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  • Gonzalo Lopez and the Life Sentence

    06/06/2022 6:15:16 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 6, AD 2022 | John F Di Leo
    We never seem to get enough information in the hours and days immediately following a horrific crime, but after a few days or weeks have gone by, usually after the story has faded from the front page, the necessary backstory finally comes out. First, an “All Points Bulletin” on May 12 alerted the state of Texas that Gonzalo Lopez, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence, had just escaped from custody during a transfer, by breaking out of his transportation cage and stabbing the driver of the prison bus. He remained on the run for three weeks, using up precious...
  • Kentucky Lawmakers Vote to Put Limits on Death Penalty

    03/25/2022 8:35:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Kentucky would make the death penalty off-limits for some defendants diagnosed with severe mental illnesses under a bill that won final legislative approval Friday. The Republican-led Senate voted 25-9 to send the measure to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, capping a long effort led by death penalty opponents to restrict the use of capital punishment. Another proposal that crossed the finish line after languishing for years would require future constables and deputy constables to obtain training and law enforcement certification before wielding police powers. The bill won final Senate passage 23-11 and goes to Beshear's desk. With four days left in...
  • Firing-squad executions get the greenlight in South Carolina

    03/18/2022 8:37:05 PM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 17 Mar 2022 | MEG KINNARD
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — ​​South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law last year after a decade-long pause in carrying out death sentences because of the state’s inability to procure lethal injection drugs... ...Lawmakers set about tweaking state law to get around the lethal injection drug situation. Legislation that went into effect in May made the electric chair the state’s primary means of execution while giving inmates the option of choosing death by firing squad or lethal injection, if those methods are available....
  • Firing-squad executions get the greenlight in South Carolina

    03/18/2022 3:28:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 18, 2022 | By MEG KINNARD
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — ​​South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law l ast year after a decade-long pause in carrying out death sentences because of the state’s inability to procure lethal injection drugs. The state Corrections Department said Friday that renovations have been completed on the death chamber in Columbia and that the agency had notified Attorney General Alan Wilson that it was able to carry out a firing-squad execution. Lawmakers set about tweaking state law to get around the lethal injection drug situation. Legislation that went into effect in May made...
  • Japan hangs 3 inmates for "extremely ghastly" crimes in first executions since 2019

    12/21/2021 2:33:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    cbs ^ | DECEMBER 21, 2021
    Japan hanged three death-row inmates on Tuesday, its first executions in two years, amid growing criticism by human rights groups of the country's use of the death penalty. One of the three, Yasutaka Fujishiro, was convicted of killing seven people and setting fire to their house in 2004, while the other two, Tomoaki Takanezawa and Mitsunori Onogawa, were convicted in the 2003 killings of two pinball parlor employees. Executions are carried out in high secrecy in Japan, where prisoners are not informed of their fate until the morning they are hanged. Two death-row inmates recently filed a lawsuit against the...
  • Capital Punishment Still Serves Its Purpose. Don't Abolish It.

    11/19/2021 2:58:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | November 19, 2021 | Josh Hammer
    Bowing to intense political pressure, Oklahoma's Kevin Stitt, the Republican governor of one of the nation's reddest states, commuted on Thursday the death sentence of convicted murderer Julius Jones. Stitt's commutation of Jones, who was convicted for a first-degree carjacking murder in one of the most reliably pro-death penalty states, is but the latest troubling data pointing toward the possible ultimate abolition of the death penalty in America. In 2020, former President Donald Trump directed then-Attorney General William Barr to resume federal executions after a 17-year hiatus. From July 2020 through January 2021, the Trump-led Department of Justice oversaw 13...
  • Catholics Support Death Penalty

    06/18/2021 5:19:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | June 18, 2021 | Paul Murano
    Catholics Support Death PenaltyDisagree with popeNearly two-thirds of Americans favor capital punishment, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll of over 5,000 adults. While White Protestants top the list of those favoring it, 58% of Catholics likewise approve of it.Dennis Prager: "Your whole being cries out for some justice and fairness in this world."The only groups found opposing the death penalty are atheists and agnostics. The 14% of American Catholics who strongly oppose the death penalty share their convictions with two of the last three popes.Jeremy Irons: "The death penalty targets the economically disadvantaged, those who can't afford good...
  • Biden Nominee Kirsten Clarke Promoted Work Of Racist Anti-Semitic Black Supremacist

