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  • 1891: The Namoa pirates

    05/11/2024 1:47:40 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies ^ | May 11, 2009 | Headsman
    On this date in 1891, Chinese authorities beheaded 15 at Kowloon, including the leaders of the then-notorious Namoa pirates. They were nicknamed for the steamer they had infamously commandeered six months before. The tale is related by an English maritime official’s orientalist (and now public-domain) memoir, The Mystic Flowery Land: The most daring and disastrously successful piracy of late years … was the “Namoa” piracy in 1890. The startling news of this outrage created a general feeling of unsafety and consternation among the foreign communities in China, mingled with grief and just resentment for the cold-blooded murder of Captain Pocock...
  • Diane Montagna Interviews Edward Feser on ‘Dignitas infinita’

    05/05/2024 2:18:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | May 4, 2024 | Diane Montagna
    Diane Montagna Interviews Edward Feser on ‘Dignitas infinita’DIANE MONTAGNA (DM): Dignitas infinita opens by asserting that: “Every human person possesses an infinite dignity, inalienably grounded in his or her very being, which prevails in and beyond every circumstance, state, or situation the person may ever encounter.” Yet St. Thomas Aquinas writes: “God alone is of infinite dignity, and so he alone, in the flesh assumed by him, could adequately satisfy for man.” (Solus autem Deus est infinitae dignitatis, qui carne assumpta pro homine sufficienter satisfacere poterat.)At the Vatican press conference to present the new Declaration, Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández noted...
  • Iran death penalty threat for abortion unlawful: UN rights experts

    05/02/2024 7:02:32 AM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    United Nations ^ | November 16, 2021 | staff
    A new Iranian law that raises the prospect of the death penalty for abortion has been condemned by independent human rights experts, who have declared that is in “clear contravention of international law”. In a statement released on Tuesday, the experts called on the Iranian authorities to repeal the ‘Youthful Population and Protection of the Family’ law, which was ratified by Iran’s Guardian Council on the first of November. The law, said the experts, severely restricts access to abortion, contraception, voluntary sterilization services and related information, in direct violation of women’s human rights under international law, and contains a provision...
  • Ukrainian lawmakers approve first reading of army service for convicts

    04/10/2024 1:12:20 PM PDT · by hardspunned · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/10/24 | Reuters
    April 10 (Reuters) - Allowing Ukrainian convicts to serve in the military came a step closer on Wednesday as lawmakers approved a first reading of a bill designed to help replenish and rotate troops exhausted after two years of war with Russia. The bill envisages prisoners who join the army becoming eligible for parole. Those convicted of crimes against humanity, sexual violence, murder or crimes against national security would not be allowed to serve, lawmaker Oleksiy Honcharenko said on Telegram.
  • Missouri death row inmate executed despite widespread calls for clemency

    04/09/2024 9:26:00 PM PDT · by TheDon · 55 replies
    "Brian Dorsey, who was convicted of murdering his cousin and her husband in 2006, was executed in Missouri’s Bonne Terre state prison Tuesday"
  • Man seeks clemency to avoid what could be Georgia's first execution in more than 4 years

    03/19/2024 2:14:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    MSN ^ | 3/18 | Jeff Martin
    A Georgia man should not be executed because he is intellectually disabled and feels remorse for killing his former girlfriend three decades ago, his lawyers wrote in seeking clemency for him. Willie James Pye, 59, is scheduled to be put to death Wednesday using the sedative pentobarbital in what would be the state’s first execution in more than four years. Pye was convicted of murder and other crimes in the November 1993 killing of Alicia Lynn Yarbrough. A clemency hearing is set for Tuesday. In Georgia, those hearings are conducted in secret, with the result announced afterward. “Had defense counsel...
  • Idaho to Execute Thomas Creech, Infamous Serial Killer Linked to at Least 11 Deaths

    02/27/2024 3:34:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 26, 2024
    For nearly 50 years, Idaho's prison staffers have been serving Thomas Eugene Creech three meals a day, checking on him during rounds and taking him to medical appointments. This Wednesday, some of Idaho's prison staffers will be asked to kill the convicted serial killer. Barring any last-minute stay, the 73-year-old, one of the nation's longest-serving death row inmates, will be executed by lethal injection for killing a fellow prisoner with a battery-filled sock in 1981. Creech's killing of David Jensen, a young, disabled man who was serving time for car theft, was his last in a broad path of destruction...
  • Idaho Moves Forward With Plan to Execute Pedophiles

