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.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #capital-punishment, #constitution-us, #criminal-justice, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #francis, #freedom-of-religion, #john-paul-ii, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #texas

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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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As a Wrestler Faces Execution in Iran, World Sports Groups Galvanize

An Iranian athlete was charged with murder after taking part in anti-government protests. Many think the charges are false, motivated by a government seeking to make an example of him.

#capital-punishment, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #iran, #wrestling

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Justice Dept. Executes Lezmond Mitchell, a Native American Man Convicted of Murder

It was the fourth time this summer the Trump administration has carried out the death penalty. The case had raised issues of tribal sovereignty.

#capital-punishment, #justice-department, #mitchell-lezmond, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Justice Dept. Is Set to Execute Native American Prisoner

Lezmond Mitchell faces the death penalty for his part in the 2001 murder of a Navajo woman and her 9-year-old granddaughter, a case that has raised issues about tribal sovereignty.

#capital-punishment, #justice-department, #mitchell-lezmond, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Scott Peterson’s Death Sentence Is Overturned

The California Supreme Court upheld Mr. Peterson’s 2004 conviction for killing his wife, Laci Peterson, but it said the judge’s mistakes had denied him an impartial jury during sentencing.

#capital-punishment, #decisions-and-verdicts, #jury-system, #modesto-calif, #peterson-laci, #peterson-scott

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Lezmond Mitchell’s Death Sentence Is an Affront to Navajo Sovereignty

Trump should commute his sentence to life without parole before his Aug. 26 execution date.

#capital-punishment, #lezmond-mitchell, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #trump-donald-j

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A Vast Racial Gap in Death Penalty Cases, New Study Finds

Defendants convicted of killing white people, the study found, were far more likely to be executed than the killers of Black people.

#baldus-david-c, #black-people, #capital-punishment, #government-accountability-office, #mccleskey-v-kemp, #race-and-ethnicity, #scott-dred, #supreme-court-us

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The Federal Death Penalty Can Be Administered Fairly

A top Justice Department official says for many Americans the death penalty is a difficult issue on moral, religious and policy grounds. But as a legal issue, it is straightforward.

#capital-punishment, #justice-department, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Justice Department’s Shameful Rush to Federal Executions

The push to impose the federal death penalty no matter the cost poses a grave threat to the rule of law.

#barr-william-p, #breyer-stephen-g, #capital-punishment, #eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #justice-department, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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For Third Time This Week, the Federal Government Carries Out an Execution

Dustin Lee Honken was put to death by lethal injection for the 1993 murders of five people.

#capital-punishment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #honken-dustin-lee, #indiana, #justice-department, #lee-daniel-lewis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #purkey-wesley-ira, #supreme-court-us

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Dustin Honken Executed: Third Federal Government Execution This Week

Dustin Lee Honken was put to death by lethal injection for the 1993 murders of five people.

#capital-punishment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #honken-dustin-lee, #indiana, #justice-department, #lee-daniel-lewis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #purkey-wesley-ira, #supreme-court-us

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Government Executes Wesley Ira Purkey, Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

Wesley Ira Purkey was killed by lethal injection at the penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., for killing a teenage girl more than two decades ago.

#barr-william-p, #capital-punishment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #justice-department, #lee-daniel-lewis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #supreme-court-us, #wesley-ira-purkey

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Government Executes Second Federal Death Row Prisoner in a Week

Wesley Ira Purkey was killed by lethal injection at the penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., for killing a teenage girl more than two decades ago.

#barr-william-p, #capital-punishment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #justice-department, #lee-daniel-lewis, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #supreme-court-us, #wesley-ira-purkey

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Daniel Lewis Lee Executed: Government Carries Out First in 17 Years

Hours after a 5-4 vote by the Supreme Court, Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death by lethal injection in Terre Haute, Ind., for his role in the 1996 murder of a family of three.

#capital-punishment, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #lee-daniel-lewis, #supreme-court-us

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Government Carries Out First Federal Execution in 17 Years

Hours after a 5-4 vote by the Supreme Court, Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death by lethal injection in Terre Haute, Ind., for his role in the 1996 murder of a family of three.

#capital-punishment, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #lee-daniel-lewis, #supreme-court-us

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Judge Moves to Delay Federal Execution Scheduled for Monday

A district court in Washington, D.C., put the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee on hold hours before it was to be carried out. The Justice Department immediately appealed.

#capital-punishment, #indiana, #justice-department, #lee-daniel-lewis

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Court Clears Way for First Federal Execution in 17 Years to Proceed

Daniel Lewis Lee is set to be put to death after an appeals panel rejected a suit from his victims’ family members, who said the coronavirus prevented them from traveling to the execution.

#appeals-courts-us, #capital-punishment, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #justice-department, #lee-daniel-lewis, #prisons-and-prisoners, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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