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  • 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.
  • California's death row, with no executions in sight, runs out of room

    03/31/2015 11:21:41 AM PDT · by 867V309 · 26 replies
    la slimes ^ | 3-30-2015 | Paige St. John
    With no executions in nearly a decade and newly condemned men arriving each month, the nation's largest death row has run out of room.
  • Mumia Abu-Jamal ailing, supporters say

    03/30/2015 4:53:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 84 replies
    philly.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Robert Moran
    A nonprofit advocacy group that supports former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal reported that he had been hospitalized Monday afternoon. Prison Radio, which distributes recordings made by Abu-Jamal in prison, said the 60-year-old had been transported from the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy in Schuylkill County at 1 p.m. to the intensive care unit at Schuylkill Medical Center.
  • Three of Utah's eight death row inmates have CHOSEN to die by firing squad

    03/24/2015 11:34:39 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 March 2015 | Kieran Corcoran For Dailymail.com
    It is a macabre choice to make - and almost unique to some inmates on Utah's death row: would you be injected with toxic chemicals, or shot in the heart? But, amid cries of outrage against the southwestern state bringing death by firing quad back into law, almost half of those due to die that way have picked the punishment themselves. Ron Lafferty, who slit the throats of his sister-in-law and her baby daughter in 1984, is one of three who has opted to die by the bullet. Two others in Utah's eight-strong death row have made the same choice,...
  • The Scientist Who Wanted To Bring A Death Row Inmate Back From The Dead

    03/18/2015 9:53:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 18, 2015 | Lauren Davis
    The Scientist Who Wanted To Bring A Death Row Inmate Back From The Dead Dr. Robert E. Cornish is probably best known for his 1930s revivification experiments with dogs, in which he claimed to bring dogs back from clinical death. He wanted to try a similar procedure on humans — and when a death row inmate volunteered, Cornish petitioned the state of California to let him play re-animator. Cornish's dog experiments would make most dog lovers cringe. Cornish would suffocate the dogs until they were clinically dead, and then he would place the bodies on a teeter board, rocking the...
  • Execution of only woman on Georgia's death row POSTPONED at the last minute

    03/02/2015 9:03:22 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 March 2015 | Sophie Jane Evans For Dailymail.com
    The execution of the only woman on Georgia's death row has been postponed at the last minute for a second time in less than a week - because the drug used in the lethal injection she was scheduled to receive was 'cloudy'. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, was due to be given an injection of pentobarbital at a prison in Jackson at 7pm on Monday in retribution for plotting the murder of her husband in 1997. But after officials observed the drug to be used in the execution had a 'cloudy' appearance, they postponed her death until a future, unspecified date...
  • Holder calls for halt to US executions

    02/17/2015 1:02:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 17, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    Attorney General Eric Holder called Tuesday for a national moratorium on the death penalty until the Supreme Court weighs in on the issue later this year. “Our system of justice is the best in the world. It is comprised of men and women who do the best they can, get it right more often than not, substantially more right than wrong. But there's always the possibility that mistakes will be made,” he said. “It is one thing to put somebody in jail for an extended period of time, have some new test that you can do and determine that person...
  • 911 call: Witness saw Suge Knight hit two men

    02/05/2015 5:29:43 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 17 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Thursday, February 5, 2014 | Wire Services
    Officials have released a 911 call from a witness who saw former rap mogul “Suge” Knight strike two men with his truck, killing one and leading to a murder charge. On the recording released Thursday to The Associated Press, a shaken woman reports seeing a vehicle pull back and then forward, running over the men following a fight.... Los Angeles County prosecutors say it was a deliberate act after a fight that began at another location during a video shoot. Knight complained of chest pains after pleading not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run. He was released from a...
  • Suit: Stop law shielding lethal injection drugmakers’ names

    01/19/2015 9:27:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2015 4:19 PM EST | Lisa Cornwell
    Four death row inmates who are suing Ohio officials over a new state law that shields the names of companies providing lethal injection drugs want a federal court to prevent the law from taking effect in March. Attorneys for the inmates filed the motion Monday in U.S. District Court in Columbus. They want the court to stop the provisions that they say violate the right of free speech from taking effect, pending a trial on the lawsuit. […] Supporters of the new law have said that shielding the names of companies that provide lethal injection drugs is necessary to protect...
  • Botched executions prompting states to look at suffocating, electrocuting, or even shooting

