Posts Tagged ‘ capital punishment ’

Will Scalia’s death mean life for death row inmates?

February 17, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff  

"In September and October, Justice Antonin Scalia told audiences at two different law schools that it would not surprise him if the death penalty were ruled unconstitutional while he was still on the court. Scalia noted Justice Stephen Breyer's recent dissent in Glossip v. Gross, a case in which Breyer said the court should consider the issue of whether the Eighth Amendment requires an end to capital punishment in America. Scalia had previously identified himself as the fifth vote on a court divided four to four on the issue. He could not have known that his sudden death a few months later might be the vehicle for that very eventuality." (02/17/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/will-scalias-death-mean-life-death-row-inmates  

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TX: State employees kill prisoner

February 17, 2016
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Albany Democrat Herald    

"A Texas prisoner has been [killed by state employees] for the shotgun slaying of a Dallas-area liquor store clerk during a robbery more than 25 years ago. Gustavo Garcia's lethal injection Tuesday was the third this year in Texas, which [has state employees kill prisoners] more than any other state. The 43-year-old Garcia was 18 at the time of the killing." (02/16/16)

http://democratherald.com/news/national/the-latest-texas-inmate-executed-for-killing-store-clerk/article_d4baea87-2969-5e67-adaa-d30eeb1644c6.html  

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MO: Senate debates repealing death penalty

February 9, 2016
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Springfield News-Leader    

"The Republican-led Missouri Senate for the first time in years debated a bill to repeal the state's death penalty, though the measure is unlikely to advance. A bipartisan group of lawmakers to implored their colleagues Monday to end capital punishment. Missouri has executed 18 killers in the last two years." (02/09/16)

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/missouri/2016/02/09/missouri-senate-debates-repealing-death-penalty/80046718/  

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AL: State employees carry out first pre-planned killing of prisoner in more than two years

January 22, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A man convicted of the 1992 rape and beating death of a woman received a lethal injection Thursday evening in Alabama's first [pre-planned state killing] in more than two years. Christopher Eugene Brooks, 43, was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m. at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, authorities said. The procedure began at 6:06 p.m., shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute defense request for a stay. Brooks was convicted of capital murder in the death of 23-year-old Jo Deann Campbell, a woman authorities say he first met when they worked at a camp in upstate New York." (01/21/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Alabama-carries-out-1st-execution-in-more-than-2-6775750.php  

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Did a dubious confession sway a medical examiner’s autopsy in a Texas death penalty case?

January 20, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Jordan Smith  

"[S]ince [Richard] Masterson's conviction, serious questions about [medical examiner Paul] Shrode's qualifications and credibility have come to light. Shrode has drawn inaccurate conclusions about the cause of death in at least two different cases -- including a death penalty case. In 2001, just months before Masterson's trial, Shrode was officially reprimanded by his supervisor in the Houston medical examiner's office for reaching an erroneous cause of death determination. Although they should have, prosecutors did not disclose the reprimand to Masterson's trial counsel during the evidence discovery process. Later, in 2010, Shrode was fired from his job as El Paso's medical examiner after officials found that he'd reached an erroneous cause of death determination in a capital case out of Ohio -- a revelation that led to the commutation of the inmate's death sentence. In addition to these grave errors, Shrode has also had issues with his resume, once insisting during an El Paso court hearing that he had earned a 'graduate law degree' at a Texas university that did not have a law program." (01/20/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/01/19/richard-masterson-did-a-dubious-confession-sway-a-medical-examiners-autopsy-in-a-texas-death-penalty-case/  

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SCOTUS strikes down Florida process for ordering state employees to kill inmates

January 12, 2016
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Reuters    

"Florida's sentencing process in death penalty cases violates the constitutional rights of criminal defendants, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, siding with a death row inmate convicted in the 1998 murder of a fried-chicken restaurant manager. ... The Supreme Court found that Florida's sentencing process violated the Sixth Amendment, which spells out fundamental rights of criminal defendants, because it allowed judges, rather than juries, to make key findings that led to Hurst's death sentence." (01/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-deathpenalty-idUSKCN0UQ1VN20160112  

