Posts Tagged ‘ capital punishment ’

Tsarnaev’s lawyers prepare case for life

April 27, 2015
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch    

"Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin presenting witnesses this week in the penalty phase of his trial as they try to make their case that he should be sentenced to life in prison -- not death -- for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 federal charges in the twin bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 on April 15, 2013. Seventeen of the charges carry the possibility of the death penalty." (04/26/15)

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Indonesia: Regime gives 72-hour notice to people state employees plan to kill

April 26, 2015
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Connecticut Post    

"Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their [premeditated killings] will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them. Authorities also asked the four Nigerian men, two Australian men, a Filipino woman, and one man each from Brazil, France and Indonesia for their last wish, the spokesman for the attorney general, Tony Spontana, said Sunday. ... The 72-hour notice indicates the [killings] by firing squad in Besi prison on Nusakambangan Island will be carried out at the earliest on Tuesday or Wednesday." (04/26/15)

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Indonesia: Foreign diplomats summoned to Nusakambangan ahead of planned state killings

April 24, 2015
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Jakarta Post [Indonesia]    

"The government has summoned foreign embassy officials to the prison island where nine convicted foreign drug smugglers and one Indonesian are due to be [killed by state employees]. Diplomats confirmed to the BBC that they had been told to go to Nusakambangan prison island on Saturday. The request could suggest the [premeditated killings], which include the two Australian ringleaders of the Bali Nine heroin-smuggling gang, are imminent." (04/24/15)

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The death penalty becomes rare

April 21, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Matt Ford  

"National support for the death penalty is still in decline. A new Pew poll released last week found that 56 percent of Americans now support the death penalty, a decline of over 20 percent from its peak in 1996. Opposition to it rose to 38 percent. These numbers might still seem good for capital-punishment proponents, even considering the overall trend of decline, but they mask a deeper shift. On paper, thirty-two states and the federal government currently allow capital punishment. But in practice, the death penalty has been largely abandoned throughout most of the United States." (04/21/15)

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TX: State employees kill inmate after drug dealer comes through

April 9, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"Texas prison officials on Thursday [killed] a man convicted in the slaying of a Dallas-area police officer during a 2002 shootout that followed the killing of a customer outside a convenience store. Kent Sprouse, 42, became the fifth convicted killer [killed with announce premeditation by state employees] this year in Texas, the nation's most active [pre-planned state killing] state. ... Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials said a recent purchase of pentobarbital means they have enough of the sedative to [kill three more prisoners] this month, including one next week." (04/09/15)

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Florida’s death penalty problems and “solutions”

April 8, 2015
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Voices Of Liberty
by Katherine Orr  

"The death penalty exemplifies the shortcomings in our criminal justice system, and Florida's capital punishment program is one of the most broken systems in the nation. As an advocate for limited government, I find it unreasonable to allow the State to execute U.S. citizens, and I find it unacceptable how Florida manages the death penalty." (04/07/15)

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Bangladesh: Court upholds premeditated killing of war collaborator

April 6, 2015
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The Hindu [India]    

"A Bangladeshi court on Monday turned down the last legal appeal by an Islamist party official convicted of collaborating in 1971 war crimes and upheld his death sentence. The decision by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court was the last legal roadblock to execution for 62-year-old Mohammad Qamaruzzaman, an assistant secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami party. If he seeks presidential clemency and is rejected, he will be executed soon after. He would be the second person put to death since tribunals were set up more than four years ago to try suspected war criminals." (04/06/15)

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Indonesia: Court rejects last-ditch appeal against planned state killings

April 6, 2015
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"An Indonesian court has rejected Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran's appeals against president Joko Widodo's refusal to grant them clemency. Mr Widodo had controversially ruled out granting mercy to the two Australians, who are due to face the firing squad on the Nusakambangan prison island. ... The pair were convicted in 2005 of being the ringleaders in a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia." (04/06/15)

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AL: Death row inmate to be freed after nearly 30 years

April 2, 2015
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San Jose Mercury News    

"An Alabama inmate who spent nearly 30 years on death row will go free Friday after prosecutors told a court there is not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Laura Petro on Thursday dismissed the case against Anthony Ray Hinton. The district attorney's office told the judge Wednesday that their forensic experts couldn't determine if six crime scene bullets -- which were the crux of the evidence against Hinton at an expected retrial -- came from a gun investigators took from his home. ... [Hinton's lawyer] has been arguing for 16 years that Hinton was innocent and that he was at his job at a warehouse when the crimes were committed. Hinton wept Wednesday night after learning the news that he would finally go free, Stevenson said." (04/02/15)

