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  • 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...
  • Gascón makes exception to death penalty ban for “boy next door” killer

    02/05/2021 9:33:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    L A Times ^ | 02/05/2021 | JAMES QUEALLY
    When he took office last year, Gascón enacted a number of sweeping policy changes, including directives that barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty or making use of the sentencing enhancements state law allows in certain types of cases that can significantly increase the time someone spends in prison. Gascon’s decision to relent has little practical impact on the case because Gov. Gavin Newsom placed a moratorium on executions in California in 2019. Nonetheless, Gargiulo’s defense attorney Dale Rubin said Gascón’s move violates his client’s constitutional rights, since the district attorney’s office has taken the death penalty off the table...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 1/17/2021

    01/17/2021 6:16:18 PM PST · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 1/17/2021 | Nextrush/Self
    Fear or "armed protest" at state capitols across the country did not materialize in any significant numbers... "Be wise as serpent and innocent as a dove...Sorry FBI we're not going to be your crisis actors today" That message sent out by People's Rights Washington early this morning via Telegram with the belief that the FBI was ultimately behind today's call for "armed protests"... "Far-right extremists" said to be upset with President Trump over his calls for peace following the January 6th incident at the US Capitol... The Federal Communications Commission out today with an "enforcement advisory" about the use of...
  • US executes Virginia gang killer despite COVID-19 infection

    01/15/2021 3:51:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 15, 2021 | By MICHAEL TARM and DENISE LAVOIE
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The U.S. government executed a drug trafficker Thursday for slaying seven people in a burst of violence in Virginia’s capital in 1992, with some witnesses in the death-chamber building applauding as the 52-year-old was pronounced dead. Corey Johnson’s execution went ahead after his lawyers scrambled to stop it on grounds that the lethal injection of pentobarbital would cause him excruciating pain due to lung damage from his coronavirus infection last month. Johnson was implicated with playing a role in one of the worst bursts of gang violence Richmond had ever seen, with 11 people killed in...
  • U.S. executes Lisa Montgomery, first woman put to death in federal system since 1953

    01/12/2021 11:59:34 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 56 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/12/21 | Erik Ortiz
    Lisa Montgomery, a convicted killer who strangled a pregnant woman and then cut the unborn baby from her womb, was executed in a federal prison in Indiana early Wednesday. She was the first woman executed in the federal system in nearly seven decades. Montgomery was convicted of strangling a Missouri woman who was eight months pregnant in 2004 and taking the unborn baby, who survived. The 52-year-old woman was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said.
  • Kansas woman set to be executed for killing woman, cutting baby from her womb

    01/11/2021 4:43:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    WGN9 ^ | Jan 11, 2021
    Becky Harper sobbed as she spoke to a Missouri dispatcher after stumbling across her expectant daughter in a pool of blood, her womb slashed open and the child she had been carrying missing. “It’s like she exploded or something,” Harper told the dispatcher on Dec. 16, 2004, during the desperate yet futile attempt to get help for her daughter, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who had been eight months pregnant. Lisa Montgomery, who strangled Stinnett with a rope before performing a crude cesarean and fleeing with the baby, awaits execution Tuesday, just eight days before the presidential inauguration of death penalty opponent...
  • The Death Penalty: Executed Killers Deserved Mercy… and Received It.

    12/22/2020 7:33:39 AM PST · by The Houston Courant · 10 replies
    The Houston Courant ^ | 12/22/2020 | B. Vasoli
    Joe Biden supported capital punishment unvaryingly over his 36-year Senate career. He helped enact legislation that expanded the practice. As veep, he served a president who (on paper) backed the death penalty, and not only for homicide. Still, because of Biden, the current spate of federal death sentences consummated under President Trump will be the last for years at least. Now publicly against the death penalty, the president-elect has done a glaring turnabout, albeit in lockstep with America’s governing class. The total of all executions in 2020, state and federal, is 17—lower than any yearly sum in almost three decades,...
  • Senator Calls For Death Penalty Of Republicans Challenging Election

    12/20/2020 3:51:14 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 163 replies
    Populist Press ^ | 12/20/20
    Sunday December 20, 2020 3:10 PM According to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Republican lawmakers who refuse to accept President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory “are bordering on sedition and treason.” “Each of us who are serving as senators took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. One of the most fundamental principles of the Constitution is the peaceful transition of power,” Shaheen said. “These senators and members of Congress who have refused to acknowledge that we had a free and fair election in which Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by over 7 million votes, are bordering...
  • Trump approved executions before he leaves office. But, asks TOM LEONARD, is it barbaric? (hurl alert)

    12/18/2020 2:21:14 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th December 2020 | Tom Leonard
    The crime for which Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to death is about as horrific as one can imagine. In December 2004, she strangled a pregnant dog breeder, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, having pretended to be interested in buying one of her puppies, and used a kitchen knife to cut her baby out of her belly, whom she then passed off as her own. Montgomery had told friends and family she was pregnant, but was arrested a day later and the baby girl was returned alive and healthy to the victim’s husband. One might well conclude that no woman in her right...
  • Wanted: An Honest Debate about the Death Penalty

    12/18/2020 8:32:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2020 | David Harsanyi
    Mike Dukakis was asked by CNN's Bernard Shaw during the 1988 presidential debates whether he would support the death penalty if his wife, Kitty, had been raped and murdered. The Massachusetts governor famously responded: "No, I don't, Bernard, and I think you know that I've opposed the death penalty during all of my life. I don't see any evidence that it's a deterrent, and I think there are better and more effective ways to deal with violent crime." Given the coddling Democrats receive from the press today, Shaw's question sounds especially jarring. But Dukakis's automaton-like response to a query about...
  • US inmate scheduled to be executed tests positive for virus

