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  • Oklahoma Adds New Drugs to Lethal-Injection Protocol

    03/24/2014 10:29:34 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 25, 2014 | NBC News
    "Lawyers for two men on death row in Oklahoma say the state has informed them it has a new execution protocol that would allow it to choose from any of five lethal injections. The change comes days after the state revealed that it had been unable to obtain the chemicals for its existing protocol: pentobarbital and vecuronium — prompting a court to delay the executions of convicted murderers Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett for a month. In the revised protocol given to the men's defense team, prison officials outline five possible one-drug and three-drug injections it could use to kill...
  • Court Reschedules Executions of Two Oklahoma Inmates after State Can’t Find Supply of Killer Drugs

    03/18/2014 7:39:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies
    • The executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner were put off until April 22 and April 29. The state has had difficulty finding the ingredients of the cocktail used to execute prisoners. OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma court on Tuesday rescheduled a pair of executions set for this week and next so state prison officials will have more time to find a supply of drugs for the lethal injections. The decision came in a lawsuit in which two inmates had sought more information about the drugs that would be used to execute them later this month. The inmates had...
  • Oklahoma court resets executions amid drug search

    03/18/2014 2:16:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/18/14 | Bailey Elise McBride - ap
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma court on Tuesday rescheduled a pair of executions set for this week and next so state prison officials will have more time to find a supply of drugs for the lethal injections. The decision came in a lawsuit in which two inmates had sought more information about the drugs that would be used to execute them later this month. The inmates had sought a stay of their executions, but the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals said that request was moot because the state Department of Corrections doesn't have enough drugs on hand to carry...
  • Inslee halts executions in state while he is governor (WA)

    02/11/2014 11:22:12 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 11, 2014 | Jennifer Sullivan
    Gov. Jay Inslee is calling a moratorium on executions while he is governor. “Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility,” Inslee said during a news conference Tuesday morning. “And in death penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served.” Inslee said there was “too much at stake” in death penalty cases in what he termed an “imperfect system.” “During my term we will not be executing people,” Inslee said. Inslee cited the high cost of trials and appeals, the apparent randomness that death penalties are pursued and concerns that executions do not deter crime as...
  • North Korea 'publicly executes 80 people'

    11/11/2013 11:10:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 26 replies
    North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. -excerpt- In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch the execution of eight people by firing squad, the source quoted one eyewitness as saying.
  • U.S. Files on Targeted Killings Protected Under FOIA, Judge Says

    01/03/2013 9:42:00 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 5 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | January 3, 2013 | By Brendan Pierson
    A federal judge has declined to order the U.S. government to turn over documents detailing its legal rationale for the targeted killings of people thought to be terrorists, including American citizens, without trial. Southern District Judge Colleen McMahon called her ruling, which comes in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, "paradoxical" and likened it to "Alice in Wonderland." McMahon found yesterday in New York Times v. U.S. Department of Justice, 11 Civ. 9336, that the government is protected from turning over legal opinions pertaining to so-called targeted killing by various exceptions to the FOIA. The underlying FOIA requests came...
  • Hey Anti-Israel Liberals, THIS is How They Treat Gay People in Iran...

    11/19/2012 8:24:53 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 36 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    4000+ gays executed by current regime... Yeah, this is the fate that awaits any found 'guilty' of being homosexual in Iran: you know libs, the same Iran that's funneling all those weapons and missiles into Gaza to support equally barbaric proxy Hamas... More at Reaganite Republican (warning- gruesome/graphic) On the other hand, all are allowed to live in peace (unless hit by a Iranian-Palestinian missile) and democracy in Israel- yet which nation does the left hate the more than any other in the world...? (don't answer libs, it's rhetorical). Hey guys- looks like you missed one BBC   FoxNews   VermontSecession  ...
  • Mali Rebels Merge, Plan to Create Islamic State

