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"Justice Sotomayor opens her dissent in U.S. v. Dustin Higgs by saying the names of every person executed by the federal government over the past year."

Justice Sotomayor opens her dissent in U.S. v. Dustin Higgs by saying the names of every person executed by the federal government over the past year. pic.twitter.com/KLHcRTWMIZ— Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) January 16, 2021 Sister Helen Prejean continues her summary, here, at Twitter, but here's the full text of the dissent, issued yesterday. Excerpt:  Throughout this expedited spree of executions, this Court has consistently rejected inmates’ credible claims for relief. The Court...
Tags: Law, Court, Death Penalty, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor, Helen Prejean, Ann Althouse, Dustin Higgs


Federal government executes Dustin Higgs, the 13th person to be killed since July. Justice Sonia Sotomayor writes scathing dissent: 'This is not justice.'

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan look on as U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, t...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, Court, US, Trends, House, Death Penalty, Department Of Justice, Johnson, Biden, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Death Penalty Information Center, Black


Lisa Montgomery executed; first woman in federal death chamber since 1953

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas woman was executed Wednesday for strangling a pregnant acquaintance and cutting the baby from her womb, the first time in nearly seven decades that the U.S. government has put to death a female inmate. Lisa Montgomery. (Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery via AP) Lisa Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was the 11th prisoner executed at the facility since Jul...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Maryland, Supreme Court, Virginia, Georgia, Sport, Joe Biden, Indiana, Soccer, Missouri, Death Penalty, Kansas, Biden, Donald Trump


Judge Delays Execution Of Only Woman On Federal Death Row

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled the execution of the only woman on federal death row, potentially setting up the Trump administration to schedule the execution after President-elect Joe Biden takes office. U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss also vacated an order from the director of the Bureau of Prisons that had set Lisa Montgomery’s execution date for Jan. 12. Montgomery had previously been scheduled to be put to death at the Federal Co...
Tags: News, Washington, Court, Joe Biden, Ap, Missouri, Death Penalty, Associated Press, Biden, Justice Department, Montgomery, Trump, Moss, U S District Court, Lisa Montgomery, Terre Haute Indiana


An inmate who is scheduled to be executed just 5 days before Biden takes office tested positive for COVID-19

A no trespassing sign is displayed outside the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File An inmate scheduled to be executed on January 15, has caught COVID-19, the Associated Press reported. Dustin John Higgs is the last of five inmates scheduled during President Donald Trump's lame-duck period.  The federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Higgs is being held has over 300 confirmed novel coronavirus cases among inmates.  Visit Business Insider's ho...
Tags: Politics, Science, Prison, Maryland, Law, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Death Penalty, Death Row, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons


An inmate whose scheduled to be executed just 5 days before Biden takes office tested positive for COVID-19

A no trespassing sign is displayed outside the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File An inmate scheduled to be executed on January 15, has caught COVID-19, the Associated Press reported. Dustin John Higgs is the last of five inmates scheduled during President Donald Trump's lame-duck period.  The federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Higgs is being held has over 300 confirmed novel coronavirus cases among inmates.  Visit Business Insider's ho...
Tags: Politics, Science, Prison, Maryland, Law, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Death Penalty, Death Row, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons


A week after Brandon Bernard's execution and multiple attempts to persuade Trump to stop others, dozens of members of Congress are asking Biden to end the federal death penalty

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Susan Walsh/AP Dozens of members of Congress have called on President-elect Joe Biden to abolish the death penalty in all jurisdictions on his first day in office, CNN reported.  The call comes after the execution of Brandon Bernard during a presidential lame-duck period.  Activists had previously called on President Donald Trump to halt Bernard's execution, as well as other scheduled during...
Tags: Politics, Fcc, Congress, Trends, Joe Biden, Bbc, Cnn, United States, Death Penalty, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Bernard, Wilmington Del, Pressley, Susan Walsh


Brandon Bernard executed despite 5 jurors' objections, he becomes 9th U.S. federal execution of 2020