    12/18/2020 4:47:10 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    ABC News / Disney ^ | December 17, 2020 | By MICHAEL BALSAMO and MICHAEL TARM
    WASHINGTON -- A federal prisoner scheduled to be executed just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office has tested positive for coronavirus, his lawyer said Thursday. The Bureau of Prisons notified attorneys for Dustin John Higgs on Thursday that their client had tested positive for the virus, his attorney Devon Porter said during a court hearing Thursday afternoon. The revelation comes amid concern about an exploding number of coronavirus cases in the federal prison system and specifically at the complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, where the executions are carried out. It is the only federal death row. Higgs is scheduled...
  • Celebrating The Death Penalty For Pedophile Murderers

    12/14/2020 12:53:08 PM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    The National Pulse ^ | December 13, 2020 | Raheem Kassam
    Activists gathered at the risibly renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C. last night, protesting the death penalty for Alfred Bourgeois. Because of course liberals and race-baiters would take the side of a man who sexually tortured and then brutally murdered his own two-year-old child. Bourgeois, 55 at the time of his execution this week, was convicted in 2004 for physically and emotionally torturing, sexually molesting, and beating his daughter to death. ACTIVISTS LAMENT THE DEATH OF A PEDOPHILE MURDERER. CBS reminds us of his grisly actions: …Bourgeois whipped the girl with an electrical cord, burned her feet with...
  • Unborn Babies Disguise Selves As Death Row Inmates So Liberals Will Defend Their Right To Live [satire]

    12/12/2020 10:54:03 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | December 11, 2020
    U.S.—According to ultrasound technicians around the country, unborn babies are disguising themselves as death row inmates so that liberals will defend their right to live. The babies got the idea from how major media networks reliably frame their coverage of state executions of death row inmates, no matter the details of their depraved and demonic crimes they committed while they were alive and free. “If these people can get sympathy, surely we can,” signed one unborn fetus to its ultrasound technician while clad in gang attire and wielding a sharp knife. “Maybe we just weren’t doing enough heinous crimes against...
  • Brandon Bernard executed by federal government despite objections

    12/12/2020 9:25:17 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 31 replies
    nypost ^ | December 10, 2020 | Kenneth Garger
    The federal government on Thursday night executed convicted murderer Brandon Bernard, ignoring calls for clemency from many — including Kim Kardashian. Bernard, 40, was put to death by lethal injection in Terre Haute, Indiana, for his role in a 1999 double murder on a Texas military base committed when he was 18 years old. His attorneys Thursday night had sought an 11th-hour stay of execution, which was denied by the US Supreme Court. “They killed Brandon. He was such a reformed person,” Kardashian tweeted. “So hopeful and positive until the end. More importantly he is sorry, so sorry for the...
  • 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...
  • New rule could allow gas, firing squads for US executions

    11/28/2020 4:29:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 28, 2020 | By MICHAEL BALSAMO
    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, no longer requiring federal death sentences to be carried out by lethal injection and clearing the way to use other methods like firing squads and poison gas. The amended rule, published Friday in the Federal Register, allows the U.S. government to conduct executions by lethal injection or use “any other manner prescribed by the law of the state in which the sentence was imposed.” A number of states allow other methods of execution, including electrocution, inhaling nitrogen gas or death by firing squad. It remains unclear whether the Justice...
  • The Trump administration is trying to bring back firing squads and electrocutions for some federal executions

    11/26/2020 2:07:43 PM PST · by MNDude · 86 replies
    The Trump administration is rushing to make a number of federal regulatory changes before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, ProPublica reported on Wednesday. One of those changes, proposed by the Department of Justice, would allow some federal death-row inmates to be executed by means other than lethal injection. Many states allow for electrocution or a firing squad if lethal injection is not available or if another method is preferred by the prisoner.
  • Trump Urged To Commute Death Sentence Of Mentally Ill Sex Trafficking Victim

    11/11/2020 2:00:10 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 35 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 11/11/20 | Melisa Jeltsen
    A coalition of prosecutors, domestic violence groups, anti-trafficking organizations, child advocates and mental health experts sent a series of letters to President Donald Trump on Wednesday urging him to stop the execution of Lisa Montgomery, a mentally ill woman who suffered extreme childhood abuse, including incest, physical violence and sex trafficking by her own parents. In 2004, Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, killed Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was pregnant, and abducted her baby. Montgomery is scheduled to be executed by the federal government on Dec. 8. If the execution occurs, she will be the first woman to...
  • US: First black inmate executed since resumption of federal death penalty

    09/24/2020 10:42:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 09.25.2020 | ipj/stb (Reuters,AP)
    The US government executed Christopher Vialva, the first (b)lack inmate put to death as part of the Trump administration’s July resumption of federal executions that ended a 17-year hiatus. […] Thursday’s execution came as the US grappled with racial disparities in its criminal justice system, with people taking to the streets across the US to protest against police brutality and racism. Of the 56 people on federal death row, 24, or almost half, are (b)lack. […] Prosecutors had said that Vialva, then 19, accompanied by gang affiliates, had staged a carjacking in Killeen Texas, killing Stacie and Todd Bagley in...
  • Nigerian state says rapists will face surgical castration, death penalty

    09/18/2020 3:46:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Fox5 ^ | 9/17 | Sam Olukoya
    The governor of Nigeria’s Kaduna state has signed a law saying men convicted of rape will face surgical castration, and anyone raping a child under age 14 will face the death penalty. Gov. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai said the “drastic penalties are required to help further protect children from a serious crime.” Reported cases of rape in Nigeria have risen dramatically during the months of coronavirus restrictions. Women’s groups have called for tougher action against rapists, including the death penalty.