Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court’s Truth Teller

In her opinions, Justice Sotomayor explains how Supreme Court cases are part of a larger unfolding story of where the country finds itself. 

#black-people, #breyer-stephen-g, #capital-punishment, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #congressional-black-caucus, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kagan-elena, #mandatory-sentencing, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #race-and-ethnicity, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence

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How Many Americans Support the Death Penalty? Depends How You Ask.

Polling responses to certain policy-related questions — particularly morally or ethically sensitive ones — can differ significantly depending on whether the survey was taken online or by phone.

#black-people, #capital-punishment, #polls-and-public-opinion, #race-and-ethnicity, #whites

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Arizona’s Reported ‘Zyklon B’ Plan for Executions Provokes Anger

Global headlines reflected the anger of death camp survivors and others after The Guardian published documents showing the state planned to return to the use of hydrogen cyanide, a gas associated with what the Nazis called Zyklon B.

#arizona, #auschwitz-concentration-camp, #capital-punishment, #concentration-camps, #death-penalty-information-center, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era

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Archaeologists Uncover Decapitated Bodies From Roman Britain

Technological advances, including DNA and tooth enamel analyses, allowed researchers to form new conclusions about capital punishment under Roman rule.

#agriculture-and-farming, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #cambridge-university-press, #capital-punishment, #cemeteries, #crime-and-criminals, #freedom-of-religion, #gosden-chris, #great-britain, #london-england, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #research, #roman-civilization, #scotland, #skeletons

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Supreme Court May Revisit Oklahoma Ruling on Tribal Land

After the court ruled last year that much of eastern Oklahoma is an Indian reservation, a state court threw out a conviction of a death row inmate.

#bosse-shaun-m, #capital-punishment, #decisions-and-verdicts, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #states-us, #supreme-court-us

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Supreme Court Rejects Ernest Johnson’s Death Penalty Method Plea

The inmate, Ernest Johnson, argued that Missouri’s planned use of pentobarbital to execute him would cause excruciating pain.

#appeals-courts-us, #capital-punishment, #decisions-and-verdicts, #eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #missouri, #supreme-court-us

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Texas’ First Execution in Nearly a Year Had No Reporters Present

Quintin Jones, 41, had been convicted of killing a great-aunt and drew national attention when his relatives sought clemency.

#associated-press, #capital-punishment, #huntsville-tex, #jones-quintin-phillippe, #news-and-news-media, #the-huntsville-item

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Texas Executes Quintin Jones Without Reporters Present

Quintin Jones, 41, had been convicted of killing a great-aunt and drew national attention when his relatives sought clemency.

#associated-press, #capital-punishment, #huntsville-tex, #jones-quintin-phillippe, #news-and-news-media, #the-huntsville-item

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Cleared of Murder, Brothers Are Awarded $75 Million

Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, half brothers with intellectual disabilities, spent three decades in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl before DNA evidence implicated someone else.

#artis-roscoe, #brown-leon, #capital-punishment, #compensation-for-damages-law, #confessions, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #intellectual-disabilities, #mccollum-henry-lee, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-carolina, #north-carolina-innocence-inquiry-commission, #robeson-county-nc, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Quintin Jones Is About to Be Executed. He Shouldn’t Be.

Quintin Phillippe Jones is scheduled to be executed on May 19. Today I tell the story of our friendship in the hope that it will save his life.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #capital-punishment, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quintin-phillippe-jones, #texas, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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After a Decade Without Executions, South Carolina’s Solution: Bring Out the Firing Squad

State lawmakers have voted to add the firing squad as an alternative to the electric chair or lethal injection, with the drugs used for capital punishment in short supply.

#capital-punishment, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #law-and-legislation, #mcmaster-henry, #south-carolina

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Trump’s Killing Spree Continues

Arizona follows a model that lets the government ignore questions of cruelty.

#arizona, #barr-william-p, #brnovich-mark, #capital-punishment, #constitution-us, #criminal-justice, #food-and-drug-administration, #poisoning-and-poisons, #trump-donald-j

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Stop the Executions, President Biden

Virginia’s move to end the death penalty was a welcome step. The administration can do more.

#capital-punishment, #death-penalty-information-center, #northam-ralph-s, #sentences-criminal, #supreme-court-us, #virginia

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Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Abolish the Death Penalty

“Ending the death penalty comes down to one fundamental question, one question: Is it fair?” said Gov. Ralph Northam, who signed the bill on Wednesday.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #law-and-legislation, #northam-ralph-s, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virginia

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Supreme Court to Consider Death Sentence in Boston Marathon Bombing Case

The justices will review a decision from a federal appeals court that overturned the death sentence imposed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the perpetrators of the attack.

#appeals-courts-us, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #boston-marathon-bombings-2013, #capital-punishment, #decisions-and-verdicts, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #tsarnaev-dzhokhar-a, #tsarnaev-tamerlan

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Of Nazis, Crimes and Punishment

Some offenses are so hideous that even the distance of history offers no shield. But that doesn’t make justice easy.

