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11 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Nebraska senator introduces amendment to allow firing squad executions

Started by Rick4404 - Last post by Rick4404 on: April 20, 2015, 05:32:55 AM

I started an updated thread on the Nebraska repeal bill.  It advanced on a 30-13 vote to the second step of the legislative process.  Also, the amendment to replace lethal injection with the firing squad was subsequently withdrawn.

12 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Nebraska may repeal death penalty amid drug shortage

Started by Rick4404 - Last post by Rick4404 on: April 20, 2015, 05:26:28 AM

Nebraska came one step closer last Thursday to passing a death penalty repeal bill. Members of the state's unicameral legislative body are debating a death penalty repeal bill once again this session. The bill cleared first round debate on a 30-13 vote. Under Nebraska's unique way of legislating, the bill must advance through one more separate round of debate and then be adopted on final passage before it is presented to the governor for his signature or rejection by veto.  Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts has already promised to veto the bill if it reaches his desk, and he's asked legislative leaders to reconsider the repeal effort.

The sponsor of the Nebraska measure, Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, has fought for four decades to abolish capital punishment and has introduced a death penalty repeal bill each year that he has been in the Legislature. The Legislature passed a repeal measure once, in 1979, but it was vetoed by then-Gov. Charlie Thone.

This is the furthest that one of Chambers' death penalty repeal bills has gotten since 1979.

An amendment to Chambers' repeal bill was introduced by another senator, but was subsequently withdrawn during the first round debate, which would have replaced lethal injection with death by firing squad as the means of execution in Nebraska.

Nebraska is the only state in the country which has a unicameral, or one-house, legislative body.  Since there are not the usual two legislative chambers (a House of Representatives and a Senate) in Nebraska, the Unicameral must check and balance itself.  This is why Nebraska's constitution requires that each bill and resolution that the Unicameral considers must go through two separate rounds of debate and voting on the floor of the Legislature before the bill or resolution comes up one last time on the floor for final reading and vote.

Thursday's 30-13 vote would be enough votes to override a gubernatorial veto.  Two-thirds of the members of the 49-member legislative body would have to vote to override a veto.   

Nebraska may repeal death penalty amid drug shortage

Associated Press
Updated 4/16/2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is considering repealing the death penalty amid a shortage of lethal injection drugs, with legislation to eliminate capital punishment clearing a major hurdle Thursday.
Lawmakers voted 30-13 to advance the bill that would replace capital punishment with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. If that support holds, death penalty opponents would have enough votes to override Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' promised veto.

A coalition of Republicans who voted for the bill cast the death penalty as a wasteful and bungling government program, but Ricketts released a statement urging them to reconsider.

Nebraska hasn't executed anyone since 1997 and has no way to carry out sentences for the 11 men sitting on death row because its supply of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic that's part of its execution protocol, expired in December 2013. Ricketts and Republican Attorney General Doug Peterson have vowed to find a solution, but the Department of Correctional Services has yet to obtain a new supply.

Death penalty states across the nation have been forced to find new drugs and new suppliers because pharmaceutical companies, many of which of which are based in Europe, have stopped selling them for executions. Some states are looking at alternatives. Tennessee passed a law last year to reinstate the electric chair if it can't get lethal injection drugs, and Utah has reinstated the firing squad as a backup method.

In Oklahoma, lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would allow the state to use nitrogen gas hypoxia. That comes as executions there are on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether the state's three-drug method of lethal injection is constitutional. Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming joined Alabama in a court filing Wednesday urging the court to uphold the use of the sedative midazolam in executions.

If Nebraska's repeal passes, the state would join six others that have abolished the death penalty since 2000. The Delaware Senate voted last month to end capital punishment, but the bill faces an uphill battle in the House.

The Nebraska vote reflects a growing sentiment among some conservative residents that the state will never execute an inmate again.

"The question of the death penalty has been moving from one of whether you find it morally justifiable to one of whether you trust the government to carry it out properly," said Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, a group that is critical of how the death penalty is carried out.

The bill must advance through two more rounds of voting in the one-house, nonpartisan Legislature, and death penalty supporters are still working to block the legislation.

"I would say that those who favor getting rid of the death penalty have a long ways to go until they're going to have this bill cross the finish line," Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha, an outspoken death penalty supporter, said.

Death penalty supporters peppered Thursday's debate with tales of gruesome killings, calling the death penalty a just response to crimes such as a 2002 bank robbery in Norfolk in which five people were killed.

"Our days are numbered, and when you're a criminal who commits a crime, you have numbered your days and that warrants the death penalty," said Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte.

Most Americans still favor the death penalty for prisoners convicted of murder, but the support has reached a 40-year low, according to a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. The survey found that 56 percent of people support the death penalty in cases of murder, while 38 percent remain opposed.

