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  • Missouri inmate executed for killing neighbor [pentobarbital avoids "botched" executions]

    08/06/2014 7:36:13 AM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 6, 2014 | JIM SUHR
    A Missouri inmate was put to death Wednesday for raping and killing a college student in 1995, making him the first U.S. prisoner put to death since an Arizona lethal injection went awry last month. When the drugs began flowing, his head lowered back to the pillow and he appeared to breathe heavily for about 15 seconds before closing his eyes. Some of his witnesses began crying after he fell unconscious.Texas and Missouri instead administer a single large dose of pentobarbital — often used to treat convulsions and seizures and to euthanize animals. Missouri changed to pentobarbital late last year...
  • Appeals Judge Says Guillotine 'Probably Best' for Executions

    08/04/2014 12:47:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 68 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 21st 2014 | Tracy Connor
    A federal appeals judge issued a blistering dissent in a death-row case on Monday, declaring that an execution system that relies on drugs is doomed and the guillotine would be better. "Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and peaceful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments," Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote. "But executions are, in fact, nothing like that. They are brutal, savage events, and nothing...
  • Double murder's botched execution prompts Arizona gov to order review

    07/24/2014 6:22:11 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 38 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 7/24/14 | unknown
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ordered a review of the state's execution process after a convicted double murderer gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half before his death Wednesday. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m. local time, one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started. Wood's lawyers had filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour." In ordering the review, Brewer said...
  • Marine who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 back in US

    06/29/2014 2:10:43 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 29, 2014 | By ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Marine who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq and then returning to the U.S. claiming he had been kidnapped, only to disappear again, is back in U.S. custody, officials said Sunday. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, 34, turned himself in and was being flown Sunday from an undisclosed location in the Middle East to Norfolk, Va. He is to be moved Monday to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to a spokesman, Capt. Eric Flanagan. Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox, commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Lejeune, will determine whether...
  • Florida Man Becomes 3rd Executed in US in 24 Hours

    06/21/2014 1:25:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Florida on Wednesday executed a Tampa-area man who murdered his estranged wife and her young son in 1985, two years after he had been paroled for killing his previous spouse. It was the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours since a botched April lethal injection in Oklahoma. John Ruthell Henry, 63, was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection for the stabbing death of Suzanne Henry. He also was convicted of stabbing her 5-year-old son, Eugene Christian, hours after the woman's murder.
  • Florida Man Convicted of Killing 3 Scheduled for Execution

    06/15/2014 3:46:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Jun 15, 2014
    John Ruthell Henry is scheduled to die Wednesday for 1985 murders.A man who killed his estranged wife and her son two years after he had been paroled for murdering his previous spouse is scheduled to be executed this week, more than two decades after he was sentenced to death. John Ruthell Henry, 63, is scheduled to die Wednesday for the 1985 stabbing death of his wife, Suzanne Henry, in Pasco County. Gov. Rick Scott signed Henry's death warrant for that murder. He also was convicted in Hillsborough County of stabbing Suzanne Henry's 5-year-old son, Eugene Christian, near Plant City, hours...
  • NBC poll shows support for death penalty undimmed by recent botched execution

    05/15/2014 7:45:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The botched execution of a brutal murderer in Oklahoma has done nothing to change American minds about the death penalty, but does have them looking to the past for better solutions. A new NBC poll shows the death penalty enjoying a significant level of public support — more than many other government policies — if still down from its peak twenty years ago: A badly botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has not chipped away at the American public’s support of the death penalty, although two-thirds of voters would back alternatives to the needle, an exclusive NBC News poll shows....
  • DEATH PENALTY OPPONENTS, HAVE I GOT A DEAL FOR YOU! ... Ann Coulter

