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  • 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...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong Un orders 9 executed to protect wife from scandal (costly porn scandal)

    09/22/2013 3:13:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Asahi ^ | September 21, 2013 | YOSHIHIRO MAKINO
    Kim Jong Un orders 9 executed to protect wife from scandal September 21, 2013 By YOSHIHIRO MAKINO/ Correspondent North Korea executed nine music group performers in an apparent attempt to squelch rumors leaking that the wife of leader Kim Jong Un might once have led a provocative lifestyle. The information comes from a high-ranking North Korean government official who recently defected. According to sources, both the Japanese and South Korean governments have confirmed the veracity of the report. Kim's wife, Ri Sol Ju, was a singer with the Unhasu Orchestra before she married him in June 2012. The scandal involves...
  • 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...
  • Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend reportedly executed by firing squad

    08/29/2013 10:12:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 08/29/2013
    <p>The ex-girlfriend of North Korean leader Kim-Jong-un was one of a dozen people reportedly executed by a firing squad last week.</p> <p>The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reports that singer Hyon Song-wol and 11 others had been arrested on August 17 for violating North Korea's laws against pornography and was executed three days later.</p>
  • SHOCKING Graphic Video Surfaces of Execution of Truck Drivers for Non-Muslim Ties

    08/28/2013 10:12:26 AM PDT · by Fawn · 36 replies
    freepatriot.org ^ | August 27, 2013 | Sam Wright
    A new video has surfaced on YouTube portraying what is said to be Sunni Muslims executing 3 Syrian truck drivers. The Al Qaeda linked terrorists are waving over the drivers and questioning them about their religious affiliations to ascertain whether they be Muslim or not. Upon finding them to be non-Muslim, the men are lined up and shot execution style. Their bodies then appearing to be posthumously shot multiple times. NOTE: This video contains extremely graphic material. - See more at: http://freepatriot.org/2013/08/27/shocking-graphic-video-surfaces-alleging-execution-truck-drivers-non-muslim-ties/#sthash.EkV3OB1i.dpuf
  • Amnesty Warns: Hamas Planning to Execute Two Men

    08/10/2013 9:16:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/8/13 | Elad Benari
    Hamas plans to publicly execute two prisoners in Gaza this week as a "lesson" to others, according to Amnesty International. The organization has described the move as "deeply disturbing," reported the British Guardian. The human rights organization said a 23-year-old man had been sentenced to death for "collaboration with an enemy entity," He told his lawyer he had been beaten during interrogation, Amnesty said. An appeal at a military court is scheduled for Wednesday but he will be at risk of imminent execution if it is unsuccessful, reported the Guardian. The second man, 27, confessed to the rape and murder...
  • Texas prison system running out of execution drug

    08/01/2013 8:50:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 1, 2013 8:57 PM EDT | Michael Graczyk
    The nation’s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of pentobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn’t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. … Texas switched to the lethal, single-dose sedative last year after one of the drugs used in its three-drug execution process became difficult to obtain and the...
  • Bulger Lawyer Attacks Flemmi Over Sex With StepDaughter

    07/23/2013 11:07:10 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 18 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 07/22/13 | EDMUND H. MAHONY
    Star witness Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi has spent hours in lurid description of how he and his old partner, James "Whitey" Bulger, tortured victims, yanked out teeth with dental tools and buried bodies in secret graves. But Flemmi stammered and hesitated Monday. Bulger's lawyers were asking the questions on cross-examination and they opened with the January 1985 murder of 26-year old Deborah Hussey – a stepdaughter Flemmi is accused of having sexually abused.
  • The website that records the last word of EVERY prisoner executed in Texas…

    07/08/2013 12:59:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:32 EST, 8 July 2013 | Ashley Collman
    A quick Google search can tell you what John Lennon’s last words were, but for anyone who isn’t a celebrity, last words are either forgotten or unmemorable. In the case of death row convicts in the state of Texas, they may not all be famous, but their words are being preserved forever. Ever since the death penalty was reinstated in December 1982, last words have been recorded, and more recently they’ve been posted on a penitentiary website. Texas euthanizes more convicts than any other state in the U.S., having reached their monumental 500th execution on June 26. …
  • This Lethal Injection Stuff is for the Birds- HANG 'EM HIGH, Dammit!