#berger-friedrich-karl, #capital-punishment, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #juvenile-delinquency, #prisons-and-prisoners, #tennessee

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Criminal Justice Is a State Issue

State power is the path to racial equality and liberation.

#bail, #black-people, #brookings-institution, #capital-punishment, #crime-and-criminals, #death-penalty-information-center, #illinois, #income-inequality, #race-and-ethnicity, #states-us, #virginia, #whites

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Abolish the Federal Death Penalty

It can’t be fixed. It can’t be reformed. Its flaws are inherent. Its time has come.

#barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #criminal-justice, #federal-courts-us, #justice-department, #race-and-ethnicity, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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Supreme Court Rebuffs Alabama’s Effort to Bar Pastor From Execution Chamber

The case was the latest in a series of disputes over the presence of spiritual advisers in execution chambers that have bitterly divided the justices.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #freedom-of-religion, #murphy-patrick-henry-jr, #religion-and-belief, #smith-willie-b-iii, #supreme-court-us

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Tennessee Executed Sedley Alley. Was He Innocent?

If DNA exonerates Sedley Alley, it will be the first time someone was proved to have been wrongly put to death.

#alley-sedley, #capital-punishment, #clement-paul-d, #collins-suzanne-marie-1966-85, #decisions-and-verdicts, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #scheck-barry, #supreme-courts-state, #tennessee

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Anthony Sowell, Serial Killer Who Terrorized Cleveland, Dies at 61

Mr. Sowell, who was sentenced to death in 2011, murdered 11 women and hid the remains of his victims on his property.

#capital-punishment, #cleveland-ohio, #columbus-ohio, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #ohio, #serial-murders, #sex-crimes, #sowell-anthony

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Move to Abolish Death Penalty Signals Liberal Power in Virginia

Democrats in control of the Legislature are pushing for a ban on executions, the latest policy change in an ascendant progressive agenda in the state.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #capital-punishment, #law-and-legislation, #northam-ralph-s, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #state-legislatures, #virginia

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Book Review: ‘Let the Lord Sort Them,’ by Maurice Chammah

“Let the Lord Sort Them,” by Maurice Chammah, relates the history of capital punishment in America, and why it is on its way out.

#books-and-literature, #capital-punishment, #chammah-maurice, #eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #let-the-lord-sort-them-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-death-penalty-book, #prisons-and-prisoners

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In Saudi Arabia, Quiet Changes May Ease Tensions With Biden

The new president is a Saudi critic, but he takes office as the kingdom scales back beheadings, removes hate speech from text books and limits prison terms for activists.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #textbooks, #united-states-international-relations

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The Fire Last Time

Timothy McVeigh’s 1995 attack in Oklahoma City spurred legislation that gutted death row inmates’ rights. In the wake of the siege of the Capitol, will we make a similar mistake?

#appeals-courts-us, #capital-punishment, #clinton-bill, #habeas-corpus, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #supreme-court-us, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #usa-patriot-act

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‘Expedited Spree of Executions’ Faced Little Supreme Court Scrutiny

In its last six months, the Trump administration put more than three times as many prisoners to death as the federal government had in the previous six decades.

#capital-punishment, #eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Executes Dustin Higgs for Role in 3 1996 Murders

It was the 13th and final scheduled federal execution under President Trump. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has said he opposes the death penalty.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #higgs-dustin-john, #justice-department, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Executes Corey Johnson for 7 Murders in 1992

Mr. Johnson’s execution, the 12th during the Trump administration, was carried out weeks after he found out he had the coronavirus.

#capital-punishment, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #johnson-corey-1968, #justice-department, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Executes Lisa Montgomery for 2004 Murder

She was the first woman to be put to death by the federal government since 1953 and had been the only woman on federal death row.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #montgomery-lisa-m, #prisons-and-prisoners, #skidmore-mo, #stinnett-bobbie-jo, #supreme-court-us, #terre-haute-ind, #trump-donald-j

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Why Is Iran Kidnapping and Executing Dissidents?

Abductions and executions of Iranian journalists and activists seem to be aimed at complicating the resumption of talks under the Biden administration.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #capital-punishment, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #khamenei-ali, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nuclear-weapons, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #rouhani-hassan, #united-states-international-relations

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When an I.Q. Score Is a Death Sentence

The Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to execute intellectually disabled people. On Thursday, we’re set to do it anyway.

#american-psychological-assn, #capital-punishment, #intellectual-disabilities, #intelligence-and-intelligence-tests-iq, #johnson-corey-1968, #prisons-and-prisoners, #psychology-and-psychologists, #supreme-court-us, #virginia

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First Woman to Face Federal Execution Since 1953 Seeks Reprieve

Lisa M. Montgomery, who is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday for a gruesome murder, is seeking to have her sentence reduced to life imprisonment because she suffered sexual abuse from a young age.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #capital-punishment, #justice-department, #montgomery-lisa-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #skidmore-mo, #stinnett-bobbie-jo, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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China Sentences Huarong’s Lai Xiaomin to Death

The judgment against Lai Xiaomin, the former chairman of Huarong Asset Management, follows a shift away from capital punishment for white collar crimes.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #capital-punishment, #china, #china-huarong-asset-management-co, #corruption-institutional, #lai-xiaomin

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Ruling on Lisa Montgomery, the Only Woman on Death Row, Puts Execution in Doubt

A new delay could push Lisa Montgomery’s execution into the administration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has said he opposes the death penalty.