    05/27/2012 12:20:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 27 May 2012 | Anne Look
    BAMAKO - Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants have joined forces in northern Mali and say they will create an independent Islamist state. The groups took advantage of a military coup in Bamako to seize control of the territory in early April. Resistance is growing in the north to the efforts to introduce Islamic law. In the northern Malian town of Gao, court is in session. Commissioner Abdoulaye Maiga begins by reading from the Quran in the roadside courtyard outside the former police station. Once an area businessman, Maiga is a member of the militant Islamist sect Ansar Dine that residents...
  • Life Under Sharia; Eight Videos

    06/25/2012 9:59:55 AM PDT · by · 4 replies ^ | June 25, 2012 | Marc J. Fink
    Brutality and Injustice Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum, defends the freedoms and liberties of Western society against "stealth jihad," a campaign by Islamists to slowly and methodically implement a Sharia-compliant theocracy in the West. Sharia is Islamic law, based on the Koran and the teachings and personal actions of Mohammad (known as The Sunnah, noted and reported in Hadiths). Below, very personal examples of life under Sharia in Islamist societies. The intolerance, the brutality, the inhumanity. The extreme lack of religious pluralism, women's rights, free speech and equality under the law. 1. Sudanese Woman Lashed (Video)...
  • EU says alarmed by rise in death sentences in Iran

    05/30/2012 9:28:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed May 30, 2012 10:22am EDT | (Reporting by Justyna Pawlak; Additional reporting by Marcus George in Dubai)
    The European Union criticized Iran on Wednesday for an "alarming" increase in the use of the death penalty this year, calling on Tehran to introduce a moratorium on executions. "According to the latest data, compiled from a number of sources, the rate of executions in Iran during the first 5 months of 2012 confirmed the country as one of the world's leading users of the death penalty," a spokesman for the EU's foreign policy chief said. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is "deeply concerned by the alarming increase", the spokesman said. Ashton is leading negotiations between six global powers...
  • 'Go Cowboys!': The bizarre last words of condemned killers moments before they are executed

    03/29/2012 6:23:49 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 29, 2012
    When it comes to parting words, a huge number of executed inmates in Texas are resorting to the belief that all you need is ‘love’. In an analysis using data from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the website developed an infographic detailing the more commonly used words. The data was compiled from the last statements of every inmate put to death in the state from 2000 to the present, which are published on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s website.
  • Signs of Executions Mar Libya Peace

    10/25/2011 12:10:10 PM PDT · by throwback · 30 replies
    TRIPOLI, Libya—Fresh evidence has emerged that fighters battling for control of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte were responsible for numerous extrajudicial killings and other possible atrocities, raising new questions about the final moments in Libya's revolution and adding to the challenges of national reconciliation. Residents of Sirte and medical workers say that they have identified dozens of corpses of both Gadhafi loyalists and antiregime fighters, who appear to have died by shots to the back of the head while their hands were bound. They say these bodies are among hundreds of unidentified corpses littering the streets of Sirte and filling...
  • 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...
  • Rick Perry holds the record on executions

    08/23/2011 11:41:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/23/2011 | Robert Barnes
    Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry brings to the presidential race a law-and-order credential that none of his competitors can match — even if they wanted to. In his nearly 11 years as chief executive, Perry, now running for the GOP presidential nomination, has overseen more executions than any governor in modern history: 234 and counting. That’s more than the combined total in next two states — Oklahoma and Virginia — since the death penalty was restored 35 years ago. The number is partly explained by sheer longevity at the helm of a huge state that has mastered the complicated legal...
  • State initiative would abolish death penalty (California referendum to end executions)

    07/07/2011 6:43:17 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 32 replies · 1+ views
    KABC-TV ^ | July 07, 2011 | Nannette Miranda
    A new push is under way to ban the death penalty in California and close death row. Among those supporting the ban is the original author of California's death penalty law. Lawmakers held a first vote Thursday. The death penalty is popular among Californians, but those who want to get rid of it think the cost might change minds. California voters could decide next year the fate of more of than 700 notorious criminals currently locked up in San Quentin's death row. The California State Assembly Committee on Public Safety approved an initiative slated for November 2012 that would abolish...
  • Calif. lawmakers advance bill to end death penalty