The sponsor of the Nebraska measure, Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, has fought for four decades to abolish capital punishment. The Legislature passed a repeal measure once, in 1979, but it was vetoed by then-Gov. Charles Thone.
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13 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Nitrogen Gas Executions Approved by Oklahoma House

Started by Granny B - Last post by phlebbb on: April 19, 2015, 09:24:56 AM

For the record, "ain't" isn't a real word lmao

Maybe yes...Maybe no...but in this context...ain't is a word as it is part of the acronym
structure. To find out more info, read Robert Heinlein, "The Moon is a harsh mistress".....also see....
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The usage of ain't is a perennial subject of controversy in English. Ain't is commonly used by many speakers in oral or informal settings, especially in certain regions and dialects. Its usage is often highly stigmatized, and it may be used as a marker of socio-economic or regional status or education level. Its use is generally considered non-standard by dictionaries and style guides except when used for rhetorical effect, and it is rarely found in formal written works. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

14 -  General Death Penalty / Indiana Death Penalty News / Re: Indiana Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by turboprinz on: April 19, 2015, 04:25:33 AM

Appeals court rejects Fort Wayne man's death sentence appeal
Apr 17, 2015

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the death sentence of a Fort Wayne man convicted of killing his brother, his sister's fiancé and two of his brother's friends in 1997.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by 39-year-old Joseph Corcoran that Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull relied on non-statutory aggravating factors in sentencing him to death and that Gull failed to consider mitigating evidence.

The court ruled in the decision handed down Tuesday that Gull did consider Corcoran's age of 22 at the time he was sentenced and his behavior in jail when sentencing him to death, two factors Corcoran contended she had ignored.

It was the fourth time Corcoran's case has been considered by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

15 -  Across the Globe / World Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Saudi Arabia DP News

Started by Michael - Last post by turboprinz on: April 19, 2015, 04:19:07 AM

Saudi Arabia executes second Indonesian maid in one week
April 17, 2015

Saudi Arabia has executed a second Indonesian maid despite protests from Jakarta, which is itself facing fierce criticism for its failure to heed calls for clemency for a number of foreigners on death row.

The Indonesian government summoned the Saudi ambassador to the foreign ministry on Thursday after learning that 37-year-old Karni Bt. Medi Tarsim had been beheaded, without official warning.

Karni was sentenced to death in March 2013 for killing her employer's four-year-old child. She was the second Indonesian domestic worker executed by the Saudis this week, following the death of Siti Zaenab Bt. Duhri Rupa on Tuesday -- the execution again carried out with Indonesian officials receiving no prior warning.

"That is our main issue. It's not that suddenly there was an execution. We didn't know when it would take place. Still, we took over a hundred steps to try to free (Siti) from execution," said Arrmanatha Nasir, spokesman for Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Siti, 47, was convicted of killing her employer's wife in 1999, but the death penalty was delayed until the youngest of the victim's sons reached puberty and was old enough to consider requesting her pardon. He didn't.

Rights groups say they suspect Siti was mentally ill and cast aspersions on claims she had confessed to the crime. Amnesty International also said reports suggested she had been abused while working in the victim's home.

"Imposing the death penalty and executing someone with a suspected mental illness smacks of a basic lack of humanity," said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International.

Indonesian appeals for mercy

In a statement, the Indonesian government said the protection of its citizens abroad was a "priority" and listed the attempts it had made to help Siti, including providing legal aid, writing letters to the Saudi King and "continuous efforts... to ask for forgiveness from the family."

Indonesia said in many cases its efforts had worked. From July 2011 to the end of March this year, it said it had "successfully freed" 238 of its citizens from the death penalty.

One of those was Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad who was sentenced to death in 2011 after reportedly admitting to killing her 70-year-old employer and stealing $10,000. Satinah claimed she acted in self-dense. Days before her scheduled execution, the Indonesian government stepped in with so-called "blood money" of 7 million Saudi riyals -- at the time worth about $1.8 million. Satinah was spared.

Calls for Indonesia to do the same

Indonesia's efforts to save its own citizens does not sit well with advocates who are seeking the same mercy for foreigners languishing on Indonesia's death row.

Two of the most high profile cases are Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Australians convicted of attempting to smuggle heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005.

Friday marks the 10-year anniversary of their arrest with seven other people -- members of the so-called "Bali Nine" -- who are currently serving lengthy sentences in Indonesian prisons.

As the alleged ringleaders, Chan and Sukumaran were sentenced to death, and denied clemency from President Jokowi Widodo, a decision being challenged through the country's Constitutional Court.

"If Indonesia wants to effectively protect Indonesians from the death penalty abroad, Indonesia should also abolish the death penalty here," said Todung Mulya Lubis, one of the men's lawyers.

Chan, 31, and Sukumaran -- who also turns 34 on Friday -- are currently incarcerated on Nusakambangan Island in preparation for their execution but no date has been set.

Human Rights Watch called on Widodo to suspend all planned executions in Indonesia -- as the previous government did between 2008 and 2013. No executions were carried out in 2014, but earlier this year, six people -- including five foreigners -- faced the firing squad.

"The executions of two Indonesian citizens in Saudi Arabia in a single week should be a turning point on the subject of death penalty in Indonesia," said Andreas Harsono, the Indonesian researcher for Human Rights Watch. "Please stop the lecture of sovereignty. It is so old fashioned."

