Posts Tagged ‘ capital punishment ’

No official accountability

September 23, 2011
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Ayn R. Key
by Ayn R. Key  

"If Troy Davis is innocent, as many claim, that means that there are several murderers in Georgia, from the police to the prosecutors to the judges, and it also means they have gotten away with it. Meanwhile in Fullerton there are four police officers who are accomplices to murder who are getting away with it. Both cases emphasize the need to reform the whole of law enforcement by stripping prosecutors of their monopoly on criminal prosecutions and severely diminishing the nearly all-encompassing protections of official immunity." (09/22/11)

http://aynrkey.blogspot.com/2011/09/no-official-accountability.html  

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TX: No more last meals for the condemned after idiot pol throws tantrum

September 22, 2011
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stuff.co.nz [New Zealand]    

"Texas death row inmates will no longer get their choice of last meals, after the menu request of a man condemned for a notorious hate crime slaying left a bad taste in the mouth of a prominent senator. ... 'It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege,' [mentally challenged and morally depraved state senator John] Whitmire, who chairs the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, wrote in the letter on Thursday." (09/23/11)

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Rick Perry has no faith in government but total faith in the death penalty

September 22, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"Why pro-death penalty rhetoric is not pro-individual rights." (09/22/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/09/22/no-faith-in-government-perfect  

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Uncertainty and the death penalty

September 22, 2011
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Rough Ol' Boy
by John Payne  

"Davis was convicted, and his appeals went through the proper channels, so according to those, such as Rick Perry, who sleep soundly in the confidence that the government has never executed an innocent man, he must be guilty. You see, our government doesn’t kill innocent people. Other countries may do that sort of thing, but our justice system is above all that, so there’s no need to examine the massive piles of evidence that show it regularly makes mistakes." (09/22/11)

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Moral progress and arguments against the death penalty

September 22, 2011
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The Moral Sciences Club
by Will Wilkinson  

"We can talk about the nature of moral progress later. It's tricky. For now, I want you to entertain the possibility that convergence toward the idea that execution is wrong counts as evidence that it is wrong. This would suggest that those American states yet to abolish the death penalty are cases of arrested development. Looking at these trends, it seems overwhelmingly probable that we will look back on the death penalty as a shameful bit of lingering of savagery. And we won't be wrong." (09/22/11)

http://bigthink.com/ideas/40319  

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GA: After last-minute delays, state employees kill Davis

September 21, 2011
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"Georgia inmate Troy Davis has been executed .... Davis was pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m. Wednesday." [editor's note: Like most accounts, this story falsely claims that Davis was killed "for" having killed an off-duty police officer, when in fact he was killed to spare state actors the embarrassment of admitting their own crimes in pursuit of the conviction - TLK] (09/2/11)

http://www.suntimes.com/7782914-417/georgia-executes-troy-davis.html  

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Will Georgia execute an innocent man?

September 21, 2011
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  

"The moral implication of keeping a man in prison who might be guilty and trying him again after most witnesses against him have admitted to misrepresenting the truth is simply that the legal system is determined never to make someone pay the ultimate price for the state’s own error. The moral implication of executing an innocent man is infinitely worse: To kill an innocent man, not by accident but deliberately, knowing there is at least some chance he may be innocent, and when there is no impending threat to anyone’s life or liberty, is itself an act of murder." (09/20/11)

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GA: Pardons board gives go-ahead for Davis’s murder

September 20, 2011
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USA Today    

"Georgia's board of pardons rejected a last-ditch clemency bid from Troy Davis on Tuesday, one day before his scheduled execution, despite support from figures including an ex-president and a former FBI director for the claim that he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989. ... Several of the witnesses who helped convict Davis at his 1991 trial have backed off their testimony or recanted. Others who did not testify say another man at the scene admitted to the shooting." (09/20/11)

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Can capital punishment ever be justified?