On Thursday night, the government of the United States carried out the ninth federal execution of 2020, the first during a presidential lame-duck period in 130 years. Federal prisoner Brandon Bernard was executed tonight in Terre Haute, Indiana. David Begnaud of CBS News: "Brandon Bernard was pronounced dead at 9:27 pm ET after the U.S. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Cbs News, United States, Death Penalty, Execution, David Begnaud, Brandon Bernard


Brandon Bernard has been executed, 9th U.S. federal execution of 2020

On Thursday night, the government of the United States carried out the ninth federal execution of 2020, the first during a presidential lame-duck period in 130 years. Federal prisoner Brandon Bernard was executed tonight in Terre Haute, Indiana. David Begnaud of CBS News: "Brandon Bernard was pronounced dead at 9:27 pm ET after the U.S. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Cbs News, United States, Death Penalty, Execution, David Begnaud, Brandon Bernard


Kim Kardashian West calls on Trump to stop a man's upcoming execution and allow him life in prison

Kim Kardashian speaks as President Donald Trump holds an event on second chance hiring and criminal justice reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 13, 2019. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images In her latest fight for criminal justice reform, Kim Kardashian West is urging President Donald Trump to halt an upcoming government execution. Kardashian West has advocated for 40-year-old Brandon Bernard's death sentence to be commuted to life in prison. Bernard was convicted...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Kim Kardashian, News, White House, US, Trends, Indiana, Star, Washington Dc, Death Penalty, Associated Press, Indianapolis Star, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Kim Kardashian West


Trump plans 5 more executions, cementing death penalty legacy

By MICHAEL TARM and MICHAEL BALSAMO | Associated Press CHICAGO — As Donald Trump’s presidency winds down, his administration is ratcheting up the pace of federal executions despite a surge of coronavirus cases in prisons, announcing plans for five starting Thursday and concluding just days before the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. If the five go off as planned, it will make 13 executions since July when the Republican administration resumed putting inmates to death after a 17...
Tags: Crime, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Washington, Court, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Chicago, Soccer, Pennsylvania, United States, Arkansas, Wisconsin


wondering what to do with all that privilege and surplus good luck? try #write4rights 2020

Here we are in the middle of a global pandemic, and I feel (to paraphrase my favourite baseball player) like the luckiest person on the face of the earth.*I'm healthy, my partner is healthy, and no one in our extended families has gotten covid.Thanks to my union, and to my partner's very decent employer, we have a comfortable income, and we didn't lose any income during the pandemic.I have a safe, comfortable, spacious place to ride out the lockdown and the pandemic in general, with plenty of in...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, Activism, Environment, US, Amnesty International, Death Penalty, Indigenous Peoples, Laura K, Lgbt Stuff, Amnesty Canada, COVID-19, Write For Rights, Write for Rights in Canada Write for Rights


Ready… Aim… Bonuses!

Biglaw, law school, and firing squads all in one show.
Tags: Law, Death Penalty, Department Of Justice, Law Schools, Biglaw, Thinking Like A Lawyer Podcast, Featured Podcasts


Trump Bringing Back Firing Squads… Maybe Not A Terrible Idea?

News of the rule shocked Americans, but this speaks to a deeper problem.
Tags: Law, Government, Death Penalty, Department Of Justice


The Trump administration is aiming to bring back firing squads and electrocutions for some federal executions

Anti-death penalty protesters ring a bell at the scheduled execution time as they gather across the street from the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. AP Photo/Michael Conroy The Trump administration is rushing to make a number of federal regulatory changes before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, ProPublica reported on Wednesday. One of those changes, proposed by the Department of Justice, would allow some federal death-row inmates t...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Supreme Court, Gross, Trends, Joe Biden, Arkansas, Tennessee, Death Penalty, Department Of Justice, Biden, Donald Trump, Doj, Montgomery, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons


The first and last sentences of a Washington Post article titled "Supreme Court continues capital punishment trend with Barrett on the bench."

