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11 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Daniel Lopez - TX - 08/12/2015

Started by turboprinz - Last post by turboprinz on: May 18, 2015, 12:57:36 PM

May 16, 2015
Sheriff: Execution date set for killer of Corpus Christi police officer


Sheriff Jim Kaelin announced Friday afternoon that the death warrant for a man convicted of killing a Corpus Christi police officer was being hand delivered in Hunstville.

Daniel Lopez was sentenced to death for running over and killing Lt. Stuart Alexander as he laid out spike strips during a pursuit on North Padre Island Drive in March 2009.

It started with another officer who had stopped Lopez for several traffic violations on the westside of Corpus Christi. The officer was attacked before Lopez took off in his car.

The chase down SPID near the Agnes exit could have stopped there, but Lopez intentionally turned the steering wheel to drive over Lt. Alexander. Lopez was shot near downtown by two police officers when he tried to ram officers' cars at the end of the chase.

According to the sheriff, Judge Sandra Watts signed the warrant that sets Lopez's execution date for August 12, 2015.

Earlier this year, the 5th Circuit Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Lopez is competent to waive any future appeals as he volunteered for execution.

Lopez told the court that his death sentence is appropriate and he believes in a better after life.

Lt. Alexander served 20 years with the Corpus Christi Police Department. His widow, son, and three grandchildren have since moved to be closer their families.

12 -  General Death Penalty / High Profile Death Penalty Cases! / Re: Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced to Death

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: May 15, 2015, 01:23:57 PM

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing


BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sat stone-faced in a federal court here on Friday as a jury sentenced him to death for setting off bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds more in the worst terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

The jury of seven women and five men, which last month convicted Mr. Tsarnaev, 21, of all 30 charges against him, 17 of which carry the death penalty, took more than 14 hours to reach its decision.

In reaching its decision, the jury found that Mr. Tsarnaev had shown no remorse for actions, and it rejected the defense argument that his older brother, Tamerlan, had brainwashed him into joining in the bombings.

It was the first time a federal jury had sentenced a terrorist to death in the post-Sept. 11 era, according to Kevin McNally, director of the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, which coordinates the defense in capital punishment cases.

Prosecutors portrayed Mr. Tsarnaev, who immigrated to Cambridge, Mass., from the Russian Caucasus with his family in 2002, as a coldblooded, unrepentant jihadist who sought to kill innocent Americans in retaliation for the deaths of innocent Muslims in American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The bombings transformed the marathon, a cherished rite of spring, from a sunny holiday on Boylston Street to a smoky battlefield scene, with shrapnel flying, bodies dismembered and blood saturating the sidewalks; three people were killed outright, while 17 people lost at least one leg. More than 240 others sustained serious injuries, some of them life-altering.

“After all of the carnage and fear and terror that he has caused, the right decision is clear,” a federal prosecutor, Steven Mellin, said in his closing argument. “The only sentence that will do justice in this case is a sentence of death.”

With death sentences, an appeal is all but inevitable, and the process generally takes years if not decades to play out. Of the 80 federal defendants sentenced to death since 1988, only three, including Timothy J. McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, have been executed. Most cases are still tied up in appeal. In the rest, the sentences were vacated or the defendants died or committed suicide.

The Tsarnaev verdict goes against the grain in Massachusetts, which has no death penalty for state crimes and where polls showed that residents overwhelmingly favored life in prison for Mr. Tsarnaev. Many respondents said that life in prison for one so young would be a fate worse than death, and some worried that execution would make him a martyr.

But the jurors in his case had to be “death qualified” — that is, they all had to be willing to impose the death penalty to serve on the jury. So in that sense, the jury was not representative of the state.

Before they could decide that Mr. Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty, the jurors had to wade through a complicated, 24-page verdict slip. On it, they had to weigh the aggravating factors that would justify his death as well as the mitigating factors, presented by the defense, that would argue for him to live.

 >:( Sister Helen Prejean, center, a prominent opponent of the death penalty, testified for the defense Monday in the sentencing phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial.  >:(

14 -  Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Re: R'UH RO RAGGY!!!!

Started by phlebbb - Last post by deeg on: May 15, 2015, 09:44:16 AM

These are the people who when they call 911 because their sorry ass's are in danger, the police are on break.   ;D >:(


15 -  Off Topic / Off Topic- News / Re: R'UH RO RAGGY!!!!

Started by phlebbb - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: May 14, 2015, 01:41:43 PM

And another in the category of too stupid to live...

