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  • North Korea: Execution By Anti-Aircraft Gun for Sleeping: The Photographic Evidence

    05/15/2015 8:48:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/15/2015 | Tyler Durden
    North Korean defense minister Hyon Yong Chol made a mistake: he fell asleep at an official event at which Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was present. Kim, keen on sending a strong message amid rumors that his grip on absolute power may be slipping, reportedly decided that the appropriate punishment for napping during a rally is execution by anti-aircraft gun. If true, this would mark the latest in a series of “purges” which seem to lend some credence to the notion that Kim’s family name is no longer sufficient when it comes to securing absolute power and universal admiration both from...
  • North Korea executes defense chief for falling asleep during meeting, South Korea's spy agency says

    05/13/2015 9:37:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/13/2015
    South Korea's spy agency told the country's lawmakers Wednesday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un executed his defense chief for falling asleep during a meeting and talking back to the young leader. Lawmaker Shin Kyoung-min says that officials from the National Intelligence Service told a closed-door parliamentary committee that People's Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire with hundreds watching at a shooting range at Pyongyang's Kang Kon Military Academy in late April. Shin was one of the lawmakers who attended the briefing. The office of another lawmaker, Lee Cheol Woo, released similar information about...
  • Two Illinois men arrested on terror charges

    03/26/2015 3:46:09 PM PDT · by bgill · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | March 26, 2015 | CNN
    )—An Army National Guard member and his cousin have been arrested in Illinois for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist organization ISIS, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The alleged plot included a plan to attack a U.S. military installation in Illinois. In the past 18 months, the Justice Department's National Security Division has prosecuted or is prosecuting 32 cases of people attempting to travel abroad to join or providing support to terrorist groups. Of those cases, 18 allegedly involve support to ISIS.
  • Anti-Gay initiative filed in CA. And it's...well....

    03/06/2015 8:30:07 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 20 replies
    patheos.com & Huffington Post ^ | Unknown | Matt McLaughlin
    A friend sent me an article about an initiative recently filed in California that is....shocking, to say the least. It is called the "Sodomite Supression Act" and...well, I'll let you read it for yourselves. I draw your attentions to sections "b" and "f", especially.....
  • Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House

    03/03/2015 11:13:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 58 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 03/03/2015
    <p>OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.</p> <p>The House voted 85-10 on Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian, who described the method as humane, painless and easy to administer. There was no debate against the bill, which now heads to the Senate.</p>
  • Execution of only woman on Georgia's death row POSTPONED at the last minute

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

    02/03/2015 2:48:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    As responses to terrorism go, this one communicates commitment. After ISIS released video of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbe’s murder by immolation — which apparently happened weeks ago — the kingdom of Jordan has announced that all jihadist prisoners will be executed as soon as possible, beginning at dawn tomorrow with the woman ISIS wanted released: Jordan will execute Wednesday an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death row and other jihadists after having vowed to avenge the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State jihadists, an official said.“The sentence of death pending on… Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi will be carried...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Burned alive in a cage: ISIS release video [Jordanian pilot]

    02/03/2015 9:30:39 AM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 441 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 03, 2015 | John Hall
    Militants fighting for the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq have released a video they claim shows Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh being burnt alive while locked in a cage. The footage, which is titled 'Healing the Believers Chests' appears to show the captured airman wearing an orange jumpsuit as a trail of petrol leading up to the cage is seen being set alight. Flames are seen quickly spreading to the cage where they completely engulf the helpless pilot in images that are far too distressing to publish.
  • Former Army Ranger: US Should Execute Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

    01/28/2015 8:30:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 67 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 27, 2015 | Howie Carr
    A former U.S. Army Ranger sniper and author of a best-selling book about his combat tour in Afghanistan said yesterday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should be executed if found guilty of deserting his unit in 2009.“I think he should definitely be put to death,” said Nicholas “Irv” Irving, the author (with Gray Brozek) of The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers, said on this writer’s radio show. “He’s given a lot of information to the enemy and he should pay the price.” Since being released last year, Bergdahl has received two promotions and about $300,000 in...
  • Top State Dept Official: ‘Nothing religious’ About Islamic State Execution