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Egypt, Nigeria led world in reported pre-meditated/pre-announced state killings last year

April 1, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty. The London-based human rights group expressed alarm at the 28 percent jump in death sentences: 2,466 people in 55 countries were condemned to death in 2014." (03/31/15)

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American Pharmacists Association: Pharmacists shouldn’t aid state killers

March 31, 2015
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Dubuque Telegraph Herald    

"A leading association for U.S. pharmacists adopted a policy Monday that discourages its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections -- a move that could make carrying out such executions even harder for states with the death penalty. The declaration approved by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting held in San Diego this year says the practice of providing lethal-injection drugs is contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers. The association lacks legal authority to bar its members from selling execution drugs, but its policies set pharmacists' ethical standards. Pharmacists now join doctors and anesthesiologists in having national associations with ethics codes that restrict credentialed members from participating in executions." (03/31/15)

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AZ: Judge tosses murder case against woman who spent 22 years on death row

March 23, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"A judge on Monday dismissed the murder case against an Arizona woman who spent more than 20 years on death row in the 1989 killing of her 4-year-old son. Debra Jean Milke hugged her supporters and sobbed as she exited the Phoenix courtroom. Judge Rosa Mroz ended the case after prosecutors lost their last appeal last week. Milke was convicted of murder in 1990 in the death of her son, Christopher. ... Milke has maintained her innocence and denied that she confessed to the killing. The two men who led her child to his death were convicted of murder but refused to testify against Milke. An appeals court overturned Milke's conviction in 2013, ruling that prosecutors failed to disclose a detective's history of misconduct. Her conviction was based entirely on a confession Milke gave to the now-discredited detective, which he didn't record." (03/23/15)

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MO: Regime set to kill brain-damaged prisoner

March 17, 2015
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Reuters    

"Missouri is set to [kill] the convicted killer of a sheriff's deputy on Tuesday over objections from his lawyers who say a sawmill accident decades ago cost him part of his brain and made him ineligible for the death penalty. Cecil Clayton, 74, of southwest Missouri, is scheduled to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. CDT at a Missouri state prison. He would be the second inmate [pre-meditatedly killed] in Missouri this year and the 10th in the country." (03/17/15)

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Pakistan: Regime kills 12 prisoners

March 17, 2015
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The News International [Pakistan]    

Pakistan executed 12 death row prisoners early Tuesday morning, the latest executions since the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty for all capital crimes. The executions were among 14 death sentences scheduled to be carried out on Tuesday at different jails in Karachi, Multan, Jhang, Gujranwala, Mianwali, Faisalad and Rawalpindi." (03/17/15)

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Egypt: Court sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, 13 others to death

March 16, 2015
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Epoch Times    

"Egypt’s official news agency says a criminal court has sentenced 14 people, including the leader of the country’s banned Muslim Brotherhood, to death. The Giza Criminal Court issued its decision on Monday, however the court set an April 11 date to formally issue the ruling after consulting with the country's grand mufti; the mufti reviews all death penalty cases, but his ruling is not binding." (03/16/15)

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AL: Pols vote to bring back electric chair, hide identities of accessories to state killings

March 12, 2015
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Montgomery Advertiser    

"The Alabama House of Representatives Wednesday evening approved legislation that would revive the use of the electric chair in [pre-planned state killings] should the state be unable to [kill] inmates via lethal injection. An amendment added to the floor would also keep the names of manufacturers of [drugs used in pre-planned state killings] secret, a measure brought last year as a separate bill. Sponsor Lynn Greer, R-Rogersville, said the legislation, modeled on a similar bill passed in Tennessee last year, was aimed at providing a method of [killing people] should ongoing legal challenges to lethal injection -- and shortages of the drugs used -- make the method unworkable." (03/11/15)

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UT: State on verge of restoring firing squad for pre-planned state killings

March 11, 2015
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Salt Lake Tribune    

"After less than a minute of debate, the Senate gave final passage Tuesday to a controversial bill to reinstate the firing squad as a [pre-planned killing] method. The Senate voted 18-10 to pass HB11, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature. It earlier passed the House 39-34, with just one vote to spare after intense debate that focused mainly on whether to abolish the death penalty. HB11 allows using a firing squad if the drug cocktail necessary for lethal injection is not available at least 30 days before a scheduled [state killing]. Foreign manufacturers of the drugs used in lethal injection have worked to prevent their use in [state killings]." (03/10/15)