    01/03/2015 7:31:29 PM PST · by bkopto · 166 replies
    National Monitor ^ | 12/28/2014 | Dan Taylor
    Recent botched executions aren’t doing much to sway proponents of the practice in a number of states where it remains legal — in fact, they’re causing states to look at older and potentially more brutal methods of execution, according to a recent report. Oklahoma’s most recent execution of Clayton Lockett in April was an extremely disturbing one, in which he writhed while being pumped with lethal drugs, prompting executions to eventually draw the curtains for the gallery. The warden described it as a “bloody mess,” according to the Associated Press. The execution joined a pair of others in Ohio and...
  • On Death Row: 10 infamous cases from Orange County

    11/12/2014 3:04:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 12, 2014 | Kelly Puente
    California’s death row houses 749 inmates, including 64 convicted in Orange County. From serial killers to child murderers, here is a closer look at 10 of the most notorious death row cases from O.C., as well as some facts about Death Row in California: ...
  • The Rare Psychological Disorder That Only Affects Death Row Inmates

    10/27/2014 12:58:17 PM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 75 replies
    io9 ^ | 10/26/14 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Imagine being told you are going to die in a month. Then it's a few hours. Then another month. You may be set free or you may be killed, and it all depends on events that are completely out of your control. How long could you stand it?
  • Pennsylvania justice urges ban on defender group (death penalty appeal lawyers)

    09/04/2014 11:58:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2014 9:54 PM EDT | Mark Scolforo
    Pennsylvania’s chief justice wants the state Supreme Court to ban lawyers at an organization that currently handles many appeals by convicted murderers on the state's death row. Chief Justice Ronald Castille took that position in a rare single-justice opinion issued late Wednesday that resolved a number of issues surrounding a decision he wrote three years ago. In both opinions, Castille took aim at the Philadelphia-based Federal Community Defender Office, writing that the group has engaged in abusive and unethical practices that warrant removing its lawyers from all Pennsylvania cases. …
  • California Killer Given Additional Death Sentences

    08/01/2014 11:12:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    CBS8 ^ | Aug 01, 2014 | BRIAN MELLEY
    Chester D. Turner is no stranger to murder or the punishment that comes with it. He squeezed the life out of more than a dozen women during a decade of terror, and two juries decided he should die for his crimes. So it was merely a formality Friday that Turner, already on death row for 10 murders, was given four more death sentences for what a prosecutor called the city's most prolific serial killing. Turner, 47, looked straight at Judge Robert Perry as he handed down the penalty for the string of inner-city killings during the crack cocaine epidemic. As...
  • Texas Death Row Inmate Loses Supreme Court Appeal

    05/28/2014 5:12:20 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    KRISTV ^ | 5/28/2014 | AP
    HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeal from condemned Texas inmate Duane Buck, whose supporters contend his death sentence decided by a Houston jury 17 years ago unfairly was based on race. "His death sentence is the product of pervasive racial discrimination," attorneys Christina Swarns, Kathryn Kase and Kate Black said in a statement Wednesday. Without comment, the high court Tuesday rejected Buck's appeal. The ruling was an appeal of a similar rejection in November from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state's highest criminal court.
  • US death row study: 4% of defendants sentenced to die are innocent

    04/29/2014 8:38:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/29/2014 | Ed Pilkington in New York
    At least 4.1% of all defendants sentenced to death in the US in the modern era are innocent, according to the first major study to attempt to calculate how often states get it wrong in their wielding of the ultimate punishment. A team of legal experts and statisticians from Michigan and Pennsylvania used the latest statistical techniques to produce a peer-reviewed estimate of the “dark figure” that lies behind the death penalty – how many of the more than 8,000 men and women who have been put on death row since the 1970s were falsely convicted. The team arrived at...
  • World's 'Longest-Serving' Death Row Inmate Granted Retrial

    03/28/2014 4:25:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, March 28, 2014
    Hideko Hakamada, sister of former boxer Iwao Hakamada who has been on death row in Japan for 48 years, holding a picture of her young brother Iwao during an interview outside the Tokyo Detention House in Tokyo. (AFP) A man believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate was Thursday granted a retrial in Japan over multiple murders in 1966, decades after doubts emerged about his guilt. Shizuoka District Court decided to "start the retrial over the case" of Iwao Hakamada, 78, who was convicted for the grisly murder of his boss and the man's family, a court official...
  • Oklahoma Adds New Drugs to Lethal-Injection Protocol