    07/07/2011 6:31:37 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 17 replies
    AP (via SF Examiner) ^ | 07/07/11 11:54 AM | DON THOMPSON
    A bill that seeks to abolish California's death penalty advanced Thursday after its first legislative hearing with support from the author of the state's death penalty and a former warden who presided over executions. Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, said she introduced the bill because California can no longer afford a capital punishment system that is both expensive and ineffective as it battles persistent multibillion-dollar budget deficits. If eventually signed into law, the bill would put the question before voters in 2012. The Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 5-2 along party lines in favor of SB490 after hearing testimony from Sacramento...
  • Have the Libyan Rebels Formed a Death Squad to Punish Qaddafi Loyalists?

    05/14/2011 9:38:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MAY 11, 2011
    The bodies of two interrogators who worked for Muammar Qaddafi were found in fields outside the rebel stronghold Benghazi. The execution-style killings and kidnapping by masked, armed men have led to rumors — in the already-paranoid city — of a death squad hunting down forces loyal to Qaddafi. Prosecutors are investigating four such attacks, including another murder, and the possibility that Islamists imprisoned by Qaddafi are seeking revenge. For weeks, opposition authorities have been trying to round up suspected Qaddafi loyalists they say were trying to overthrow their transitional government. But rebels say their security forces are not involved in...
  • Justice Department Pursues 'Strange' Probe of Execution Drug (a de facto freeze of executions)

    05/08/2011 11:16:37 AM PDT · by UniqueViews · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | may 8, 2011 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration has launched a quiet campaign over the past two months to seize from local officials a key drug used in lethal injections -- part of a spreading investigation that has contributed to a de facto death penalty freeze in several states. The investigation stems from concerns about the overseas source of the drug, though some question whether those concerns make a handy excuse to slow the pace of executions. "States have death penalty laws, and the federal government is trying to make it harder for the states to execute those laws," Saunders said.
  • Obama backs end to death penalty?

    03/05/2011 9:53:24 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 25 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Mar 4, 2011 | Dave McKinney
    Obama backs end to death penalty? By Dave McKinney Sun-Times Media Last Modified: Mar 4, 2011 09:18PM President Barack Obama has appeared to tip his hand on Illinois’ bill to end the death penalty, which Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to act upon within the week. During a recent encounter with Quinn at the White House last week, the president praised the bill as well as Illinois’ legalization of civil unions, said state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), a lead legislative backer of the death penalty bill and Obama’s successor in the Illinois Senate. Raoul spoke with Quinn after Quinn returned...
  • One-legged Afghan Red Cross worker set to be hanged after converting to Christianity

    02/06/2011 10:19:07 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 38 replies ^ | February 7, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Snips from Excerpt only website: An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity. Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards. He claims he was visited by a judge who told him he would be hanged within days unless he converted back to Islam.
  • Seven bodies found across Tijuana in possible drug-gang violence

    10/12/2010 1:54:51 AM PDT · by South40 · 4 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | OCTOBER 11, 2010 | Morgan Lee
    Mexican authorities have found the bodies of seven young men killed in three separate attacks across Tijuana -- a spate of violence that runs counter to what officials have described as an improving security situation. The bodies, two of them decapitated and strung from a highway overpass, were discovered within an eight-hour period between Sunday evening and early Monday morning, according to the Baja California state prosecutor’s office. Law-enforcement officials in Tijuana and Baja California and Mexico’s federal military have made some visible progress working together against drug-related violence afflicting several regions of the country. Brazen shootouts and gruesome killings...
  • A Look Inside Iran - Death,Waste and Poverty