    05/02/2021 2:36:34 PM PDT · by Main Street · 12 replies
    dc dirty laundry ^ | May 2, 2021 | Daniel Greenfield
    Not a surprise. Kirsten Clarke, Biden’s nominee to head civil rights at the DOJ, has a history of black nationalism, and sympathy for racism and antisemitism. Kristen Clarke, Joe Biden’s nominee for assistant attorney general of the United States, once promoted racist pseudoscientific quackery, arguing that the human brain was structured in a way that makes Black people superior to white people, and that “human mental processes” in the brain have chemicals that imbue one race with “superior physical and mental abilities” and “spiritual abilities.” And then there’s the antisemitism. Wellesley Professor Tony Martin spoke at Harvard at the invitation...
  • Capital Punishment Foes Have Blood on Their Hands

    02/25/2021 5:26:08 AM PST · by The Houston Courant · 7 replies
    The Houston Courant ^ | 2/24/2021 | M. Tremoglie
    Virginia will ban capital punishment. An act praised by USA Today and other Leftwing media - because "journalists" believe anti-capital punishment propaganda that claims the death penalty is cruel and, of course, racist. So too does Biden's choice for Attorney General, who were it not for Sen. McConnell, would be on the Supreme Court today where his Leftwing orthodoxy would severely damage American society, in general, and the criminal justice system in particular. When questioned about capital punishment during his confirmation hearing, Merrick Garland, Leftist ideologue that he is, said, "I am very concerned about the large number of exonerations...
  • Supreme Court Rules Favorably Toward Inmate Requesting Priest at Execution

    01/27/2021 6:03:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/25/21 | Staff
    Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2021 / 12:55 pm MT (CNA).- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled favorably toward a Catholic death row inmate requesting the presence of a priest at his execution. In a set of orders released on Monday morning, the court vacated a ruling of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court against Ruben Gutierrez, a Catholic death row inmate in Texas challenging the state’s prohibition of chaplains at executions. In addition to vacating the Fifth Circuit Court ruling, the Supreme Court also sent Gutierrez’s case back to lower courts for reconsideration, in light of findings by a district court...
  • For 2nd straight day, U.S. gov't to execute federal prisoner on Friday

    12/11/2020 6:07:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    UPI ^ | Dec. 11, 2020 / 6:44 AM | By Danielle Haynes
    Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. government on Friday plans to execute a man convicted of killing his 2-year-old daughter nearly two decades ago. Alfred Bourgeois, 55, is set to receive lethal injection at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. He's awaiting a Supreme Court decision on his request for a stay. His attorneys said Bourgeois' execution would be unconstitutional because he is intellectually disabled and can't understand his punishment. They submitted evidence of IQ test scores of 70 and 75, as well as assessments by experts. The Eighth Amendment bans executing people with such impairments as cruel and...
  • Ohio enacts unofficial moratorium on capital punishment

    12/09/2020 1:46:48 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 41 replies
    OAN ^ | 12/9/2020 | OAN Newsroom
    The state of Ohio is placing an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment. In an interview Tuesday, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said he’s banning capital punishment until lawmakers find a more practical alternative to lethal injection. There are currently 136 inmates on death row in the state of Ohio. Twice in the past month, opponents of the death penalty have called on Ohio lawmakers to end the practice altogether.
  • Trump administration sets wave of executions for days leading up to Biden inauguration

    12/02/2020 6:48:40 PM PST · by KingofZion · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 2, 2020 | Mark Berman
    After nearly two decades without any federal executions, the Justice Department reversed course this summer by carrying out three death sentences in four days. Now the department is planning a similarly busy schedule of executions during the Trump administration’s final days, before a president who staunchly backs capital punishment is succeeded by one who opposes it. *** A Justice Department official disputed that reasoning, asserting that Attorney General William P. Barr had been routinely scheduling executions, as the law dictated he should do, since concluding an Obama administration-era review of the federal death penalty last year. “It’s his job to...
  • Man who raped, killed 10-year-old becomes 5th federal inmate executed this year