First sentence: "The Supreme Court continued its trend late Thursday night of allowing federal executions to go forward, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett participating in her first capital punishment case on the court."  Last sentence: "Hall and three others drove the teenager to a motel room in Arkansas, where they assaulted her and then beat her with a shovel before she was buried alive." ADDED: Notice the switch to the passive voice: "they assaulted her and then beat her with a shovel ...
Tags: Murder, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Arkansas, Death Penalty, Catholic, Notre Dame, Catholics, Hypocrisy, Robert Barnes, WaPo, Supreme Court Justice, Barrett, U S Court of Appeals, Religion And Government


"Fifty years ago in Guzhen, China, a 15-year-old Red Guard called Zhang Hongbing heard his mother denounce Chairman Mao."

"Drilled in loyalty to the great leader, the boy told the authorities. Days later she was executed by firing squad. Zhang remains distraught. 'I killed my mother. I am tormented by this.' A tragedy so far from our experience: state spies in the home; blood betrayed for the regime. And yet, extraordinarily, we may ourselves be heading to a future in which children could snitch on their parents for expressing the wrong opinions. Last week Humza Yousaf, the Scottish justice secretary, talked about ...
Tags: Crime, Law, Scotland, China, Death Penalty, Free Speech, Mao, Zhang, Doris, Yousaf, Ann Althouse, Humza Yousaf, Red Guard, Guzhen China, Zhang Hongbing, Public Order Scotland Bill


Scott Peterson’s death sentence rejected by California Supreme Court

By DON THOMPSON | Associated Press SACRAMENTO — The California Supreme Court on Monday overturned the 2005 death sentence for Scott Peterson in the slaying of his pregnant wife but said prosecutors may try again for the same sentence if they wish in the high-profile case. It upheld his 2004 murder conviction in the killing of Laci Peterson, 27, who was eight months pregnant with their unborn son, Connor. Investigators said that on Christmas Eve 2002, Peterson dumped the bodies from his fishing b...
Tags: News, California News, Fresno, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Death Penalty, Associated Press, Modesto, Homicide, Connor, California Supreme Court, San Francisco Bay, Central Valley, Peterson, San Mateo County


If You Needed More Evidence About The Role Of Race In The Death Penalty, Here You Go

The Supreme Court probably needs to hear this...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Death Penalty, Courts, Trivia Question of the Day


Coronavirus: These 8 killers died on San Quentin’s Death Row

Endlessly conflicted over capital punishment, California hasn’t executed an inmate in more than 14 years, and although suicide, drug overdoses, inmate murders and old age claim a few of the condemned each year, a new killer has come to Death Row. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic early this year, at least eight condemned inmates are believed to have succumbed to the disease that has swept the 168-year-old San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, where Death Row prisoners traditionally ar...
Tags: Politics, News, Colorado, California, California News, Fresno, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Sacramento County, Death Penalty, Orange County, Riverside County, San Diego County, Gavin Newsom, Reed


US Carries Out Second Federal Execution This Week

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The United States on Thursday carried out its second federal execution this week, killing by lethal injection a Kansas man whose lawyers contended he had dementia and was unfit to be executed. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Purkey was convicted of kidnapping and killing a 16-year-old girl, Jennifer Long, before dismembering, burning and dumping her body in a septic pond. He also was convicted in a state cou...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Washington, US, Ap, Long, Chicago, United States, Iowa, Death Penalty, Kansas, Catholic, Justice Department, Sonia Sotomayor, Jennifer, Kansas City Missouri


Judge Halts Planned Federal Execution Of Inmate Who Suffers From Dementia

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man said to be suffering from dementia, who had been set to die by lethal injection in the federal government’s second execution after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of a gruesome 1998 kidnapping and killing, was scheduled for execution Wednesday at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death Tuesday after his eleventh-hour legal bids failed. U.S. District Judge T...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Washington, Arkansas, Death Penalty, Associated Press, Kansas City, Justice Department, Death Penalty Information Center, Napoleon, Kansas City Kansas, Mark Sherman, Lee, U S District Court, The Supreme Court, Dunham


"The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Justice Department to carry out the first federal execution in more than 17 years..."