    04/27/2013 4:51:37 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 41 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 27 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    The prospect of gently dozing off while taunting victims right-to-the-end is hardly an effective deterrent... The death penalty is currently a legal sentence in 33 American states and in the federal civilian and military legal systems. Lethal injection has become the most common method of capital punishment utilized since SCOTUS re-enstated the death penalty in 1976, popularity owed to the theory it's the most 'humane' method available... but humane to whom? Not society, the victims, nor their families, that's for sure... Case-in-point being yesterday's execution of Richard Cobb (29) in Texas: he and his crime partner Beunka Adams (righteously executed April 2012) went on...
  • 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...
  • World abolishing death penalty, but executions on rise in India

    04/10/2013 3:47:53 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 11, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Fewer countries are carrying out executions than a decade ago, but India along with nations like Gambia, Pakistan and Japan bucked the trend to resume handing out death penalties. An Amnesty International report says that 21 countries executed convicts last year as compared to 28 in 2003. But there is greater concern that Indian courts had meted out at least 78 death sentences with more than 400 estimated to be on death row at the end of this year. The new death sentences given by India (78) are second only to Pakistan (242) in the Asia-Pacific region. At...
  • 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...
  • Farrakhan Promises God Has ‘Execution’ Planned for America: A ‘Savage,’ ‘Brutal’ and ‘Uncivilized’

    01/14/2013 5:31:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/14/14 | Billy Hallowell
    On Saturday, the Minister Louis Farrakhan began a 52-week sermon series entitled, “The Time and What Must Be Done.” Originally announced in early January, the lecture series will air every Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. Intended to educate African Americans about building a better future and taking control of their destiny, it also has some seriously-apocalyptic undertones. For example — and like past sermons — Farrakhan’s introductory message had no shortage of anti-American sentiment, calling U.S. citizens “a savage people” while dismissing the country’s current culture as “wild, untamed, uncivilized, uncultured [and] unrefined.” America, he claimed, is referred to in...
  • Minors could face death penalty if law amended (India)

    01/08/2013 7:25:32 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 17 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Jolted by the extreme cruelty unleashed on Nirbhaya by the only juvenile among the six accused in the Delhi gang-rape case, the government may be looking at enhanced punishment for minors — even a waiver of the delinquent's age by six months to a year — keeping in view the severity of the crime. While this review comes too late for the Delhi gang-rape case as it cannot be applied with retrospective effect, the shift is significant because heinousness of the crime committed rather than the exact age of the accused will determine the punishment. If the government...
  • 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.
  • Stokely executed Wednesday morning (Arizona)

    12/05/2012 3:30:28 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    kgun9.com ^ | 12-5-12 | KGUN9
    Richard Stokley was executed this morning by lethal injection. He was convicted of the killing of two 13 year old girls in Elfrida. The killings happened in 1991. Stokley's accomplice, Randy Brazeal, is free after serving a 20-year sentence.
  • Little Falls man describes 'finishing' teenagers with shots to heads

    11/26/2012 5:01:34 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 203 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-26-12 | Joseph Lindberg
    A man who killed two teenagers in his home in Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day told investigators he shot and wounded the two at close range before "finishing" them with shots to the head. Byron David Smith, 64, was charged Monday, Nov. 26, in Morrison County District Court with two counts of second-degree murder without premeditation in the deaths of Nicholas Brady, 17, and his cousin Haile Kifer, 18. Smith claims Brady and Kifer broke into his home and he was "fearful" they had weapons, according to the criminal complaint.
  • New Dear Leader a Ruthless &*%$# Too: North Korean Army Minister 'Executed by Mortar Round'

    10/25/2012 3:14:34 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 26, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Official KNCA news agency: 'obliterated' for  drinking during official Kim Jong Il mourning period Anybody hoping for some sort of improvement from new leadership in the penniless Stalinist hell of North Korea can get back to reality now that a monstrous  bloody purge has been executed by 28-year-old 'Outstanding Leader' Kim Jong Un... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, was taken into custody earlier this year on the orders of Kim Jong-un, who assumed the leadership after the death of his father in December.  On the orders of Kim Jong-un to leave "no trace of him behind, down...