounced dead by Va. authorities

    09/23/2010 8:23:49 PM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 92 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, September 23, 2010; 9:26 PM | Maria Glod Washington Post Staff Writer
    Teresa Lewis, 41, was executed die by lethal injection. (AP) JARRATT, Va., Sept. 23 - Teresa Lewis, who plotted with a young lover to kill her husband and stepson for insurance money, became the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly 100 years Thursday night when she was killed by lethal injection. Authorities pronounced Lewis dead at 9:13 p.m. Lewis's case generated passion and interest across the world. The European Union asked Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) to commute her sentence to life, citing her mental capacity. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cited the case at an appearance in New...
  • Virginia woman to be executed in 2002 deaths

    09/23/2010 2:20:14 PM PDT · by South40 · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 9.23.2010 | Dugald McConnell
    Jarratt, Va. (CNN) -- Teresa Lewis, a 41-year-old grandmother, met with family members and a spiritual adviser Thursday, hours before she was scheduled to be the first woman executed in Virginia in nearly a century. Lewis is set to die by lethal injection at 9 p.m. ET at Greensville Correctional Center. The victims' family members are to witness the execution, state Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said. The death row inmate pleaded guilty in the 2002 slayings of her husband and stepson in their rural home near Danville, Virginia, about 145 miles from Richmond.
  • Teresa Lewis execution plans proceed in Va.

    09/23/2010 8:21:44 AM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, September 23, 2010 | STEVE SZKOTAK The Associated Press
    RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia was moving forward Thursday with its first execution of a woman in nearly a century amid appeals from the European Union and repercussions that reached as far away as Iran. SNIP Teresa Lewis, 41, was scheduled to die by injection at 9 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt for the October 2002 hired killings of her husband and stepson. To procure the hit men, prosecutors said, she used sex, cash and a promised cut of the insurance benefits the killings would reap her. The U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Bob McDonnell declined to intervene. All...
  • Virginia set to execute woman for the first time in 98 years

    09/22/2010 7:31:52 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 22, 2010
    Virginia is slated to execute Teresa Lewis by lethal injection on Thursday, The Associated Press reported. The 41-year-old woman was sentenced to die after pleading guilty to capital murder for hiring two men to kill her husband and stepson so she could collect a $250,000 life insurance policy. Rodney Fuller and Lewis' lover, Matthew Shallenberger, entered her home on Oct. 30, 2002, and fatally shot Julian Clifton, Jr., 51, and Charles Lewis, 25. Teresa then rummaged through her husband's pockets for money while he was dying. She also waited nearly an hour before calling 911. The triggermen were sentenced to...
  • Japan opens door to the chilling execution chamber

    08/27/2010 3:04:16 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 17 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:28 PM on 27th August 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    The sparsely furnished room with wood panelling and blue curtains could be an annex to any conference room. However the mundanity masks the dark secrets of one of the world's largest economies. For this is where Japan executes those condemned to death by its courts. The last two criminals for whom these walls were their final sight of the world were the killers Kazuo Shinozawa, 59, and Hidenori Ogata, 33, who were hanged last month. And for the first time, the public has been allowed to see the Tokyo Detention House because the country's Justice Minister Keiko Chiba, a known...
  • Cantu executed for 1993 deaths of Houston teens

    08/18/2010 2:49:55 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 21 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 17, 2010 | MIKE TOLSON
    HUNTSVILLE – The legal saga that began several days after the horrifying murder of two teenage Houston girls in 1993 came to an end Tuesday night with the execution of Peter Anthony Cantu, a former gang leader who all but ordered the execution of Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Pena. Cantu did not make a final statement. He was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m. The parents of Ertman and Pena, supported by other family members and friends, looked on as Cantu stared straight up toward the ceiling, taking one deep breath before he closed his eyes. He did not acknowledge the...
  • Final Execution Tuesday in Ertman-Pena Deaths

    08/17/2010 4:17:56 PM PDT · by buffyt · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/17/2010 | ANDREA WATKINS
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - One of Houston's most notorious killers is expected to be executed Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Huntsville. 35-year-old Peter Cantu appears to have no appeals left. It will be the last of the executions related to the murders of 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman and 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena in 1993. Despite being the leader of the murderous gang, Cantu has lasted longer on death row than his co-defendants. Cantu has spent 17 years on death row; that is longer than either of his victims lived, and almost 7 years longer than the average stay on death row. Cantu was...
  • The Truth of Mexicos Civil War with Drug Cartels

    08/13/2010 12:58:50 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 132 replies · 1+ views
    El Blog Del Narco ^ | 13 August 2010 | Candor7
    Relatively few people in the United States know of the horrible tragedies that are now being visited upon the people of Mexico by a war between drug cartels, and the government of Mexico.The US media does not report the full story, and the Government of Mexico has a press black out on much of what is happening in Mexico concerning the war between the Mexican Government, and the drug cartels who war among themselves. To complicate matters the drug gangs often wear federal uniforms while performing assaults on their victims. One anonymous web site operates a blog which receives posts,...
  • CA: State's new execution plan is challenged in court

