Nebraska sheriffs back death penalty petition
The Nebraska Sheriffs’ Association has voted unanimously to back a petition aimed at restoring the death penalty.
Family of Richard Strong’s victims hopes Missouri proceeds with execution
Richard Strong is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri between 6 p.m. today and 5:59 p.m. Wednesday. Strong brutally stabbed and slashed 23-year-old Eva Washington and two-year-old Zandrea Thomas to death after an argument in October, 2000 at the couple’s apartment in St. Ann.
Strong spared his own daughter that he had fathered with Washington.
By: Bill Otis
The Nebraska legislature is considering whether to override the Governor’s veto of a bill abolishing capital punishment. Death penalty supporters would advance their cause by proposing solutions to the practical problems in carrying out executions, prominently among them manufactured procedural delays in post-sentence litigation.
I suggest that Nebraska legislators ask themselves this: Do we, and do the people of this state, really want a future jury never to be able to impose the death penalty? NEVER, no matter what the facts?
When Tsarnaev strikes and shreds a little boy to bleed to death in his father’s arms, do we want NEVER?
Texas on Wednesday night executed Manuel Garza Jr. by lethal injection for killing a police officer, the second time in less than a week the state has put a convicted cop-killer to death.
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By: Kent Scheidegger
We noted earlier that both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature had passed their own versions of a bill to establish nitrogen hypoxia as an alternate method of execution if lethal injection is unavailable. The Senate today unanimously passed the House version, HB 1879, and it goes to the governor.
The bill does not give the inmates the option to choose this method if lethal injection is available. That would have been useful in demonstrating the superiority of the method. I would not be surprised to see many inmates choose it if they had the option. Depending on how it is set up, it could be a more dignified way to make one’s exit.
The bill takes effect November 1. The general constitutional rule for effective dates in Oklahoma is 90 days from the adjournment of the session (§V-58), which is scheduled to be no later than May 29. The author built in a couple of extra months. That was probably to give the Department of Corrections time to get the method ready.
by Bill Otis
1. STATEMENT OF THE LEADER OF THE ANTI-DEATH PENALTY CROWD (via the head of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (interviewed by Salon):
“How death penalty politics radically, shockingly changed: Death row’s days are numbered…”
2. STATEMENT OF REALITY (via Gallup)
“Americans’ Support for Death Penalty Stable. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Six in 10 Americans favor the death penalty for convicted murderers, generally consistent with attitudes since 2008.”
For willingness to lie, belligerently and with a straight face, I have seldom encountered anything like the abolitionist movement. THEIR LIE is that public support for the death penalty has been crumbling in recent years,
The TRUTH IS JUST THE OPPOSITE (as abolitionists know while they continue to lie about it).
by Kent Scheidegger
Michael Graczyk reports for AP:
A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier was executed Thursday evening.
Robert Ladd, 57, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.
The court also rejected an appeal in which Ladd’s attorney challenged whether the pentobarbital Texas uses in executions is potent enough to not cause unconstitutional pain and suffering.
There are no dissents noted in the two Supreme Court orders.
Pentobarbital is the way to go.
The Georgia Department of Corrections on Friday set a Jan. 13 execution date for Andrew Howard Brannan, who murdered a 22-year-old Laurens County deputy during a 1998 traffic stop. If Brannan is put to death by lethal injection, he will be second man Georgia has executed in little more than a month; Robert Holsey was executed on Dec. 9 for murdering a Baldwin County deputy. In January 1998, Laurens County deputy Kyle Dinkheller stopped Brannan on Interstate 16 for speeding, driving at 98 mph. All that happened after Brannan was pulled over was captured by a video camera on the deputy’s car.
According to the video shown the jury, Brannan got out of his truck and ignored Dinkheller’s demands that he take his hands out of his pockets. Brannan swore at the deputy and began dancing on the road and yelling, “shoot me.” At one point he yelled he was a “Vietnam combat veteran.” Then Brannan rushed the the deputy and they struggled for a few moments until Brannan ran back to his truck and got a .30 M-1 carbine. He shot Dinkheller nine times, including once at close range. In the trial, Brannan’s attorney said he was insane and asked the jury to find him not guilty. The defense lawyer said Brannan had post traumatic stress disorder and would have flashbacks to his experience Vietnam.
But according to the court-appointed psychiatrist, Brannan was sane.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate was put to death early Wednesday for fatally beating a 63-year-old woman with a hammer in 1998, the state’s record 10th lethal injection of 2014 to match Texas for the most executions in the country this year.
Paul Goodwin, 48, sexually assaulted Joan Crotts in St. Louis County, pushed her down a flight of stairs and beat her in the head with a hammer. Goodwin was a former neighbor who felt Crotts played a role in getting him kicked out of a boarding house.
Goodwin’s execution began at 1:17 a.m., more than an hour after it was scheduled, and he was pronounced dead at 1:25 a.m.
Efforts to spare Goodwin’s life centered on his low IQ and claims that executing him would violate a U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting the death penalty for the mentally disabled. Attorney Jennifer Herndon said Goodwin had an IQ of 73, and some tests suggested it was even lower.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut has rejected the arguments of a home invasion killer on death row who complained that the food he is being served in prison is not kosher. Steven Hayes, convicted of killing a mother and two daughters, sued the Department of Correction in August, alleging the preparation practices for kosher meals in the kitchen at the state’s highest-security prison do not conform to Jewish dietary laws.
Hayes describes himself in the lawsuit as an Orthodox Jew and says he’s been requesting a kosher diet since May 2013. He says he has suffered “almost two years of emotional injury from having to choose between following God and starving or choosing sin to survive.”
Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky were sentenced to die for the 2007 murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, at the family’s home in Cheshire. The victims were tied up, two of them were sexually assaulted and their bodies were found after the home was set on fire. Hawke-Petit’s husband, Dr. William Petit, was severely beaten, but survived.