Myanmar Military Executes Four Pro-Democracy Activists

They were the country’s first executions in more than 30 years. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the ousted civilian leader who was detained during last year’s coup, remains in prison.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #capital-punishment, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #prisons-and-prisoners, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Parkland School Gunman Faces Death Penalty in Rare Trial

A Florida jury will decide if the young man who killed 17 people in 2018 will be sentenced to death.

#capital-punishment, #cruz-nikolas, #internal-storyline-no, #marjory-stoneman-douglas-high-school-parkland-fla, #parkland-fla, #parkland-fla-shooting-2018, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

America’s Death Penalty Sentences Are Slowly Grinding to a Halt

The numbers of executions and death sentences are falling.

#capital-punishment, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #law-and-legislation, #minorities, #naacp-legal-defense-fund, #polls-and-public-opinion, #sentences-criminal, #state-legislatures, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states

America the Merciless

I can’t help but see our nation’s particular bent toward cruelty.

#abortion, #bhuiyan-raisuddin, #bloom-amy, #capital-punishment, #euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide, #giridharadas-anand, #stevenson-bryan-a-1959, #supreme-court-us

Could Death Penalty Shift Spare Man Charged in Bike Path Terror Attack?

Trump-era prosecutors demanded capital punishment for Sayfullo Saipov, accused of mowing down eight people on a New York cycle path with his truck.

#capital-punishment, #garland-merrick-b, #manhattan-nyc, #manhattan-ny-attack-october-2017, #saipov-sayfullo

Singapore Executes Drug Smuggler Despite Concerns Over Mental Disability

Defense lawyers had argued that the Malaysian man should not be executed because he was not fully capable of understanding his actions and had been coerced.

#capital-punishment, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #intellectual-disabilities, #singapore, #smuggling

Texas Court Halts Execution of Melissa Lucio

Melissa Lucio had long maintained her innocence. New evidence and expert testimony emerged casting strong doubt on her guilt.

#capital-punishment, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #texas

In Polarized Texas, Rare Agreement: Hispanic Mother, Melissa Lucio, Should Not Be Executed

The execution of Melissa Lucio would be the first of a Hispanic woman in Texas. New evidence casts doubt on her conviction.

#capital-punishment, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #innocence-project, #lucio-melissa, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #texas

Justice Dept. Inquiry Finds ‘Systemic Failures’ at Mississippi Prison

A report singled out solitary confinement and enforced segregation as particularly harmful practices that contributed to the poor mental and physical health of prisoners.

#capital-punishment, #clarke-kristen-1974, #justice-department, #mississippi, #mississippi-state-penitentiary, #parchman-miss, #prisons-and-prisoners, #reeves-tate-1974, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Days After Setting an Execution Date, a Texas Prosecutor Reverses Course

John Henry Ramirez, a death row inmate whose religious freedom case gained national attention, may win a reprieve in an unexpected twist.

#capital-punishment, #freedom-of-religion, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nueces-county-tex, #ramirez-john-henry-1984, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

South Carolina Prisoner Chooses to Be Executed by Firing Squad

Richard B. Moore chose a firing squad over electrocution but said both methods were unconstitutional. His execution, set for this month, would be the country’s first by firing squad since 2010.

#capital-punishment, #moore-richard-b, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #south-carolina, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Supreme Court Rules for Condemned Inmate Who Sought Pastor’s Touch

In an 8-to-1 ruling, the court said Texas may not execute John Henry Ramirez, a death row inmate, unless his pastor can pray with and lay hands on him in the death chamber.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #decisions-and-verdicts, #ramirez-john-henry-1984, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

The 9/11 Trial: Why Are Plea Bargain Talks Underway?

New leadership, an ever receding trial date and pressure to disclose more information about the C.I.A. torture of the accused plotters all contribute.

#al-qaeda, #attash-walid-muhammad-salih-bin, #capital-punishment, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #september-11-2001, #shibh-ramzi-muhammad-abdullah-bin-al, #terrorism, #torture, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Renny Cushing, Relentless Foe of the Death Penalty, Dies at 69

Even after his father was murdered, he opposed capital punishment and led the effort to repeal it in New Hampshire. Three decades later, he succeeded.