#capital-punishment, #decisions-and-verdicts, #justice-department

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Virus Hits Federal Death Row, Prompting Calls for Delays in Executions

At least 14 of the roughly 50 men held in the secure facility at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., have tested positive. Staff members involved in executions have also gotten sick.

#capital-punishment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-penalty-information-center, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #prisons-and-prisoners, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #terre-haute-ind, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Life of Jerry Givens, a State Executioner Turned Death-Row Abolitionist

“Cause of Life” celebrates the messy, tenacious, and extraordinary lives of five people we lost to Covid-19.

#capital-punishment, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #government-employees, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #virginia, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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Why Lisa Montgomery Shouldn’t Be Executed

The execution of Lisa Montgomery would be an injustice on top of an injustice.

#capital-punishment, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #clarke-judy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mental-health-and-disorders, #montgomery-lisa-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #stinnett-bobbie-jo, #women-and-girls

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The Man I Saw Them Kill

The Trump administration has resumed federal executions after a 17-year hiatus. I witnessed the latest one.

#capital-punishment, #children-and-childhood, #crime-and-criminals, #criminal-justice, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #forensic-science, #intellectual-disabilities, #justice-department, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sex-crimes, #torture

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Justice Department Carries Out 10th Execution This Year

Alfred Bourgeois was put to death by lethal injection for murdering his 2-year-old daughter.

#bourgeois-alfred-d-2020, #capital-punishment, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #justice-department, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Prominent Architects Group Prohibits Design of Death Chambers

The American Institute of Architects has changed its stance on members who design spaces for executions or prolonged solitary confinement.

#american-institute-of-architects, #architecture, #capital-punishment, #kimmelman-michael, #solitary-confinement

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Justice Department Executes Man for Murder Committed When He Was 18

Despite a high-profile clemency campaign by allies of President Trump, the administration executed Brandon Bernard by lethal injection for his role in the 1999 crime.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #bagley-stacie-d-1999, #bagley-todd-d-1999, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #dershowitz-alan-m, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #fort-hood-tex, #hall-orlando-cordia-d-2020, #kardashian-kim, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #terre-haute-ind, #trump-donald-j

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Firing Squads and Electrocution? New Rule Would Allow More Execution Methods

The rule, which would permit methods including firing squads and electrocution, comes as the administration rushes to execute five more prisoners before President Trump’s term ends.

#capital-punishment, #justice-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New Rule Would Allow U.S. to Use More Methods for Executions

The rule, which would permit methods including firing squads and electrocution, comes as the administration rushes to execute five more prisoners before President Trump’s term ends.

#capital-punishment, #justice-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. Executes Man for 1994 Kidnapping and Murder

The execution of Orlando Cordia Hall was the eighth since the Trump administration revived capital punishment for federal crimes and the first of three scheduled during the presidential transition.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #chutkan-tanya-s, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hall-orlando-cordia, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. Plans 3 Executions Before Biden’s Inauguration

The Trump administration is continuing to carry out capital punishment for federal crimes even though President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has signaled he will reverse the policy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crime-and-criminals, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Question of Life and Death Looms for Amy Coney Barrett

If confirmed, she may soon have to reconcile her Catholic morality and the law over a death penalty case.

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U.S. Schedules First Execution of a Woman in Nearly 70 Years

Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, was convicted of killing a pregnant woman and attempting to pass the baby off as her own.

#capital-punishment, #crime-and-criminals, #death-penalty-information-center, #justice-department, #kansas, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mental-health-and-disorders, #montgomery-lisa-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #stinnett-bobbie-jo, #terre-haute-ind, #women-and-girls

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Questions for Amy Coney Barrett

Here are some suggestions for senators considering her nomination to the Supreme Court.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #capital-punishment, #federal-courts-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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U.S. Plans to Execute Inmate Who Murdered Two Youth Ministers

Christopher Andre Vialva, 40, scheduled for execution on Thursday, would be the seventh federal inmate and the first Black man put to death since federal executions resumed last year.

#barr-william-p, #capital-punishment, #death-penalty-information-center, #fort-hood-tex, #justice-department, #killeen-tex, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #vialva-christopher-andre

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British Give U.S. Evidence Against ISIS ‘Beatles,’ Clearing Way for Trial

The men were half of a cell of Britons who held Westerners hostage in Syria, some of whom were beheaded for propaganda videos.

#barr-william-p, #capital-punishment, #elsheikh-el-shafee, #emwazi-mohammed, #foley-james-1973-2014, #great-britain, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #justice-department, #kotey-alexanda, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #sotloff-steven-j, #supreme-court-of-the-united-kingdom, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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