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Bangladesh: Court upholds plan to have regime employees kill Islamist leader

January 6, 2016
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Reuters    

"Bangladesh's Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for a top Islamist party leader on Wednesday for atrocities committed during the country's war of independence from Pakistan more than four decades ago, a government lawyer said. Four opposition politicians, including three leaders of the Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, have been convicted by a war crimes tribunal and [killed by the regime] since late 2013. The [killings] have come amidst a rise in Islamist militant violence in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, with militant groups claiming the murder of two foreigners and four secular writers and a publisher last year." (01/06/15)

http://in.reuters.com/article/bangladesh-warcrimes-idINKBN0UK14D20160106  

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FL: Regime schedules time for state employees to kill inmate

January 6, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Oscar Ray Bolin was first found guilty of murdering three women nearly 30 years ago. ... Unless an appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court steps in, Bolin, 53, will be [killed by state employees] Thursday at 6 p.m. in Florida State Prison for the 1986 slaying of Teri Lynn Matthews." (01/06/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/florida-man-killed-women-scheduled-execution-36112496  

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Saudi Arabia: Regime kills 47 prisoners

January 3, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Saudi Arabia has executed 47 men for various bombings and attacks, the interior ministry said on Saturday. The punishments were carried out in 10 provinces, according to a statement by the official Saudi Press Agency. While most of the convicted men were Saudi citizens, the number included one Egyptian and one Chadian national, it said. Some executions were carried out by firing squad and some by sword, a ministry spokesman said on Al-Arabiya TV." (01/02/15)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-02/saudi-arabia-executes-47-including-prominent-shiite-cleric  

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Death penalty dysfunction in 2015

December 13, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Liliana Segura  

"On December 8, the state of Georgia carried out its fifth and final execution of the year, killing 47-year-old Brian Keith Terrell by lethal injection for a 1992 murder. It was a fight over money, the state said. Terrell forged checks belonging to an elderly family friend, then shot the man after he was found out. But for years Terrell and his lawyers insisted he was innocent -- no physical evidence linked him to the crime, and, after three trials, the key witness against him recanted, telling a defense investigator that he had implicated Terrell in order to save himself. In the end, however, this made no difference to the state of Georgia, nor to the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied Terrell's final appeal around 11 p.m. on Tuesday." (12/11/15)

https://theintercept.com/2015/12/11/death-penalty-dysfunction-in-2015/  

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TX: State employees kill prisoner

November 19, 2015
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Dallas Morning News    

"Convicted murderer Raphael Holiday was [killed by state employees] Wednesday after days of dramatic last-minute appeals pleading for new lawyers who would fight harder to stop his imminent death and a fleeting reprieve that Texas'[s] top criminal court reversed. ... The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered the [killing] of Raphael Holiday to proceed Wednesday, overturning a judge's ruling earlier in the day calling for a halt to the scheduled lethal injection." (11/18/15)

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2015/11/execution-date-withdrawn-for-death-row-inmate-set-to-die-wednesday.html/  

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Bangladesh: Six sentenced to death in torture, slayings of two boys

November 9, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Bangladesh courts on Sunday sentenced six men to death in the torturing and killing of two boys earlier this year in two different cases. The judgments handed down against the convicted men came in the northeast city of Sylhet and southeast city of Khulna. In both cases, the killings had touched off widespread, angry protests with a demand for bringing the perpetrators to justice. The separate cases came as Bangladesh has seen an increase in child killings in recent years. Most of the victims have been poor children, and motives for the slayings often have been seemingly minor issues." (11/08/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/08/asia/bangladesh-death-sentences/index.html  

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MO: SCOTUS halts planned killing of inmate by state employees

