Posts Tagged ‘ capital punishment ’

Bangladesh: Tribunal orders top political figure to hang

February 19, 2015
posted by

Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America    

"Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal has ordered the execution of a senior political leader after convicting him of atrocities during the country's 1971 independence war, triggering violence outside the court. Three Molotov cocktails thrown by suspected anti-government activists exploded outside the courthouse in central Dhaka as Abdus Subhan, a vice president of one of Bangladesh's largest parties, Jamaat-e-Islami, was found guilty of murder, genocide and torture. The verdict is expected to further inflame tensions in Bangladesh, where an alliance of opposition parties, including Jamaat, is trying to topple the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina." (02/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyrz4gs  

No Comments »

Jordan Smith on The Scott Horton Show

February 17, 2015
posted by

The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Jordan Smith, an investigative journalist with The Intercept, discusses Rodney Reed's imminent execution in Texas for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites -- even though the evidence strongly suggests that Stites's then-fiance was the real murderer." [Flash audio or MP3] (02/16/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/02/16/21615-jordan-smith/  

No Comments »

Indonesia: Regime transfers eight entrepreneurs to killing facility

February 16, 2015
posted by

Washington Post    

"Eight convicted drug smugglers, including seven foreigners, will be transferred to an Indonesian prison island this week for imminent [killing] despite international appeals for clemency, an official said Monday. ... Among the eight are Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, the ringleaders of a group of nine Australians arrested in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18.3 pounds) of heroin to Australia from the Indonesian resort island of Bali. ... Indonesian Foreign Ministry officials met with embassy representatives from the foreign death row inmates' countries Monday to discuss the [killings]. The representatives and the Indonesian officials declined to talk to the media after the meeting." (02/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m4fnmq6  

No Comments »

UT: House votes to resurrect firing squads for state killings

February 16, 2015
posted by

WTSP 10 News    

"With lethal injection under review by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Utah House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation to resume [state killings] by firing squad, which were halted in 2004. The bill, which narrowly cleared the Republican-controlled chamber, faces uncertain prospects in the GOP-dominated Senate, and Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has not said whether he would sign it into law. The measure comes amid a shortage of [killing] drugs, which pharmaceutical companies are refusing to provide, and the Supreme Court's decision last month to block three [state killings] in Oklahoma as it reviews the three-drug cocktail the state uses to put inmates to death." (02/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q82byhl  

No Comments »

MO: State employees kill inmate

February 11, 2015
posted by

Fox News    

"A man convicted of breaking into his neighbor's home in a St. Louis suburb and slitting her throat 25 years ago was [killed] early Wednesday. Walter Timothy Storey was the first Missouri inmate [premeditatedly killed by state employees] this year after a record 10 [pre-planned state killings] in 2014. His fate was sealed when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt the [killing] over concerns about Missouri's secretive process for obtaining and using the lethal injection drug pentobarbital." (02/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mrxkkq3  

No Comments »

TX: SCOTUS blocks scheduled state killing

February 5, 2015
posted by

ABC News ABC News    

"A Texas inmate set to be [killed] next week for fatally shooting four men at an airplane hangar more than 30 years ago won a reprieve Thursday from the U.S. Supreme Court. Lester Bower Jr., 67, among the longest-serving Texas death row inmates, had been scheduled for lethal injection Tuesday. The justices gave no reason for the reprieve, saying only that it would be lifted automatically if they deny an appeal or act on it." (02/05/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qczqx7t  

No Comments »

Prediction: SCOTUS’s Lethal injection review could kill death penalty

February 4, 2015
posted by

Raw Story Raw Story    

"Last week, the Supreme Court put three executions in Oklahoma on hold as it reviews the constitutionality of the state's death penalty protocol. If the nation's top court strikes down Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure, what would it mean for the death penalty? ... The court is assessing Oklahoma's use of the drug midazolam, a sedative used in its three-drug lethal injection protocol. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, five states have used midazolam for their executions, and at least five other states have proposed using it." (02/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m8hqhl7  

No Comments »

Egypt: Regime court confirms death sentences for 183 political prisoners

February 2, 2015
posted by

Hindustan Times [India]    

"An Egyptian court Monday confirmed death sentences against 183 men convicted of killing 13 policemen, in a verdict slammed as 'outrageous' by rights group Amnesty International. The verdict came as another court announced that deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi would stand trial on February 15 in an espionage case -- the fourth trial he is facing. The policemen were killed in an attack on a police station in Kerdasa, a town on the outskirts of Cairo, on August 14, 2013. ... Monday's verdict, which can be appealed, came after the initial sentences were sent to the grand mufti, the government's official interpreter of Islamic law, for ratification." (02/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n9rct4e  

