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11 -  Across the Globe / World Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Indonesia Death Penalty News

Started by RangerRik - Last post by turboprinz on: March 26, 2015, 10:46:36 AM

Indonesia rejects judicial review of Philippine death row inmate
Court set to execute 10 drug convicts after all legal appeals are concluded
March 26, 2015

Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected an application by a Filipina on death row for a judicial review of her case, taking her a step closer to being executed along with several other foreign drug convicts.

As well as the Filipina, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, two high-profile Australian inmates and convicts from France, Brazil, Ghana and Nigeria are set to face the firing squad after they recently had requests for presidential clemency rejected.

In her application for a judicial review, Veloso's lawyers had reportedly argued that she was not provided with a capable translator during her first trial.

But the Supreme Court's website said that judges on Wednesday rejected Veloso's application for a review of her sentence. It did not provide details about the ruling and a court spokesman could not immediately be contacted for comment.

Veloso was caught at Yogyakarta airport, on the main island of Java, carrying 2.6 kilograms (5.73 pounds) of heroin on a flight from Malaysia.

Jakarta plans to execute all 10 of the convicts — nine foreigners and one Indonesian — at the same time, but has said it will wait for any outstanding legal appeals to conclude.

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, leaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug-smuggling gang, as well as Frenchman Serge Atlaoui, currently have appeals that are working their way through the courts.

Chan and Sukumaran have lost two previous attempts to get judicial reviews of their cases, but their legal teams have lodged a further, rare appeal. 

Indonesia has some of the toughest anti-drugs laws in the world, and President Joko Widodo has vowed there will be no clemency for traffickers on death row, as the country is facing an "emergency" due to rising narcotics use.

Jakarta put to death six drug convicts, including five foreigners, in January, sparking a diplomatic storm.

http://www.ucanews.com/news/indonesia-rejects-judicial-review-of-philippine-death-row-inmate/73262

12 -  Across the Globe / World Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Pakistan death penalty news

Started by leopard32 - Last post by turboprinz on: March 26, 2015, 10:43:19 AM

Pakistan executes death-row prisoner
March 26, 2015

Pakistan today hanged a death- row prisoner convicted of killing a man over an old rivalry, taking to 62 the number of executions carried out since the country resumed the death sentence in December.

Muhammad Afzal was executed in Faisalabad's Central Jail early today after being on death row for around two decades.

Afzal had shot dead a man in 1995 and was convicted in the same year. His appeals against sentence were rejected by the High Court and the Supreme Court.

Pakistan lifted a moratorium on death penalty in all cases where capital punishment has been handed down by a court on March 10, expanding an earlier decision to resume executions in terror-related cases following the Peshawar school massacre in December last year that killed more than 150 people, mostly children.

There are more than 8,000 death row prisoners in the country.

The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have urged Pakistan government to re-impose the moratorium on the death penalty.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/pakistan-executes-death-row-prisoner-115032600257_1.html

13 -  Across the Globe / World Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Nigeria Death Penalty News

Started by Anne - Last post by turboprinz on: March 26, 2015, 10:37:33 AM

Man Gets Death Sentence For Stealing Phone In Delta
26 march 2015

A Delta State High Court sitting in Akwukwu-Igbo has given one Vincent Okwekwu the death sentence for stealing.

The man had been found guilty for robbing his victims of a handset and N10,000 at gunpoint

The suspect was found guilty of three counts bordering on conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

He was then sentenced to the hanger for the offence of conspiracy, while he got 21-year-jail term for each of the other two counts.

The prosecution team from the Department of Public Prosecutions argued to the court that Okwekwu, on November 1, 2009, with two others now at large, had broke into the apartments of their victims, Ofoyeju Peter and Tietie Moses, and robbed them of N10, 000 and a handset while armed with a gun and a cutlass.

The crime occured at the Umueha quarter in Ibusa.

The victims had immediately raised an alarm which members of a vigilance group in the area heard and sprang out to arrest Okwekwu.

The suspect had pleaded not guilty to the charges when the court clerk read them to him.

http://www.naij.com/409488-man-gets-death-sentence-for-stealing-phone-in-delta.html

14 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Lester Bower, Jr. - TX - 6/3/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: March 26, 2015, 08:12:50 AM

Bower's execution date set in June


Posted: Wed 5:01 PM, Mar 25, 2015
 
Lester Bower has a new execution date for June 3. This is the seventh time Bower's execution date has been set.

