USA | Witness: In ​‘Surreal’ Event, Possibly Innocent Death-Row Prisoner Helped Arizona Executioners Find a Vein After They Failed to Set IV Line

USA | Witness: In ​‘Surreal’ Event, Possibly Innocent Death-Row Prisoner Helped Arizona Executioners Find a Vein After They Failed to Set IV Line

At his June 8, 2022 execution in Arizona, Frank Atwood helped prison officials find a suitable vein for the IV line that would administer the lethal-injection drugs to end his life. Jimmy Jenkins, a reporter at the Arizona Republic who witnessed the execution, called the experience of watching Atwood direct the state to his vein “surreal.” He wrote in his account of the execution that “I have

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How South Carolina execution firing squad works

How South Carolina execution firing squad works

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It’s unknown how long a stay will hold off the execution of Richard Bernard Moore — South Carolina’s first-ever inmate to be put to death by a firing squad — as his attorneys pursue legal challenges.But the issuance of Moore’s death warrant, initially planned to be carried out April 29, has renewed interest in how a state puts in motion its plans to shoot an inmate to death.

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HORRIFIC: New report reveals China kills prisoners by forcibly harvesting their organs

HORRIFIC: New report reveals China kills prisoners by forcibly harvesting their organs

(National Review) China has been reliably and repeatedly accused of killing Falun Gong and other political prisoners for their organs.

Now, a paper just published in the American Journal of Transplantation — one of the world’s most respected medical journals — lays out a convincing case that Chinese doctors are not only harvesting from executed prisoners, but that organ removal was often the means of execution.

First, they explain how killing by organ retrieval violates the “dead donor rule.” From “Execution by Organ Procurement: Breaching the Dead Donor Rule in China:”

A core value in medical ethics is the principle of ‘do no harm,’ famously captured in the Hippocratic Oath.

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Texas bishops call for mercy for mother facing death penalty

Texas bishops call for mercy for mother facing death penalty

Bishops in the US State of Texas have appealed for mercy to be offered to a mother of 14 and grandmother sentenced to die on April 27, following what has been called a flawed process and conviction.The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops has asked the State of Texas to spare the life of Melissa Lucio, sentenced to death in 2008 for the death of her two-year-old daughter, Mariah. Lucio claims

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Death penalty: Franklin-based company terminates contract with Alabama after public outcry

Death penalty: Franklin-based company terminates contract with Alabama after public outcry

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A Franklin-based company has terminated a controversial contract with the state of Alabama after public outcry.FDR Safety, a safety consulting firm, was tasked with devising safety methods for correctional facility employees involved in administering the death penalty in Alabama detention facilities. The state has proposed a new protocol to execute prisoners on death row via nitrogen hypoxia, a

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Does Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol lead to cruel and unusual punishment? A federal trial seeks to find that out

Does Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol lead to cruel and unusual punishment? A federal trial seeks to find that out

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Oklahoma’s secrecy laws allow the state to obscure where it gets lethal injection drugs. Given the state’s track record, the critics say, that shouldn’t be the case.Several investigations looked into Oklahoma’s two botched executions in 2014 and 2015, and with their findings, they offered advice on preventing the same problems in the future. Nearly none of the recommendations targeted the state’s

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Texas | Melissa Lucio’s Daughter Death May Have Been Accidental. Texas Has Scheduled Her Execution for April 27

Texas | Melissa Lucio’s Daughter Death May Have Been Accidental. Texas Has Scheduled Her Execution for April 27

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The state of Texas has issued a death warrant seeking to execute Melissa Lucio, a battered woman who was sentenced to death for what may have been an accidental fall that killed her two-year-old daughter. She is scheduled to be executed April 27, 2022.In an interview with the Texas Observer, Tivon Schardl, a lawyer on Lucio’s appellate defense team, called her case “as clear a case of injustice

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Iran | Woman, 23, hanged in Qazvin