    03/24/2014 10:29:34 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 25, 2014 | NBC News
    "Lawyers for two men on death row in Oklahoma say the state has informed them it has a new execution protocol that would allow it to choose from any of five lethal injections. The change comes days after the state revealed that it had been unable to obtain the chemicals for its existing protocol: pentobarbital and vecuronium — prompting a court to delay the executions of convicted murderers Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett for a month. In the revised protocol given to the men's defense team, prison officials outline five possible one-drug and three-drug injections it could use to kill...
  • Texas finds new execution drug supply

    03/19/2014 3:20:30 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 60 replies
    MSN News/Reuters ^ | March 19, 2014 | By MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HOUSTON (AP) — Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month.
  • Texas set to execute aspiring rapper for murdering studio manager

    03/19/2014 10:16:06 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 87 replies
    MSN News/Reuters ^ | March 19, 2014 | Reuters
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas is set to execute on Wednesday an aspiring rap musician who was convicted of slitting the throat and stabbing to death a music studio owner in San Antonio so that he could rob him of equipment.
  • Court Reschedules Executions of Two Oklahoma Inmates after State Can’t Find Supply of Killer Drugs

    03/18/2014 7:39:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 36 replies
    • The executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner were put off until April 22 and April 29. The state has had difficulty finding the ingredients of the cocktail used to execute prisoners. OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma court on Tuesday rescheduled a pair of executions set for this week and next so state prison officials will have more time to find a supply of drugs for the lethal injections. The decision came in a lawsuit in which two inmates had sought more information about the drugs that would be used to execute them later this month. The inmates had...
  • Steven Hayes, Death Row Inmate, Found Unresponsive in Connecticut Cell

    03/12/2014 12:11:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/11/2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    Convicted of killing three during a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire, Steve Hayes, 50, was revived by staff and taken to the hospital Monday after he was found unresponsive. The convicted killer has spoken in the past of wanting to die because of his immense guilt over the crime.Convicted Cheshire killer Steven Hayes was found unresponsive in his death row cell on Monday, Connecticut authorities said. Awaiting his date with a state execution, Hayes, 50, was found in his cell at the Northern Correctional Institute around 9:35 a.m. by officers on their “routine tour,” who revived the killer. A spokesman...
  • Texas Death Row Inmate Pens Letter Comparing Prison to Slavery

    03/06/2014 12:25:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Newsone ^ | Mar 5, 2014 | D.L. Chandler
    Ray Jasper, a Death Row inmate in Texas scheduled for execution in two weeks, has written a lengthy letter from prison where he blasts the justice system and the specter of racial disparity. Jasper, who was a young rap artist at the time, was accused of the brutal robbing and killing of a recording studio owner in 1998. Convicted in 2000 and later sentenced to death, Jasper has used a platform provided to him in where he lashes out at the prison system, likening it to slavery. Gawker Media began a Letters From Death Row series in 2012, in which...
  • Texas to execute Mexican citizen despite US concerns

    01/22/2014 2:43:43 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 80 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 January 2014
    The US state of Texas plans to execute a Mexican national convicted of murder, over the objections of the US and Mexican governments. Mexico says Wednesday's execution of Edgar Tamayo, 46, will violate international law. The country says he was not told of his right to seek legal assistance from the Mexican consulate when he was arrested.
  • Planned execution in Texas draws high-profile protests

    01/22/2014 6:59:09 AM PST · by mandaladon · 52 replies
    LA Times ^ | 22 Jan 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    HOUSTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry and a former Texas governor are part of an international coalition trying to halt Texas' execution of a Mexican citizen this week. Edgar Tamayo Arias, 46, is to be put to death Wednesday for fatally shooting Houston Police Officer Guy Gaddis in 1994. Gaddis, 24, had been flagged down near a nightclub by a man who accused Tamayo of robbing him. The officer arrested Tamayo, handcuffed him and put him in the back seat of his patrol car. He was driving away when Tamayo drew a concealed pistol and shot Gaddis three...
  • He gasped, snorted and took FIFTEEN minutes to die:

    01/16/2014 9:02:39 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 82 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/16/2014 | AP
    Murderer first to be executed with controversial 'air hunger' drug after last meal of beef, ice cream and chicken (rest of title) 'One can scarcely conceive of a sequence of crimes more shocking to the conscience or to moral sensibilities than the senseless kidnapping and rape of a young, pregnant woman followed by her murder,
  • Ohio execution stayed while state weighs allowing organ donation

    11/13/2013 3:56:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    KFGO ^ | 11/13/13 | Kim Palmer
    CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio Governor John Kasich on Wednesday stayed the execution of convicted killer Ronald Phillips to assess whether Phillips's non-vital organs or tissues can be donated to his mother or possibly others. Phillips, 40, was scheduled to be executed Thursday for the 1993 murder of 3-year-old Sheila Marie Evans. But Kasich granted a stay until July 2 to allow medical experts to assess whether Phillips's non-vital organs or tissues can be donated to his mother or others.
  • Ohio death row inmate Ronald Phillips: 'I guess the Lord hid my veins from them'

    11/02/2013 7:25:36 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 29 replies
    NEWS NET 5 ^ | 2 NOVEMBER 2013 | AP
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A prison doctor couldn’t find veins in the arms of an Ohio death row inmate during a pre-execution check-up, the inmate said Friday by video in rare court testimony as he challenges the state’s new, never-tried lethal-injection method. Condemned child killer Ronald Phillips said the doctor could find only a vein on his right hand following an examination on Oct. 18 at the medical centre at Chillicothe Correctional Institution, south of Columbus. “I guess the Lord hid my veins from them,” Phillips said. Phillips testified as part of a lawsuit brought by his attorneys to delay his...
  • Killer gang member starts SNORING as he is executed in Texas prison

    09/20/2013 5:31:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    A former South Texas street gang member started snoring as he was lethally injected in a Texas prison. Robert Gene Garza, 30, smiled and blew a kiss to friends and relatives as they entered the death chamber. In a brief final statement, he thanked them for coming and told them he loved them. 'I know it's hard for you. It's not easy. This is a release. Y'all finally get to move on with your lives,' he said. Garza took several deep breaths as a lethal dose of pentobarbital began flowing into his arms, then began snoring. All movement stopped within...
  • 16 people sitting on Texas Death Row for Valley crimes

    09/19/2013 11:40:51 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    valleycentral.com ^ | 09.19.2013 | Sergio Chapa
    The Rio Grande Valley has seen more than its fair share of heinous and brutal crimes. But only 24 of those crimes ended with the suspects being sentenced to death. Some 503 inmates have been executed in Texas since 1982. Of those executed inmates, 8 of them were from the Valley. Six of the executed inmates are from Cameron County while two are from Hidalgo County. Of the 278 inmates currently sitting on Texas Death Row, some 16 of them are from the Valley. Eleven of those inmates waiting for execution are from Hidalgo County while five of them are...
  • Ft. Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan forcibly shaved in military prison after being sentenced to death

    09/04/2013 7:44:13 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 46 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 4 September 2013 | The Daily Mail (U.K.)
    Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan forcibly shaved in military prison after being sentenced to death • Major Nidal Hasan began growing a beard in the years after the November 2009 shooting that left 13 dead and 30 wounded The Army psychiatrist sentenced to death for the Fort Hood shooting rampage has been forcibly shaved, an Army spokesman said on Tuesday. Major Nidal Hasan began growing a beard in the years after the November 2009 shooting that left 13 dead and 30 wounded. The beard prompted delays to his court-martial because it violated Army grooming regulations. He was convicted of...
  • Verdict: Maj. Nidal Hasan sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting rampage

    08/28/2013 12:02:25 PM PDT · by ken in texas · 202 replies
    WFAA TV (Dallas) ^ | 8/28/13 | JASON WHITELY
    FORT HOOD – U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan will be executed for the 2009 shooting rampage on post that left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded. The jury panel of 13 U.S. Army officers delivered the verdict on post moments before 2 p.m. Wednesday. They deliberated for less than three hours. Last Friday, the same panel unanimously found Hasan guilty of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. This sentencing verdict ends the court martial after 17 days. In it, Hasan, who defended himself, never...
  • Obese inmate spared from execution dies in Ohio