Before news of the second execution emerged on Thursday, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a press briefing to denounce the Saudi action.

When asked whether Jakarta's complaints smacked of hypocrisy, given the country's refusal to spare foreigners on death row, spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said: "If you read our constitution, it is the job, the role of the government to protect its citizens, right? So it's not a double standard."

"On the issue of death penalty, we can have a long debate whether it is against human rights or it is morally wrong or right. That's a whole other discussion, that's a whole other argument, but what we're saying now here is we are implementing our laws and we are adhering to our constitution that we have to protect our citizens abroad."

16 -  General Crime / U.S. Crime Related News / 'Bored' Oklahoma teen convicted in random 'thrill kill'

Started by turboprinz - Last post by turboprinz on: April 19, 2015, 04:13:55 AM

April 18, 2015

The bored teenager who gunned down a college baseball player in Oklahoma simply because he and his two friends "had nothing to do," is now a convicted murderer.

Chancey Allen Luna was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday for his role in the August 2013 drive-by shooting of Christopher Lane, a 23-year-old college student in Duncan, about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City. Luna was 16 at the time of the shooting.

Lane, an Australian attending East Central University, was jogging when he was shot in the back by a gun fired by Luna.

A jury recommended Friday that Luna spend life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to court records. Because he was under 18 when the crime was committed, he is not eligible for the death penalty. He'll be formally sentenced in June.

The vehicle's driver, Michael Jones, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Jones, who was 17 at the time of the murder, will be eligible for parole starting in 2051, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges filed against the third suspect, then only 15, after he agreed to testify against Luna and Jones, according to CNN affiliate KSWO. He will now be tried as a juvenile with accessory to murder after the fact.

Duncan police Chief Danny Ford told Australian radio station 3AW that when police arrested the teens, Jones offered a motive that made clear that Lane, a baseball player on scholarship, was chosen at random.

"We were bored and didn't have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody."

After the verdict, Luna appeared to be crying as deputies led him out of the courtroom in handcuffs, whimpering "I'm sorry" to a reporter.

17 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Nitrogen Gas Executions Approved by Oklahoma House

Started by Granny B - Last post by Naviator on: April 19, 2015, 04:04:46 AM

For the record, "ain't" isn't a real word lmao

18 -  General Death Penalty / Alabama Death Penalty News / Re: Alabama Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by turboprinz on: April 19, 2015, 04:04:19 AM

Man on Alabama death row is freed after 15 years
17 April 2015

William Ziegler’s murder conviction had been overturned but, threatened with a retrial, he struck plea deal on lesser charge of aiding and abetting

An Alabama prisoner has become the second within two weeks to avoid the state’s death penalty, agreeing to a plea deal that avoids his retrial on a murder chanrge.

William Ziegler, 39, has argued he is innocent but pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting in the killing of Russell Allen Baker to end the case. A Mobile county judge gave him credit for the more than 15 years he already has served in prison.

Ziegler was convicted of capital murder in 2001 and sentenced to die for Baker’s killing. Circuit Judge Sarah Stewart overturned Ziegler’s conviction in 2012, indicating there were numerous errors and serious doubts about his guilt.

Prosecutors had said they planned to try him again but Ziegler instead was allowed to plead guilty to the reduced charge.

During a hearing Stewart urged Ziegler to resist turning bitter and said she knew he recognised God’s grace. “I want you to appreciate that gift,” she said. “You need to be very careful with your gift … The world is a very different place than it was 15 years ago when you went to jail.”

The decision came less than two weeks after another condemned Alabama prisoner was freed after claiming he was innocent. Anthony Ray Hinton was released on 3 April after nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a pair of killings in Jefferson county. Charges in the 1985 gunshot deaths of two fast-food workers were dismissed after new testing on the defendant’s gun could not prove it fired the fatal shots.

Baker’s body was found in a wooded area in Mobile county in 2000. Authorities said Ziegler had argued at a party and Ziegler was convicted along with three accomplices.

But a key witness who claimed Ziegler had threatened Baker later recanted, helping lead to Stewart’s decision to overturn the case.

Ziegler’s plea acknowledged that his conduct helped lead to Baker’s death.

Relatives of both Ziegler and Baker, from Bayou La Batre, came away from the hearing disappointed. O’Della Wilson, the defendant’s mother, said she was happy he would go free but angry that he had to plead guilty to any crime.

Baker’s relatives were not happy Ziegler would be released. “He’s a menace to our society. He will be back,” said Beth Johansen, the victim’s aunt. “This is not justice for our nephew.”

19 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Nitrogen Gas Executions Approved by Oklahoma House

Started by Granny B - Last post by phlebbb on: April 19, 2015, 01:06:39 AM

T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L.           I'm curious what that means phlebbb  ??? ??? ???

There Aint No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

20 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Nitrogen Gas Executions Approved by Oklahoma House

Started by Granny B - Last post by ChevyWolken on: April 19, 2015, 01:01:55 AM

T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L.           I'm curious what that means phlebbb  ??? ??? ???

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