Posts Tagged ‘ capital punishment ’

Missouri’s grim distinction

September 1, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Maurice Chammah  

"Since Texas carried out the country's first lethal injection in 1982, the state has performed far more executions than any other state. To date, 528 men and women have been put to death in Texas, more than the total in the next eight states combined. But viewed from a slightly different angle, Texas has lost its place as the epicenter of the American death penalty, at least for the moment. Since November 2013, when Missouri began performing executions at a rate of almost one per month, the state has outstripped Texas in terms of the execution rate per capita." (08/31/15)

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TN: Judge upholds state’s method for premeditated killings of prisoners

August 27, 2015
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Fox News    

"A Tennessee judge has upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates. Davidson County Chancery Judge Claudia Bonnyman said Wednesday from the bench that the plaintiffs, 33 death row inmates, didn't prove that the one-drug method led to a painful and lingering death. She also said the plaintiffs didn't show during a lengthy trial that there have been problems in states where the method has been used." (08/26/15)

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Pakistan: Military court sentences six to death in school massacre

August 14, 2015
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Firstpost [India]    

"A secret military court in Pakistan sentenced six men to death after convicting them of involvement in the Taliban massacre of 134 children at an army-run school in Peshawar, the military said on Thursday. The sentences are the first known convictions for the December massacre in the northwestern city after parliament in January approved military courts to try accused militants. The government argued civilians were afraid to convict them." (08/14/15)

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CT: Court bars 11 state killings

August 13, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Three years after Connecticut abolished the death penalty for any future crimes, the state's highest court on Thursday spared the lives of all 11 men who were already on death row when the law took effect, saying it would be unconstitutional to execute them." (08/13/15)

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TX: State employees kill inmate

August 12, 2015
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Reuters    

"Texas executed on Wednesday a 27-year-old man who was convicted of killing a veteran police officer in 2009 and had waived his rights to appeal his death sentence. Daniel Lopez was pronounced dead at 6:31 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons spokesman said. The execution was the 528th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state." (08/12/15)

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Pakistan: Regime employees kill inmate

August 3, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Pakistan has [killed] Shafqat Hussain, convicted of killing a child in 2004, despite appeals from international human rights groups. His lawyers say he was 14 when found guilty and his confession was extracted by torture, but officials say there is no proof he was a minor when convicted. He was hanged shortly before dawn at a jail in Karachi and allowed to meet his family one last time before midnight." (08/04/15)

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MO: State employees kill prisoner

July 15, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Two weeks after the Supreme Court narrowly approved a controversial form of lethal injection, the justices gave the green light for [premeditated killings by state employees] to resume Tuesday night in Missouri. Convicted murderer David Zink was executed [killed by state employees] at 7:33 CT after a last-minute effort by his lawyers failed as they questioned whether the death penalty itself is unconstitutional -- a position taken by two dissenting justices in the lethal injection case. Thirteen more [killings by state employees] are scheduled before the end of the year -- 10 in Texas, which leads the nation in [having its employees kill prisoners], and three in Oklahoma. (07/14/15)

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UAE: Regime employees kill inmate

July 13, 2015
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"The United Arab Emirates [killed] a UAE woman on Monday who had been convicted of killing an American kindergarten teacher and trying to bomb an American-Egyptian doctor in militant-inspired attacks, the state news agency WAM reported. Ala'a Badr Abdullah al-Hashemi, 31, had also been found guilty of setting up a social media account to spread militant ideology with the aim of undermining the government, and of giving money to militant organizations for attacks, WAM said. The report did not disclose how Hashemi was [killed] but Gulf News, quoting security officials, said she was shot by firing squad." (07/13/15)

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OK: Court schedules two premeditated prisoner killings

July 8, 2015
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Tulsa World    

"The Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday set the [dates for pre-meditated killing by state employees] for three death row inmates who unsuccessfully challenged the state's use of the drug midazolam during the lethal injection process. The court ordered condemned inmates Richard Eugene Glossip, Benjamin Robert Cole and John Marion Grant could be [killed by state employees] on Sept. 16, Oct. 7 and Oct. 28, respectively." (07/08/15)