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The authorities of the Central Prison of Qazvin (a.k.a. Chubindar) hanged a young woman by the name of Khatoun Hamidi on the morning of Saturday, February 5, 2022.Khatoun Hamidi, 23, was accused of deliberate murder for which she was sentenced to death.The execution of Khatoun Hamidi brings to 130 the number of women executed in Iran since summer 2013.An informed source said Khatoun Hamidi was

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USA | This Supreme Court means executions will continue — and they will be a gruesome affair

USA | This Supreme Court means executions will continue — and they will be a gruesome affair

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For those who want to see the end of the death penalty, there have been some troubling developments in 2021.  50 years ago, the US Supreme Court in Furman v. Georgia held that the death penalty as applied was “cruel and unusual” and therefore in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. The Court plurality found it inconsistent with “the evolving standards of decency that mark the

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“Right Too Soon” Study: One in Seven Prisoners Put to Death in U.S. Had Legal Issues that Make Their Executions Unconstitutional

“Right Too Soon” Study: One in Seven Prisoners Put to Death in U.S. Had Legal Issues that Make Their Executions Unconstitutional

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At least one in seven death-row prisoners put to death in the United States since executions resumed in 1977 had legal claims in their cases that would render their executions unconstitutional, a new Cornell University Law School study shows.The study, Dead Right: A Cautionary Capital Punishment Tale, by Cornell Law School professors Joseph Margulies, John Blume, and Sheri Johnson was published

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USA | “Random and Unjust,” ​“Barbaric” and ​“Ineffective”: Editorials Call for End to Death Penalty

USA | “Random and Unjust,” ​“Barbaric” and ​“Ineffective”: Editorials Call for End to Death Penalty

As 2021 came to a close, editorial writers in four death penalty states called for legislative and executive action to end capital punishment or further limit its use.Editorial boards for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Idaho Statesman took note that as the death penalty declines in usage and public support, it remains arbitrary and inhumane in its application and

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USA | In 2021 the death penalty faded further in Ohio

USA | In 2021 the death penalty faded further in Ohio

Last year saw even more diminishment of the death penalty, a non-partisan group that tracks the issue reported late last month.In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine continued to delay executions as he has since he took office at the beginning of 2019. The governor has cited difficulty finding death drugs as the reason for the delays.DeWine last year also signed a law making it illegal to execute people with

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Ohio | Two bills could end death penalty in state

Ohio | Two bills could end death penalty in state

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Ohio is getting as close as it’s come in years to abolishing the death penalty. Two bills making their way through the legislature represent a new lease on life for some and endless pain to others.Derrick Jamison, now in Florida, described to us his 20 years on Ohio’s death row for a 1985 murder in Cincinnati for which he was cleared in 2005 after nearly getting the needle 6 times.“It was awful,

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USA | Electrocution is authorized in 8 states, gas chambers are authorized in 7, and 4 states still authorize firing squads

USA | Electrocution is authorized in 8 states, gas chambers are authorized in 7, and 4 states still authorize firing squads

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Ernest Johnson became the latest American to be executed on US soil when he was killed on 5 October by lethal injection in a Missouri prison.The technique – in Johnson’s case using pentobarbital – is the most common form of capital punishment in the US, despite medics having repeatedly sounded the alarm over how painful the method of death can be. It came hours after the Pope pleaded for mercy in

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Maryland awards exonerated former death row inmate 0K

Maryland awards exonerated former death row inmate $400K

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A man exonerated after nearly a decade in prison will receive more than $400,000 from the Maryland Board of Public Works.Kirk Bloodsworth was convicted of rape and murder in 1985 before DNA evidence exonerated him nine years later. The now 60-year-old will be the 1st to receive a payment as part of a new program that began in July and targets people who were wrongly convicted, according to The

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USA | Biden betrays his promise on the death penalty by pushing for Boston Marathon bomber’s execution

USA | Biden betrays his promise on the death penalty by pushing for Boston Marathon bomber’s execution

