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  • 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...
  • Ohio inmate says he's too obese for execution

    09/17/2012 1:58:49 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 59 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 09/17/2012 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death." Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems. He's also so big that the execution gurney might not hold him, lawyers for Post said in federal court papers filed Friday. "Indeed, given his unique physical and medical condition there is a substantial...
  • US Supreme Court allows execution of Texas inmate

    08/07/2012 4:29:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    AP via Google News ^ | August 7, 2012 | By MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Tuesday evening execution of a Texas death row inmate whose lawyers say should be ineligible for the death penalty because of his low IQ.
  • Kentucky death row inmate wants hip surgery

    05/18/2012 9:01:31 AM PDT · by Justaham · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/18/12 | BRETT BARROUQUERE
    A condemned killer's fight to receive surgery for agonizing hip pain pushed Kentucky officials into an uncomfortable debate over security, politics and even the possibility of inviting scorn from Fox News pundits. Emails and memos obtained by The Associated Press show corrections officials struggling for a year to reconcile their duty to provide medical care with the political ramifications of spending tens of thousands of dollars for surgery on a man they plan to execute. A key problem would turn out to be security issues that led several hospitals to balk at treating inmate Robert Foley, who still hasn't had...
  • Federal Judge Enforces Sharia-Compliance in Ohio Prisons

    04/28/2012 1:56:25 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 32 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/12 | Aurelius
    In 2011, death row inmate Abdul Awkal sued an Ohio prison because he was receiving non-halal food while in prison. As a consequence, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction banned all pork products in prison. This year, prisoner James Rivers filed a lawsuit arguing that pork should not be outright banned. He reasoned that, should Muslims not want to eat pork, they had the right to, but that it was discriminatory to ban pork for everyone. Additionally, the prison did offer meals without pork products in them before the ban. To reinforce Rivers's lawsuit, prison authorities argued that the...
  • California to hold vote on abolition of death penalty

    04/24/2012 11:38:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:24PM BST 24 Apr 2012 | Nick Allen
    California is to hold a referendum on whether to abolish the death penalty and spare the lives of 723 death row inmates, nearly one quarter of all those facing execution in America. The vote will take place alongside political elections in November after more than 500,000 people in the state signed a petition asking for the issue to be added to the ballot. California is the state with the highest number of prisoners awaiting execution, and its San Quentin prison houses the largest death row facility in the US. Under the proposal being voted on, those currently sentenced to death...
  • Inmate who killed, sodomized mother dies on death row

    04/03/2012 6:31:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/3/12 | Marisa Lagos
    A 53-year-old death row inmate died of natural causes Tuesday morning at San Quentin State Prison, according to prison authorities. Frank Manuel Abilez, who was sentenced to death for the 1996 murder and sodomy of his 68-year-old mother in Los Angeles County, was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday morning, said Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Lt. Sam Robinson.
  • Plot to break out female death row inmate Christa Gail Pike foiled

    03/21/2012 10:08:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 3+ views
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say two men have been arrested, including a former prison guard, for a plot to break out Tennessee's lone female death row inmate, Christa Gail Pike. New Jersey State Police on Monday arrested 34-year-old Donald Kohut of Flemington, N.J., who has frequently visited Pike in prison, on a charge of bribery and conspiracy to commit escape.
  • Jerry Brown: No innocent inmates on death row

    03/07/2012 5:34:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 3/7/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    <p>Jerry Brown came to the Chronicle editorial board where he made a compelling argument as to why two competing tax measures vying for the November ballot should be scrapped so that his measure can stand a better chance of passing. I used the occasion to ask Brown about the death penalty in California. Brown, a former Attorney General, said that there are no innocent inmates on California’s death row.</p>
  • CA death penalty poll shows dramatic consensus (The vast majority want it)

    03/02/2012 10:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/02/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Longtime readers know that I personally oppose the death penalty, and that mine is a minority opinion around here — and I’m comfortable with that. If I wasn’t, I might look for moral support from one of the most hopelessly liberal states in the country, my native state of California. Surely, if one state would have an electorate opposed to the death penalty, it would be the one who keeps cluelessly electing Democrats in a near-one-party government despite thundering towards fiscal and economic collapse. Right?Wrong: By 2:1, CA Voters Back Death Penalty: 61% of registered voters from the state of...
  • 700 Gather Outside San Quentin for Occupy Protest (Occupiers Now Coddle Killers & Rapists)

    02/21/2012 7:42:09 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, February 21, 2012 | John Wildermuth
    700 gather outside San Quentin for Occupy protest As many as 700 peaceful Occupy demonstrators gathered outside San Quentin State Prison this afternoon as part of a nationwide effort to call for prison reform. "It's been an amazing day," said Crystal Bybee, a spokeswoman for the local Occupy 4 Prisoners group. "We've had hundreds of people out here reading messages from prisoners and speaking out about issues that are important to us." Among the reforms protest organizers are calling for are elimination of solitary confinement, a ban on the death penalty and an end to California's "three-strikes" law. The protest...
  • Child killer self-executes