September 18, 2011
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Rachel Moran  

"Capital punishment is an extremely divisive issue that separates even those who represent similar ideological positions on the political spectrum. One is allowed to be undecided, a common opinion being that you wouldn't know where you truly stand until the issue directly affects you in someway. Yet regardless of positioning the issue of capital punishment must rest on a crucial crux -- overwhelming evidence that the accused is guilty." (09/18/11)

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SCOTUS halts execution of Texas man

September 15, 2011
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    

"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. Duane Buck, 48, was spared from lethal injection when the justices, without extensive comment, said they would review an appeal in his case." (09/15/11)

 

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NV: Serbia seeks to block execution of citizen

August 14, 2011
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune    

"The Serbian government is asking a Nevada court to block the execution of one of its citizens, saying its consulate was not informed of his 1994 arrest as required by international law. Serbia, in a friend-of-the-court brief filed last week in Washoe County District Court in Reno, maintains the notification would have provided Avram Nika with assistance that could have spared him the death penalty." (08/14/11)

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20110814/APA/1108140746  

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CA: Legislators debate end to death penalty

July 17, 2011
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Fox News    

"Opponents of California's death penalty are working on a bill to abolish capital punishment in the state, which if signed into law and approved by voters next year could help California save millions of dollars by taking hundreds of prisoners off Death Row. The bill from state Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley would amend state law to require life in prison without parole for those convicted of what are now capital crimes, including people currently facing execution. If passed by the Legislature, the question would be put before voters on the November 2012 ballot." (07/16/11)

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TX: State executes Mexican prisoner after court stay rejected

July 7, 2011
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Houston Chronicle    

"Texas executed a Mexican citizen Thursday for the rape-slaying of a teenager after he and the White House pleaded in vain for a Supreme Court stay, saying he was denied help from his home country that could have helped him avoid the death penalty. ... Mexico, the Obama administration and others had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay Leal's execution so Congress could consider a law that would require court reviews in cases where condemned foreign nationals did not receive help from their consulates. They said the case could affect not only foreigners in the U.S. but Americans detained in other countries. The court rejected the request 5-4." (07/07/11)

 

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MS: State employees kill man with new specialty poison mix

May 10, 2011
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USA Today    

"Benny Joe Stevens, 52, became the first death row inmate in Mississippi to be executed with a new lethal injection cocktail Tuesday evening. Stevens, who was convicted in 1999 of killing four people, was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m. (local time) at the State Penitentiary at Parchman." (05/10/11)

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Obama tries to obstruct executions

April 17, 2011
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San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"President Obama well may have begun another undeclared war -- this time on states that try to enforce their own death penalty laws -- on the dubious grounds that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved drugs intended to kill convicted killers. On March 15, the Drug Enforcement Administration seized Georgia's supply of sodium thiopental, the first drug given under the three-drug lethal injection protocol used in most of the country's 34 death-penalty states. The DEA also asked Kentucky and Tennessee for their sodium thiopental to aid its investigation." (04/17/11)

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Britain bans exports of execution drugs to US

April 14, 2011
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ABC News    

"Britain said Thursday it will block the export of three lethal injection drugs to the United States and is also urging a Europe-wide ban on American sales of the drugs. Business Secretary Vince Cable said that a block on exports of pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride would be formalized in a few days." (04/14/11)

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Amnesty: More countries now executing convicts

March 29, 2011
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The State    

"The number of countries executing convicts rose to 23 in 2010, four more than the previous year, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday. The year 2009 saw the lowest number of countries impose the death penalty since the 50-year-old rights organization began keeping statistics. Despite the rise in 2010, the London-based group said momentum is still with those who are seeking to outlaw the practice, which it argues is cruel and degrading." (03/28/11)

 

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SCOTUS rejects Troy Davis appeal

March 29, 2011
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Savannah Morning News    

"The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected a two-pronged appeal for Troy Anthony Davis in the 22-year-old slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. The court’s action refusing to order the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta to review the case and refusing to do so themselves apparently will allow officials to resume preparation of Davis’ execution by lethal injection." (03/28/11)

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TN: State has few options for execution drugs

February 7, 2011
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The Tennessean    

"Tennessee has 86 inmates on death row but only enough drugs to execute eight of them. A nationwide shortage of a key drug used in lethal injections is causing a criminal justice quandary in the 35 states that had relied on sodium thiopental as the first in a three-drug cocktail used in executions. The sole U.S. company that had provided the drug will no longer produce it. Tennessee was able to get a small stock of the drug in October, but the Department of Correction won't say how." (02/07/11)

 

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The death penalty on the wane?

December 27, 2010
posted by

Reason Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Is it time to abolish capital punishment?" (12/27/10)

http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/27/the-death-penalty-on-the-wane  

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