    08/02/2010 4:10:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 3+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/2/10 | Carol J. Williams
    A death row inmate convicted of the 1985 torture and murder of a pizza deliveryman in Glendale asked a court Monday to strike down the state's newly revised execution procedures as illegal and likely to inflict excruciating pain if used on any of California's 700-plus condemned prisoners. The lawsuit filed by Mitchell Sims, 50, alleges that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation rushed through revisions of the lethal injection procedures and deliberately sought to shut the public out of the process. Corrections officials approved the changes one day before a May 1 deadline and sent them to the Office...
  • N.Korea's Ex-Railways Minister Executed

    07/14/2010 9:45:53 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/15/10
    N.Korea's Ex-Railways Minister Executed A nationwide campaign is underway recently in North Korea to get rid of photos and publications of executed former senior officials, Radio Free Asia claimed Tuesday. This campaign was ordered by leader Kim Jong-il on July 2. The North's Press Censorship Bureau is reportedly destroying documents and materials collected from across the country. According to RFA, the campaign's targets include Pak Nam-gi, the former director of the North Korean Workers Party's Planning and Finance Department who was executed in March over the disastrous currency reform, and former railways minister Kim Yong-sam.
  • Can Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani Be Saved?

    07/07/2010 7:29:23 AM PDT · by BigChiefLtd · 11 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | July 7, 2010 | Gerry Ashley
    While we were celebrating our independence here in America over the weekend, a mother of two is preparing to be executed soon in Iran, in as horrific a fashion as one can imagine. It’s a death sentence ordered by the Muslim judicial system, stuck on 14th century barbarism. Can your voice and the voices of others around the world save her?
  • The Mechanics of the Firing Squad for Ronnie Lee Gardner (Utah-Midnight)

    06/17/2010 9:44:19 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 55 replies · 1,697+ views
    ABC ^ | June 17, 2010 | RAY SANCHEZ
    Sometime after midnight Friday, Ronnie Lee Gardner is to be strapped into a chair in the execution chamber at the state prison in Draper, Utah. A black hood is to be slipped over the bald head of the 49-year-old convicted killer, if he wishes. A small circular target will be pinned over his heart. It has been 14 years since rifles were last fired in a state execution. Barring a last-minute reprieve, Gardner will be only the third person to die before a firing squad in Utah  or anywhere else in the nation  since the death penalty was...
  • In Huntsville, officers remember Ablanedo's life

    06/15/2010 3:39:03 PM PDT · by cweese · 3 replies · 506+ views
    Austin-Mexican Statesman ^ | June 15, 2010 | Tony Plohetski
    The rows of officers snapped to attention, arms raised in a salute, at 4:35, when a van pulled up to deliver the seven members of Ablanedo’s family who will witness Powell’s execution. For four minutes, they held the salute as Bruce and Judy Mills, Ablanedo’s 87-year-old mother Betsy and other family members were greeted by hugs from Acevedo. After reviewing the assembled officers, sometimes waving, the family was led inside the unit. Once the doors closed, the officers broke ranks and milled around, talking and mopping their brows. Suddenly, the protesters fired up their microphone: “We are here because in...
  • Executioner: Death by firing squad is '100 percent justice'

    06/12/2010 4:33:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies · 1,301+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/10/2010 | Ashley Hayes
    Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) -- The executioner says he was eager to join the firing squad. Not because he was familiar with the 1996 case, or felt the need to deliver justice for a raped and murdered little girl. It wasn't even because his high school classmate was raped and killed just before graduation. So why did he do it? Why choose to join four other men in executing a convicted murderer? "How often does this come along?" he says, "... 100 percent justice." It's been more than 14 years since guns were last fired in Utah's execution chamber....
  • Utah man makes last appeal to avoid firing squad

    06/11/2010 4:40:09 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies · 646+ views
    AP ^ | June 11, 2010 | JENNIFER DOBNER
    DRAPER, Utah (AP) - After two days of testimony about a condemned Utah man's journey from a life of violence to reformation, his lawyer said Friday that fairness should compel a state parole board to stop his execution by firing squad. "He came from a family that exuded criminality and violence, and that is what he was," Ronnie Lee Gardner's lawyer, Andrew Parnes, told the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. "He's changed, he's overcome that." Gardner wants the board to reduce his death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Execution of a teenage girl ( Ugliness of Sharia Law in Iran)

