Tag Archives: death penalty

Alabama Supreme Court Approves Death By Nitrogen

The Associated Press reports: A divided Alabama Supreme Court said the state can execute an inmate with nitrogen gas, a method that has not previously been used carry out a death sentence. The all-Republican court in a 6-2 decision Wednesday granted the state attorney general’s request for an execution warrant for Kenneth Eugene Smith. The order did not specify the …

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Alabama Seeks To Execute Man Via “Nitrogen Hypoxia”

The Associated Press reports: Alabama is seeking to become the first state to execute a prisoner by making him breathe pure nitrogen. The Alabama attorney general’s office on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to set an execution date for death row inmate Kenneth Eugene Smith, 58. The court filing indicated Alabama plans to put him to death by nitrogen …

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Supreme Court Declines To Halt Execution By Alabama

The Birmingham News reports: Alabama has executed James Barber for the 2001 beating death of a 75-year-old Madison County woman. The execution early Friday morning at Holman Correctional Facility near Atmore came after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by Barber, 64, to stop the lethal injection execution because he claimed the previous two attempts on other inmates in …

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DeSantis Makes Child Rapists Eligible For Death Penalty

USA Today reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a measure making child rape subject to the death penalty, defying a United States Supreme Court ruling. “In Florida, we stand for the protection of children,” DeSantis said at a Monday press conference in Brevard County. “We think that in the worst of the worst cases the only appropriate …

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DeSantis Gets Bill To Lower Threshold For Death Penalty

The Washington Post reports: Florida House lawmakers have approved a bill that would lower the state’s threshold for the death penalty and make it one of the few states to allow the death penalty without a unanimous jury recommendation. The bill, which passed the state House on Thursday in an 80-30 vote and passed the Senate last month, allows capital …

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FL Advances Death Penalty Bill For Child Sexual Abuse

Slate reports: Despite long-standing Supreme Court precedent directing that the proposal is unconstitutional, Florida legislators this month are seeking to broaden the death penalty to non-homicide crimes. The proposal has Gov. Ron DeSantis’ full support. On Tuesday, the Florida Senate Rules Committee approved the bill. Specifically, the bill seeks to broaden the death penalty to sexual battery crimes against children. …

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ID Gov Signs Bill Allowing Executions By Firing Squad

The Associated Press reports: Republican Gov. Brad Little signed a bill allowing execution by firing squad, making Idaho the latest state to turn to older methods of capital punishment amid a nationwide shortage of lethal-injection drugs. The Legislature passed the measure March 20 with a veto-proof majority. Under it, firing squads will be used only if the state cannot obtain …

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DeSantis Calls For “Supermajority” Death Penalty Law

Florida Politics reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis started out his week with the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA), where he discussed his desire to allow juries to administer the death penalty via a supermajority vote, rather than requiring unanimity. “Fine, have a supermajority. But you can’t just say one person (can decide against the death penalty). So maybe eight out of 12 …

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Outgoing Oregon Gov Commutes All Death Sentences

The Oregonian reports: Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that she would commute the sentences of all 17 individuals on Oregon’s death row to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the latest in her end-of-term string of clemency decisions. “I have long believed that justice is not advanced by taking a life, and the state should not be in …

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SCOTUS Rejects Death Penalty Appeal By Dylann Roof

ABC News reports: The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Dylann Roof, who challenged his death sentence and conviction in the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation. Roof had asked the court to decide how to handle disputes over mental illness-related evidence between capital defendants and their attorneys. The justices did not comment …

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SC Judge: Firing Squad, Electric Chair Unconstitutional

USA Today reports: A South Carolina judge has found that the firing squad and electric chair are prohibited by the state’s constitution, a decision sure to be swiftly appealed as the state struggles to implement its new execution protocols. In an order filed Tuesday evening, Judge Jocelyn Newman ruled that the South Carolina Department of Corrections is permanently barred from …

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Far-Right Catholics Rage After Pope Francis Condemns Capital Punishment As “Encouraging Revenge” [VIDEO]

From the far-right Catholic site LifeSiteNews: Pope Francis has called for Catholics to pray for an end to the death penalty, saying that “in the light of the Gospel, the death penalty is unacceptable,” despite the Catholic Church’s nearly 2,000-year teaching, tradition, and contents of Sacred Scripture all upholding the legitimacy of the death penalty. It is even against the …

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SC Supreme Court Delays First Firing Squad Execution

Greenville’s NBC News affiliate reports: The South Carolina Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay halting the state from carrying out plans for its first-ever firing squad execution. Wednesday’s order by the state’s high court temporarily halts a scheduled April 29 execution of inmate Richard Moore. The court order said a more detailed order will follow. Moore’s attorneys had asked …

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South Carolina Inmate Chooses Death By Firing Squad

South Carolina’s The State reports: South Carolina courts gave Richard Moore eight days to decide exactly how he wants to die, and on Friday he made his choice. Moore, who has been on South Carolina’s death row for 21 years, is scheduled for execution on April 29. By state law, the 57-year-old Spartanburg man had to determine which execution method …

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SC Schedules First Execution With Firing Squad Option

The Associated Press reports: South Carolina has scheduled its first execution after corrections officials finished updating the death chamber to prepare for executions by firing squad. The clerk of the State Supreme Court has set a April 29 execution date for Richard Bernard Moore, a 57-year-old man who has spent more than two decades on death row after he was …

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SC Death Row Men Seek Delay Over Firing Squad Law

The Associated Press reports: Lawyers for two men on South Carolina’s death row have asked the state’s Supreme Court to hold off on setting execution dates while they challenge a new law allowing executions by firing squad. The Monday request by attorneys for Brad Keith Sigmon and Freddie Eugene Owens comes after the state Corrections Department said last week that …

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South Carolina Ready For Executions By Firing Squad

The Greenville News reports: South Carolina is now prepared to carry out executions by firing squad, the state Department of Corrections told the state Attorney General’s office on Friday. Once approval comes from the state Supreme Court, the death sentences facing the state’s 35 death-row inmates can follow. Law passed in May 2021 makes the electric chair the state’s primary …

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SCOTUS Reinstates Death Penalty For Marathon Bomber

NBC News reports: The Supreme Court on Friday reimposed the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reversing a federal appeals court ruling that had voided it. The 6-3 decision rejected defense claims that the judge at Tsarnaev’s 2015 trial improperly restricted the questioning of prospective jurors and was wrong to exclude evidence of a separate crime two years …

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Alabama Set To Begin Executions Via Gas Chamber

Birmingham’s CBS News affiliate reports: The State of Alabama believes it will finalize its protocol for executing death row inmates by nitrogen suffocation “within months.” In a federal court hearing held Friday afternoon, Richard Anderson, a lawyer representing the state attorney general’s office, said that while the state could not provide a “date certain,” officials believe an execution protocol using …

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French President To Push For Global Death Penalty Ban

Politico Europe reports: France is to use its upcoming presidency of the Council of the EU to launch a global campaign to abolish the death penalty, President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday. In a speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in France, Macron said Paris would host a summit in 2022 to press for an …

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