    05/15/2014 12:34:58 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 9 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 14 May 2014 | Ann Coulter
    As described in last week's column, The New York Times and other sanctimonious news outlets censored details about the crime that put Clayton Lockett on death row, the better to generate revulsion at his deserved execution. You might say they buried the facts alive. For example, the Times neglected to mention anything about the raping that preceded the murdering, which seems odd for a newspaper so consumed with the "War on Women." (At least Lockett never refused to pay for a woman's birth control pills!) The Times also dropped the part about Lockett's dangerous behavior while incarcerated, such as ordering...
  • Appeals Court Stays Texas Execution After Intellectual Disability Claim

    05/13/2014 11:34:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A federal appeals court has stayed the Texas execution of a convicted rapist and murderer, saying that his defense team should have more time to make their case that Campbell is intellectually disabled. Robert James Campbell's execution had been scheduled for Tuesday. It would have been the first execution in the United States since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma left an inmate writhing in pain before death. His defense team now will have more time to appeal his death sentence. "It is regrettable that we are now reviewing evidence of intellectual disability at the eleventh hour before Campbell's scheduled...
  • Oklahoma Delays Man's Execution By Six Months After Botched Effort On Fellow Inmate

    05/08/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 8, 2014 | Josh Lowenstien
    In the wake of an execution that left a prisoner dying of a painful heart attack, Oklahoma is delaying lethal injection for another man so that the matter can be fully investigated. Oklahoma's attorney general today said that he'd put off the execution of convicted murderer and rapist Charles Warner so that the state can finish looking into what led to the botched execution of prisoner Clayton Lockett, The New York Times reports. The mix of drugs Lockett was given last week left him awake during the second and third rounds of chemicals designed to stop breathing and then the...
  • Clayton Lockett: A Just Execution, Regardless

    05/07/2014 9:25:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Last week the state of Oklahoma "botched" an execution. Botched is the accepted term in the media coverage, despite the fact Clayton Lockett was executed. He just died badly, suffering for 43 minutes until he eventually had a heart attack. Oklahoma's governor has called for an investigation. President Obama asked Attorney General Eric Holder (who is seeking the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing case) to review the death penalty. Obama's position was a perfectly defensible straddle: "The individual ... had committed heinous crimes, terrible crimes, and I've said in the past that there are certain circumstances where a...
  • Lethal Injection Is Pretty Much the Worst Way to Execute People. So Why Do We Use It?

    05/06/2014 9:24:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 144 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 05/06/2014 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    Killing a human being turns out to be surpassingly hard to do. This was made gruesomely apparent in Oklahoma last week, when the state tried to execute a convicted murderer named Clayton Lockett by injecting him with a new and secret mix of deadly chemicals. "Man," Lockett moaned, sixteen minutes after the injection and long after he was supposed to be dead, and he tried to get up, and began to writhe and jerk on the gurney until prison officials closed a curtain to keep the witnesses from seeing the rest of the episode. Alarm set in. The doctor on...
  • The Oklahoma Heart Vs. the Abolitionist Heart

    05/06/2014 4:53:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, Oklahoma authorities botched the execution of a murderer named Clayton Lockett. The execution by lethal injection took more than 40 minutes. According to witnesses, he twitched and gasped and said, "oh, man" after officials had thought he was unconscious. Opponents of the death penalty outdid one another in expressing their outrage. It was the left's hysteria-of-the-week. In contrast, many Oklahomans were not nearly as upset. "Who cares if he feels pain," stylist April Sewell, at Hair Naturally in Perry told Oklahoma TV station KFOR. "You know, honestly, he's getting away a lot easier than how his victim...
  • What is was like watching the botched Oklahoma execution

    05/02/2014 5:10:37 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 57 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 2, 2014 | Mark Berman
    *** Oklahoma was using a new lethal injection drug for the first time, and the secrecy surrounding the drugs had caused a protracted argument that extended to the state’s courts and lawmakers. Branstetter had been there in January when Michael Wilson was killed with a three-drug mix that had been obtained from a compounding pharmacy. Wilson’s final words, spoken after the injections: “I feel my whole body burning.” So she wanted to go to see what was different this time. At the beginning, the only thing that was different was that the execution was late. At 6:23 p.m., 23 minutes...
  • UN: Oklahoma execution may violate int'l law