    06/08/2010 3:38:40 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 4 replies · 45+ views
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, 27 July 2006, 19:01 GMT 20:01 UK | News Staff
    A television documentary team has pieced together details surrounding the case of a 16-year-old girl, executed two years ago in Iran. On 15 August, 2004, Atefah Sahaaleh was hanged in a public square in the Iranian city of Neka. Her death sentence was imposed for "crimes against chastity".
  • Chris Matthews yearns for Chinese communism — would allow BP bigs to be “executed” (video)

    05/17/2010 6:46:53 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 24 replies · 1,204+ views
    PolitiPage.com ^ | 05/17/10 | jeff j
    Chris Matthews goes off the deep end discussing the oil spill...
  • Iran: Political Executions Indication of Government’s Insecurity

    05/09/2010 5:29:23 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 697+ views
    Five Hanged in Secret, Twenty Seven others Facing Hangman’s Noose (9 May 2010) The sudden execution of five Iranian political prisoners today appears to signal a government policy of relying on politically-motivated executions to strengthen its position vis-à-vis its opposition through terror and intimidation, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said. The Campaign condemned the execution of five political prisoners, including Farzad Kamangar, a 34-year-old teacher and social worker, who was charged with Moharebeh (taking up arms against God), convicted and sentenced to death in February 2008, after a seven-minute long trial in which “zero evidence” was presented....
  • Chinese accused of vast trade in organs

    04/27/2010 1:46:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies · 513+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4-27-10 | Julia Duin
    China's hidden policy of executing prisoners of the forbidden quasi-Buddhist group Falun Gong and harvesting their organs for worldwide sale has been expanded to include Tibetans, "house church" Christians and Muslim Uighurs, human rights activists said Monday. In a news conference on Capitol Hill, several speakers, including attorney David Matas of B'nai Brith Canada and Ethan Gutmann of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said their investigations have unearthed a grisly trade in which an estimated 9,000 members of Falun Gong have been executed for their corneas, lungs, livers, kidneys and skins. They likened the practice to the Nazi...
  • Utah To Execute Killer By Firing Squad

    04/23/2010 11:33:35 AM PDT · by Abathar · 103 replies · 1,927+ views
    AP/theindychannel.com ^ | 04/23/2010 | Jennifer Dobner
    SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah is set to execute a convicted killer by firing squad after a judge agreed Friday to the inmate's request for the method, renewing a debate over what critics see as an antiquated, Old West-style of justice. Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, was given the choice of being killed by lethal injection or shot by a five-man team of executioners firing from a set of matched rifles, a rarely used relic that harkens back to Utah's territorial history. "I would like the firing squad, please," Gardner told State court Judge Robin Reese Friday morning, after Reese told...
  • North Korea executes official for blunder

    03/18/2010 4:18:46 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 17 replies · 435+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Thu Mar 18 | Jack Kim
    North Korea has executed a ruling party official blamed for a botched currency reform, in a desperate attempt to quell public unrest... The execution by firing squad in Pyongyang last week of Pak Nam-ki, Labour Party chief for planned economy, was for the crime of "a son of a bourgeois conspiring to infiltrate the ranks of revolutionaries to destroy the national economy..." The unrest, triggered by sharp price increases in the marketplace amid confusion caused by the late November currency revaluation, forced the North to take some steps to roll back its effect. Analysts said that showed the North was...
  • Virginia Executes Man in 1999 Murder of Woman, Rape of her sister

    03/18/2010 11:30:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,086+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, March 19, 2010 | Josh White
    Kristie Reed was on the basement floor, her throat and wrists slashed. Her older sister, Stacie, was upstairs, dead from a stab wound to the heart. When police reached Kristie, who was then 14 years old, an officer leaned in and asked who had done this to her. Kristie mouthed two words: "Paul Powell." On Thursday night, more than 11 years later, Paul Warner Powell, 31, was executed in Virginia's electric chair. He was declared dead at 9:09 p.m. The Jan. 29, 1999, murder of one sister and the rape and near-slaying of the other in Manassas were among the...
  • Sources: N. Korea' Park Nam-ki Shot by Firing Squad...Blamed for Currency Reform Fiasco

    03/17/2010 7:08:50 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies · 1,774+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 03/18/10 | Choi Sun-young & Chang Yong-hoon
    /begin my excerpts Sources: N. Korea' Park Nam-ki Shot by Firing Squad...Blamed for Currency Reform Fiasco Accused of deliberate destruction of economy, but few believe it Similar to Seo Kwan-hi execution during 'March of Suffering'(great famine) in 90's (Seoul-Yonhap News) Choi Sun-young & Chang Yong-hoon: Park Nam-ki, the N. Korea's former Director of the Planning and Financial Department of the Central Committee, was shot by firing squad in Pyongyang last week, blamed for the failed currency reform, according to sources. On Mar. 18, sources told Yonhap News, "N. Korean authorities executed the former director Park last week at the firing...