    01/25/2015 7:43:10 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 24, 2015 | Rick Stengel
    A senior State Department official on Saturday claimed that there is “nothing religious” about the Islamic State’s reported execution of a Japanese hostage. Rick Stengel, an under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, took to Twitter to condemn the killing of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa, who has been held for ransom by the terror group along with Japanese freelance reporter Kenji Goto. “Brutal criminal murder of Japanese citizen #Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist group #Daesh,” Stengel tweeted after IS released video of the killing. “Nothing religious about it.” Stengel’s apparent refusal to acknowledge that IS’s radical Islamic...
  • Killer was acting and just made it LOOK like he was being tortured to death in execution

    01/17/2015 9:44:31 AM PST · by bgill · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan. 17, 2015 | AP
    An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case. Charles Warner, who was executed Thursday for the killing of an 11-month-old girl in 1997, said during his last words: 'It feels like acid.' The comment came before any of the lethal drugs were administered and while he was only receiving a saline drip through an intravenous line.
  • ISIS leader orders failed fighters executed, says report

    01/15/2015 12:56:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/15/2015 | By Nadiah Sarsour
    Some 56 members of ISIS learned their so-called “caliph” doesn’t tolerate losing in battle, according to reports which said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had them executed after they survived a rout by Kurdish fighters. Saed Mimousini, media spokesperson for the Kurdish Democratic Party, told Alsumaria news agency that Al-Baghdadi’s harsh decision came following their defeat at the hands of Peshmerga fighters in Kobar, south of the Kurdish capital Erbil. “ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi executed 56 of his men after their defeat at the hands of the Peshmerga forces in the Cowir area south of Erbilm," he said. “Executions took place...
  • Shocking new ISIS video claims to show young boy execute two 'Russian spies

    01/13/2015 12:16:16 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | 1-13-2015 | Sam Webb
    WARNING - GRAPHIC IMAGES: A boy of about 10 is seen firing into the back of the heads of two kneeling and bound men in the horrifying footage This shocking image appears to show a young boy gunning down two alleged Russian spies captured in the Islamic State. However, a military expert has cast doubt on its authenticity. The slickly-produced video shows the boy, who appears to be around 10-years-old, raise a pistol to the kneeling men's heads and pull the trigger. He then appears to shoot more bullets into the two men's corpses. Chillingly, the video ends with a...
  • Botched executions prompting states to look at suffocating, electrocuting, or even shooting

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

    12/27/2014 11:48:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 80 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 27, 2014 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess." The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the country that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn't.
  • ‘They Deserved It’: The Repulsive Reaction to Brooklyn Police Executions

    12/21/2014 11:41:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/21/2014 | by Joe Concha
    It’s a dark time in America — a time when two uniformed officers who had absolutely nothing to do with what happened to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., or to Eric Garner on Staten Island, are executed without warning, and some witnesses actually say “They deserved it.” Again: “They deserved it.” They being two men marked for death because they wore a New York Police Department uniform. One of those men was the recently-married Officer Wenjian Liu; the other, Officer Rafael Ramos, who leaves behind a wife and 13-year-old son. In a related story, both were reassigned from an anti-terror...
  • ‘Can they breathe?’ Execution-style killing of two NYPD officers celebrated; ‘Salute the shooter’

    12/20/2014 5:07:44 PM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 20, 2014 | Staff
    It was just last night that a handful of supporters of the New York Police Department attempted to hold a #ThankYouNYPD rally. The group was easily outnumbered by protesters, who taunted them and likened the gathering to a Klan rally. Just days before that, police haters hijacked a #BlueLivesMatter hashtag, while others were caught on video at the #MillionsMarchNYC chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops!” With news just coming in that two New York City police officers were reportedly ambushed in their patrol car and shot execution-style, it’s not surprising that the anti-cop contingent is coming out to proudly...
  • Missouri executes convicted killer Paul Goodwin

    12/10/2014 9:42:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Fox2Now ^ | December 10, 2014 | Harold Geiger,
    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) A Missouri inmate has been executed for beating a 63-year-old woman to death with a hammer in 1998. Paul Goodwin was put to death early Wednesday, the 10th man executed in Missouri in 2014. That breaks the state’s previous high of nine executions in 1999 and matches Texas for the most in the U.S. this year. Goodwin sexually assaulted Joan Crotts in St. Louis County, pushed her down a flight of stairs and beat her in the head with a hammer. Goodwin was a former neighbor who felt Crotts played a role in getting him kicked...
  • Missouri Executes Leon Taylor for 1994 Killing