    09/26/2010 10:05:42 PM PDT · by FARS · 13 replies
    AntiMullah ^ | Alan Peters & Sources
    Sign in street announcing Public Execution The enlarged sign reads: (loose translation) ..... Carrying out of death sentence..........
  • Lethal drug supply dries up, postponing US executions

    09/04/2010 12:22:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/10 | Lucile Malandain
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Lacking enough of the anesthetic essential to the cocktail of lethal drugs administered during executions, several US states are being forced to postpone the procedure until early next year. At the heart of the drug supply problem is Hospira, the only pharmaceutical company that produces the anesthetic sodium thiopental. "We are working to get it back on the market and we anticipate we will by 2011," Hospira spokesman told AFP. The US Food and Drug Administration does not approve the drug's use in lethal injections and Hospira does not sell it for that purpose, though prison officials...
  • Narco-blogger beats Mexico drug war news blackout

    08/12/2010 4:47:12 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Aug. 12, 2010 | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ
    MEXICO CITY — An anonymous, twentysomething blogger is giving Mexicans what they can't get elsewhere — an inside view of their country's raging drug war. Operating from behind a thick curtain of computer security, Blog del Narco in less than six months has become Mexico's go-to Internet site at a time when mainstream media are feeling pressure and threats to stay away from the story. Many postings, including warnings and a beheading, appear to come directly from drug traffickers. Others depict crime scenes accessible only to military or police. The undifferentiated content suggests that all sides are using the blog...
  • Televising executions nationwide?

    02/11/2010 8:20:05 PM PST · by myknowledge · 40 replies · 591+ views
    February 12, 2010 | myknowledge
    Long ago, executions of convicts were carried out in public view. Then they were carried out of public sight, in chambers and prisons, with a red lamp glowing to indicate that an execution is taking place. I have started this thread because I want to ask this question: Should prisoner executions be televised live?Yes or No?
  • Anti-death penalty movement wooing conservatives

    01/18/2010 3:55:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies · 1,146+ views
    AP ^ | Mon Jan 18, 6:36 am ET | BRETT BARROUQUERE
    Anti-death penalty movement wooing conservatives LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Roy Brown seems like a rarity — a conservative who's against the death penalty. But to Brown, a state senator and the 2008 Republican nominee for governor of Montana, the philosophy aligns perfectly with conservative ideology. He's one of the more high-profile figures reaching out to other social and fiscal conservatives, hoping to create a bipartisan movement against capital punishment. "I believe that life is precious from the womb to a natural death," Brown said. The Roman Catholic church has long been an organized and vocal critic of the death penalty, but...
  • CA: State moves closer to resuming executions

    01/06/2010 6:20:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 385+ views
    Stockton Record ^ | 1/6/10 | Scott Smith
    The state released its revised lethal injection guidelines Tuesday, inching one step closer to resuming executions in California, beginning with Stockton's Michael Angelo Morales. The changes follow a June public hearing when death penalty foes from around the world converged on Sacramento to speak out against the procedure. They also mailed in more than 8,000 letters addressing the protocol. The public now has until Jan. 20 to comment on the changes. The 25-page document indicates small revisions, from defining a "chaplain" and the "lethal injection room" to clarifying that the curtains remain open in the execution chamber until after the...
  • New Yorkers Cry for 9/11 Plotters' Executions

    11/14/2009 4:41:03 AM PST · by kellynla · 78 replies · 3,203+ views
    <p>Outraged New Yorkers said yesterday that admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other terrorists deserve to be put to death -- and some even volunteered for the job.</p> <p>"Kill them without a trial. Just a bullet in the head and say goodbye. Why waste taxpayer money?" said Thomas Pland, 70, a truck driver from Astoria, Queens.</p>
  • Somali jihadists forcing civilians to watch executions

