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|Friday, December 15th, 2006|
Florida execution fuels questions about cruelty
JACKSONVILLE, United States (AFP) - Florida's execution of convicted murderer Angel Nieves Diaz, by a rare dose of two lethal injections, has fueled debate about that method as cruel and unusual punishment.
Nieves, 55, who was convicted of killing a bar manager in 1979 but maintained his innocence, appeared to grimace before dying in the 34-minute execution.( Read more...Collapse )
What a load of shit. "Justice"? How about Joseph Nagy? Why did it take 27 years before his family got justice? Why are people so fucking concerned over Nieves but barely a single word has been said about the victim in this case?
By the way: In case you have not heard, there is now a moratorium
on executions in Florida until a commission finds out, "what went wrong."
|Thursday, October 26th, 2006|
|Thursday, October 19th, 2006|
Texas inmate kills self day of execution
LIVINGSTON, Texas - A death-row inmate slit his own throat with a makeshift knife early Thursday, committing suicide about 15 hours before he was scheduled to be executed, a prison official said.
Michael Dewayne Johnson, 29, was on death row for the 1995 killing of a convenience store clerk near Waco.
Early Thursday, he slashed his own throat and arm with a makeshift blade fashioned from a small piece of metal attached to a wooden stick, said Michelle Lyons, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville.
Prison guards had been checking on Johnson's welfare every 15 minutes, as is customary, when they found him unresponsive in a pool of blood in his cell, Lyons said. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Livingston, where he was pronounced dead, Lyons said.
"At a 2:30 a.m. check, Mr. Johnson was talking to prison staff, and had just eaten breakfast," Lyons said. "He had made no indications that he was contemplating suicide, nor has a note or other explanation been found."
Johnson's execution had been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday. His last-minute appeal was still pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
His was at least the seventh suicide on death row in Texas.
In a recent prison interview, Johnson had denied gunning down 27-year-old Jeff Wetterman, who helped pump gas at the family store off Interstate 35 near Waco. Johnson blamed his companion, David Vest, for the killing.
"I never even saw the dude," Johnson said. "(Vest) jumped back into the car and we took off. He hollered: 'Go! Go! Go!'"
Vest blamed the shooting on Johnson, took an eight-year prison term in a plea deal and testified against his friend. Vest is now free.
Johnson's attorney Greg White argued in his client's Supreme Court appeal that Vest had admitted to the shooting but that the confession was improperly suppressed, depriving Johnson of a fair trial.
Johnson would have been the 22nd Texas inmate executed this year. The state now has 390 people on death row.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061019/ap_on_re_us/death_row_suicide Current Mood: giggly
|Friday, July 21st, 2006|
Another one bites the dust
July 20, 2006, 10:55PM
Texas inmate executed for killing 5-year-old girl
By MICHAEL GRACZYK
HUNTSVILLE - Child sex offender Robert Anderson apologized in a voice choking with emotion before he was executed Thursday evening for abducting and killing a 5-year-old girl in Amarillo 14 years ago.
"I am sorry for the pain I have caused you," Anderson told the grandmother of his victim. "I have regretted this for a long time. I am sorry.
"I only ask that you remember the Lord because he remembers us and he forgives us if we ask him."
Anderson also apologized to his family for "the pain of all the years and for putting you through all the things we had to go through."
As the lethal drugs began taking effect, Anderson muttered a prayer. Eight minutes later at 6:19 p.m., he was pronounced dead.
Anderson, 40, had acknowledged the horrific slaying of Audra Reeves and asked that no new appeals be filed to try to block his execution, the 16th this year in Texas and the second in as many days.
"The only way I want this stopped is if they give a moratorium to the death penalty," Anderson had said in a recent death row interview where he took sole responsibility for the girl's murder.
"There was nobody else, just me," he said. "She was totally an innocent victim."
Audra lived with her mother in Live Oak, Fla., and had just arrived in Amarillo days earlier to spend the summer with her father. She was playing outside on June 9, 1992, when Anderson snatched her as she walked by his Amarillo home.
|Thursday, July 20th, 2006|
More good news
Gang member executed in '96 killing
31-year-old gives his apologies to family of man slain in robbery spree
By MICHAEL GRACZYK
HUNTSVILLE - An apologetic San Antonio gang member was executed Wednesday for the shooting death of a man during a robbery attempt in the driveway of the victim's home.( Read more...Collapse )
July 20, 2006, 6:12AM
5-year-old's killer looking forward to execution
By MICHAEL GRACZYK
HUNTSVILLE -- Condemned inmate Robert Anderson freely acknowledges a horrific crime in Amarillo that left a 5-year-old girl dead and earned him a trip tonight to the Texas death chamber.
"There was nobody else, just me," Anderson says of the abduction and slaying of Audra Reeves nearly 14 years ago. "She was totally an innocent victim."