    02/15/2024 7:48:35 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 50 replies
    Red State ^ | 2/14/24 | Ben Kew
    Idaho is moving forward with legislation that would allow the execution of child rapists. The Idaho Capital Sun reports that the legislation, introduced by Republican lawmakers, will target those who have committed the most serious offenses against children as well as repeat offenders. The bill passed the Idaho House by a 57-11 vote. The legislation states: This legislation amends Idaho Codes 18-1508 and 19-2515 to allow a sentence of capital punishment for a person convicted of lewd conduct with a minor, if said minor is under the age of twelve (12) and there are aggravating circumstances. Upon conviction, a jury...
  • Reactions Mixed After Zimbabwe Moves to Abolish Death Penalty

    02/12/2024 5:00:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    VOA Zimbabwe ^ | February 11, 2024
    Zimbabwe's Cabinet decision to abolish the death penalty, announced on Wednesday, is being hailed by human rights advocates, but not all Zimbabweans are in favor of the move. Amnesty International — one of the rights groups which has pushed for the abolition of capital punishment in Zimbabwe — welcomed the announcement this week by Harare. "Zimbabwe has taken the right step towards ending this abhorrent and inhuman form of punishment that has no place in today's justice system," said Roselina Muzerengi, campaigns coordinator at Amnesty International in Zimbabwe. "Now that the Cabinet has given its nod, Parliament must ensure the...
  • Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Children Faces Death Penalty Under New Florida Law

    12/18/2023 2:52:36 AM PST · by spirited irish · 21 replies
    OANN ^ | 12/17/23 | Abril Elfi
    A man who was indicted on charges of sexually abusing children is facing what could be Florida’s first death penalty case under its new law.Joseph Andrew Giampa was charged on Thursday by the Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office with six counts of sexual battery against a child under the age of 12 and three counts of encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity.According to a news release, State Attorney William Gladson stated that due to the “severity of the crime and its impact on the community,” his office will pursue the death penalty for the alleged crimes.
  • Florida Prosecutor Brings First Case To Seek Death Penalty For Child Rapist

    12/15/2023 10:16:15 AM PST · by CFW · 27 replies
    Tampa Free Press ^ | 12/15/23 | Liam Edgar
    A North Central Florida state attorney is moving forward with the first effort in the state to pursue the death penalty for an accused child rapist under a new law enacted earlier this year. State Attorney Bill Gladson announced Thursday in a press release that a Leesburg man, Joseph Andrew Giampa, was indicted for six counts of rape of a child under 12 and three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child. “Given the severity of the crime and its impact on the community, the Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office has filed a notice that it intends...
  • Alabama's plan for nitrogen gas execution slammed as 'hostile to religion' in lawsuit

    12/14/2023 12:51:28 PM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 14, 2023 03:24 PM | by Luke Gentile, Social Media Producer
    Attorneys for the spiritual adviser of a soon-to-be executed inmate filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the restrictions placed upon the adviser due to the method of execution are "hostile to religion." Officials with the Alabama Department of Corrections instructed the Rev. Jeff Hood that it could be dangerous to his health when he stands by Kenneth Eugene Smith in the execution chamber, according to a report. Smith is slated to be the first inmate in Alabama to be put to death via nitrogen gas, and Hood purportedly was asked to sign a waiver recognizing the risks that could arise...
  • Hypocrisy: LGBTQ+ flag has "Palestine" colors, despite criminalized in Gaza

    10/29/2023 10:15:11 AM PDT · by Freeleesy · 22 replies
    Andy Ngô @MrAndyNgo: At the Brooklyn anti-Israel protest, a person waves a new LGBTQ+ flag variation that has the Palestine colors. Homosexuality is widely condemned in the Palestinian territories & is even criminalized in Gaza. Watch on X. Oct 28, 2023
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Schönborn cites death penalty revision when asked about changing Catechism on LGBT issues