#capital-punishment, #cushing-robert-r-jr-1952-2022, #deaths-obituaries, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-hampshire

Saudi Arabia Executes 81 People

It was the kingdom’s largest mass execution in years. In many cases, the charges involved “not a drop of blood,” a rights activist said.

#capital-punishment, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia

Defense Lawyer Asks to Quit 9/11 Case, Amid Murky Investigation

A defense lawyer who has spent a decade on the Guantánamo case abruptly sought to resign amid an in-house investigation.

#attash-walid-muhammad-salih-bin, #bormann-cheryl, #capital-punishment, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #september-11-2001, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #terrorism

This Sedative Is Now a Go-To Drug for Executions. But Does It Work?

A legal battle in Oklahoma over whether prisoners feel severe pain after being given the sedative, midazolam, will determine whether its use is constitutional.

#capital-punishment, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #friot-stephen-p, #grant-john-marion-1957, #midazolam, #oklahoma, #sedatives

Supreme Court Restores Death Sentence for Boston Marathon Bomber

The Biden administration, which announced a moratorium on federal executions, has pursued the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who helped carry out the 2013 bombings.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #boston-marathon-bombings-2013, #capital-punishment, #supreme-court-us, #tsarnaev-dzhokhar-a, #tsarnaev-tamerlan, #united-states-politics-and-government

William Kuenzel, Who Claimed Innocence From Death Row, Dies at 60

When evidence emerged that might have exonerated him, his case drew the support of prominent legal figures, but the Supreme Court twice declined to review it.

#capital-punishment, #deaths-obituaries, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #kuenzel-william-ernest, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prosecutorial-misconduct

Jazz Freed Keith LaMar’s Soul. Can It Help Him Get Off Death Row?

With concerts and a new album, musicians are trying to draw attention to the case of an inmate, convicted in the death of five other prisoners, who they believe deserves a new trial.

#capital-punishment, #content-type-personal-profile, #jazz, #lamar-keith, #marques-albert, #ohio, #prisons-and-prisoners

Death Penalty Law Puts Burden on the Intellectually Disabled

The Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a challenge to the law, which requires that defendants in capital cases who are intellectually disabled prove it “beyond a reasonable doubt” — a phrase that was inserted in error.

#capital-punishment, #eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #georgia, #intellectual-disabilities, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Desmond Tutu Knew Justice Had to Include Forgiveness

Contemporary activists can benefit from Tutu’s ideas about restorative justice and strengthen their quest for fundamental fairness.

#black-people, #cancel-culture, #capital-punishment, #charleston-sc, #charleston-sc-shooting-2015, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #cooper-chris, #discrimination, #emanuel-african-methodist-episcopal-church-charleston-sc, #king-martin-luther-jr, #mandela-nelson, #northam-ralph-s, #potter-kimberly-a-1973, #race-and-ethnicity, #roof-dylann-storm, #south-africa, #thompson-myra-1955-2015, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-south-africa, #tutu-desmond-m

North Korea Executes People for Watching K-Pop, Rights Group Says

At least seven people have been put to death in the past decade for watching or distributing K-pop videos, as the North cracks down on what its leader calls a “vicious cancer.”

#capital-punishment, #internal-storyline-no, #k-pop, #kim-jong-un, #movies, #north-korea, #south-korea, #transitional-justice-working-group

Mississippi Killer Confessed to Another Murder Before His Execution

David Neal Cox admitted to the 2007 killing of his sister-in-law, Felecia Cox, a cold case in which he had long been the prime suspect, prosecutors said.

#capital-punishment, #cox-david-neal, #domestic-violence, #missing-persons, #mississippi, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sex-crimes

A Glimmer of Justice in Death Penalty States

The halting of executions and the guilty verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery case have given us the slightest bit of hope for change.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #capital-punishment, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #intellectual-disabilities, #oklahoma, #tennessee

He Never Touched the Murder Weapon. Alabama Sentenced Him to Die.

Nathaniel Woods was unarmed when three Birmingham police officers were fatally shot by someone else in 2004. But Woods, a Black man, was convicted of capital murder for his role in the deaths of the three white officers.