Monday, the Supreme Court denied an appeal from Bower. He was scheduled to be executed on February 10 but it was put on hold five days earlier.

Grayson County District Clerk Kelly Ashmore confirmed she signed the death warrant ordered by Judge Jim Fallin.

Bower has been on death row for more than 30 years after being convicted for the slayings of Jerry Brown, Bob Tate, Philip Good, and Ronald Mayes in 1983 in a Grayson County airplane hanger.

www.kten.com

15 -  General Death Penalty / Texas Death Penalty News / Re: Texas Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: March 26, 2015, 06:42:26 AM

Texas obtains more lethal injection drugs


By Mark Berman March 25 at 6:19 PM    

Texas, the country’s leading death-penalty state, was facing a bit of a quandary recently: Authorities there have six executions scheduled over the next three months, but they only had only enough lethal injection drugs to carry out one of them. And they were not sure what to do when they ran out. Would they postpone the other executions? Try to find a new lethal injection drug, as so many other states have done amid a shortage of execution drugs?

The state will have a little longer to figure that out. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Wednesday that it had obtained another batch of pentobarbital, the drug used in lethal injections there since 2012.

This comes a little more than two weeks before the state’s next scheduled execution, which is set for April 9. That is the first of four executions set for April, with lethal injections also on the calendar in May and June.

“We continue to explore all options including the continued used of pentobarbital or alternate drugs to use in the lethal injection process,” Jason Clark, a spokesman for the department, said in an e-mail Wednesday.

Clark said that the state bought the drugs from “a licensed pharmacy that has the ability to compound,” but he declined to answer additional questions about the pharmacy. He had previously pointed to a lawsuit filed against the Department of Criminal Justice in order to force it to reveal the name of the compounding pharmacy that had supplied the state with lethal injection drugs.

www.washingtonpost.com

Good old Texas...you just can't keep a good state down.   8)

16 -  General Death Penalty / Christie Michelle Scott / Re: Christie Michelle Scott Sentenced to Death in 2008 AL Murder of Son

Started by Michael - Last post by turboprinz on: March 25, 2015, 11:37:06 PM

Court upholds Scott conviction
September 30, 2014

This week the Alabama Supreme Court upheld the conviction in one of the biggest cases in the county’s history.

On Friday, Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing received word that the guilty verdict and death sentence handed down to Christie Michelle Scott, 36, found guilty of the capital murder of her 6-year-old son, Mason, in 2008, was officially upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court in a 5-1 decision.

The decision comes almost two years after the Alabama Criminal Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction and death sentence in a unanimous decision.

“The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed the decision without an opinion, which just shows they were confident in the decision made by the Court of Criminal Appeals,” Rushing said.

“If there was any plain error made during the trial that could cause the case to be retried or the verdict to be overturned, the Court of Criminal Appeals would be the ones to find the error. Since they didn’t point out anything in the entire 172-page opinion they issued, that shows pretty strongly that they were confident in the verdict and sentence.”

In fact, Rushing said the end of the report issued by the Criminal Court of Appeals stated, “this court independently weighed the aggravating circumstances and mitigating circumstances as required by the Alabama Code of 1975 and is convinced, as was the circuit court, that death was the appropriate sentence for the horrific murder of six-year-old Mason.”

Rushing said he was glad to have both of these courts affirm this case.

“It was a huge relief to receive the initial affirmation from the Court of Criminal Appeals and it’s a great relief to have the Alabama Supreme Court even further affirm this case.

“When you have a four-week trial with all the testimony and witnesses that we had in this case, there are so many issues that can come up that might present a problem in the appeals process, so this is a testament to the great job our circuit court did and all the others who played a role in this case.”

This second affirmation comes more than five years after Scott was sentenced in August of 2009 for killing her son.

Mason Scott died in a house fire that started in his bedroom at the Scotts’ home at 180 Signore Dr. in Russellville on Aug. 16, 2008, at 2:30 a.m.