Mississippi Subway employee fired after celebrating Hattiesburg police deaths on Facebook

Published May 12, 2015 Associated Press

LAUREL, Miss. –  A Mississippi Subway restaurant employee has been fired after posting a photo on Facebook that showed her in uniform celebrating the killing of two police officers in Hattiesburg.

Multiple news outlets report Sierra McCurdy, who worked at a Subway in Laurel, wrote "GOT EM" in reference to the Hattiesburg officers on a post accompanied by emojis of a handgun over a photo of herself in a Subway uniform. The post apparently referred to the fatal shootings of 34-year-old Benjamin Deen and 25-year-old Liquori Tate on Saturday. Four people were arrested for the crime and one faces capital murder charges.

McCurdy's posts created a firestorm on Twitter and many urged Subway to fire her.

Subway responded with a tweet saying the franchise had fired McCurdy and her behavior does not represent company values.

16 -  Off Topic / Off Topic- News / R'UH RO RAGGY!!!!

Started by phlebbb - Last post by phlebbb on: May 14, 2015, 12:27:05 PM

NJ teacher who had students write 'get well' notes to cop killer fired
Published May 14,
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Teacher fired after kids send get well cards to cop killer

A New Jersey public school teacher who instructed her third-grade students to write “get well” letters to a convicted cop killer was fired at a raucous school board meeting that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, despite her pleas that “there’s a community behind me.”

Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning her young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported.

"Even when I heard that the letters were written...because of compassion, you could've written to somebody in a nursing home."

    - Gloria Stewart, Orange, NJ resident

Zuniga, who taught at Forest Street Elementary School, told board members prior to their hasty vote to can her that she has broad support from around the country, the newspaper reported.

"There's people around the nation who support me, who believe I need to be reinstated and I believe that I need to be reinstated,” Zuniga said. “My students need me in the classroom. My students have requested that I come back to the classroom."

Abu-Jamal, a 61-year-old serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, is a self-styled poet who became a darling of celebrities and activists while on death row. His sentence was later commuted to life without parole, and he was suffering from complications from diabetes when Zuniga assigned the task.

The vote to fire Zuniga occurred after several hours of public speakers, many of whom praised Zuniga for teaching her students to have compassion for a man who killed a police officer. Abu-Jamal killed Faulkner during a routine traffic stop of Abu-Jamal’s brother. At trial, several witnesses reported seeing Abu-Jamal kill Faulkner, and two witnesses said Abu-Jamal confessed to the killing, saying, "I shot the mother---er, and I hope the mother---er dies."

Although the abrupt vote left meeting attendees unsure of what had happened, Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee confirmed that Zuniga was fired in an email to the Star-Ledger.

"As this is a personnel issue, I have no further comments on this matter," Lee wrote.

Zuniga’s attorney, Alan Levine, told the newspaper Zuniga is now considering legal action to challenge her firing.

Several speakers at the meeting, including Essex County Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake, praised Zuniga.

“You ought to be ashamed of yourself for trying to crucify her," Timberlake said.

But Orange resident Gloria Stewart told the board that Zuniga did not deserve to keep her job.

"Even when I heard that the letters were written...because of compassion, you could've written to somebody in a nursing home," Stewart said. "You could've written to someone else that was sick to show compassion."


17 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Why firing squads and other execution methods remain constitutional

Started by resist - Last post by resist on: May 14, 2015, 10:30:46 AM

As far as usual executions, there were at least 9,321 by hanging, at least 142 by firing squad, 4,281 by electric chair and 582 by gas chamber.

Somehow, miraculously, prison staff were able to dispose of criminals without lethal injection, for hundreds of years, quickly, efficiently, and reasonably humanely.

The problem is not lack of alternatives to lethal injection.

Electrocution was used fairly commonly until recently. It's quick, painless, and usually carried out without any notable incident. Incidents only seemed to have occurred in certain states where the protocol needed to be changed. I would strongly support standardizing on it just to make progress in restoring capital punishment.

It used to be the federally-recommended method.

Hanging has been much less common in recent history. Billy Bailey was hanged in Delaware on January 25, 1996, Westley Dodd was hanged in Washington in 1993, and Charles Campbell in 1994. All of those hangings were carried out without incident. Hanging requires more care to avoid incidents. That said, I think the solution is more training and carefully controlled hangings. Personally, I would like to see it re-introduced as the standard punishment for most murders and even certain rapes, once enough expertise had been recreated to get the job done right.

Cyanide gas is harsh, and complicated, but I have no absolute objections to it. Shooting either.

