Showing posts with label Death Penalty News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Death Penalty News. Show all posts

'Playing Russian roulette with a firing squad': Why educated adrenaline junkies are lining up to be drug mules

For four-and-a-half years, author Kathryn Bonella has been running with dangerous company. The former 60 Minutes journalist infiltrated drug circles in Brazil to research her latest book. And she found out that not all traffickers are desperate favela dwellers – quite the opposite. In “Operation Playboy”, Bonella reveals that many of Brazil’s top drug kingpins are in fact

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| December 17, 2017 |

On the Death Penalty, New Jersey Got it Right

In August 1982, New Jersey reenacted the death penalty after the United State Supreme Court decision in Gregg v. Georgia reinstated capital punishment in bifurcated proceedings. The reinstatement was futile. No defendant convicted under the 1982 legislation was put to death—the last execution in New Jersey was in 1963. Thanks to the vigorous efforts of the Public Defender’s Office and other

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| December 17, 2017 |

Oklahoma goes second straight year without an execution; no new protocol in sight

Oklahoma did not put anyone to death over the past two years amid continued work on the Department of Corrections’ lethal injection protocol. This is the first time since 1994 that the state has gone two or more consecutive years without carrying out an execution. The Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that doesn’t take an official position on executions, released

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| December 17, 2017 |

California: Death penalty for the man who killed an 8-year-old he thought was gay

A jury in California recommended the death penalty to a man who was convicted of killing an 8-year-old boy for being gay. Isauro Aguirre was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of his girlfriend Pearl Sinthia Fernandez’s son Gabriel Fernandez. The boy was found in May, 2013, with a cracked skull, broken ribs, and burns, and died days after being hospitalized. During closing

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| December 17, 2017 |

Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself. Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death

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| December 16, 2017 |

U.N. Condemns Executions of 38 Prisoners in Iraq

GENEVA — The United Nations said Friday that it was appalled by a mass execution of prisoners in Iraq and called for an immediate halt to executions, citing flaws in the country’s criminal justice system. Iraq’s Ministry of Justice said 38 prisoners were executed on terrorism-related charges in the southern city of Nasiriya on Thursday, but it gave no details of the prisoners’ identities or

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| December 16, 2017 |

Delaware Supreme Court overturns past death penalty convictions

The 12 men on Delaware’s death row will not be executed.  Instead, they’ll get life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Delaware Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the state cannot go through with executing those on death row after they previously struck down the state’s capital punishment system. Justices came to that decision in August after the U.S. Supreme

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| December 16, 2017 |

Trump calls for death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is calling for the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer. Trump, while speaking at the FBI National Academy in Virginia on Friday, pledged to support law enforcement officers and condemned those who attack them. During the presidential campaign, Trump pledged to sign an executive order as president that would demand capital

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| December 16, 2017 |

Lawmaker pushes to abolish death penalty in Ohio

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For the fourth time in a row, State Rep. Nickie Antonio, from Cuyahoga County, has introduced legislation at the Statehouse that would abolish the death penalty. Her three previous attempts have been relatively fruitless in starting a debate about the issue at the Statehouse. This time, Antonio is hoping for a deeper dialog with members of the House Criminal Justice

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| December 16, 2017 |

Arkansas Parole Board releases former death row inmate Timothy Howard

An Ashdown, Arkansas man is freed from death row after two decades of maintaining his innocence in the murder of a Little River County couple and attempted murder of their child. Timothy Howard was released from prison 20 years to the day that Brian and Shannon Day were discovered at separate crime scenes. Brian was shot and dumped inside a U-haul truck. His wife, Shannon, was found

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| December 16, 2017 |

Law of Parties: Prosecutor who put Jeff Wood on Texas’ death row asks for clemency

