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  • Condemned Inmate Wants Steak, Chicken, Pork Chop for Last Meal

    05/11/2017 8:44:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Thursday, May 11, 2017 | Rhonda Cook
    J.W. Ledford, who is schueduled to be executed Tuesday, has asked for a high-calorie last meal with three kinds of meat. The Department of Corrections on Thursday released Ledford’s requested menu: filet mignon wrapped in bacon with pepper Jack cheese, large French fries, 10 chicken tenders with sauce, fried pork chop, bloomin’ onion, pecan pie with vanilla ice cream, sherbert and Sprite. Ledford has filed a petition for clemency and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles will hear from his lawyers and advocates on Monday. He also has a complaint pending in federal court in Atlanta, saying a death...
  • The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to block the first of two scheduled Arkansas lethal injections

    04/24/2017 6:05:16 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4/24/17 | ap
    Full title................... The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to block the first of two scheduled Arkansas lethal injections in one night............
  • FDA officially bans Texas' attempted import of execution drugs

    04/21/2017 6:39:23 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 49 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 04/20/2017 | Jolie McCullough
    Almost two years after Texas tried to import an execution drug from overseas, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled Thursday that the drug can’t be admitted into the United States. In July 2015, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice tried to import 1,000 vials of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic that the state has previously used in executions, but the FDA seized the drugs at a Houston airport and has held them ever since. The federal agency has maintained that the import of the drug is illegal because it is not currently approved in the U.S. In a statement, the...
  • Death Row Inmate Lee's Execution ON HOLD (1 of 8 AR death in APR)

    04/20/2017 6:17:28 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 16 replies
    Fox 16 news ^ | 20 APR 17 | dcbryan1
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The latest ruling from the 8th Circuit Court has postponed Lee's execution -- originally scheduled for 7 p.m. -- to 8:15 p.m. There are no other legal barriers at this time hindering his execution from moving forward. Thursday afternoon, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request for reconsideration on the stay that was granted for Stacey Johnson. Johnson's stay will not be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning his scheduled execution will not happen.
  • Arkansas death row inmates seek Supreme Court relief

    04/19/2017 3:23:29 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | April 19, 2017 | Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
    (CNN)Six Arkansas death row inmates scheduled to die by lethal injection this month in Arkansas have -- as expected -- asked the Supreme Court to reverse a federal appeals court order and uphold a district court's injunction that temporarily stopped the executions.The district court found that the inmates were likely to show that the lethal injection drug protocol "entails a substantial risk of harm."
  • After barring executions, Arkansas judge attends anti-death-penalty rally

    04/16/2017 9:41:55 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 15, 2017 | Andrew Demillo
    After barring Arkansas from executing eight inmates in rapid succession because of a dispute over how it obtained one of its execution drugs, Judge Wendell Griffen went to an anti-death penalty rally, where he made a stir by lying down on a cot and binding himself as though he were a condemned man on a gurney. Griffen's participation in Friday's protest outside the governor's mansion sparked outrage among death penalty supporters, including Republican lawmakers who described it as judicial misconduct and potential grounds for Griffen's removal from the bench.
  • The 7 inmates scheduled to die in Arkansas this month

    04/14/2017 2:55:24 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14,2017 | KELLY P. KISSEL
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas intends to execute seven death row inmates between Monday and April 27, a pace never seen since the U.S. Supreme Court reauthorized the death penalty in 1976. Gov. Asa Hutchinson initially set four double-executions so the state could use a key execution drug before its April 30 expiration date, but a federal judge stayed one execution, saying prisoner Jason McGehee was entitled to a 30-day comment period following a clemency recommendation. Another federal judge is considering the men's request for stays of execution.A look at the seven men who are scheduled to die and...
  • Arkansas Rushes to Execute 8 Men in the Space of 10 Days

    03/04/2017 2:31:58 PM PST · by simpson96 · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/3/2017 | Matthew Haag and Richard Fausset
    The state of Arkansas plans to put to death eight inmates over a span of 10 days next month, a pace of executions unequaled in recent American history and brought about by a looming expiration date for a drug used by the state for lethal injections. The eight men facing execution — four black and four white — are among 34 death row inmates in Arkansas, where capital punishment has been suspended since 2005 over legal challenges and difficulty in acquiring the drugs for lethal injections. All eight men were convicted of murders that occurred between 1989 and 1999, and...
  • Legal experts say accused airport shooter has limited options: plea deal, insanity or death row

    01/12/2017 8:18:32 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 24 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | January 12, 2017 | Paula MCMAHON
    Facing overwhelming evidence against him and a possible death penalty, Esteban Santiago's legal team has only two realistic options, experts say: Try to make a swift plea agreement or pursue an insanity defense. Neither of those choices is a sure thing,.... Santiago, 26, is accused of fatally shooting five people and injuring six others last week at the international airport in Fort Lauderdale. -snip- "But you're not defending against guilt in these types of cases, you're defending against the punishment. ... -snip- Federal prosecutors rarely seek a death sentence and even more rarely persuade jurors that execution is appropriate. The...
  • Serial killer Charles Manson back in prison after doctors determine he is TOO WEAK for surgery(tr)