    05/02/2014 4:01:54 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 48 replies
    Town Hall ^ | May 02 2012 | Town Hall
    GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations human rights office says U.S. death row inmate Clayton Lockett's suffering during his botched Oklahoma execution this week may amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under international human rights law. A spokesman for the office, Rupert Colville, says Lockett's prolonged death on Tuesday is "the second case of apparent extreme suffering caused by malfunctioning lethal injections" reported in the United States this year, after Dennis McGuire's execution in Ohio on Jan. 16 with an allegedly untested combination of drugs. Colville told reporters Friday in Geneva that "the apparent cruelty involved in these recent...
  • Oklahoma's botched lethal injection starts new front in battle over executions

    04/30/2014 6:39:14 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed April 30, 2014 | Ed Payne, Josh Levs, and Greg Botelho,
    A botched execution in Oklahoma has become the latest in a string of incidents raising questions about the drugs being used and the constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
  • OKLAHOMA INMATE DIES AFTER EXECUTION IS BOTCHED

    04/29/2014 7:03:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 131 replies
    AP ^ | April 29, 2014 | BAILEY ELISE McBRIDE and SEAN MURPHY
    An Oklahoma inmate whose execution was halted Tuesday because the delivery of a new drug combination was botched died of a heart attack, the head of the state Department of Corrections said. Director Robert Patton said inmate Clayton Lockett died Tuesday after all three drugs were administered. Patton halted Lockett's execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. He said there had been vein failure. The execution began at 6:23 p.m. when officials began administering the first drug, and a doctor declared Lockett to be unconscious at 6:33 p.m. About three minutes later, though, Lockett began breathing heavily,...
  • Oklahoma Prepares for Execution of 2 Inmates

    04/29/2014 1:52:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 29, 2014
    Oklahoma is preparing to use a new lethal injection formula on two death row inmates who are scheduled to die in the state's first double execution since 1937. Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner both are scheduled to be executed Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
  • After Court Drama, Oklahoma to Have 2 Executions

    04/24/2014 4:05:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday. The move comes a day after the state Supreme Court removed one of the final obstacles, ruling late Wednesday that Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them. The inmates had sought that information through a civil lawsuit. "The defendants had their day in court. The court has made a decision," Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement. "Two men that do not contest their guilt in heinous murders...
  • Jesus of Nazareth, Enemy of the State, Executed for Treason

    04/22/2014 3:39:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 22, 2014 | Jerry Bowyer
    An Official Declaration Concerning the Criminal Jesus of NazarethJesus of Nazareth was executed on the orders of the Roman State. Method of execution: Crucifixion. The charge under Roman law was treason, and under Herodian law blasphemy against the Temple.The evidence against this anarchist was so strong that authorities of both the Roman State and the Kingdom of Herod concurred with the arrest and execution, and Jesus was subjected to trial by both governments. And in a rare uprising of spontaneous collective justice, the mass of people who were gathered for Passover called for his execution as well. The mob affirmed...
  • Texas candidate faces thorny death penalty choice (gubernatorial race)

    04/15/2014 1:55:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 4:42 PM EDT | Paul J. Weber
    The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don’t dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abbott, the favorite to succeed Gov. Rick Perry, must soon make a decision as attorney general that could disrupt the nation’s busiest death chamber. It’s an election-year dilemma for Abbott. But in Texas, it’s one that Democratic rival Wendy Davis can’t easily exploit, illustrating the difficulty of navigating the issue in such a pro-death penalty state. Abbott must soon decide whether to stick with his earlier opinions that Texas must disclose the source of the execution drugs it...
  • Execution, Interrupted: Killer’s Life Spared Moments Before Hanging