    10/26/2009 11:04:32 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 779+ views
    (BBC NEWS, October 25, 2009) via JIHAD ^ | Posted by Marisol on October 26, 2009 12:03 AM | n/a
    "Somali jihadists forcing civilians to watch executions" SNIPPET: "Movies and television? No way. Executions? Bring the whole family -- or else! "Somalis 'made to view executions'," by Mary Harper for BBC News, October 25:" SNIPPET: "Hundreds of people in Somalia have been forced to watch Islamist militants executing two people accused of spying. People in Merca said al-Shabaab militia patrolled the town with loudspeakers, demanding they attend the executions. The militants also ordered schools to close for the day as they were keen for children to watch the two men being shot dead by a firing squad. Most of those...
  • Iraq study: Executions are leading cause of death

    04/16/2009 12:23:44 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 324+ views
    AP ^ | April 15, 2009 | KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Execution-style killings, not headline-grabbing bombings, have been the leading cause of death among civilians in the Iraq war, a study released Wednesday shows. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, point to the brutal sectarian nature of the conflict, where death squads once roamed the streets hunting down members of the rival Muslim sect. Estimates of the number of civilians killed in Iraq vary widely. The study was based on the database maintained by Iraq Body Count, a private group that among other sources uses media reports including those of The Associated Press. The...
  • U.S. rattled as Mexico drug war bleeds over border

    03/01/2009 2:23:25 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 75 replies · 2,762+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sun Mar 1, 10:37 am | Tim Gaynor
    PHOENIX (Reuters) – Hit men dressed in fake police tactical gear burst into a home in Phoenix, rake it with gunfire and execute a man.
  • Texas schedules 6 executions for January

    01/10/2009 11:12:41 PM PST · by txroadkill · 21 replies · 1,147+ views
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Texas is wasting little time claiming its annual notoriety as the nation's most active capital punishment state. Convicted killer Curtis Moore, condemned for killing three people during a drug-related robbery in 1995 in Fort Worth, is set for lethal injection this week – the first execution in the U.S. in 2009. It's the first of eight scheduled executions this month in the U.S., all but two of them in Texas. Moore, 40, is set to die Wednesday. Two more executions are set for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit next week, then three more the...
  • The Trial of Suhrab Habibi

    12/28/2008 8:33:36 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 1 replies · 482+ views
    Iran Press Watch ^ | December 28, 2008
    ... I introduced myself by giving my first name, surname, my father’s name, birth certificate number, place of birth and occupation, and then the following exchange took place....
  • Khomeini Slaughtered the Military

    12/06/2008 7:34:08 PM PST · by FARS · 29 replies · 1,949+ views
    AntiMullah ^ | 12/06/08 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    Formal statistics are impossible to come by as killing of officers and non-commissioned members of the late-Shah's military and security forces were not centrally ordered. We have tried to gather numbers that are as reliable as possible but they are, at best, estimates. Usually very accurate estimates but we believe we have understated actual numbers. Here are some figures in no particular order, other than as they came in. 144 Air Force Pilots including the Nojeh attempted counter-revolution by the Air Force. (Nojeh is still a not fully told story we will write up as time permits. We have have...
  • Appeals court sidetracks California effort to resume executions

    11/21/2008 9:08:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 240+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 11/21/08 | Howard Mintz
    A state appeals court Friday ensured further delays in California's already inert death penalty system, finding that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration did not follow proper procedures when it attempted to revise the state's lethal injection method to get executions back on track. In a 14-page ruling, the San Francisco-based 1st District Court of Appeal upheld last year's decision by a Marin County judge who found state officials failed to provide public scrutiny of plans to overhaul California's execution method. The appeals court ruling, if it stands, would force the state to go back to the drawing board in its efforts...
  • Cynthia McKinney says 5000 executed Katrina used as cover. (Unreal. Proof of Mental Illness.)