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Pakistan: Court upholds death sentence for governor’s killer

March 9, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"A Pakistani court on Monday upheld the death sentence for a former police commando convicted of killing a provincial governor he had accused of blasphemy but threw out terrorism charges against him. As a member of the Elite Police Force, Mumtaz Qadri was supposed to be protecting Gov. Salman Taseer in 2011 when he shot and killed him in an upscale neighborhood in the capital, Islamabad. Qadri's defense was that Taseer opposed Pakistan's so-called 'blasphemy laws' by supporting a Christian woman charged with allegedly desecrating Islam's holy book, the Quran." (03/09/15)

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AZ: Heroic holdout prevents state killing in Arias case

March 5, 2015
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Seattle Post-intelligencer    

"Jurors who deadlocked on the punishment for convicted murderer Jodi Arias, sparing her life, said Thursday that they were 11-1 in favor of the death penalty and tried unsuccessfully to get the lone holdout kicked off the panel. It marked the second time a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on Arias' sentence -- a disappointment for prosecutors who argued for the death penalty during a nearly seven-year legal battle. It means the judge will sentence Arias on April 13 to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years." (03/05/15)

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Indonesia: Regime nearly ready to kill foreign prisoners

March 4, 2015
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Seattle Post Intelligencer    

"Indonesia began transferring two Australian prisoners early Wednesday in preparation for the [killing] by firing squad of nine foreigners and an Indonesian condemned for drug smuggling, as diplomatic squabbles persist over the [state killings]. The preparations at the [killing] site have been completed at Nusakambangan Island's maximum-security prison facilities, said Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo." (03/03/15)

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GA: State employees postpone plan to kill inmate

March 3, 2015
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News 4 Georgia    

"Corrections officials have postponed Georgia's first [pre-planned state killing] of a woman in 70 years, citing problems with the lone drug that would be used for the lethal injection. The only drug used in Georgia [pre-planned state killings] is pentobarbital. Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said late Monday that the drug appeared cloudy so officials called a pharmacist and then out of an 'abundance of caution' decided to postpone the [killing]. They did not give a new date." (03/03/15)

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Jordan Smith on The Scott Horton Show

February 26, 2015
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The Scott Horton Show
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"Jordan Smith, an award-winning investigative journalist with The Intercept, discusses Rodney Reed's stay of execution in Texas as evidence of his innocence mounts -- even though the state is still eager to kill him." [Flash audio or MP3] (02/25/15)

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GA: Regime postpones planned state killing due to weather

February 26, 2015
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United Press International    

"The planned execution of Georgia's only female death row inmate, Kelly Renee Gissendaner, was delayed Wednesday due to an impending winter storm. The Georgia Department of Corrections confirmed it postponed the execution until Monday just hours before Gissendaner was originally scheduled to die. ... Gissendaner was sentenced to death in 1998 for plotting the 1997 slaying of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner. Her former lover, Gregory Owen, was sentenced to life in prison with chance of parole after 25 years for stabbing to death Douglas Gissendaner." (02/25/15)

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Rodney Reed will not die next week — but Texas still wants to kill him

February 26, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Jordan Smith  

"Nine days before Rodney Reed was scheduled to die in Texas for a crime he swears he didn't commit, the state's highest criminal court issued a stay of execution. The order came down late Monday afternoon, in response to an appeal citing new and compelling scientific evidence that challenges the state's timeline of events in the 1996 murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, which sent Reed to death row. ... because the new scientific evidence 'eviscerates' the state's theory of the crime, Benjet argues, it also invalidates the lower-court judge's opinion that further DNA testing would be irrelevant. ... The state counters that DNA testing is unnecessary and, in a separate brief filed Monday, that the real goal by Reed's defense is to 'unreasonably delay' his execution." (02/25/15)

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TX: Court halts planned state killing

February 23, 2015
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Austin American-Statesman    

"The state's highest criminal court halted the execution of Rodney Reed on Monday, 10 days before the Bastrop man was to have been put to death for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites. In a 6-2 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed Reed’s execution based on a Feb. 12 petition claiming that a new look at old forensic evidence shows Reed did not kill Stites, a 19-year-old Giddings resident who was strangled 18 days before her wedding date." (02/23/15)

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