Reading about specific notable executions, it seems to me that executions carried out in the early 20th century tended to be performed relatively efficiently, without a lot of complications that are now creating obstacles to getting the job done. I would start from there, and make them even more streamlined.

18 -  General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Johnny Shane Kormondy - FL - 1/15/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by time2prtee on: May 13, 2015, 03:17:54 PM

Cecilia McAdams Press Conference after the execution.

Rape Survivor’s Journey Comes Full Circle With Execution Of Attacker

By Alexia Fernandez on February 5th, 2015

A gate and an elevator security system guard the seafront view from the sixth floor of Cecilia McAdams’ condo in Pensacola Beach, Florida.

Cecilia McAdams rebuilt her life in this safe haven after the 1993 murder of her husband, Gary, and her rape.

Johnny Shane Kormondy, one of three men who raped McAdams that night and the one who shot her husband, was killed via lethal injection on Jan. 15.

Cecilia McAdams waited 22 years to see it happen.

“There was no reason for that to happen [to us],” she said. “It was a random act of violence. We just happened to be in the right place at the wrong time.”

Kormondy, along with two others, broke into the McAdams’ home in 1993. He was sentenced to death in 1994, and again in 1999 after he filed a direct appeal for resentencing to the Florida Supreme Court.

In both instances, Cecilia McAdams feared his death sentence would be overturned.

“There was always a constant worry,” she said. “I’ve discovered that what once was normal is no longer normal. I will never have that life again.”

Cecilia McAdams’ life has been a journey, she said, with one chapter that came to a close the night Kormondy was executed. Through it all, she still remembers the man she fell in love with.

Gary McAdams was athletic, a small town boy from Wilmer, Alabama, about 83 miles away from Pensacola, Florida, where he met and fell in love with Cecilia. Both worked for banks and were married for 10 years with no children.

Gary’s death was just the beginning of a series of hardships for his family, including the loss of his father to lung cancer less than a year after his murder.

Thomas McAdams, Gary’s younger brother, said his father died between the second and third trials in the murder case.

“He pretty much grieved himself to death,” he said.

Thomas said he has thought about his brother every day since his murder.

“I don’t think there’s ever any closure,” he said. “But there is a satisfaction. I felt at peace. It was time.”

On Nov. 24, 2014, Cecilia McAdams received a call with news that Governor Rick Scott had signed Kormondy’s death warrant.

“I was happy,” she said. “This was reality. We were getting to the end of this part of this journey. I wasn’t going to give them the satisfaction of ruining my life.”

She attended the execution in Starke, FL. with her in-laws and her boyfriend of eight years, Bob Sundius, a self-employed health insurance agent.

Cecilia McAdams has had long-term relationships since her husband’s murder but said she never gave dating a conscious thought.

Sundius, who knew of Cecilia McAdams and her experience before they met, said he was drawn to her determination and strength.

“She came across to me as a very strong, confident, determined woman,” Sundius said. “I really admired her for that.”

He said viewing the execution was a major life event for him.

“It was one of the top 10 events in my life,” he said. “I think I believe in God more because I saw the other side of God. [The side of] no remorse, no apology.”

While the memory of the night of her husband’s murder will stay with her forever, Cecilia McAdams said she’s made a choice to actively celebrate Gary’s life every day.

She created the Gary McAdams Sandshaker 5K Run/Walk  and the Gary McAdams Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded  every year to a male and female student at the Pensacola Sports Association‘s Senior Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet in May. The 5K held in Gary McAdams’ name is a conduit for money to be raised that will go toward the scholarship.

Cecilia McAdams also speaks at the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy in Escambia County twice a year. She said she hopes she can continue to help others who are experiencing difficult moments in their lives just as she did.

“I’ve reached the end of my journey,” she said. “Some are just starting. I really thought I came away with not a lot of scars. I don’t believe that now. But I think there are scars that I can live with.”

20 -  General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Derrick Dewayne Charles - TX - 5/12/15 - Executed

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: May 13, 2015, 06:04:03 AM

Last words and such...

His last statement was, "I'm ready to go home."

For his last meal Derrick Charles ate baked chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, carrots, black eyed peas and bread with tea to drink.


Charles was the 7th condemned murderer executed by Texas this year and the 525th since executions resumed.
His was the 14th 2015 US execution and the 1408th since 1976.

The skinny...

Unlike the two previous Texas executions that had no last minute appeals, Charles rode a litany of petitions through the courts.  Among others, his claims of mental retardation and ineffectiveness of counsel fell on deaf ears...lights out.

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