At the time of Mason Scott’s death, fire officials were unaware of how the fire started, even though they had determined it had started in or near Mason Scott’s bedroom where the child was found after the flames were extinguished.

Christie Scott had managed to escape from the house with her youngest son, who was four years old at the time.

Scott’s husband was out of town in Atlanta on business when the fire occurred.

Fire investigations are standard in cases that result in fatalities, and once the investigation commenced, officials said investigators began noticing things that just didn’t seem to match up.

“The first red flag of the investigation was the smoke detector, which seemed to have been ripped from the wall and didn’t match the way a normal smoke detector would have looked if it had still been attached to the wall and fully functional at the time of the fire,” Rushing said.

“That was the first of many oddities and details that pointed to Christie Scott’s involvement in the fire.”

Scott was accused of intentionally setting the fire that led to Mason’s death and was originally charged with Mason’s murder in September 2008 when a grand jury found enough information to charge her with three alternative counts of capital murder – one which accused Scott of intentionally killing her son by starting a fire for the purpose of monetary gain, one which accused Scott of intentionally killing her son as a result of committing first-degree arson, and one which accused Scott of intentionally killing someone who is less than 14 years old.

Records indicate that during Scott’s initial bond hearing, testimony revealed that Scott took out an additional life insurance policy on her son the day before the fire.

Under cross-examination from Rushing, Scott’s father, Donald Bray, gave testimony that affirmed his daughter had also been connected to at least three previous fires.

The original trial began in June of 2009 and testimony lasted for approximately four weeks – the longest trial in Franklin County’s history.

During the trial, the prosecution brought up point after point that they believed proved Scott’s guilt and calculated plan to set fire to the house and kill Mason while defense attorney Robert Tuten continually maintained Scott’s innocence and that the fire was electrical in nature and no fault of Scott’s.

After four weeks of testimony and a little more than two days of deliberating, the jury returned guilty verdicts for all three alternative counts of capital murder.

The jury recommended a sentence of life without parole, but in a sentence hearing on Aug. 5, 2009, Circuit Judge Terry Dempsey overruled the jury’s decision and gave Scott the death sentence stating, “Justice must be served and the only way justice can be served in this case is by death.”

Scott has been housed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka on death row awaiting her case to go through the appeals process.

Rushing said the decisions from the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court were the two biggest hurdles to overcome, but the appeals process will still continue.

He said the case will move forward now to the federal appeals process.

http://www.franklincountytimes.com/2014/09/30/court-upholds-scott-conviction-2/

17 -  General Death Penalty / Debra Jean Milke / Re: Debra Jean Milke

Started by Michael - Last post by turboprinz on: March 25, 2015, 11:28:47 PM

Debra Milke, who spent 22 years on Arizona death row, has murder case tossed
March 24, 2015

Debra Milke spent 22 years on death row, convicted of conspiring with two other men to kill her son allegedly for an insurance payout.

On Monday, a judge ruled that the Arizona woman is innocent and dismissed all charges against her.

This makes Milke only the second woman exonerated from death row in the United States.

More importantly, the judge's decision finally clears Milke after years of legal back-and-forth in a case where she steadfastly maintained her innocence.

Key to the case's dismissal was prosecutorial misconduct, mainly that of a detective, Armando Saldate, who said Milke confessed to the crime to him -- even though there was no witness or recording.

Prosecutors withheld from the jury Saldate's personnel record which showed instances of misconduct in other cases, including lying under oath.

The two men with whom Milke was accused of conspiring were tried separately and are still on death row.

The killing

A day after seeing Santa Claus at a mall on December 1, 1989, young Christopher Milke asked his mother if he could go again.

Milke's roomate, James Styers, took the boy; then called Milke saying Christopher had disappeared.

Instead, Styers and a friend drove the boy out of town to a secluded ravine where Styers shot Christopher three times in the head, prosecutors said.

Styers and the friend were convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Milke's 'role

Milke was implicated based on alleged testimony from Styer's friend, Roger Scott.

The detective, Saldate, said Scott told him that Milke was involved in a plot to kill her son. And during her trial, prosecutors floated a likely motive: A $5,000 life insurance policy she had taken out on the child.

But neither Scott nor Styers testified to a plot in court.

No other witnesses or direct evidence linked Milke to the crime other than Saldate's testimony.