#attacks-on-police, #capital-punishment, #jury-system, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #spencer-kerry, #woods-nathaniel

Doyle Hamm, Who Survived a Bungled Execution, Dies in Prison at 64

The failed lethal injection for Mr. Hamm, who was terminally ill, amounted to what his lawyer said was a case of cruel and unusual punishment.

#alabama, #capital-punishment, #death-penalty, #deaths-obituaries, #hamm-doyle-lee, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #robberies-and-thefts

Oklahoma Governor Commutes Julius Jones’s Death Sentence Hours Before Execution

Julius Jones was convicted of first-degree murder in 2002 and had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #capital-punishment, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #grant-john-marion-1957, #howell-paul-d-1999, #jones-julius-1980, #kardashian-kim, #mayfield-baker-1995, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oklahoma, #stitt-kevin

Supporters Appeal for Clemency for Death Row Inmate Julius Jones

Hundreds of students walked out of schools and activists demonstrated at the State Capitol, urging Gov. Kevin Stitt to commute the sentence of Julius Jones, who is scheduled for execution on Thursday.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #capital-punishment, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #grant-john-marion-1957, #howell-paul-d-1999, #jones-julius-1980, #kardashian-kim, #mayfield-baker-1995, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oklahoma, #stitt-kevin

Supreme Court Shows Impatience in Death Penalty Cases

Recent rulings, including one turning down a death row inmate’s request supported by the prosecution, offer telling glimpses of the state of capital punishment.

#capital-punishment, #eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #intellectual-disabilities, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Saudi Court Blocks Execution of Man Convicted of Crime Committed at 14

Rights groups said the death sentence for Abdullah al-Huwaiti ran contrary to the kingdom’s claimed legal reforms. Now he’ll be retried.

#attacks-on-police, #capital-punishment, #confessions, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #saudi-arabia

Supreme Court Weighs Condemned Man’s Wish for Pastor’s Touch

A Texas death row inmate, John H. Ramirez, asked the justices to let spiritual advisers pray with and lay hands on prisoners as they await execution.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #ministers-protestant, #ramirez-john-henry-1984, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us, #texas

The Power of Human Touch in the Execution Chamber

The death penalty is wrong, but we can still uphold the dignity of the condemned.

#capital-punishment, #christians-and-christianity, #human-dignity, #huntsville-tex, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #ramirez-john-henry-1984, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #touch-sense

Julie Green, Artist Who Memorialized Inmates’ Last Suppers, Dies at 60

For more than two decades, she rendered death row prisoners’ requests for a last meal on a series of plates, bringing a human face to capital punishment.

#art, #capital-punishment, #center-for-wrongful-convictions-at-northwestern-university, #deaths-obituaries, #green-julie-1961, #oregon-state-university, #the-last-supper

Rights Groups Urge Singapore Not to Execute Man With Mental Disability

The man, a Malaysian with an I.Q. of 69, was caught trying to smuggle an ounce and a half of heroin in 2009. Some are calling his planned hanging a human rights violation.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #capital-punishment, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #intellectual-disabilities, #malaysia, #nagaenthran-dharmalingam, #singapore

Rodney Reed Should Not Be Retried in Texas Murder Case, Judge Says

The judge said that new evidence, including witness testimony, was not sufficient to warrant a new trial for Mr. Reed, who was sentenced to death in the 1996 murder of a 19-year-old woman.

#capital-punishment, #innocence-project, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #reed-rodney-1967, #texas

Oklahoma to Continue Lethal Injections After Man Vomits During Execution

It was the state’s first lethal injection since 2015, when it halted executions after using the wrong drug in one instance and allowing a prisoner to regain consciousness in another.

#capital-punishment, #grant-john-marion-1957, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oklahoma, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sedatives

Supreme Court Lets Two Oklahoma Executions Proceed

By a 5-to-3 vote, the justices lifted a stay of execution that had been imposed by a federal appeals court in a challenge to the state’s lethal injection protocols.

