Tag Archives: death penalty

Gary Gilmore’s Eyes

A Utah judge has agreed to a prisoner’s request that he be executed by firing squad. Two other prisoners have been executed by firing squad since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Both executions took place in Utah. Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, was given the choice of being killed by lethal injection or shot by a five-man team of …

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Author Of Uganda’s “Kill Gays” Bill May Be Banned From The UK

Ugandan member of parliament David Bahati, the sponsor of his government’s still-pending “kill gays” legislation, may be banned from entering the UK. According to the Guardian, civil servants in the Foreign Office, the Department for International Development and the Borders Agency are drawing up plans to block Mr Bahati’s visa if he does not drop the bill. A senior government …

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Uganda President Wants To Drop Death Penalty (But Life In Prison? OK!)

Box Turtle Bulletin and Ex-Gay Watch earned headlines on Rachel Maddow’s show last night for their work exposing the American evangelical “quacktivists” behind Uganda’s “kill gays” bill. Well done, guys!

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NYT Finally Weighs In On Uganda

The New York Times has finally noticed the now months-long debacle over Uganda’s “kill gays” bill, in an article about the three American evangelicals largely blamed for spawning the proposed legislation. Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about “curing” homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here in Uganda’s capital to give a series of …

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The Gay State Of The World

(Via – World Focus, tipped by JMG reader Alex)

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Iran Executes Man For “Homosexual Act”

The gay witch hunt continues unabated in Iran. On October 6, 2009, Rahim Mohammadi was executed in Tabriz, a city in northwest Iran, after being convicted of sexual abuse and rape during sexual relations between males (a homosexual act called Lavat). According to Rahim’s lawyer (here), Mr. Mohammad Mostafayi, there was not enough evidence presented to the court to prove …

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Recession Kills Death Penalty

One bright light in all these economic woes – states are realizing that it’s cheaper to incarcerate a prisoner for life than to put them to death. Death penalty advocates have always argued that a single shot from a needle is “pennies per prisoner” justice, but that is light years from the truth and states are finally getting the picture. …

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China’s Deathmobile

China has launched a mobile death chamber. Zhang Shiqiang, known as the Nine-Fingered Devil, first tasted justice at 13. His father caught him stealing and cut off one of Zhang’s fingers. Twenty-five years later, in 2004, Zhang met retribution once more, after his conviction for double murder and rape. He was one of the first people put to death in …

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Final Words

“For those who oppose the death penalty and want to see it end, our best bet is to vote for Barack Obama because his supporters have been working behind the scenes to end this practice. God bless America. It has been great living here. That’s all.” – Mississippi death row inmate Dale Bishop, shortly before he was put to death …

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New Jersey Kills Death Sentence

New Jersey, which has not executed a prisoner since 1963, officially abolished the death sentence today. The first state to ban capital punishment since the Supreme Court reinstated it in 1976, New Jersey joins 13 others states and the District of Columbia with their ban. Earlier this year a New Jersey study concluded that the cost of defending death penalty …

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