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What Justice Breyer’s dissent on lethal injection showed about the death penalty’s defenders

July 1, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Liliana Segura  

"That the United States sends innocent people to die was only one part of Breyer's wide-ranging dissent. Forty pages long and rife with data and documentation, it strayed from the constitutional question of lethal injection to attack the death penalty from every angle -- from the 'dehumanizing effect of solitary confinement' (one thing that makes it cruel), to the ever-dwindling number of jurisdictions that continue to apply it (which makes it unusual). The conclusion was inescapable. More than 20 years after Justice Harry Blackmun ended his Supreme Court tenure with his famed declaration that 'I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death,' Justice Breyer struck a similar, if less eloquent chord." (06/30/15)

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SCOTUS: Oklahoma’s drug of choice for killing prisoners doesn’t violate Constitution

June 29, 2015
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The Supreme Court has ruled that a drug used by Oklahoma as part of its lethal injection procedure does not violate the US Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, dealing a setback to opponents of the death penalty. The court, in a 5-4 decision with its conservative justices in the majority, handed a loss to three inmates who objected to the use of a sedative called midazolam, saying it cannot achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery, making it unsuitable for [pre-meditated state killings of prisoners by state employees]." (06/29/15)

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will have last chance to speak publicly at formal death sentencing

June 24, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returns to federal court Wednesday morning, likely for the last time, with one final chance to explain publicly why he and his older brother bombed the Boston Marathon two years ago. ... A federal jury voted May 14 that Tsarnaev, 21, a Russian immigrant, should be put to death for the worst terrorist attack in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001." (06/24/15)

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Indonesia: Regime denies appeal, still plans to murder French abductee

June 22, 2015
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NDTV [India]    

"A French drug convict lost an appeal against his death sentence today, but his lawyers vowed to fight on and prevent another foreigner from facing the firing squad in Indonesia after a series of [killings] that generated an international uproar. Serge Atlaoui, 51, was due to be [killed] alongside seven other foreign drug offenders two months ago but won a temporary reprieve after Paris stepped up pressure, with authorities agreeing to let an outstanding appeal run its course." (06/22/15)

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Death penalty: The ultimate corrupt, big government program

June 16, 2015
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Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Nebraska's legislature recently made headlines when it ended the state's death penalty. Many found it odd that a conservatives-dominated legislature would support ending capital punishment, since conservative politicians have traditionally supported the death penalty. However, an increasing number of conservatives are realizing that the death penalty is inconsistent with both fiscal and social conservatism. These conservatives are joining with libertarians and liberals in a growing anti-death penalty coalition." (06/15/15)

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MO: State employees kill prisoner

June 10, 2015
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch    

"A Missouri man who killed his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter with a butcher knife was [killed by state employees] Tuesday. Richard Strong, 48, was [killed by state employees] at the state prison in Bonne Terre for the deaths of Eva Washington and her daughter, Zandrea Thomas, more than 14 years ago. He was the fourth [prisoner killed with premeditation by state employees] in Missouri this year and the 16th since November 2013. Only Texas has [killed] more inmates over that span." (06/09/15)

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TX: State employees kill inmate after three decades of imprisonment

June 4, 2015
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Reuters    

"Texas on Wednesday [killed] Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on the state's death row who had said he was wrongly convicted of killing four men in 1983 and had spent three decades trying to halt his capital punishment. Bower was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. CDT after being given a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said." (06/03/15)

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NE: Legislators override governor’s veto, abolish death penalty

May 28, 2015
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Washington Post    

"Nebraska lawmakers voted to abolish the death penalty Wednesday, overriding a veto from the governor and making that state the 19th in the country to ban capital punishment. The narrow vote in Lincoln on Wednesday made Nebraska the first state in two years to formally abandon the death penalty, a decision that comes amid a decline in executions and roiling uncertainty regarding how to carry out lethal injections." (05/27/15)

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NE: Ricketts vetoes bill to abolish pre-planned state killings of prisoners

May 26, 2015
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Hickory Daily Record    

"Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed a bill Tuesday that would make Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state in more than four decades to abolish the death penalty, sending it back to lawmakers who will attempt an override. Nebraska lawmakers passed the bill last week with a veto-proof, 32-15 majority. At least 30 senators are needed to override the Ricketts' veto, but the Republican governor has been talking to individual senators to try to weaken the support." (05/26/15)

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Should Tsarnaev be put to death?