Milke's 'confession'

Saldate further said that Milke confessed to her role in the murder plot during interrogation and said it was a "bad judgment call."

There was no recording of the interrogation, no one else was in the room or watching from a two-way mirror, and Saldate said he threw away his notes shortly after completing his report.

Milke offered a vastly different view of the interrogation and denied that she had confessed to any role.

The trial became a he-said/she-said contest between the two.

Ultimately, the jury believed the detective and convicted Milke of murder.

Saldate's past

What prosecutors didn't tell the court was the detective's long history of lying under oath and misconduct.

Saldate had been suspended five days for taking "liberties" with a female motorist and lying about it to his supervisors. Four confessions or indictments had been tossed out because Saldate had lied under oath. Judges suppressed or vacated four other confessions because Saldate had violated a person's constitutional rights.

In 2013, after more than 20 years in jail, an appeals court overturned Milke's conviction.

"The Constitution requires a fair trial," Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote. "This never happened in Milke's case."

"The state knew of the evidence in the personnel file and had an obligation to produce the documents," Kozinski said. "... There can be no doubt that the state failed in its constitutional obligation."

Milke was released on bail, and the court said she couldn't be tried again.

The state appealed the decision to the Arizona Supreme Court.

The ending

Last week, the Arizona Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal. And on Monday, all charges against Milke were finally dropped.

The ankle bracelet she had been wearing while on bail was removed. And Milke left the court room, sobbing in relief.

The case is now closed. Debra Milke is finally a free woman.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/24/justice/arizona-debra-milke-death-sentence/

18 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: DEATH PENALTY ARGUMENTS: Pros and Cons

Started by Granny B - Last post by Londoner77 on: March 25, 2015, 05:03:07 PM

Unfortunately Human you have made a very simple sweeping statement which does not look rationally at the facts.

Debra Milke has NOT been acquitted or found not guilty of the murder.

She has had her conviction vacated based on procedural errors (possibly corruption) at her trial.

The decision not to re-try her is simply because after 22 years they feel they do not have the ability to secure a conviction based on the current level of evidence.

So- is she guilty? Innocent!??
Who knows?????? We will never know one way or the other.  My personal opinion is that she is probably guilty but my opinion does not make the slightest but of difference legally.

My stance on the death penalty is that it is on the statute book as a legitimate punishment therefore it must be carried out as in accordance with the law

You also state that 4% of convicts on death row are innocent. Pardon my language but that is the biggest load of bullshit that I have ever heard.

What causes this is the myriad of frivolous appeals and ambulance chasing scumyers trying to save their clients on technicalities.  If you throw enough mud at a wall something will eventually stick.

What needs changing is the appeals system. Sort that out and speed up the process and you have an even bigger deterrent. Why don't all appeals have to be in within a year of conviction and then a maxim of another year to hear them all. That way there will be no stringing things out and everyone knows where they stand!

19 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: DEATH PENALTY ARGUMENTS: Pros and Cons

Started by Granny B - Last post by Blood thirsty sociopath on: March 25, 2015, 11:44:35 AM

You best be able to back up what you talk about with none biased facts. 



I still hope that death penalty will be abolished.

Another mistake made  by american justice : the case of Debra Milke...
Those working at the death row believe to ensure justice.
I don't want to hurt or directly blame them, I blame the american system. I just try to change their lives...

US death row study: 4% of defendants sentenced to die are innocent.
See the foloowing link :
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/28/death-penalty-study-4-percent-defendants-innocent

That should be enough to stop death penalty.

Yves

God loves us all


20 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: DEATH PENALTY ARGUMENTS: Pros and Cons

Started by Granny B - Last post by madgenealogist on: March 24, 2015, 01:58:28 PM


I still hope that death penalty will be abolished.

Another mistake made  by american justice : the case of Debra Milke...
Those working at the death row believe to ensure justice.
I don't want to hurt or directly blame them, I blame the american system. I just try to change their lives...

US death row study: 4% of defendants sentenced to die are innocent.
See the foloowing link :
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/28/death-penalty-study-4-percent-defendants-innocent

That should be enough to stop death penalty.

Yves

God loves us all


I suppose Casey Anthony is also innocent?   ???

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