    09/30/2008 10:18:07 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 156 replies · 4,989+ views
    Newsvine ^ | Sep 30, 2008
    Cynthia McKinney says 5000 executed Katrina used as cover. News Type: Event — Tue Sep 30, 2008 Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney announced for the first time on Sunday that she has received information that some 5000, mostly male, possibly prisoners were killed execution style, by single gunshot to the head, using the tragic events of hurricane Katrina as a cover. Candidate McKinney made the announcement at a conference in Oakland, Ca, for the Critical Resistance 10 on Sunday. While speaking she informed the audience that she has received information from a sources that were involved in the clean-up and disposal...
  • Death Drugs Cause Uproar in Oregon: Terminally Ill Denied Drugs for Life, But Can Opt for Suicide

    08/10/2008 1:36:36 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 121 replies · 381+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8/6/08 | Susan Donaldson James
    The news from Barbara Wagner's doctor was bad, but the rejection letter from her insurance company was crushing. Barbara Wagner(Paul Carter/Register-Guard) The 64-year-old Oregon woman, whose lung cancer had been in remission, learned the disease had returned and would likely kill her. Her last hope was a $4,000-a-month drug that her doctor prescribed for her, but the insurance company refused to pay. What the Oregon Health Plan did agree to cover, however, were drugs for a physician-assisted death. Those drugs would cost about $50. "It was horrible," Wagner told "I got a letter in the mail that basically...
  • Illegal Immigrant from Honduras Facing Execution Texas does it again!)

    08/07/2008 4:08:58 PM PDT · by TexasRedeye · 31 replies · 221+ views
    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram ^ | August 7, 2008 | Michael Graczyk
    An illegal immigrant from Honduras who claimed his treaty rights were violated when he was arrested for a robbery-murder near Dallas lost his appeal ... at the U.S. Supreme Court, clearing the way for his execution. In the second case of its kind this week in Texas, lawyers for condemned killer Heliberto Chi went to the nation's highest court claiming Chi should have been told he could get legal assistance from the Honduran consulate when he was arrested in California and extradited to Texas to face charges for killing his former boss at a men's clothing store during a robbery...
  • Mexico Demands World Court Intercede in American Judicial System

    06/07/2008 12:48:21 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 21 replies · 168+ views
    DBKP ^ | June 7, 2008 | LBG
    Mexico, who allows hundred of thousands of its citizens ("immigrants") to illegally cross over into the United States each year, has shown its "compassionate" side. The Mexican government has appealed to the World Court to "take urgent measures" to get the U.S. to stay all executions of Mexicans on Death Row in American jails. Amazingly, President Bush had already agreed with the World Court back in 2004. The court, which resides at the Hague in the Netherlands, ruled that the trials of some 50 Mexicans on Death Row were in violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention. It was then that...
  • Islamic Iran Executions Contimue at One a Day

    02/24/2008 12:01:06 PM PST · by FARS · 18 replies · 166+ views
    AntiMullah ^ | 2/24/08 | Alan Peters & Iran Sources
    Ten more "official" executions last week bring the number to 50 or the same pace of one a day since January 1st, 2008. Perma Link Also look at the video article asking to compare 30-yeafrs of the Mullahs with about that of the Monarchy and deciding which you rather have now in Iran.
  • Executions May Be Carried Out at Gitmo (lethal injections)

    02/12/2008 5:33:22 PM PST · by jdm · 61 replies · 118+ views
    AP via NewsMax ^ | Feb. 12, 2008 | Staff
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- If six suspected terrorists are sentenced to death at Guantanamo Bay for the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. Army regulations that were quietly amended two years ago open the possibility of execution by lethal injection at the military base in Cuba, experts said Tuesday. Any executions would probably add to international outrage over Guantanamo, since capital punishment is banned in 130 countries, including the 27-nation European Union. Conducting the executions on U.S. soil could open the way for the detainees' lawyers to go to U.S. courts to fight the death sentences. But the updated regulations make...
  • Iran's Chief Judge Orders an End to Executions in Public

    01/30/2008 8:23:57 PM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 95+ views
    Iran's Chief Judge Orders an End to Executions in Public January 30, 2008 The Associated Press Santa Barbara News-Press TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's chief judge has ordered that executions will no longer take place in public, the official IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, a moderate conservative cleric, also banned publishing pictures and broadcasting video footage of executions, the report said. Executions can now only be carried out in public after special approval by the head of the judiciary, the report said. Since the start of this year, Iran has hanged more than 20 people convicted of...
  • Former South Carolina prison officers say they were forced to execute