November 3, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The Supreme Court on Tuesday night halted a scheduled execution in Missouri, saying that the lethal injection should be delayed until after a lower court rules. Ernest Lee Johnson was sentenced to death for killing three people with a claw hammer in 1994. His attorneys wrote in filings asking the Supreme Court to stay the execution that Johnson had brain surgery in 2008 to remove a tumor, but that part of the tumor could not be removed. Johnson is missing between 15 and 20 percent of his brain, the attorneys wrote. As a result, Johnson has brain damage and a doctor cited as a medical expert believes he could suffer seizures due to the lethal injection, his attorneys said." (11/03/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/11/03/supreme-court-halts-missouri-execution/  

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Evangelicals discover moral ambiguity on the death penalty

October 25, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Robert P Jones  

"Earlier this week, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) -- the umbrella group founded in 1942 to give conservative white-evangelical Protestants an amplified voice -- voted to soften its longstanding position supporting capital punishment. In the first amendment to its stance since 1973, the new resolution officially recognizes the evolution of evangelical thought into two distinct streams, each 'citing strong biblical and theological reasons either for the just character of the death penalty in extreme cases or for the sacredness of all life, including the lives of those who perpetrate serious crimes and yet have the potential for repentance and reformation.' On the face of it, this shift from unequivocal support for capital punishment to recognition of multiple views seems somewhat inconsequential. But the NAE resolution provides a window into deeper and more significant changes within American evangelicalism." (10/25/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/10/white-evangelical-shift-on-the-death-penalty/412150/  

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OH: Regime delays prisoner killings until 2017 over lack of drugs

October 20, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Ohio is putting off [pre-meditated killings of prisoners by state employees] until at least 2017 as the state struggles to obtain supplies of lethal injection drugs, delaying [pre-meditated killings of prisoners by state employees] for a full two years, the prisons department announced Monday. Ohio has run out of supplies of its previous drugs and has unsuccessfully sought new amounts, including so-far failed attempts to import chemicals from overseas. It's just one of several states scrambling to obtain drugs for [pre-meditated killings of prisoners by state employees], since European pharmaceutical companies began blocking the use of their products in lethal injections." (10/19/15)

http://cbsn.ws/1M3AKnr  

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The death penalty feud at the Supreme Court

October 14, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps  

"Justice Stephen Breyer, in a separate opinion for himself and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, announced in Glossip that, in his view, the death penalty could no longer be administered fairly, and thus was unconstitutional. That didn't sit well with Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote in a separate opinion that Breyer's 'argument is full of internal contradictions and (it must be said) gobbledy-gook.'" (10/13/15)

http://theatln.tc/1VPXBHJ  

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VA: State employees kill prisoner

October 2, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A California murderer who spent more than a decade on death row in San Quentin was [killed by state employees] in Virginia on Thursday night for a double murder in the suburbs of Washington. Alfredo Prieto, a serial rapist and killer, was convicted of rape and murder in both Southern California and northern Virginia. He was the prime suspect in at least nine homicides based on DNA and ballistics evidence." (10/01/15)

http://lat.ms/1KUIQJc  

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OK: Fallin holds off on having state employees kill prisoner

October 1, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin issued a 37-day stay of Richard Glossip's [pre-meditated killing by state employees] on Wednesday to allow the state time to address questions about chemicals and protocol. The new [killing] date is set for November 6. Glossip had been scheduled to die earlier Wednesday. He would have been the first person [killed] with a controversial sedative since the U.S. Supreme Court greenlighted its use this summer." (09/30/15)

http://cnn.it/1LQMdVD  

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India: Five sentenced to death for Mumbai train bombings

September 30, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"An Indian court has sentenced five people to death for their involvement in a series of deadly bombings on Mumbai trains nine years ago. ... Seven powerful explosions ripped through Mumbai's commuter train transportation system in July 2006, killing more than 185 people during rush hour." (09/30/15)

http://cnn.it/1P5sen1  

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GA: State employees kill female prisoner