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If Biden meant what he said, neither he nor the Justice Department can pick and choose exceptionsThe US Supreme Court heard argument from the Biden administration in support of reinstating the death sentence of Dzhokar Tzarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, who was 19 years old when he and his 28-year-old brother Tamerlan committed the horrific attack that killed 3 people.The argument before the

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Missouri | Pope Francis asks Parson to halt execution of Ernest Johnson

Missouri | Pope Francis asks Parson to halt execution of Ernest Johnson

Through a diplomatic representative, Pope Francis beseeched Gov. Mike Parson to halt the upcoming execution of Ernest Johnson. The letter from Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio (a Vatican diplomat), said the pope asked Parson to consider Johnson’s “humanity and the sacredness of all human life” rather than the specifics of the case. “Governor Parson, the State of Missouri has

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Oklahoma’s Death Penalty History: Botched Executions, Wrong Drugs, Exonerations

Oklahoma’s Death Penalty History: Botched Executions, Wrong Drugs, Exonerations

With a parole board recommending Julius Jones’ commutation from death to life in prison with the possibility of parole, Oklahoma’s history of executions has come to light.The state that was the first to allow more than one way to execute someone has a storied and complicated history, including last-minute exonerations and botched deaths. Oklahoma legalized the current death penalty law in 1976,

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Ohio House lawmakers hear arguments for banning death penalty

Ohio House lawmakers hear arguments for banning death penalty

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Ohio’s governor continues to issue reprieves of execution for inmates on death row in the state as lawmakers reconvene in Columbus to consider banning the punishment in the future.Earlier this month, Gov. Mike DeWine pushed back the dates of four executions scheduled to take place in the first half of 2022. He previously issued reprieves for all executions scheduled in 2021.

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Supreme Court Halts Execution of Inmate Who Requested Prayer at His Death

Supreme Court Halts Execution of Inmate Who Requested Prayer at His Death

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The eastern side of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

The court agreed to hear the case of John Henry Ramirez, who was scheduled to be executed, in its upcoming docket this fall.

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Florida | Attorneys for confessed Parkland gunman seeking life sentence rather than death penalty

Florida | Attorneys for confessed Parkland gunman seeking life sentence rather than death penalty

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Accused Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz virtually went before a judge on Wednesday as his attorneys prepare to defend his violent actions.Multiple attorneys for both the defense and prosecution went back and forth during the pre-trial hearing on several motions filed regarding Cruz and his upcoming trial.Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Cruz, who confessed to

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South Carolina | Donald Allen Jones dies on death row for 1983 killing in Lancaster

South Carolina | Donald Allen Jones dies on death row for 1983 killing in Lancaster

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For more than 3 decades, Donald Allen Jones, 60, lived on death row.He was never executed, but died Saturday, Aug. 21, in a Columbia hospital from a stroke, according to Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford.Jones had been on death row since 1984 and was the state’s 2nd-longest serving inmate on death row.He was convicted in the 1983 shooting death of Ned Plyler in Lancaster County. Along with

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Utah legislature to consider ‘repeal and replace’ of death penalty

Utah legislature to consider ‘repeal and replace’ of death penalty

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SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to abolish the death penalty in Utah has been unveiled on Capitol Hill.The forthcoming legislation, sponsored by Rep. Lowry Snow and Sen. Dan McCay, would not be a flat-out repeal of capital punishment. Instead, it would "repeal and replace" the death penalty.Instead of execution, Utah would offer 45-years-to-life in prison, in addition to life without parole and

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Texas | Jury selection begins for father accused of murdering 2-year-old daughter

Texas | Jury selection begins for father accused of murdering 2-year-old daughter

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If convicted of capital murder, Yovahnis Roque could face life in prison or the death penalty.ORANGE, Texas — Jury selection for the trial of an Orange County father accused of killing his 2-year-old daughter is expected to begin Monday.More than two years after the murder of Savanna Roque, 2, took place, 28-year-old Yovahnis Roque is preparing to stand trial. Police said Roque used a hammer

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