    11/18/2011 6:09:42 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2011 | Don Surber
    The man who killed 9-year-old Matthew Cecchi of Oroville, California, in 1998, was found hanged in his cell on death row on Thursday. Since the state re-instituted capital punishment in 1978, 86 inmates have died — 54 of natural causes, 19 by suicide and 13 by actual execution. I am sure that someday the argument will be that death row is cruel and unusual punishment because it “drives” so many people to suicide. The murder of Matthew Cecchi led to the Matthew Cecchi Public Safety Act, which provides for family restrooms in parks in San Diego. Erika Lyn Smith explained...
  • No more last meal choices for death-row inmates

    09/22/2011 1:46:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 90 replies
    Chron.com ^ | 09-22-2011 | Peggy Fikac
    Death-row inmates headed to their executions will no longer be able to pick what they’d like for their last meal. Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, issued this statement in response to concerns from Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire: “I believe Senator Whitmire’s concerns regarding the practice of allowing death row offenders to choose their last meal are valid. Effective immediately, no such accommodations will be made. They will receive the same meal served to other offenders on the unit.” Here’s the original post about Whitmire’s concerns: Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman...
  • New TLC show Prison Diaries reveals shocking reality of life awaiting execution

    09/20/2011 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12:03 AM on 21st September 2011 | Daisy Dumas
    A chilling look inside the minds of female prisoners unfolds on Thursday with the premičre of the new TLC show, Prison Diaries. The first episode of the series focuses on Emilia Carr, one of just 63 women on death row in the U.S. Carr is seen in ankle chains and handcuffs, led by a burly, fully-armed female guard as she leaves her cell. She wears bright orange overalls and trainers, her long, dark hair allowed to fall around her hunched shoulders.
  • Mexican National Repents on Death Row: "I Know Christ Has Forgiven Me"

    07/08/2011 1:18:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/08/2011 | Amanda Winkler
    Humberto Leal Garcia was executed in Huntsville, Texas, Thursday after being convicted of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl in 1994. His death comes after failed attempts by his attorney as well as the Obama administration to delay his execution until the end of this year due to concerns of rights violations. According to the local newspaper, Huntsville Item, Garcia accepted responsibility for his crimes and appeared remorseful prior to his death. While he was lying “strapped to a gurney in the death house, he apologized for his actions and said he wanted Christ in his life.” “I’ve hurt a...
  • Calif. lawmakers advance bill to end death penalty

    07/07/2011 6:31:37 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 17 replies
    AP (via SF Examiner) ^ | 07/07/11 11:54 AM | DON THOMPSON
    A bill that seeks to abolish California's death penalty advanced Thursday after its first legislative hearing with support from the author of the state's death penalty and a former warden who presided over executions. Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, said she introduced the bill because California can no longer afford a capital punishment system that is both expensive and ineffective as it battles persistent multibillion-dollar budget deficits. If eventually signed into law, the bill would put the question before voters in 2012. The Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 5-2 along party lines in favor of SB490 after hearing testimony from Sacramento...
  • Texas set to execute Mexican man despite pleas by U.S. and Mexico

    07/07/2011 3:40:09 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 84 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-7-77 | Reuters
    Texas is set to execute on Thursday Mexican national Humberto Leal Garcia for the rape and murder of a teenage girl, defying pleas by the Mexican government and President Barack Obama to delay it because his consular rights were violated
  • Administration Asks Court To Halt Execution Of Mexican National In Texas

    07/06/2011 10:05:12 AM PDT · by tutstar · 85 replies · 1+ views
    kwtx.com ^ | 7/1/2011 | kwtx
    <p>The Obama administration is taking the unusual step of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Texas from executing a Mexican citizen who was convicted and sentenced to die for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl.</p> <p>The administration is asking the court to delay the July 7 execution of Humberto Leal, 38, for as long as six months to give Congress time to consider legislation that would directly affect Leal's case.</p>
  • 300 traffickers on death row

    05/31/2011 5:16:05 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | May 31, 2011
    SOME 300 drug traffickers are on death row in Iran, the judiciary has announced, reflecting Tehran’s hard line on narcotics which has added to international concerns over its extensive use of capital punishment. "For 300 drug-related convicts, including those who were in possession of at least 30 grammes of heroin, execution verdicts have been issued," Sharq daily quoted Tehran prosecutor-general Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying yesterday. Although the list was long it did not contain any big-time traffickers or ringleaders, he said. All the convicts face death by hanging. Amnesty International says Iran is second only to China for the...
  • INSIDE STORY: Scott Peterson's Life on Death Row

    05/30/2011 7:52:00 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 30 replies · 1+ views
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