Home to nearly a quarter of the nation’s death row population and in a state coping with budget crisis, independent analysts estimate that getting rid of the death penalty could save California taxpayers $130 million annually. The latest polls show a narrow margin of Californians oppose Prop 34, and that significant percentages are still undecided.Read more »
54-year-old Marvin Wilson is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday in Texas, even though extensive testing by a neuropsychologist has found that he reads and writes at the level of a 7-year-old and has an IQ of 61. He failed the seventh grade, was socially promoted through the eighth and ninth grades and dropped out of school in the tenth; he reportedly sucked his thumb into adulthood and was unable to operate toys such as tops and marbles...Read more »
Davis’ execution had been held up three times since 2007, and his case went through a long and complicated appeals process, but during the appeals process he was expected to prove his innocence, rather than merely cast reasonable doubt. Legal experts have argued that the major obstacle to granting Davis a new trial, and thus returning the standard of proof back to reasonable doubt, was the “Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act” which, among other things, bars death row inmates from later presenting evidence that could exonerate them after trial.Read more »
Top 5 wrongful Executions. Stories like these are why I am now against the death penalty.Read more »
LONDON -- Britain said Thursday it will block the export of three lethal injection drugs to the United States and is also urging a Europe-wide ban on American sales of the drugs.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said that a block on exports of pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride would be formalized in a few days. In November, Britain blocked exports of the sedative sodium thiopental for use in executions following a legal challenge from a human rights group.Read more »
The aiding-the-enemy charge is a capital offense, potentially carrying the death penalty.Read more »
This is the second case of someone getting the death penalty from information gained from social networking sites. Would they have had a case without using their personal pages?Read more »
Florida resident and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday called for the execution of the person responsible for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
“Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty,” he said in an interview, a clip of which is posted on YouTube and which you can view in full after the jump.Read more »
Which would you rather lose? The Right to Vote or The Right to Bear Arms. Blog post showing several data sets set to maps.
* Are some human lives worth more than others?
* If you knew for sure you would not get caught, would you commit murder for any reason?
* Rate Your Self-Confidence
* Is homosexuality a sin?
* Is it logically inconsistent to support the death penalty but oppose abortion?
* Which would you rather lose? (The right to vote or the right to bear arms)
Dean's brother, Bob Meyers, said watching the execution was a point of closure but that he was "overcome by the sadness that the whole situation generates in my heart."
"Honestly it was surreal watching the life being sapped out of somebody intentionally was very different," he said on CNN's "Larry King Live."
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