Anderson, 40, whose history of sexual offenses involving children began as a teenager, asked that no additional appeals be filed on his behalf to try to halt the 16th execution this year in Texas and the second in as many days in the nation's busiest capital punishment state.( Read more...Collapse )
|Wednesday, July 12th, 2006|
Ohio man drops appeals, is executed
Wednesday, July 12, 2006; Posted: 12:11 p.m. EDT (16:11 GMT)
(CourtTV) -- Convicted killer Rocky Barton was executed by lethal injection Wednesday morning at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
He was pronounced dead at 10:27 a.m.
Barton, 49, had repeatedly said he believed he deserved to die for killing his fourth wife in 2003. He waived all his appeals. He did not attend his clemency hearing, and told reporters in the days leading up to the execution that he was ready to die.
Barton killed his wife Kimbirli Jo Barton on January 16, 2003, as she returned to the couple's home to retrieve her belongings. He shot her twice while her daughter and Barton's uncle looked on. He then turned the gun on himself, but survived a gunshot wound to the face.
O'Brien executed for rape-murders
Killer apologizes to the families of Peña and Ertman
By ALLAN TURNER and ROSANNA RUIZ
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
HUNTSVILLE - As the parents of his victims wordlessly watched, their faces just inches away from the glass that separated them from the execution chamber, killer-rapist Derrick O'Brien went to his death Tuesday, expressing deep sorrow for his crimes.
One of six men convicted of the 1993 rape-murders of Jennifer Ertman, 14, and Elizabeth Peña, 16 — teens who stumbled into a drunken midnight gang initiation rite — O'Brien, 31, was the first to die.
Read the rest here.But on a Web site provided by death penalty opponents, O'Brien wrote that "Life is a miracle and therefore precious. Each time one is taken ... the world loses something special." His observation was in reference to his own life, not that of his victims.
Yeah. He is so fucking sorry that he thinks his life is more "special" than the two girls he killed.
Burn in hell, monster.
|Thursday, June 29th, 2006|
|Wednesday, May 17th, 2006|
Fog over executions could clear today
Experts say if Texas panel grants 2nd inmate a stay, it's just waiting for high court to rule
By ROSANNA RUIZ and ALLAN TURNER
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
A decision today from the state's highest criminal court could provide an indication of how Texas will handle death penalty appeals that question the constitutionality of lethal injection.
Earlier this week, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals postponed the execution of Houston killer Derrick Sean O'Brien, whose attorneys cited the method in their appeal as an unconstitutionally cruel and unusual manner of death.
If the same court grants a stay to death row inmate Jermaine Herron, who is scheduled to be executed tonight, the decision makes clear that the court is awaiting direction on the issue from the U.S. Supreme Court, legal experts said.( Read more...Collapse )
Honk if this pisses you off.
|Wednesday, March 29th, 2006|
S.C. Approves Seeking Death for Pedophiles
By SEANNA ADCOX
Associated Press Writer
The state Senate on Tuesday endorsed making repeat child rapists eligible for the death penalty, setting aside arguments the move might be unconstitutional.
"What we've got to do today is vote our conviction," said Republican Sen. Larry Martin.
The proposal allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty for sex offenders who are convicted twice of raping a child younger than 11.
Currently in South Carolina, murder is the only crime eligible for the death penalty.
The proposal was approved as part of a larger bill that sets minimum sentences and lifetime electronic monitoring for some sex offenders. The bill requires a third reading before moving to the House.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 1977 Georgia case involving an adult victim that sentencing someone to death for rape was unconstitutional.
A Louisiana law lets prosecutors seek the death penalty for rapists of children younger than 12, and the Louisiana Supreme Court found it constitutional because the U.S. Supreme Court ruling did not address the rape of a child.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the statute.
I figured some of you may like this.
|Thursday, March 23rd, 2006|
Lubbock man executed for death of toddler
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - In the moments before his execution, Robert Salazar Jr. continued to deny he was responsible for the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter.
"I am sorry that the child had to lose her life, but I should not have to be here," Salazar said Wednesday night before he was executed for the beating death of Adriana Gomez in April 1997.( Read more...Collapse )
This sick fuck actually thought he was going to heaven? ROTFLMAO!!
Baby killers don't go to heaven, dickhead!
|Saturday, March 18th, 2006|
I need some good icons for this community. Any ideas??
|Thursday, March 16th, 2006|
Look at how many people Texas is going to execute this year:http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/stat/scheduledexecutions.htm
I'm moving! I'm tired of NY!
Next to die in Texas: Robert Salazar.
Here is some information about the latest person to deserve death:
"On 04/23/97, in Lubbock, Texas, Salazar fatally injured a 2-year old Hispanic female. The subject was babysitting the victim. Salazar inflicted wounds consisting of a fractured skull, bruised heart, fractured ribs, and ruptured intestines. After injuring the victim, Salazar placed her in her crib and left the residence. The victim's mother arrived from work, finding the victim in her crib, and Salazar was absent. The victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital."
