Hey ‘murica

By: Monday October 13, 2014 1:30 am

It’s been yet another tough week to not be a Walton or Koch family member.

But hey, there’s still good news out there if you look hard enough (or spend a couple minutes on Google), but it is out there.

 

Texas Wants to Execute This Mentally Ill Man: Will SCOTUS Step In?

By: Monday September 22, 2014 7:18 pm

Ron Honberg of the National Association of Mental Illness begins his recent op-ed for the National Law Journal describing a situation so strange that one assumes it is fiction:

“A person diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia is accused of murdering his in-laws. He insists on defending himself without counsel and wears a TV-Western cowboy costume while on trial for his life. He attempts to subpoena the Pope, John F. Kennedy and Jesus Christ. He rambles incomprehensibly, scares the jurors by pointing an imaginary rifle at them, and he believes the judge is a devil worshiper.”

DNA Evidence Clears Men of 1983 North Carolina Murder but Prosecutor Is Unrepentant About His Role

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 12:12 pm

DNA evidence has cleared two African-American mentally disabled men, who were convicted of a rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in North Carolina in 1983. A judge ordered the men be released from jail, and the district attorney admitted the state had no case and would not try to prosecute the men again. But the original prosecutor in the case was displeased by the development.

Late Night: An Eye for an Eye

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 8:00 pm

The grotesque spectacle of the two-hour torture yesterday of an Arizona murderer was made considerably more revolting by the bloodthirsty commentary provided by the victim’s family, and eagerly echoed by Arizona officials.

You see, no matter how barbaric the execution was, the crime was worse, so who cares? Really? Something now popularly called “closure” for the victims’ loved ones, i.e. a retributive display of frontier justice, is now required by the public (and the media), supposedly to avenge the crime.

Executed But Innocent: New Book Details Harrowing Case of Carlos DeLuna

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 4:12 pm

As support for capital punishment in America continues to erode, a new book might be the next nail in the death penalty’s coffin. The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of A Wrongful Execution details the harrowing case of Carlos DeLuna, who was killed by lethal injection on December 7, 1989 for a crime he didn’t commit. From investigation to conviction, his case embodies all the reasons American support for the death penalty is at an all-time low.

It all started when DeLuna, a man described as “childlike” and “simple,” was found huddling under a pick-up truck on the evening of February 4, 1983 and was arrested for the murder of Wanda Lopez.

OK and MO Governors Win Golden Padlock for Unwavering Commitment to Secrecy in Executions

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 3:30 pm

This weekend, the prestigious national journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) awarded its annual “Golden Padlock” award to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon for their commitment to government secrecy surrounding state executions.

Oklahoma’s Execution Procedures Found Appallingly Lacking in Newspaper Investigation

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 1:46 pm

When Oklahoma horrifically botched the execution of Clayton Lockett on April 29, many were left to wonder just how an execution could go so terribly wrong. A new Tulsa World investigation suggests that Oklahoma’s risky, flawed lethal injection procedures are at least partially to blame.

Justice John Paul Stevens Proposes Changes to the Constitution

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 6:35 pm

Retired United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 94, recently toured with his new book, titled, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. He proposes changes to: the Supremacy Clause of Article VI, political gerrymandering, campaign finance, sovereign immunity, the death penalty, and the second amendment.

Media Organizations Challenge Secrecy Around Execution Drugs for Lethal Injections

By: Thursday May 15, 2014 4:20 pm

Five media organizations are challenging Missouri’s Department of Corrections, which is keeping critical information about execution drugs that are being used for lethal injections secret.

NRA Announces a Solution for Botched Death Penalty

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 6:59 pm

To fulfill the need for complete disclosure the NRA executive have an option to purchase the third largest ammunition suppler in the US, to help the Militated Firing Squads fully execute their duties.

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