    07/26/2013 12:21:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 26, 2013 1:22 PM EDT | Julie Carr Smyth
    An Ohio inmate whose 450-pound weight became an issue in his death penalty case has died seven months after being granted clemency, officials said Friday. Ronald Post died Thursday morning at a prison hospital where he’d been treated on and off since 2011, a state prisons spokeswoman said. He was a week shy of his 54th birthday. Post was sentenced to death for killing Elyria motel clerk Helen Vantz on Dec. 15, 1983. His attorneys sought mercy for Post ahead of his Jan. 16 execution date on the grounds that he was so obese that he could not be executed...
  • Texas prepares to execute 500th inmate

    06/25/2013 4:18:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 37 replies
    KSN TV ^ | 6/25/2013 | The Associated Press
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison.“I remember thinking: We’re really going to do this. This is really going to happen,” says Willett, who was a captain for the Texas Department of Corrections.When the van pulled away early the next morning, it carried to a nearby funeral home the body of convicted killer Charlie Brooks, who had just become the first Texas prisoner executed since a Supreme Court ruling six years earlier allowed the...
  • Grim milestone: Texas set to execute 500th inmate

    06/25/2013 10:21:17 AM PDT · by South40 · 100 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | 6/25/2013 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jim Willett remembers the night of Dec. 6, 1982, when he was assigned to guard a mortuary van that had arrived at the death house at the Huntsville prison. "I remember thinking: We're really going to do this. This is really going to happen," says Willett, who was a captain for the Texas Department of Corrections. When the van pulled away early the next morning, it carried to a nearby funeral home the body of convicted killer Charlie Brooks, who had just become the first Texas prisoner executed since a Supreme Court ruling six years earlier...
  • Ind. woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released [stabbed victim 33 times with butcher knife]

    06/17/2013 11:54:05 AM PDT · by grundle · 48 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June 17, 2013
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman put on death row at age 16 for killing an elderly Bible school teacher is scheduled to be released Monday after serving a prison term that was shortened after the state Supreme Court intervened. Paula Cooper's death sentence at such a young age sparked international protests and a plea for clemency from Pope John Paul II. Now 43 years old, Cooper is being given a second chance at her life. Cooper was 15 when she and three other teenage girls showed up at Ruth Pelke's house on May 14, 1985, with plans of robbing...
  • Death Row Inmate's Last Words: 'Wow! That Is Great!'

    04/26/2013 7:21:39 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 40 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | April 26, 2013
    A Texas inmate was executed Thursday evening for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a convenience store robbery nearly 11 years ago. Richard Cobb, 29, didn’t deny using a 20-gauge shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. He was convicted of capital murder. “Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to an end,” Cobb said when asked if he had any last words. “Life is too short. I hope...
  • Lawyers say Arkansas to use untried execution drug

    04/17/2013 12:43:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2013 10:00 PM EDT | Jeanie Nuss
    Arkansas plans to put prisoners to death with a drug that apparently hasn’t been used in a U.S. execution, and lawyers for condemned inmates warn that it could take longer for someone to die from it than from other lethal injection drugs. Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the state plans to use phenobarbital, along with lorazepam, in lethal injections. None are currently scheduled, but Arkansas recently passed a law that will allow the state to resume executions. … In a letter obtained by the AP, federal public defender Jennifer Horan told...
  • Mercy For Killer Who Says He Didn’t Mean To?

    04/03/2013 10:17:28 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 35 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 3, 2013 | JP
    Autumn Carter, a Mansfield, Ohio girl, was raped and killed in 1998. She was six-months old (that’s right). Her convicted killer, Steven Smith, has a May 1 date with the executioner. Yesterday, he appeared before the Ohio Parole Board, where he pleaded for mercy. Smith, 31 years old at the time he took baby Autumn’s life, has not repented his evil. He says his life should be spared because he really didn’t mean to kill the infant. He just wanted to have sex with her. The convicted killer’s public defenders, Joseph Wilhelm and Tyson Fleming, had his back yesterday at...
  • Warren Hill Spared Minutes Before Scheduled Execution (Georgia)

    03/18/2013 7:47:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    New York Amsterdam News ^ | Monday, March 18, 2013
    His death warrant was signed, and he had already taken an anxiety-calming sedative and said his final goodbyes to his loved ones. But supporters of this Georgia death-row inmate soon became elated after learning that Atlanta’s 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals both granted temporary reprieves just a half hour before Warren Hill’s state-sponsored murder was slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19. In a 2-1 decision, the federal judges decided that more reviews of the doctors’ statements were necessary. Still, Hill faces strict requirements to get his case reconsidered. “If this...
  • CA: Capitalism's Last Stand - Start-Up Mania Hits San Quentin Prison as Inmates Turn Entrepreneurs