No Comments »

OH: State delays all scheduled state killings for 2015

February 1, 2015
posted by

Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The decision by Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday to postpone all seven scheduled 2015 executions in the state is part of growing evidence suggesting that courts (and American society) are coming to a fresh showdown over the humanity of how states administer the ultimate sanction. Governor Kasich’s decision comes as Ohio and other death penalty states struggle to finesse a lethal drug cocktail that would consistently end an inmate’s life humanely. The postponement was announced three weeks after the state said it would no longer use a controversial drug, midazolam, which was employed in a series of executions that went awry last year." (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mdys73c  

No Comments »

TX: Regime employees kill inmate

January 29, 2015
posted by

Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier was [killed] Thursday evening. Robert Ladd, 57, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for [being killed by state employees]. The court also rejected an appeal in which Ladd's attorney challenged whether the pentobarbital Texas uses in [pre-planned state killings] is potent enough to not cause unconstitutional pain and suffering." (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nfqsrla  

No Comments »

OK: SCOTUS temporarily forbids three state killings

January 28, 2015
posted by

MSNBC MSNBC    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a stay of [pre-planned state killing] for three Oklahoma death row inmates until the justices rule on a separate challenge involving the controversial sedative midazolam, NBC News'[s] Pete Williams reported. The court's order on Wednesday came just five days after the justices decided to take up the challenge this spring over the use of midazolam, which was used recently in problematic [state killings] in Arizona, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The justices' decision marked the first time since 2008 that the high court has agreed to hear a challenge to the legality of lethal injection." (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oe3wtwg  

No Comments »

Saudi Arabia: First beheading under new king stirs attention

January 27, 2015
posted by

ABC News    

"Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a man convicted of raping several girls in a case that has captured the kingdom's attention and marks the first beheading carried out under the newly enthroned King Salman. ... Al-Zahrani's relatives appeared on Saudi talk shows, saying the case was riddled with inconsistencies and that the judiciary did not weigh all the evidence. They claimed a medical report found the investigator's 10 year-old daughter had not been assaulted and that several cases of assault against young girls took place in Jiddah while al-Zahrani was already jailed." (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o93nzaf  

No Comments »

“Capital punishment” is murder. Here’s why

January 26, 2015
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"The reason a State death penalty is murder seems to be lost on some people. Killing someone who is currently attacking or violating private property is not murder. It is self defense. If self defense fails and the victim is murdered, it is still OK -- or wonderful, even -- if the attacker is killed at the time and place of the attack by a bystander since the assumption that everyone around is still in mortal danger would be reasonable. If no one happened to be there to kill the attacker at the scene, killing him is then off the table, ethically. Killing that same person later -- when they are no longer an imminent threat -- is a revenge murder." (01/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lp8uzze  

No Comments »

Jury tampering slows Boston Marathon, Colorado theater cases

January 25, 2015
posted by

ABC News ABC News    

"The process of finding 'death qualified' jurors has slowed down jury selection in [the] federal case against [Dzhokhar] Tsarnaev, who is charged with setting off two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 260 during the 2013 marathon. It is expected to do the same in the state trial of James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012. The process is designed to weed out jurors who have strong feelings for or against the death penalty." (01/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3bhzaj  

No Comments »

TX: State employees kill prisoner

January 22, 2015
posted by

NBC News NBC News    

"A 41-year-old Texas prisoner was put to death Wednesday evening for the slayings of three people during a robbery at their San Antonio home more than 21 years ago. Arnold Prieto became the first prisoner to receive a lethal injection this year in Texas, which carried out 10 executions in 2014." (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvxmjar  

No Comments »

Saudi Arabia: Regime arrests man who filmed public state killing

January 19, 2015
posted by

Mediaite    

"Video of a woman being beheaded in the street by Saudi Arabian officials has gotten someone arrested: the person who took the video. Layla bint Abdul Mutaleb Bassim was publicly executed in Mecca last week after a Saudi court had convicted her of murdering and sexually assaulting her stepdaughter. She screamed her innocence until the moment [a] 'professional swordsman' killed her. A human rights activist snagged video of the incident and posted it online, attempting to draw attention to the country’s judicial system. Per Saudi news outlets he was arrested and faces possible charges under a law punishing cybercrimes." (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/jwuzwmd  

No Comments »