September 30, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"The only woman on Georgia's death row was [killed] early Wednesday, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades Kelly Renee Gissendaner was pronounced dead by injection of pentobarbital at 12:21 a.m. at the state prison in Jackson. She was convicted of murder in the February 1997 slaying of her husband after she conspired with her lover, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death." (09/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/op74nrr  

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OK: State employees scheduled to kill prisoner on Wednesday

September 29, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Two weeks after granting Richard Glossip a last-minute stay of execution, the Oklahoma court of criminal appeals has rejected all of his attorney's appeals and confirmed his scheduled death by lethal injection at 3pm local time on Wednesday. The court delayed Glossip's 16 September execution just hours before his sentence was to be carried out after lawyers and supporters submitted new evidence they said showed his innocence of the 1997 murder of his boss at a hotel in Oklahoma City. On Monday, the court ruled 3-2 that the new evidence -- including affidavits arguing that Glossip's alleged accomplice was the actual murderer and mastermind of the killing and had recanted accusations against Glossip -- did not significantly change the narrative of events on which Glossip was convicted." (09/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/or9lzy5  

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Pakistan: Court postpones killing of paralyzed prisoner

September 22, 2015
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RTT News    

"A last minute order by a Pakistani court has temporarily halted the hanging of a paraplegic man who developed tubercular meningitis while on death row. Abdul Basit, who is paralyzed from the waist down, was convicted of murder six years ago but has always maintained his innocence. ... magistrate ordered that the execution be postponed as the 43-year-old convict could not be hanged in compliance with the jail manual because he is in a wheelchair." (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2tpd2a  

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OK: Court orders state employees not to kill prisoner yet

September 17, 2015
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Barre Montpelier Times Argus    

"An appeals court halted the execution of an Oklahoma man with just hours to spare Wednesday after his attorneys said they had uncovered new evidence, including a fellow inmate's claim that he overheard another man convicted in the case admit he acted alone. Richard Eugene Glossip was twice convicted of ordering the killing of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Oklahoma City motel where Glossip worked. Motel handyman Justin Sneed admitted robbing and beating Van Treese with a baseball bat, but said he did so only after Glossip promised to pay him $10,000. ... the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to a delay just before noon. Glossip's lawyers said they obtained a signed affidavit from another inmate, Michael Scott, who claims he heard Sneed say 'he set Richard Glossip up, and that Richard Glossip didn't do anything.'" (09/17/15)

http://www.timesargus.com/article/20150917/NEWS04/709179965  

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NE: Gale expects return to premeditated state killings to make ballot

September 15, 2015
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Nebraska Radio Network    

"Secretary of State John Gale says he's confident the group, Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, has met the threshold to force a vote on capital punishment. He isn't comfortable predicting whether the group can block the legislature's repeal of the death penalty from taking effect. Gale says his office has received more than 65,000 verified signatures from county election authorities, more than enough to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot." [editor's note: Normal Nebraskans must be mortified to learn that they have more than 65,000 would-be vicarious serial killers living in their midst! - TLK] (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7wytrp  

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AR: Governor plans to bring back pre-planned killings of prisoners by state employees

September 9, 2015
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KSRO 1350 News Talk    

"Arkansas will resume [killing prisoners] after a 10-year gap with a double [killing[ next month, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday as he announced [killing] dates for eight death-row inmates. Arkansas hasn't [had state employees pre-meditatedly kill] an inmate since 2005, largely because of court challenges to the state's lethal injection law and a nationwide shortage of drugs that Arkansas has used during [killings]. But last week, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge sent letters to the governor requesting that [killing] dates be set. Rutledge said the inmates' appeals had been exhausted, and the state Department of Correction said it had enough doses of its lethal-injection drugs to perform the [killings]." (09/09/15)

http://www.ksro.com/news/article.aspx?id=10415091  

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