DEATH AS PUNISHMENT

The Grim Reaper

May 21 2013
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As the saying goes, today was a day like all other days — except even more so. 1. At least 91 killed by Oklahoma tornado. 2. Suicide bomber kills 14 in Afghanistan. 3. Car bombs kill at least 86 in Baghdad. 4. Oxbow wins Preakness, spoils Orb’s chances for Triple Crown.

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ZAP ‘EM GOOD AND DEAD WITH TASERS

March 10 2012
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Reprinted with appreciation and without permission from World Socialist Website [WSWS] http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/mar2012/tase-m10.shtml Over 10,000 mentally ill Michigan inmates face Tasers and torture By Debra Watson 10 March 2012 The recent authorization of the use of Tasers in Michigan prisons has focused attention on the inhuman conditions inflicted on mentally ill inmates. Civil rights organizations have…

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TROY DAVIS MUST DIE

September 19 2011
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On Wednesday, September 21, two days from now, Troy Davis, a convicted murderer will get the old Zapperoo – Georgia style. In two years, three at the outmost, Troy will be forgotten. Thank God. As of this moment, it is THE BIG CASE because 600,000 people from Zap Crazy Georgia to such faraway lands as…

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THE ASSASSINATION OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

June 3 2011
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I would like to poll readers on whether or not they support Barack Obama’s assassination of Osama bin Laden. If you have a detailed opinion, please express it. Otherwise, a simple YES or NO will suffice.

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DEATH IN ABBOTTABAD

May 23 2011
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Normally, when 99% of the world disagrees with me, I find that invigorating and a sure fire indication that I am right. For once, I am not so sure. The assassination of Son of Laden, ordered by President Obama, fills my head with many doubts but proceed I must for better or worse. In the…

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DEATH OF THE DEATH PENALTY

January 18 2011
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From The National Law Journal On Jan. 11, the Illinois Senate passed a repeal measure by a 35-22 vote, five days after the state house approved the measure, 60-54. Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, is weighing whether to sign or veto the bill, with his timetable and ultimate decision uncertain. But death penalty opponents are…

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THE WAYS OF GOD ARE UNFATHOMABLE

October 24 2010
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1. JUAREZ, Mexico—Gunmen stormed two homes and massacred 13 young people at a birthday party in the latest large-scale attack in this violent border city, even as a new government strategy seeks to restore order with social programs and massive police deployments. Attackers in two vehicles pulled up to the houses in a lower-middle-class Ciudad…

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ACLU SUES OBAMA FOR ASSASSINATION PLOT

August 31 2010
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The complaint alleged that targeted assassinations by the federal government are unconstitutional. “A program that authorizes killing U.S. citizens, without judicial oversight, due process or disclosed standards is unconstitutional, unlawful and un-American,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said in a statement announcing the filing of the case. The group, along with the Center for Constitutional…

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IN JAPAN, DEATH BECOMES THEM

August 28 2010
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Japan Times Justice Minister Keiko Chiba allowed journalists for the first time Friday to enter the Tokyo Detention House’s execution chamber. Chiba, who has long been opposed to the death penalty, has taken various measures to promote public discussion on capital punishment by making it transparent, while like many other justice ministers she fulfilled her…

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AN EYE FOR AN EYE, A SPINE FOR A SPINE

August 24 2010
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Amnesty International has urged the Saudi Arabian authorities not to deliberately paralyse a man in retribution for similar injuries he allegedly caused during a fight. Reports say a court in Tabuk, in the north-west of the country, had approached a number of hospitals about the possibility of cutting the man’s spinal cord to carry out…

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL WARNS HAMAS ABUT USING THE DEATH PENALTY

April 2 2010
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Amnesty International has urged the Hamas de facto administration in Gaza not to carry out several pending death sentences, after high-ranking officials signalled their intention to execute those convicted of “collaboration” with Israel and “murder”. It is feared that these executions, which would be the first to be carried out in Gaza since 2005, may…

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PROSECUTORIAL IMMUNITY

March 23 2010
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In 1984, John Thompson was found guilty of armed robbery and, in an unrelated case, of murder. Thompson’s lawyers later learned that prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence in the robbery trial that the perpetrator had a different blood type from Thompson’s. He was found guilty of robbery and did not testify at his murder trial. Thompson’s…

