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.

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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

On Death Row in Texas, a Last Request: A Prayer and ‘Human Contact’

Scheduled for execution on Sept. 8, John Henry Ramirez is suing to have his Baptist pastor lay hands on him as he dies.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #death-and-dying, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #religion-and-belief, #texas

Justice Dept. Pauses Federal Executions, Reversing Trump Policy

As a candidate, President Biden said that he would work to abolish federal executions and incentivize states to follow suit.

#attorneys-general, #barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #united-states-politics-and-government

Garland Rebuffs a Potential Broad Look at Trump-Era Justice Dept.

The attorney general said that various inspector general inquiries would help uncover any wrongdoing and that he wanted to avoid politicizing the work of career officials.

#capital-punishment, #garland-merrick-b, #horowitz-michael-e, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schiff-adam-b, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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