    01/07/2017 6:37:40 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 84 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 01/07/2017 | Karen Ruiz
    Serial killer Charles Manson back in prison after doctors determine he is TOO WEAK for surgery after suffering from intestinal bleeding US mass murderer Charles Manson is now back in prison after he was found to be too weak to undergo surgery after suffering from intestinal bleeding, media reports said on Friday. The 82-year-old, who is serving nine life sentences for the 1969 grisly killing of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, was reportedly transported from California's Corcoran state prison to a hospital in Bakersfield on Sunday. The celebrity gossip website TMZ said Manson was supposed to undergo surgery...
  • Boston Marathon bomber gets top public defender from New York in death penalty appeal

    01/02/2017 7:07:04 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | Stephen Rex Brown
    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has added New York’s top federal public defender to his legal team as he appeals his death sentence, filings show. A judge approved David Patton, the head of New York’s influential federal public defenders office, to represent Tsarnaev, 23, on Friday.
  • Death row inmate's lawyers say they'd prefer firing squad over lethal injection

    12/15/2016 1:08:39 PM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 93 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 15, 2016 | AP
    A Virginia inmate asked a federal court Wednesday to block the state's plans to execute him next month with lethal injection drugs from a secret compounding pharmacy, suggesting even a firing squad would be more humane. Attorneys for Ricky Gray said in a federal complaint that there is a serious risk that Virginia will "chemically torture" the man to death when it uses compounded drugs for his execution scheduled for Jan. 18. Although firing squads aren't permitted under Virginia law, his attorneys argue even that method would be a more humane alternative. "It is both more humane, quicker, more effective,...
  • Notorious killer on Death Row found unconscious in cell, dies (Gilbert Rubio)

    06/16/2016 7:04:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/16/16 | Evan Sernoffsky
    A notorious killer on San Quentin’s death row died after being found unconscious in his cell early Thursday, prison officials said. The Marin County coroner will now work to determine how 55-year-old Gilbert Rubio died after correctional officers found him unresponsive during a security check just after 6 a.m. Rubio was sentenced to die on Sept. 20, 2000 for the 1998 murder and robbery of high school vice principal George “Skipper” Blackwell in his Long Beach home.
  • Judge to decide if death-row inmates need air conditioning [Angola LA]

    05/20/2016 10:53:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 1:50 PM EDT | Michael Kunzelman
    As summer approaches in Louisiana, prison officials insist that ice, fans and cold showers are enough to protect death-row inmates from dangerous heat and humidity. […] U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson questioned Friday why prison officials won’t spend roughly $1 million to install the air conditioning, since the state has already spent much more money fighting this issue in court. The judge already ruled it unconstitutional to keep inmates where the heat index exceeds 88 degrees. …
  • Sarcastic Definition of the Day: Death Row

    11/16/2015 10:40:05 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    American Irony ^ | 11-16-15 | The Looking Spoon
  • California's New Death Row: Virginia

    10/01/2015 12:24:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    California has a new death row; it's called Virginia. Anti-death penalty advocates, federal judges and defense attorneys have been so successful at blocking capital punishment in California that a San Quentin death row inmate has more to fear from being extradited for a capital murder to another state than seeing his sentence carried out here. There has been no execution in California since a federal judge effectively halted the practice in 2006. Take serial killer Alfredo Prieto. In 2005, Prieto was on San Quentin's death row for the 1990 rape and murder of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff in Riverside County, when...
  • Woman who spent 15 YEARS on death row after being wrongly convicted speaks out

    08/17/2015 1:58:30 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 13 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 17 August 2015 | By Carly Stern For Dailymail.com
    A woman who was sentenced to death after she was wrongly convicted of killing her abusive husband has finally been set free after 15 years of incarceration, after the court re-examined her case and determined that there were some serious errors made during her trial. Now 57, Michelle Byrom has spent more than a quarter of her life behind bars in Mississippi, awaiting her death for a crime she didn't commit. Even after her son confessed to murdering the man who abused him and his mother mercilessly, she continued to sit on death row. Finally free again, Michelle recently spoke...
  • No A/C for death row inmates at Angola, appeals court rules

    07/08/2015 5:15:38 PM PDT · by BBell · 58 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/8/15 | Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Death row inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary have lost their latest legal battle for relief from triple-digit temperatures inside their cells at Angola. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Wednesday (July 8) concluding that the sweltering conditions on death row do not constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Three death row inmates originally filed the lawsuit against the state in 2013, saying the conditions were unconstitutional. The suit alleged that heat indices, or measurements of how hot it feels, on death row had reached 172 degrees last year and 195 degrees in 2011."I feel like I'm on...
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Likely Won’t Face Execution For A Very Long Time

    05/16/2015 12:59:28 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | May 15,2015 | By BEN CASSELMAN
    The vast majority of those cases took place at the state level. Federal prisoners like Tsarnaev are even less likely to be executed. Between 1988, when Congress reinstated the death penalty for federal cases, and 2013, 71 federal defendants were sentenced to death; only three were executed, compared with 10 who had their sentences or convictions overturned on appeal. (One inmate died on death row, and another had his sentence commuted to life by President Bill Clinton in 2001.) No federal execution has taken place since 2003. Of those still awaiting execution, the typical inmate has already spent a decade...
  • Alabama death row inmate is free after 30 years. How the case against him unraveled.

    04/03/2015 9:20:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/3/15 | Abby Phillip
    Anthony Ray Hinton was one of Alabama’s longest-serving death row inmates, having spent more than half his life incarcerated. Now, after 30 years of saying he is innocent in the murder of two men, the 58-year-old Hinton walked out of an Alabama jail on Friday, finally a free man.