Gee, what exactly did that 2 year old do to deserve a death like that, may I ask? Current Mood: bitchy
Carlie Brucia's killer sentenced to death
By John Springer, Court TV
Wed Mar 15, 5:34 PM ET
(Court TV) — A Florida auto mechanic was sentenced to death Wednesday for the rape and murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose kidnapping was captured on a car wash security camera system and broadcast around the world.
Joseph Smith, 39, showed no reaction as Sarasota County Judge Andrew Owens Jr. announced that he believes Smith had "forfeited his right to live" because of "unconscionable actions."
In addition to imposing the death penalty for Carlie's murder, Owens sentenced Smith to two terms of life in prison without parole for her sexual assault and kidnapping.
"Joseph Smith, based upon your actions, you have forfeited your right to live freely among us ... and you have forfeited your right to live," said Owens, who presided over Smith's trial late last year. "For the murder of Carlie Jane Brucia, you are hereby sentenced to death. May God have mercy on your soul."
Carlie, who would have turned 14 Thursday, left a friend's house shortly after 6 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2004, to head to her home, about a mile away. It was while cutting through Evie's Car Wash that Carlie encountered a stocky man wearing a mechanic's uniform.
When Carlie failed to show up at home and police began searching for her, they discovered the car wash security camera tape and a grainy image that shocked investigators. Although there was no audio, it was clear that Carlie was being led away by a man. The media aired the video, leading to Smith's quick apprehension and arrest.
Carlie's partially nude body was discovered on the grounds of a church four days later.
Following the jury's 10-2 recommendation for death, Owens give little or no weight to Smith's claim that he suffered from a drug addiction, chronic back pain and was emotionally disturbed because his estranged wife had just informed him that she never wanted him to come home.
Owens also rejected Smith's tearful explanation in February that he was high on both cocaine and heroin on the night of the killing, and had a reaction like none he had experienced before.
Owens gave considerable weight to most of the aggravating factors cited by prosecutors. Owens agreed that the killing was particularly heinous, citing expert testimony that Carlie's death was slow and torturous.
"Perhaps worst of all, Carlie knew she was going to die," Owens said. "The defendant's actions were cold, calculated and premeditated ... He held Carlie's life in his hands, not for eight to 10 seconds, but for minutes."
Under state law, the Florida Supreme Court will automatically consider Smith's appeals.
No, he should be automatically executed. His ability to continue to breathe my air for X number of years offends me. Current Mood: ecstatic
|Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006|
in relation to the story of the anesthesiologists walking out....
Here is a little something from an AP story:The American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the California Medical Association all opposed the anesthesiologists' participation as unethical and unprofessional.
It is just me, or can anyone else see the irony and hypocrisy in this statement?
See, these people oppose the execution of unrepentant psychopaths, but they have no qualms over pulling a baby out of the womb feet first and sucking out the brain.
Sick, sick, sick.
|Tuesday, February 21st, 2006|
|Thursday, February 16th, 2006|
|Tuesday, February 14th, 2006|
I'm not sure if you have seen this man...but he raped and killed an 11-yr old girl.
He is awaiting sentencing. He begs, and pleads for life in prison. He also talks about how he wants life so
he can see his family. Well what about the little girl. She can never see her family again, why should he be
able to see his? It makes me sick to hear this man plead.
He says it was drugs, and he couldn't help himself. Now, I'm no doctor...but I don't think ANY type
of drugs can make someone kidnapp, rape and kill a little girl. I honestly wish I could be there to execute him.
If that was my daughter, I would HAVE to be the one to kill him. Whether it be injection or chair. I would
make sure I did it. If the jury/judge doesn't give him death, then I have lost all faith in the system. There
should be no thought to this decsion. Current Mood: grumpy
|Thursday, February 2nd, 2006|
Alito Sides With Mo. Inmate on Death-Row
By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer
Thu Feb 2, 5:57 AM ET
WASHINGTON - New Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito split with the court's conservatives Wednesday night, refusing to let Missouri execute a death-row inmate contesting lethal injection. ( Read more...Collapse )
Isn't that wovewy? The supposedly conservative Justice Samuel Alito has sided with a remorseless monster who believes (like so many others deservedly on death row) he has more of a right to live than their victim(s), in this case a 15 year old girl.
|Wednesday, January 25th, 2006|
Supreme Court stays Florida execution
WASHINGTON - Florida death row inmate Clarence Hill won a last-minute Supreme Court stay Tuesday night about an hour after he was scheduled to be executed for killing a police officer.( Read more...Collapse )
So a cop killer on death row for over 20 years (why does this seem to be the norm?) is trying to escape punishment by claiming mental retardation, and the Supreme Court is obliging him.
Would it be too obvious to point out how obscene this is?