    11/19/2014 5:55:07 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 19, 2014, 2:03 AM ET | BRETT BARROUQUERE Associated Press
    A man who killed a suburban Kansas City gas station attendant in front of the worker's young stepdaughter in 1994 was put to death early Wednesday, the ninth execution in Missouri this year.
  • North Korea executes members of Workers' Party for watching South Korean soap operas

    11/08/2014 11:21:05 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 60 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Oct 29, 2014 | Julian Ryall
    Allies of Kim Jong-un's ousted uncle among the victims of firing squads, some for watching South Korean television As many as 50 senior members of the North Korean government and military have been publicly executed so far this year, according to South Korea's intelligence agency. The victims of the purges - which the National Intelligence Service believes are continuing - include 10 members of the ruling Workers' Party who were executed by firing squad for watching South Korean soap operas, bribery or womanising.
  • US Supreme Court stays Missouri inmate's execution

    10/29/2014 1:50:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 10/29/14 | Jim Salter
    The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday halted the execution of a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children, citing concerns that his legal counsel was ineffective. Mark Christeson, 35, was scheduled to die by injection at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Bonne Terre before the late stay of execution was issued.
  • Family Of Man Killed In Botched Oklahoma Execution Sues Doctor And State Officials

    10/15/2014 5:50:20 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | October 14, 2014 | Tasneem Nashrulla
    A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City on Tuesday names the governor, prison officials, and the doctor who performed the execution of Clayton Lockett, for the “brutal and barbaric” death of the convicted murderer. A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City on Tuesday names the governor, prison officials, and the doctor who performed the execution of Clayton Lockett, for the "brutal and barbaric" death of the convicted murderer. According to the lawsuit, Johnny Zellmer, a family practice physician in McAlester, Oklahoma, performed Lockett’s bungled execution. Other defendants in the lawsuit, filed by...
  • ..Last words of Texas woman, 38, executed for starving girlfriend's 9-year-old son to death

    09/17/2014 6:22:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 66 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | Ashley Collman and Chris Spargo for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: l them I finished strong': Last words of Texas woman, 38, executed for starving girlfriend's 9-year-old son to death A Texas woman was executed this evening, after spending the last eight years on death row for the murder of her girlfriend's son a decade ago. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, of Arlington, Texas, was found guilty of capital murder in the death of 9-year-old Davontae Williams, who had been beaten and bound, and whose body bore more than 250 scars when officials discovered him on July 26, 2004. 'What she’s really guilty of is being a black lesbian,' Stickels...
  • Families of beheaded US reporters warned not to pay ransoms

    09/14/2014 2:00:47 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 22 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 14, 2014 | MSN News
    The families of two journalists beheaded by Islamic State jihadists were both warned by US government officials they could face prosecution if they raised a ransom for their release. The recent executions of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State (IS) extremists triggered worldwide revulsion and Washington has since declared it is at war with the radicals. The United States has a policy of never paying ransoms, contending that doing so would endanger Americans all over the world. Late Friday, a spokesman for Sotloff's family said the murdered journalist's parents were told by a White House counterterrorism official last...
  • Did Israel Execute Jihadists in Gaza?

    09/07/2014 11:28:47 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 59 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 09.07.14 | Jesse Rosenfeld
    GAZA CITY, Gaza—More than a month after The Daily Beast reported evidence suggesting Israeli soldiers carried out the summary execution of six men amid fierce combat in late July, there are no signs that the Israeli government is investigating the matter. It has declined to respond to repeated inquiries. The independent organizations Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, which the Israeli authorities have barred from Gaza, are unable to follow up in detail. And a United Nations investigation of abuses on both sides is barely under way.The Daily Beast has continued its own investigation, however. And the picture that’s emerging...
  • Japan: Gangster, arson-murderer hanged

    08/29/2014 6:08:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Aug. 29, 2014
    Gangster, arson-murderer hanged Crime Aug. 29, 2014 - 03:00PM JST ( 16 ) AFP TOKYO — Japan executed a mobster and a killer arsonist on Friday, bringing to 11 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took power in 2012. The executions came days before Abe is expected to reshuffle his cabinet amid speculation that he will appoint a new justice minister, whose approval is needed for any sentence to be carried out. “I ordered the executions after careful consideration,” Justice Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki told reporters
  • 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.