    10/24/2023 9:01:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 23, 2023 | Michael Haynes
    [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Schönborn cites death penalty revision when asked about changing Catechism on LGBT issuesVATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) –– Vienna’s Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has argued that changing the Catechism’s teaching against accepting LGBT issues was a matter for the Pope, but added that the Catechism’s passages on the death penalty had already been changed.Speaking to journalists at a press briefing for the Synod on Synodality, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn fielded a number of questions regarding the synod’s process and the possible future for the Catholic Church. In particular, he was asked if he anticipated any changes to the Catechism of the...
  • Man Who Killed 2 Women He Met a Day Apart in North Florida Bars in 1996 Is Put to Death

    10/06/2023 3:33:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 2, 2023 | Brendan Farrington
    A man who killed two women he met a day apart at north Florida bars in 1996 has been executedA man who killed two women after meeting them a day apart in north Florida bars in 1996 was put to death Tuesday evening. Michael Zack III, 54, was pronounced dead minutes after 6:14 p.m. following a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke. The execution started promptly at 6 p.m. Zack was asked if he had any last words, and he answered, “Yes sir.” He then lifted his head to look at the witnesses and said, “I love you...
  • Man set to be executed for 1996 slaying of University of Oklahoma dance student

    09/21/2023 12:45:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 21, 2023 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma is set to execute an inmate Thursday morning for the 1996 slaying of a University of Oklahoma dance student, a case that went unsolved for years until DNA from the crime scene matched a man serving time for burglary. Anthony Sanchez, 44, is scheduled to receive a three-drug injection at 10 a.m. CDT at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. He took the unusual step earlier this year of opting not to present a clemency application to the state’s Pardon and Parole Board, which many viewed as his last chance to have his life spared. His former attorneys blamed...
  • Federal Judge Denies Death Row Inmate's Request for New Attorneys

    06/09/2023 11:04:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Yahoo News! ^ | Thu, June 8, 2023 | Derrick James
    Derrick James, McAlester News-Capital, Okla. Thu, June 8, 2023 at 4:08 PM PDT·3 min read Jun. 8—A federal judge denied an Oklahoma death row inmate's request for new attorneys two months before his clemency hearing. Anthony Sanchez said in a video response posted online by his spiritual advisor, Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood, the ruling was a "devastating blow." "I'm having trouble understanding the idea of me not having the lawyers I want to represent me," Sanchez said. "I would rather do my own clemency myself than let Mark Barrett or Randy Coyne represent me. I am prepared to reject clemency...
  • Alabama set to be first state to execute a prisoner by forcing them to breathe pure nitrogen

    08/28/2023 3:15:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 138 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 27, 2023 | Landon Mion
    Alabama may become the first state to execute a prisoner by making him breathe pure nitrogen, a death penalty method that is authorized by three states but has never been used. The office of Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall asked the state Supreme Court in a court filing on Friday to set an execution date for 58-year-old death row inmate Kenneth Eugene Smith. The filing revealed Alabama intends to put him to death by nitrogen hypoxia. Smith was one of two men convicted in the 1988 murder-for-hire killing of a preacher’s wife. “It is a travesty that Kenneth Smith has...
  • ‘The death penalty is the ultimate act of justice and it should be applied to child killers’

    08/22/2023 8:57:05 AM PDT · by RandFan · 46 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Aug 20 | Telegraph
    The serial child killer Lucy Letby was convicted of murdering seven babies and attempting to kill another six on Friday, making her Britain’s worst child murderer. After being handed a whole life term without the possibility of parole on Monday, the debate around the death penalty has re-emerged. Reader TR says: “Back when it was abolished, the public were assured a life sentence would be for life. The guilty party would spend the remainder of their days in a cell we were promised by the abolitionists. How long did their promise last? “It is the ultimate act of justice and...
  • Gov’t scientists got $325M in royalties from China, Russia, pharma firms: report (VIDEO)

    08/12/2023 5:45:09 PM PDT · by bitt · 7 replies
    nypost ^ | 8/9/2023 | Josh Christenson
    National Institutes of Health scientists raked in more than $325 million in royalties from Chinese and Russian entities — as well as pharmaceutical companies — over more than a decade, according to a new report. Former NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and former National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci were among the thousands of government whitecoats who took the cash between September 2009 and October 2020, the taxpayer watchdog revealed on Wednesday. Several of those royalties came from companies that in turn received federal contracts and grants, prompting concerns about conflicts of interest....