    12/21/2007 5:59:02 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 13 replies · 249+ views
    Two former prison employees have filed federal lawsuits against South Carolina Department of Corrections director Jon Ozmint and another official, saying they were forced to perform executions in order to keep leadership positions. Ira Baxley and Terry Bracey say they were not trained properly to perform the executions or given counseling, according to the lawsuits, both filed Tuesday. Baxley, a 22-year prison employee, was a major in charge of the SWAT team. Bracey was a security division major and a 23-year employee, according to the lawsuits. Baxley's suit claims that operations director Robert Ward "made it clear that (Baxley) could...
  • Judge Rules Against Tenn. Executions

    09/19/2007 2:01:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 392+ views
    Nashville, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that Tennessee's procedure for lethal injections is cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger's ruling could halt an execution scheduled for next week.
  • Chemical Ali, Hashim, Tikriti to hang tomorrow – Saudi paper

    09/08/2007 8:33:02 AM PDT · by Lurker · 83 replies · 2,733+ views
    Baghdad-Voices of Iraq ^ | 8 Sept. 2007 | unknown
    Baghdad, Sept 7, (VOI) – Three of the six defendants in the Anfal case will be executed by hanging on Saturday, a Saudi newspaper quoted the lawyer of former Iraqi deputy premier Tareq Aziz as saying. "The Iraqi Criminal Court notified Ali Hassan al-Majid, alias Chemical Ali, former defense minister Sultan Hashim and former chief of staff Hussein Rashid al-Tikriti that they will be executed tomorrow," lawyer Badie Aref Ezzat told Saudi newspaper al-Watan, published on Friday. The lawyer said he was told by the three convicts that they only wanted to meet their families before the executions. Ezzat said...
  • EU urges Texas to halt executions

    08/21/2007 6:53:34 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 95 replies · 1,472+ views
    BRUSSELS, Belgium — The European Union on Tuesday urged the governor of Texas to halt executions and introduce a moratorium on capital punishment in the United States' busiest death penalty state. In an unusual direct appeal, the EU said Texas Gov. Rick Perry must "exercise all powers vested in his office" to halt the impending 400th execution since Texas resumed carrying out death sentences in 1982. The execution of Johnny Ray Conner is scheduled for this week. He is to die for the shooting death of a Houston grocery store owner during an attempted holdup in 1998, "The European Union...
  • Religion and culture behind Texas execution tally

    08/13/2007 9:37:02 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies · 891+ views
    YahooNews ^ | Mon Aug 13, 2007 | Ed Stoddard
    Texas will almost certainly hit the grim total of 400 executions this month, far ahead of any other state, testament to the influence of the state's conservative evangelical Christians and its cultural mix of Old South and Wild West. "In Texas you have all the elements lined up. Public support, a governor that supports it and supportive courts," said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center. "If any of those things are hesitant then the process slows down," said Dieter. "With all cylinders working as in Texas it produces a lot of executions." Texas has executed 398...
  • Domestic Terror in Iran

    08/05/2007 9:07:20 PM PDT · by gpapa · 10 replies · 825+ views ^ | August 6, 2007 | AMIR TAHERI
    Iran has just carried out the largest wave of executions since 1984. It is early dawn as seven young men are led to the gallows amid shouts of "Allah Akbar" (Allah is the greatest) from a crowd of bearded men as a handful of women, all in hijab, ululate to a high pitch. A few minutes later, the seven are hanged as a mullah shouts: "Alhamd li-Allah" (Praise be to Allah). The scene was Wednesday in Mashad, Iran's second most populous city, where a crackdown against "anti-Islam hooligans" has been under way for weeks. The Mashad hangings, broadcast live on...