Indonesia: Regime kills six for unauthorized entrepreneurial activities

January 19, 2015
posted by

Time    

"Indonesia['s regime killed] six people convicted of drug crimes just after midnight Saturday, after rejecting last-minute appeals and clemency requests from foreign leaders whose citizens were among those sentenced to death. Officials confirmed that four men from Brazil, Malawi, Nigeria and the Netherlands and one woman from Indonesia were [killed] in pairs by a firing squad on Nusakambangan Island, which is just off the southern coast of Java, the Associated Press reported. Another woman from Vietnam was [killed] in Boyolali, a regency in central Java." (01/18/15)

http://time.com/3673040/indonesia-execution/  

No Comments »

Oklahoma, Florida regimes kill prisoners

January 16, 2015
posted by

Los Angeles Times    

"Oklahoma and Florida [killed] two prisoners Thursday night, after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly gave the go-ahead, despite concerns about the mixture of lethal drugs used for the injections. Charles Frederick Warner, 47, was pronounced dead at 7:28 p.m., at a prison facility in McAlester, Okla. Warner was convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-month old girl in Oklahoma City in 1997. Johnny Shane Kormondy, 42, was pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m., at Florida State Prison. He was the convicted ringleader of a 1993 Pensacola home invasion robbery that ended in the murder of a banker and the rape of his wife. Both [killings] were delayed by two hours, as the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the executions." (01/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/psbk7fs  

No Comments »

A Vietnam veteran with PTSD is the first US execution of 2015

January 15, 2015
posted by

The Intercept The Intercept
by Taylor Barnes  

"In the first execution carried out in the US in 2015, last night Georgia put to death a decorated Vietnam War veteran who had been diagnosed with severe mental illness before he killed a deputy sheriff after a traffic stop in 1998." (01/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kufc5nt  

No Comments »

OH: Regime to ditch two-drug cocktail for state killings, use hard-to-find anesthetic

January 9, 2015
posted by

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    

"The state said Thursday that it's dropping the two-drug combination administered to an inmate who repeatedly gasped and snorted during a troubling 26-minute [pre-planned killing]. The state prisons agency also said it will again allow the use of an anesthetic that it used from 1999 through 2011. The announcement that it's adding thiopental sodium back to the [pre-planned killing] policy immediately raised questions of where the state would obtain such a drug. In 2011, the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction switched to pentobarbital when the manufacturer restricted thiopental sodium's distribution, making it impossible to obtain for [pre-planned killing]s." (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pth4kqd  

No Comments »

Pakistan: Regime halts killing of man convicted at 14

January 6, 2015
posted by

NBC News NBC News    

"For the second time in as many years, Shafqat Hussain was told to prepare for execution. But growing outcry over the death sentence handed down to the then-14-year-old whose body still bears scars from torture may have earned Hussain a second last-minute reprieve. Hussain was arrested in 2004 at the age of 14, and convicted by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court of kidnapping and killing a child -- charges later reduced to involuntary manslaughter. Rights groups say that Hussain was innocent and that his 'confession' came after nine days o[f] torture by electrocutions, beatings and more." (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgdvz8m  

No Comments »

MD: O’Malley to commute sentences of state’s last death row inmates

January 1, 2015
posted by

United Press International United Press International    

"Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday he will commute the sentences of the four remaining men on Maryland's Death Row before he leaves office. The state abolished the death penalty in 2013, but the legislature did not make the law retroactive. O'Malley said the state attorney general has advised him Maryland no longer has an execution protocol and is unable to put anyone to death." (12/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/poypkgn  

No Comments »

@sayfiereview — Well, it would be a good start anyway …

December 27, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"[W]hile I'd like to get rid of capital punishment altogether, I can endorse pre-application limits on it as an interim measure without judging myself hypocritical. I think requiring a unanimous jury recommendation is a good start. A good next step would be to forbid voir dire questioning of prospective jurors with respect to their views on capital punishment (in at least some states, the law allows for or requires dismissal of jurors from capital cases if they oppose the death penalty)." (12/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q4hgq67  

No Comments »

Pakistan: Regime announces plans to kill 500 after Taliban school attack

December 23, 2014
posted by

The Telegraph [UK]    

"Pakistan announced on Monday that it planned to [kill] an estimated 500 Islamist terrorists in the coming days as part of a 'decisive war' against the Taliban in response to the massacre of 133 children at a school last week. After the Peshawar school attack, Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister, ended the six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases. ... Earlier Nisar Ali Khan, his interior minister, confirmed that hundred of convicted terrorists will face the gallows in the next few weeks." (12/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mhj3jmw  

No Comments »

Nigeria: Court sentences 54 soldiers to death

December 18, 2014
posted by

ABC News ABC News    

"Nigeria on Wednesday sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists. The court-martial charges all were connected to the soldiers' refusal to deploy to recapture three towns seized by Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram in August, according to the charge sheet." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ocpx9yv  

No Comments »

Our Sponsors