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Federal Judge Strikes Down California’s Death Penalty

Federal Judge Strikes Down California’s Death Penalty

The California death penalty system is unconstitutional, ruled the judge. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down an order Wednesday, finding that the system is arbitrary and in violation of the Constitution’s 8th Amendment. “California’s death penalty system is so plagued by inordinate and unpredictable delay that the death sentence is actually carried out [...]

Poll: For First Time, Majority Of Americans Prefer Life In Prison

There is movement away from favoring the death penalty in America. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released Thursday, 52 percent of Americans say they would prefer that people convicted of murder spend life in prison with no chance of parole, compared to 42 percent who prefer the death penalty for those people. [...]

Tennessee Brings Back Electric Chair

While lethal injections are being debated, an even less-humane procedure is coming back to Tennessee. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law Thursday allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event prisons are unable to obtain the drugs, which have become more and more scarce following a European-led boycott of [...]

Missouri Execution Halted Hours Before Lethal Injection

The inmate’s medical condition accounted for the stay of execution. A federal appeals court halted the execution of Russell Bucklew on Tuesday, just hours before the state of Missouri was set to execute him by lethal injection. Attorneys for Bucklew, a convicted killer, had asked the courts for a stay of execution owing to a [...]

Utah Lawmaker Calls For Firing Squads

If the state can’t get get nice, calm lethal injections to kill people, let’s execute them by firing squad says one Utah lawmaker. Rep. Paul Ray, a Republican from the northern Utah city of Clearfield, plans to introduce his proposal during Utah’s next legislative session in January. Lawmakers in Wyoming and Missouri floated similar ideas [...]

How One Man In Mumbai Has Shaken U.S. Capital Punishment Policy

The recently botched execution in Oklahoma has led to a delay in administering the death penalty there and in other states across the country. It is well-known that this was a result of a shortage of the usual toxic compound long used to inject inmates with a fatal dose of chemicals. The experimental mix created [...]

Rick Perry Doesn’t Know, Or Won’t Say, If Botched Oklahoma Execution Was Inhumane

Rick Perry Doesn’t Know If Botched Oklahoma Execution Was ‘Inhumane’ (via http://crooksandliars.com) By John Amato May 4, 2014 10:47 am – Comments Gov. Rick Perry of Texas appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press and when asked didn’t know if the botched execution in Oklahoma was “inhumane,” huh? Seriously? Former Governor of Texas, Rick Perry was [...]

Oklahoma Prison Boss: Suspend Executions

Oklahoma prison boss wants state’s executions suspended (via AFP) The director of prisons in Oklahoma wants an indefinite stop to all executions in the state so procedures can be revised, after a botched lethal injection sparked allegations of torture. Clayton Lockett, a convicted murderer and rapist, was left writhing… Now read this:Geologists: 2,547 Earthquakes In [...]

Tea Party Founder Wants To Bring Back Hangings And Firing Squads

Tea Party Nation Founder: Let’s execute death row inmates with heroin, firing squads or hanging (via FreakOutNation) After the botched execution in Oklahoma, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips felt the need to weigh in, writing, “Who really cares if he suffered a little?” The compassionate Tea Partier continued, “If the left insists that we use [...]

Do Your Own Killing: Why I Oppose The Crap Out Of The Death Penalty

The horror show of an execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett has renewed debate over the death penalty, and with it the familiar arguments for and against it. On Wednesday, The Daily Banter‘s Bob Cesca made an excellent case for ending the death penalty, while ably expressing the ambivalence that makes public opinion on the [...]

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