    04/17/2014 2:56:26 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Time ^ | 04-17-2014 | Noah Rayman
    Hundreds of people are executed every year in Iran. Balal, thanks to the actions of his victim's mother, will not be one of them. Balal was standing on a chair, blindfolded and with a noose around his neck, when the mother of the man he stabbed to death seven years ago approached him, the Guardian reports. According to some interpretations of sharia law, the victim’s family participates in the punishment by pushing the chair from under the condemned man. But this time, the mother of the victim slapped Balal across the face and then helped the victim’s father remove the...
  • Man executed with controversial drug despite lawyer's appeal

    04/03/2014 9:33:01 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 75 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 3 April 2014 | By Associated Press
    A serial killer was put to death Thursday in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyers' demand that the state release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug. Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, was the first inmate to be injected with a dose of newly replenished pentobarbital that Texas prison officials obtained to replace an expired supply of the powerful sedative. Sells declined to give a statement. As the drug began flowing into his arms inside the death chamber in Huntsville, Sells took a few breaths, his eyes closed and he began to snore. After less than...
  • Court Delays Mississippi's First Execution of Female Inmate in 70 Years

    03/31/2014 11:32:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 27, 2014 | Emily Le Coz
    A Mississippi woman convicted of murdering her husband was granted at least a brief reprieve on Thursday but could still become the first female prisoner executed in the state in 70 years. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood had asked the state Supreme Court to set the execution of Michelle Byrom, 57, for Thursday night for the fatal shooting of her husband, Edward Byrom Sr. in 1999. But the court denied Hood's motion to carry out the execution, giving her attorneys hope the court will take up their motion to seek permission to file additional appeals.
  • 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...
  • North Korean Tyrant Kim Jong-Un to Execute 33 Christians

    03/05/2014 9:15:55 PM PST · by Ray76 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 5, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, has called for the execution of 33 people for reportedly working as accomplices to South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung-wook....
  • (Islam vs. Homosexuality) Iran Executes Two for ‘Perversion’

    03/04/2014 6:59:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Monday, March 3, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Iran Executes Two for ‘Perversion’ Third dealt death sentence for ‘insulting the prophet’ Iran executed two gay men on Sunday for the crime of “perversion” and has sentenced a third individual to death for “insulting the prophet,” according to human rights activists tracking the situation. The head of Iran’s judiciary department in the northern city of Rasht announced on Sunday that two homosexual men had been executed for “perversion,” which is considered a severe crime under Iran’s hardline Islamic law. The executions come less than two months after Iranian authorities publicly hanged 40 individuals in a two-week period. Iran is...
  • California inmate dies while awaiting execution

    03/04/2014 6:39:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 3/4/14
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 66-year-old inmate has died while awaiting execution at San Quentin State Prison for a 1988 murder in Sacramento County. The state corrections department said Ralph Michael Yeoman was found unresponsive in his cell early Tuesday. The cause of death is awaiting an autopsy. He was sentenced to death in 1990 for the Feb. 13, 1988, first-degree murder, kidnap and robbery of 73-year-old Doris Horrell of Citrus Heights. Her body was found in a field west of Interstate 5 near what is now Sleep Train Arena. ...
  • Will Courts Lift Veil of Secrecy Around Lethal Injections?

    02/27/2014 10:45:17 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2014 | By Pete Williams
    Despite growing controversy over the use of anonymous pharmacies for lethal injections, the U.S. Supreme Court has thus far declined to block any executions based on 11th-hour appeals challenging the drug connections. That includes the case of Michael Taylor, a convicted rapist and murderer who was put to death at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri after a furious legal battle that stretched well into the night. It's worth nothing, however, that three high court justices wanted to block Taylor's execution and cited the words of an appeals judge who said so little was known about the source of the deadly...
  • Missouri Executes Man in '89 Rape, Killing of Teen