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CALIFORNIA – NOT A NICE PLACE TO VISIT OR LIVE IN

February 7 2010
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The best thing you can say for California is that it has frequent earthquakes. That helps thin out the herd of morons. From the Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2010. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy criticized California sentencing policies and crowded prisons Wednesday night, calling the influence that unionized prison guards had in…

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NIPS WANT THEM DEAD

February 7 2010
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Culled from the Japan Times, Saturday, February 7, 2010 Most Japanese are too young to remember what painful death is like. Only a small percentage of them was alive at the time of the atomic blastings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Moreover, the truly ancient among them may have fond memories of the tortures they inflicted…

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SUPREME COURT SAYS “JUST KILL HIM”

January 21 2010
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Welcome, Sonia, to the Supreme Court where you will now have the power to kill. Sonia Sotomayor, the most recent lunatic added to the Bench, handed down the majority opinion in the Wood versus Allen ] case on purely narrow, technical grounds. [Wood v. Allen, as lazy killers and their slavish followers like to say.]…

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KILL ‘EM ALL, ERIC HOLDER IS IN CHARGE

December 6 2009
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Sentencing Law & Policy During the Bush administration, opponents of capital punishment criticized the Justice Department for bringing federal death penalty cases too often and in states that have outlawed execution as a form of punishment. With Attorney General Eric Holder running the department, many people expected to see a more limited use of the…

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WHAT’S INNOCENCE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

September 1 2009
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The Troy Davis case revolves around the question whether a man, given a fair trial on a murder charge but later able to introduce evidence that he was innocent has done enough not to go to the execution chamber. Among those who think innocence is not enough is Justice Antonin Scalia. For details, CLICK HERE.

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CRIME IN AMERICA

June 28 2009
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From the Statistical Abstract of the USA. 2007. Published by the Census Bureau. Crime continues to decline throughout all America. From a rate of 10.2 per 100,000 population in 1980, murder has descended to 5.5. Forcible rape has gone from 36.9 to 32.2. Property crime is way down, too. Urban crime remains too high. New…

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FURTHER REPORT ON EXECUTIONS

March 25 2009
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This post should be read in conjunction with the one immediately below it. From Amnesty International More people were executed in Asia than in any other part of the world in 2008. China carried out more executions than the rest of the world put together. By contrast, in Europe, only one country continues to use…

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EXECUTIONS AROUND THE WORLD

March 25 2009
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Amnesty International has released some intriguing but depressing statistics for 2008. At least 2390 peoplewere executed in 25 countries. On average 7 people were executed everyday around the world. At least 8864 people were sentenced to death in 52 countries. 5 countries carried out 93%of all executions. (China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the USA)…

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR HALT TO PLANNED EXECUTION OF 128 IN IRAQ

March 17 2009
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Amnesty International, March 12. Amnesty International today called for the immediate intervention of Iraq’s Justice Minister to stop the execution of 128 prisoners on death row, amid reports that the authorities are planning to start executing them in batches of up to 20 starting next week. “The Iraqi government said in 2004 that reinstating capital…

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MURDER IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES

March 15 2009
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People will always tell you it is tough to compare crime rates from one country to the next or even, within the U.S., from one state to the next, for a hundred obvious but dull reasons. We accept this homily but think there is still much to be learned from raw data. Let’s take a…

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MONSTER-IN-CHIEF DOWN TEXAS WAY

March 8 2009
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To be the chief justice of a state’s Court of Criminals Appeals requires much more than technical competence in law. It requires wisdom, compassion, a deep devotion to fairness and a disregard for the petty niceties of court procedures. All these traits are lacking in the case of Sharon Keller, a law and order zealot…

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MILITARY SHENANIGANS

March 3 2009
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1. Tuesday, 17 February 2009 10:02 A 16-year-old girl was found dead and another teenage girl was discovered unconscious in a barracks on this Army base south of Tacoma, the Army said Monday. The Army is investigating what the girls were doing in the barracks and whether drugs or alcohol were involved, he said. The…

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