Tag Archives: death penalty

Death Sentence For Boston Bomber

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Editorial Of The Day

From the editorial board of the Boston Globe: As the trial now moves into its sentencing phase — the jury must unanimously vote to execute Tsarnaev, or else he will receive a life sentence — the defense team may also raise legal mitigating factors. Tsarnaev was 19 at the time of the bombing; he was apparently a heavy drug user; …

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Boston Marathon Bomber Found Guilty

Via the Boston Globe: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday of carrying out the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which devastated a festive crowd near the world-renowned race’s finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 260 others. Tsarnaev, 21, who prosecutors said was a self-radicalized Muslim bent on striking a blow against America, now faces a second phase of …

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Arizona Execution Takes Two Hours

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Supreme Court Imposes IQ Cutoff Point For Death Penalty In 5-4 Ruling

In a 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court today imposed an IQ cutoff point for the 32 states that still perform executions. The Supreme Court made it more difficult Tuesday for states to impose the death penalty on prisoners who claim an intellectual disability, marking the first time it has fine-tuned a landmark 2002 decision barring executions of the mentally retarded. The …

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UN Demands US Stop All Executions

From the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: The suffering of Clayton Lockett during his execution in Oklahoma on Tuesday 29th April, may amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment according to international human rights law. It also appears to run counter to the 8 th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which states that “…nor …

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Tea Party Head: Use Heroin For Executions

“If the left insists that we use drugs to execute people, why not just a massive overdose of opiates? Every big city cop who has worked for any length of time tells stories of finding heroin addicts who shoot up pure heroin, OD and are found with the needle still in their arm. According to some press reports, when actor …

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God Approves Of Firing Squads

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Oklahoma Botches Execution

The New York Times reports: What was supposed to be the first of two executions here Tuesday night was halted when the prisoner, Clayton D. Lockett, began to twitch and gasp after he had already been declared unconscious and called out “man” and “something’s wrong,” according to witnesses. The administering doctor intervened and discovered that “the line had blown,” said …

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Where Atheism Is Punishable By Death

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UN Condemns Gay Death Penalty

Yesterday the United Nations approved a resolution that condemns the killing of LGBT persons either by governments or via “extrajudicial” means such as hate crimes. Via press release from the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission: An international coalition of organizations dedicated to human rights celebrated yesterday’s historic vote in the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly …

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Connecticut Repeals Death Penalty

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The Death Penalty In America

Texas is responsible for one-third of all executions since 1976.

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Ruth Buzzi, Texan

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Did Rick Perry Execute An Innocent Man?

Even though 41 inmates have been exonerated by DNA evidence since he took office, Rick Perry says he has no trouble sleeping.

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Death Penalty Is A GOP Crowd Pleaser

Buzzfeed notes: “Rick Perry being the most prolific practitioner of capital punishment in the United States received spontaneous and rapturous applause at the Republican presidential primary debate. They weren’t applauding Rick Perry’s response, mind you, but Brian Williams simply stating the Texas governor’s record of sending 234 people to their death. Your modern GOP, ladies and gentleman.”

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Illinois Abolishes The Death Penalty

Yesterday Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill abolishing the death penalty in his state and commuting the sentences of prisoners on death row. Today Amnesty International updated their above map, which is interactive on their site. Among the 35 states still making executions, Texas has almost five times more prisoners on death row than the number two state, Virginia.

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Montana GOP Rep: We Need Death Penalty To Stop Prisoners With HIV+ Blow Darts

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American Family Association: It’s Time To Return To A Biblical System of Justice

“If biblical standards of evidence were still followed in America’s judicial system, as they once were, you would have only an infinitesimal chance of sending an innocent man to death row. Too many are sentenced to die or to long prison terms today based on the testimony of a single witness. That’s exactly how you get innocent people sent away …

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Utah Executes Man By Firing Squad

Utah has carried out the wishes of convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner and executed him by firing squad. Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court refused a request to stay the execution. Gardner, 49, is only the third person in 33 years to die by firing squad in the United States. He was killed at 12:20 a.m. MST (2:20 a.m. ET), a …

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