    02/26/2014 4:35:12 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/26/14 | Jim Salter
    A Missouri inmate was executed early Wednesday for abducting, raping and killing a Kansas City teenager as she waited for her school bus in 1989, marking the state's fourth lethal injection in as many months. Michael Taylor, 47, was pronounced dead at 12: 10 a.m. at the state prison in Bonne Terre. Federal courts and the governor had refused last-minute appeals from his attorneys, who argued that the execution drug purchased from a compounding pharmacy could have caused Taylor inhuman pain and suffering.
  • Man who raped, murdered young south Fla. boy executed

    02/13/2014 9:34:38 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Bay News9 ^ | 2/13/14 | Jason Lanning
    SEFFNER -- A man was executed at Florida State Prison in Starke on Wednesday night. Juan Carlos Chavez was pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m. Chavez was convicted of the 1995 abduction, rape and murder of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce in Miami-Dade County. Ryce was abducted from his bus stop near his home. As Ryce tried escaping Chavez, investigators say Chavez shot him in the back. Ryce's body was found dismembered in three plastic flower pots, covered with concrete three months later. The execution at Starke was attended by a Bay area father that lost his 8-year-old daughter in 1998. Roy Brown...
  • Woman executed in Texas for 1998 torture killing

    02/05/2014 8:48:14 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 5, 2014 | Michael Graczyk
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was put to death Wednesday evening in a rare executionof a female prisoner. The lethal injection of Suzanne Basso, 59, made the New York native only the 14th woman executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed capital punishment to resume. Almost 1,400 men have been put to death during that time.
  • Ohio guards: Inmate was urged to fake suffocation

    01/28/2014 11:19:42 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    AP ^ | 01/27/2014 | By JULIE CARR SMYTH
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate whose slow, gasping execution with a new drug combination renewed questions about the death penalty was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the condemned man to fake symptoms of suffocation. The Office of the Public Defender said Robert Lowe, one of the attorneys representing inmate Dennis McGuire, was back at work Monday after an internal review failed to substantiate the allegation. State prison records released Monday say McGuire told guards that Lowe counseled him to make a show of his death that would, perhaps,...
  • Family alleges Ohio execution unconstitutional

    01/25/2014 6:51:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 25, 2013
    Family alleges Ohio execution unconstitutional January 25, 2014 AP COLUMBUS, Ohio – The prolonged execution of an Ohio inmate during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted amounted to cruel and unusual punishment which should not be allowed to happen again, the inmate's family said in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed late Friday, also alleges the drug maker that produced the medications illegally allowed them to be used for an execution and should be prohibited from making them available for capital punishment. McGuire "repeated cycles of snorting, gurgling and arching his back, appearing to writhe in pain," the lawsuit said....
  • Mexican who gunned down Houston cop WILL be executed tonight despite last

    01/22/2014 1:46:22 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22 January 2014 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Mexican who gunned down Houston cop WILL be executed tonight despite last-minute pleas from Mexico government A Mexican held on death-row in a Texan prison for murdering a policeman will be executed tonight despite last-ditch appeals from lawyers for clemency. Edgar Arias Tamayo, 46, was set for lethal injection this evening for shooting of Guy Gaddis, 24, in January 1994. The case has been a focus of protests in his home town and diplomatic pressure, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling for a delay to Tamayo's execution. Tamayo's lawyers had lodged an appeal arguing that he was ineligible...
  • 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...
  • Some states look at reviving firing squads amid shortage of execution drugs

    01/18/2014 3:55:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 60 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/17/14 | M. Alex Johnson
    **SNIP** Firing squads have all but disappeared from the U.S. While Oklahoma law provides for them if lethal injection is ever ruled unconstitutional, only Utah actually continues to use them, and then only for inmates convicted before 2004 as it seeks to phase them out. But the shortage of pentobarbitol has some lawmakers reconsidering. State Sen. Bruce Burns filed a similar bill (.pdf) Monday in Wyoming, saying the state would have to do something soon before it runs out of approved drugs for lethal injections.
  • Ohio killer's execution takes almost 25 minutes