    08/30/2020 6:32:34 PM PDT · by karpov · 71 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 29, 2020 | Isabel Vincent
    A man who raped and strangled a 10-year-old Kansas girl in 1999 was executed this week, becoming the fifth federal inmate put to death this year. Keith Nelson received a lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, after a higher court tossed out a previous ruling that the government was required to obtain a prescription for phentobarbital, the drug used to kill him. Questions about whether the drug caused pain prior to death had been a focus of appeals for Nelson, 45. He was the second inmate to be executed this week after the Trump administration resumed...
  • Michael Dukakis warns Biden to ignore the polls: 'No guarantee of success' One poll showed Dukakis up 17 percentage points on George H.W. Bush in late July 1988. By Louis Casiano

    07/03/2020 11:29:49 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 3 2020 | Louis Casiano
    Michael Dukakis, the former Democratic Massachusetts governor who lost his 1988 White House bid to then-Vice President George H. W. Bush, is warning Joe Biden not to take polls showing him with a double-digit lead over President Trump too seriously. A recent Fox News poll has Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, leading Trump 50-38 nationally as concerns grow over the coronavirus pandemic, racism and unemployment. He also leads Trump by 8.8 percentage points in an average of the latest national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics. By comparison, in late July 1988, a Newsweek/Gallup poll showed Dukakis with a 55-38...
  • Supreme Court rules states can eliminate insanity defense

    03/23/2020 8:08:37 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03 23 2020 | Harper Neidig
    The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that states can effectively eliminate the insanity defense for criminal defendants who suffer from mental illness. The 6-3 ruling holds that a Kansas law preventing the exoneration of defendants who claim a diminished mental state is not unconstitutional. In an unusual alignment for the bench, Justice Elena Kagan, considered among the more liberal justices, wrote the majority opinion and was joined by her five conservative colleagues. Three liberal justices — Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — dissented. "Defining the precise relationship between criminal culpability and mental illness involves examining the workings...
  • How can pro-life Christians also support capital punishment?

    03/13/2020 11:18:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/13/2020 | Richard Land
    Question: There was a recent New York Times Magazine article about conman Paul Skalnik and how his false testimonies sent dozens to jail and 4 people to death row. In Florida, where death sentencing was/is popular, there have been 29 death-row inmates exonerated by the time of the article's publication. There was also a study that estimated 1 in 25, 4.1 percent, of inmates sentenced to death are innocent. Even if the state kills one innocent person, isn’t that too much? As Christians who talk about killing innocent babies, how can we then go and support capital punishment when there...
  • Death is Not the Answer

    02/22/2020 3:28:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 108 replies ^ | February 22, 2020 | Kathryn Lopez
    He killed his grandmother. And he did so brutally, dumping her in the water before she was even dead, if the coroner is correct that her cause of death was drowning. He killed two others -- all evil acts. And then once in prison, he managed to kill a fellow inmate. So, I get why the governor of Tennessee refused to grant Nick Sutton clemency when the time came for his execution and final appeals. But no one was asking for the man to be released. Instead, people -- including prison staff and the sister of the inmate he killed...
  • Trump Admin. Preps Proposal to Execute Mass Shooters Faster (Gun Control)

    09/04/2019 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 33 replies
    freebeacon ^ | 9/3/19 | Charles Fain Lehman
    he Trump administration has prepared draft legislation to expedite capital cases against mass shooters, it announced Monday. Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, told reporters to expect the legislation as part of a larger gun control proposal from the White House, Fox News reports. The total legislative package is expected after Congress returns from its August recess on September 9th. The announcement comes after a mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, in which a gunman killed five and injured 22 people. On Sunday, President Donald Trump called the shooter "another very sick person," and said that shootings were...
  • President Trump Demands the Death Penalty For Mass Shooters,

    08/05/2019 8:39:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies ^ | August 5, 2019 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking from the White House Monday morning with Vice President Mike Pence by his side, President Donald Trump addressed the nation and responded to two mass shootings that took place over the weekend. Dozens of people were killed and severely wounded in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. "These barbaric slaughters are an assault upon our communities, an attack on our nation and a crime against all humanity. We are outraged by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the malice, bloodshed and the terror. Our hearts are shattered for every family whose parents, children, husbands and wives were ripped from...