"[A] federal judge had delayed the execution hours earlier, saying on Monday that questions about the constitutionality of the lethal injection procedure the government planned to use had not been fully litigated.... The Supreme Court delivered an unsigned 5-to-4 ruling, with Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting. They were joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, the other members of the court’s four-member liberal wing.... [Daniel Lewis] Lee, 47, a former white ...
Tags: Murder, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Death Penalty, Justice Department, Trump, Sonia Sotomayor, Ginsburg, District Court, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Mr Lee


US Conducts First Federal Execution Since 2003 After Late Night SCOTUS Decision

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday carried out the first federal execution in almost two decades, putting to death a man who was convicted of killing an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. The execution came over the objection of the victims’ family. Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, of Yukon, Oklahoma, died by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. “I didn’t do it,” Lee said just before he was executed. “I’...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Obama, US, Barack Obama, Indiana, United States, Missouri, Arkansas, Death Penalty, Oklahoma, Justice Department, Sarah, Nancy, Lee


"The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to new federal death penalty protocols..."

"... potentially clearing the way for the government to resume executions as soon as next month for the first time since 2003. The court, without comment, declined to take up the lawsuit filed by four death row inmates. As is customary, it gave no reason. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor indicated they would have accepted the case.... The individual inmates facing execution could file additional challenges, which could affect whether and when these sentences are carried out.... A...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Gop, Death Penalty, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Department, Sonia Sotomayor, D C Circuit, WaPo, U S Court of Appeals, Ann Althouse, William P Barr


A real guillotine?

Nothing brings home the French Revolution analogy quite as well as an actual guillotine left outside the homes of rich people. https://t.co/dXPEuZe9fx Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité . . . and la guillotine.https://t.co/uYehstN5SA — Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) June 29, 2020 No, just a petite model guillotine: DC protester says: “when they become threatened, and we have no voice, the knives come out.” In front of a guillotine set up in front of Jeff Bezos complex in DC pic.twitter.com/synjRw...
Tags: Law, Protests, Death Penalty, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Hernandez, Jonathan Turley, Ann Althouse


Alleged Drug Dealer Sentenced to Death by Hanging Via Zoom in Singapore

Singapore’s Supreme Court sentenced a man to death via Zoom video chat on Friday, according to a report from the Strait Times. It’s believed to be the second time that a death sentence has been handed down this year over the video service, which has seen a dramatic increase in use since the global coronavirus pandemic…Read more...
Tags: Death, Science, Supreme Court, Drugs, Singapore, Malaysia, Death Penalty, Capital punishment, Heroin, Video Chat, Zoom, Strait, Chan Seng Onn, Videophone, Punithan Genasan


Are Prisons Stockpiling Death Chambers With Drugs Sorely Needed by Hospitals?

Are states withholding life-saving drugs from covid-19 patients because they’re stockpiling them for executions instead? It’s quite the question—and one that seems to have gotten buried this week in the deluge of horrors now visited upon the American public daily.Read more...
Tags: Science, Death Penalty, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Trump Administration Botches Terrorist Prosecution Over Death Penalty Fixation

The UK could've helped us put away ISIS executioners. But the administration preferred to stand by the death penalty.
Tags: UK, Isis, Law, Government, Terrorism, Death Penalty, Jeff Sessions, United Kingdom / Great Britain, Trump Administration


Chris Hani’s killer denied parole, again

Justice minister says granting parole would negate the severity ascribed to the murder by the court when the assassin was sentenced The post Chris Hani’s killer denied parole, again appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Article, Death Penalty, National, Chris Hani, Top Six, Janusz Walus, Ronald Lamola, South Africa (country, Apartheid Atrocities