    02/25/2013 6:27:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 25 February 2013 | Daily Mail (U.K.)
    Start-up mania hits San Quentin prison as inmates turn entrepreneurs One by one, the entrepreneurs, clad in crisp blue jeans and armed with PowerPoint presentations, stood before a roomful of investors and tech bloggers to explain their dreams of changing the world. For these exuberant times in Silicon Valley, the scene was familiar; the setting, less so. With the young and ambitious flocking again to northern California to launch Internet companies, there were signs one recent morning that start-up mania has taken hold even behind the faded granite walls of California's most notorious prison. 'Live stream has gone mainstream. Mobile...
  • Dallas Judge Halts Execution of Texas Woman; Uncertain If Prosecutors Will Appeal Reprieve

    01/29/2013 1:45:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A Dallas judge has halted the scheduled Tuesday night execution of a Texas woman who would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. in three years. The order from state District Judge Larry Mitchell moves the execution of Kimberly McCarthy, 51, to April 3. McCarthy faced lethal injection for the 1997 beating, stabbing and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
  • Va. killer who asked for it gets his state execution

    01/17/2013 9:48:29 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 17 January 2013 | Dena Potter
    RICHMOND — A man who strangled his prison cellmate and made good on a vow to continue killing if he wasn’t executed was put to death Wednesday in Virginia’s electric chair. Robert Gleason Jr., 42, was pronounced dead by authorities at 9:08 p.m. at Greensville Correctional Center. He became the first inmate executed in the U.S. this year and the first to choose death by electrocution since 2010. In Virginia and nine other states, death row inmates are allowed to choose between electrocution and lethal injection. Gleason was serving life in prison for the 2007 fatal shooting of a man...
  • Police: Former death row inmate kills mom

    01/10/2013 7:23:52 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    AP, via www.sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013
    VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A California man once sentenced to death for killing two people in the 1960s was under arrest Thursday after police said he led officers to the body of his 89-year-old mother. -- SNIP -- The California Supreme Court reversed his death sentence in 1969 after finding 12 prospective jurors were dismissed because they said they opposed the death penalty. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled a year earlier that such jurors shouldn't be automatically excluded from a death penalty case unless they make clear they can't impose capital punishment under any circumstance. Stanworth was sentenced to death...
  • Ohio Governor Kasich Spares Condemned Obese Killer

    12/19/2012 7:55:32 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 19 replies
    Bellefontaine Examiner Online ^ | 12-17-2012 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    The governor on Monday sidestepped a decision about whether a condemned inmate was too fat to be humanely executed by sparing the prisoner on the grounds that he had poor legal representation. Gov. John Kasich's decision to grant clemency to Ronald Post mirrored the recommendation of mercy by the state parole board, which said it didn't doubt Post's guilt but said there were too many problems with how he was represented 30 years ago. Post, who weighs 450 pounds, never raised the issue of his size with the board. And Kasich, who commuted Post's sentence to life with no chance...
  • Former Fla. Police Officer Scheduled for Execution

    12/10/2012 7:43:03 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2012 | TAMARA LUSH
    Manuel Pardo was a decorated Florida highway patrolman and police officer who went horribly bad, slaying nine people during a three-month crime spree after he had been fired for lying. Now, almost 27 years later, Pardo, 56, is scheduled to be executed Tuesday night at Florida State Prison in Starke barring a last-minute stay, fulfilling a request he made to jurors at his 1988 trial.
  • Death Row Inmate: "Sometimes I just want to get it over with"

    09/23/2012 5:19:57 PM PDT · by GeronL · 15 replies
    Associated Posers ^ | 2-23-2012 | geronl
    (Associated Posers) – LIVINGSTON, Texas - “You can't take your eyes off that door” death row inmate Cleve Foster says about the steel door that death row inmates typically walk through on the way to their executions. Twice though Foster has come within minutes of being escorted through that steel door, but was stopped by US Supreme Court interventions. On Tuesday, Foster, 48, is scheduled for yet another trip to the death house for participating in the abduction and slaying of a 30-year-old Sudanese woman, Nyaneur Pal, a decade ago near Fort Worth. Foster, a former Army recruiter known to...