    01/16/2014 7:20:41 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 128 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 9:32 PM (ET) | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    A condemned man appeared to gasp several times and took an unusually long time to die - more than 20 minutes - in an execution carried out Thursday with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S. Dennis McGuire's attorney Allen Bohnert called the convicted killer's death "a failed, agonizing experiment" and added: "The people of the state of Ohio should be appalled at what was done here today in their names."
  • Controversial execution in Ohio uses new drug combination

    01/16/2014 2:07:58 PM PST · by bestintxas · 120 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/16/14 | Dana Ford and Ashley Fantz
    Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire appeared to gasp and convulse for roughly 10 minutes before he finally died Thursday during his execution by lethal injection using a new combination of drugs, reporters who witnessed it said. He was convicted in 1994 of the rape and murder of 22-year-old Joy Stewart, who was seven months pregnant. Her relatives were at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville to witness his death, according to tweets from television reporter Sheila Gray. McGuire's "children and daughter-in-law were crying and visibly upset," Gray tweeted. Killer executed in Ohio A Dayton Daily News reporter who also watched the...
  • 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,
  • Humanitarian, peace loving North Korea???

    01/03/2014 6:38:17 AM PST · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 3, 2014 | Dan Miller
    It's sweetness, light and fervent desires for peace and love all the way down. Right.According to a report from The Week First Post, Initial reports suggested Jang Song-thaek, the No.2 man in North Korea, had been shot by a firing squad after being found guilty of treason. But an account in Wen Wei Po – China's official mouthpiece – suggests the reality was even more disturbing.According to the report, Jang was stripped naked and thrown into a cage, along with his five closest aides, the Straits Times reports. They were joined by 120 hounds who had been "starved for three days", the paper...
  • Kim Jong Un's executed uncle was eaten alive by 120 hungry dogs: report

    01/03/2014 5:49:42 AM PST · by steelhead_trout · 79 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jan 3, 2014 | Eric Baculinao and Alexander Smith
    BEIJING -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs, according to a newspaper with close ties to China's ruling Communist Party. Hong Kong-based pro-Beijing newspaper Wen Wei Po reported that Jang and his five closest aides were set upon by 120 hunting hounds which had been starved for five days.
  • Kim Jong-un's Aunt Helped Purge Her Own Husband in North Korean Treachery

    12/12/2013 4:26:03 PM PST · by george76 · 81 replies
    abc ^ | ‎12‎/‎12‎/‎2013‎ | JOOHEE CHO
    Details emerging from North Korea about Kim Jong-un's surprising public purging of his uncle from a top position indicate that it was a family affair with his aunt and brother, armed with a pistol, taking part in the arrests of ranking officials. ... "What you have to understand is that the North Korean dynasty is run by an absolute blood-based hereditary mindset," pointed out Lee Yun-keol, the president of North Korea Strategic Information Service Center. The purge drama was designed by Kim Kyong-hee, Jang's wife, and Kim Jong-un, Lee said. ... The South Korean media have also been reporting that...
  • North Korea executes Kim Jong Un's uncle

    12/12/2013 5:36:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/12/2013
    North Korea announced Thursday it had executed the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, declaring him a traitor who tried to overthrow the state. The announcement came only days after Pyongyang announced through state media that Jang Song Thaek -- long considered the country's No. 2 power -- had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and leading a "dissolute and depraved life." State news agency KCNA said a tribunal examined Jang's crimes, including "attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to...
  • 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.
  • Convicted Killer Marshall Lee Gore Executed at Florida State Prison

    10/01/2013 3:51:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
    Man convicted of killing two women, attempting to kill a third, executed by lethal injectionA convicted killer who had been on death row for 23 years was executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison on Tuesday. Marshall Lee Gore, 49, was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m., authorities said. Gore, a former Miami-Dade escort service owner, was convicted of killing two women in the 1980s and executed for the March 1988 murder of of one of those women, exotic dancer Robyn Novick. The 30-year-old nude body was found dumped in rural Miami-Dade County. Gore was also convicted of killing another...