Twenty years ago, Lucy Wilke was the prosecutor who sent Jeff Wood to Texas’ death row, even though he never killed anyone.  Now, according to the Texas Tribune, Wilke, along with several other state officials, is asking the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to recommend that Wood’s death sentence be reduced to life in prison.  “The penalty now appears to be excessive,” the Tribune says

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| December 15, 2017 |

DPIC’s annual report looks at the death penalty’s declining support

Public support for the death penalty dropped to its lowest level in 45 years in 2017, and the number of death sentences and executions is the second-lowest in a generation, succeeded only by last year’s record lows. That’s according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which released its annual report this week, highlighting the continuation of the long-term decline of the death penalty

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| December 15, 2017 |

California: Riverside County leads U.S. in death penalty sentences, but hasn’t executed anyone in 39 years

For the second time in the last three years, Riverside County has produced more new death row inmates than any other county in the United States. California accounted for 28 percent of all the new death penalty sentences across the country in 2017, according to a new report by the Death Penalty Information Center, a Washington D.C. nonprofit which researches capital punishment. Riverside

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| December 15, 2017 |

Tanzania President Magufuli releases 61 death-row inmates, a day after pardoning a total of 8,157 prisoners

PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday signed documents for the release of the 61 inmates who were on death row, a day after pardoning a total of 8,157 prisoners during the Uhuru fete in Dodoma on Saturday. Among pardoned prisoners sentenced to life in jail were musicians Nguza Viking alias Babu Seya, and his son Johnson Nguza, alias Papii Kocha.  According to a State House press statement,

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| December 15, 2017 |

North Carolina death row becoming frail, aging

No new death sentences in 2017 DURHAM — North Carolina juries rejected the death penalty in 2017, refusing to impose death sentences at any of the four trials where prosecutors sought them and making this year the third since 2012 with no new death sentences. Juries in Wake, Granville and Guilford counties all chose life without parole instead of death this year. At a fourth capital

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| December 15, 2017 |

California defense attorney files rare death penalty motion

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- For the first time in Fresno County Superior Court history, a defense attorney has filed a rare motion, arguing a death penalty qualification on a jury panel for an African American defendant will deprive them of equal protection. Attorney David Mugridge's client, Leroy Johnson spent almost nine years in jail on murder charges. Mugridge says studies show most

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| December 15, 2017 |

Kenya: Landmark death penalty judgement must lead to full abolition of cruel punishment

Commenting after the Kenyan Supreme Court declared mandatory death sentencing unconstitutional, Oluwatosin Popoola, Amnesty International’s Adviser on the Death Penalty, said: “This landmark judgment is a significant step towards complete abolition of the ultimate cruel and inhumane form of punishment. “It’s now time for the Kenyan authorities to take the required legal steps to abolish

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| December 15, 2017 |

Republicans reconsidering the death penalty

The mere idea of Republicans sponsoring death penalty repeal bills in great numbers was once considered an unlikely notion. However, Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty recently released a report revealing how Republicans are championing measures to end capital punishment at never-before-seen rates. The shift is stunning. Consider this: From 2000 to 2012, the annual number of

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| December 14, 2017 |

U.S. Sees 2nd Fewest Death Sentences and Executions in 25 Years

Public Support for Death Penalty Drops to 45-Year Low as 4 More Death-Row Prisoners Exonerated in 2017 Executions and death sentences remained near historically low levels in 2017, as public support for the death penalty fell to its lowest level in 45 years, according to a report released today by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC). 8 states carried out 23 executions, 1/2 the

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| December 14, 2017 |

Jurors vote for death penalty for mother's boyfriend in torture killing of 8-year-old Palmdale boy

Jurors on Wednesday voted for the death penalty for a man convicted of fatally torturing his girlfriend's young son - a savage slaying that led to sweeping reform within Los Angeles County's child-welfare system. The verdict ended a murder trial in which jurors heard and saw disturbing evidence about how 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez suffered repeated abuse at the hands of Isauro Aguirre, 37

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| December 14, 2017 |
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