#capital-punishment, #grant-john-marion-1957, #jones-julius-1980, #supreme-court-us

Texas Nurse Sentenced to Death for Fatally Injecting 4 Heart Patients With Air

William Davis, who worked at Christus Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas, was convicted of capital murder on Oct. 19. His sentence will automatically be appealed.

#capital-punishment, #clark-ronald-jay-d-2017, #davis-william-george-nurse, #greenaway-christopher-d-2017, #kalina-joseph-d-2018, #lafferty-john-d-2017, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #texas, #tyler-tex

Syria Executes 24 People for Setting Wildfires, Calling It ‘Terrorism’

The sentences shocked rights groups, who saw it as a move by President Bashar al-Assad to appear tough after a crisis that hurt his loyalists.

#assad-bashar-al, #capital-punishment, #politics-and-government, #syria, #wildfires

On the Supreme Court, Religion and a Scheduled Execution

The Supreme Court routinely rejects death penalty appeals. But it halted an execution when religion became an issue.

#abortion, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #bourgeois-alfred-d-2020, #capital-punishment, #chaplains, #clergy, #constitution-us, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #freedom-of-religion, #gorsuch-neil-m, #gutierrez-ruben-inmate, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #missouri, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #murphy-patrick-henry-jr, #sotomayor-sonia, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Texas Judge Urges New Trial for Death Row Inmate, Citing Jurist’s Antisemitic Remarks

A judge’s recommendation paves the way for an appeals court to decide whether Randy Halprin, a Jewish man who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2003 for his role in the killing of a police officer, will get a new trial.

#anti-semitism, #capital-punishment, #cunningham-vickers, #halprin-randy, #prison-escapes

Supreme Court Weighs Boston Marathon Bomber’s Death Sentence

The Biden administration has pursued the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in spite of its own moratorium on capital punishment.

#boston-marathon-bombings-2013, #capital-punishment, #supreme-court-us, #terrorism, #tsarnaev-dzhokhar-a

Pope Urges Clemency for Missouri Death Row Prisoner

Ernest L. Johnson, 61, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday for killing three convenience store employees during a robbery in 1994. Supporters say his intellectual disabilities make the execution unconstitutional.

#bush-cori, #capital-punishment, #cleaver-emanuel-ii, #francis, #intellectual-disabilities, #missouri, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #parson-michael-l, #roman-catholic-church

On Death Row Half His Life, Oklahoma Man May Be a Step Closer to Release

A panel has recommended that Julius Jones’s sentence in a 1999 murder be commuted. His case, which has prompted public demonstrations and celebrity advocacy, is now on the governor’s desk.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #capital-punishment, #howell-paul-d-1999, #jones-julius-1980, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oklahoma, #parole-board, #probation-and-parole, #stitt-kevin

Supreme Court Stays John Ramirez’s Execution in Dispute Over Pastor’s Role

The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #clergy, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-religion, #ramirez-john-henry, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court Stays Execution in Dispute Over Pastor’s Role

The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions on the role that spiritual advisers may play in death row inmates’ final moments.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #clergy, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-religion, #ramirez-john-henry, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

In the Eyes of God, Does a State Have the Right to Kill a Man?

The state of Texas will execute a death row inmate next week. Is capital punishment as it exists in the United States contrary to religious teachings?

#audio-negative-tragedy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #french-david-a, #indiana, #protestant-churches, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j

Is It Time to End Capital Punishment?

The state of Texas will kill a man next week. In the eyes of God, does it have the right to?

#audio-negative-tragedy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #french-david-a, #indiana, #protestant-churches, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j

Martinsville 7 Are Pardoned by Virginia 70 Years After Execution for Rape

For decades, family members of the men, known as the Martinsville Seven, contended that they were denied due process. Gov. Ralph S. Northam agreed.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #capital-punishment, #criminal-justice, #discrimination, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #grayson-francis-desales-d-1951, #hairston-frank-jr-d-1951, #hairston-howard-lee-d-1951, #hairston-james-luther-d-1951, #hampton-joe-henry-d-1951, #martinsville-va, #martinsville-seven, #millner-booker-t-d-1951, #northam-ralph-s, #sex-crimes, #taylor-john-clabon-d-1951, #virginia