May 18, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"The verdict in Boston -- death to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- may cause some libertarians to reaffirm or reconsider their position on the death penalty. To me, the arguments against the death penalty seem obvious. 1. The state always has too much power -- why give it the ultimate power? 2. While some crimes of passion can be excused as, well, crimes of passion, cold-blooded killing is always ugly and sickening. 3. There is always the possibility that an executed person will later be found innocent. There is a somewhat larger possibility that even a person so worthless as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could change and become, in effect, another person. But I confess: these arguments, though obvious, do not seem conclusive to me." (05/16/15)

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Non-aggression, self-defense and the death penalty

May 17, 2015
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Cory Massimino Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino  

"A general maxim that most people live their lives by is the notion that coercion is only cool when someone coerced you first. That is, violence is never justified unless it’s used in self-defense. Most people don't go around using violence to get what they want. Rather, they reserve their capacity for force for situations that call for it. And the only situations that usually call for force are ones where someone initiated force in the first place." (05/17/15)

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TX: Prison officials say they have enough poison to kill two more prisoners

May 14, 2015
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Fox News    

"Texas prison officials say they've obtained a new supply of drugs that will allow them to carry out the two [pre-planned killings] currently scheduled. The [killing] earlier this week of Derrick Dewayne Charles left the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with enough pentobarbital to accommodate only the scheduled June 3 lethal injection of prisoner Lester Bower. Another inmate, Gregory Russeau, is set to [be killed by state employees] June 15." (05/14/15)

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A brief history of American executions

May 13, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Matt Ford  

"Hanging is perhaps the quintessential American punishment. In the pre-revolutionary era, criminals were also shot, pressed between heavy stones, broken on the wheel, or burned alive. (An estimated 16,000 people have been put to death in this country since the first recorded execution, in 1608.) But the simplicity of the noose triumphed, and its use spread as the republic grew." (for publication 06/15)

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TX: State employees kill inmate

May 13, 2015
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Tyler Morning Telegraph    

"A Texas inmate was [killed by state employees] Tuesday for the killings of his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather nearly 13 years ago in Houston. Derrick Dewayne Charles, 32, became the seventh prisoner put to death this year in the nation's most active capital punishment state. He was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m., 25 minutes after being given the execution drug. ... The lethal injection was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments from Charles'[s] attorneys that he was mentally incompetent for execution and that they needed time and court-approved money for experts and investigators to pursue that claim. Another appeal argued Charles'[s] trial court also acted improperly by refusing to appoint psychiatric experts and investigators." (05/12/15)

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Hungary: Orban wants to bring back pre-planned state killings, use immigrants as slave labor

April 29, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Hungary's nationalist rightwing leader, Viktor Orban, has threatened to reintroduce the death penalty, outlawed in the European Union. The prime minister also reinforced his reputation as the EU's main maverick with a powerful anti-immigration manifesto that equates migrants with terrorists, says immigrants are taking Hungarians' jobs, recommends internment camps for illegal immigrants and states they should be forced to work. ... Hungary abolished the death penalty -- after this was proscribed by the EU charter of fundamental rights -- following the collapse of communism in 1989. The EU executive in Brussels said on Wednesday that moves to reinstate the death penalty could incur curbs on Hungary's EU rights and entitlements." (04/29/15)

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Indonesia: State employees kill eight captives

April 29, 2015
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Jakarta Post [Indonesia]    

"Defying intense pressure from the international community, the government [killed] eight death row prisoners early on Wednesday on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java. 'We've carried out the executions,' said an Attorney General's Office (AGO) official, talking to the press on condition of anonymity. The eight were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze, Ghanaian Martin Anderson. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines was spared after a woman who allegedly recruited her to act as a drug courier gave himself up to police in the Philippines on Tuesday." (04/29/15)

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