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Ohio Republicans Want Secret Government Executions

Republicans sure like to execute people but, like so much of what they do, the public gets a little uneasy when informed about the things they love to do. The Solution? Propose a law making the details of government executions secret. Republican lawmakers in Ohio are rushing through the most extreme secrecy bill yet attempted […]

Some years ago, I got one of those anonymous e-mails your right-wing cousin or in-law loves to send you. I just stumbled across one today. The poem is ostensibly about a baby asking God why Mommy aborted him. It was such an obvious play on emotions, that I wrote a rebuttal that was more in […]

William Lopez served 23 years for a murder he didn’t commit. He was released just last year. Exonerated. Now he’s dead. Lopez never should have gone to prison. The judge that finally released him called the case against him “rotten from day one,” based on the flimsy testimony of alleged eyewitnesses who turned out to […]

In North Carolina, thirty years after their convictions in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, based on confessions that they quickly repudiated and said were coerced, two mentally disabled half brothers were declared innocent and ordered released Tuesday by a judge after DNA evidence cleared them. Henry Lee McCollum and his half brother […]

  Louisiana told the hospital it needed the drugs to heal inmates, claims the hospital. According to the Lens, a New Orleans investigative nonprofit, the Louisiana Department of Corrections purchased 20 vials of hydromorphone from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital a week before the scheduled execution of Christopher Sepulvado. Christopher Sepulvado, 70, was convicted of torturing […]

New evidence casts doubt on a 2004 execution. For more than 20 years, the prosecutor who convicted Cameron Todd Willingham of murdering his three young daughters has insisted that the authorities made no deals to secure the testimony of the jailhouse informer who told jurors that Willingham confessed the crime to him. About this project: […]

Conservatives hate Neil deGrasse Tyson because he’s smarter than them, but on this week’s Real Time, the Cosmos host also proved he’s smarter than liberals, too. The National Review‘s cover story this week features an article on the irrepressible astrophysicist headlined “Smarter Than Thou,” penned by Charles C.W. Cooke. To save you some time and […]

While he is for the death penalty, the Arizona Senator has the good sense to decry an execution gone wrong. The longtime Republican lawmaker, who experienced years of torture while being held in captivity by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, called the drawn-out lethal injection execution of Joseph Wood on Wednesday “terrible.” “I […]

The news of Arizona’s botched execution of Joseph R. Wood III Wednesday afternoon has become another dominant story in this summer of news that won’t quit, but what’s really unusual about this event is the way in which it is being covered by the television news media, and how that contrasts with the coverage of […]

Joseph Rudolph Wood III began the end of his life on August 7, 1989, when he walked into an auto body shop and killed his 29 year-old ex-girlfriend Debbie Dietz, and her 55 year-old father Gene Dietz, with a .38 caliber revolver. Police shot Wood several times when he picked up and pointed the gun he […]

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