Court Says A Potentially Innocent Man May Be Executed Because ‘Law Favors… Finality Of Judgment’

Finality of judgment. Sounds like something out of a dystopian novel, not America as we know it. THINK PROGRESS Barring extraordinary events, Richard Glossip will be executed on Wednesday, despite deep uncertainty about whether he is actually guilty of the crime that led to his murder conviction. Glossip was convinced largely on the testimony of… More Court Says A Potentially Innocent Man May Be Executed Because ‘Law Favors… Finality Of Judgment’

Scalia’s perfect capital-punishment case falls apart

THE MADDOW BLOG A little over two decades ago, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was dismissive of then-Justice Harry Blackmun’s concerns about the death penalty. In fact, Scalia had a case study in mind that demonstrated exactly why the system of capital punishment has value. As regular readers may recall, Scalia specifically pointed to a… More Scalia’s perfect capital-punishment case falls apart

Executing the Insane Is Against the Law of the Land. So Why Do We Keep Doing It?

Mother Jones Such “mindless vengeance,” the Supreme Court points out, “simply offends humanity.” SIX YEARS BEFORE he shaved his head, donned camo fatigues, and fatally shot his in-laws in front of his estranged wife and daughter, Scott Panetti piled up furniture and valuables in his yard in Fredericksburg, Texas, and sprayed it all down with… More Executing the Insane Is Against the Law of the Land. So Why Do We Keep Doing It?

Scalia Once Pushed Death Penalty For Now-Exonerated Inmate Henry Lee McCollum

Supreme Court Justices like Scalia, Roberts and Thomas can literally do whatever they want politically and judicially with impunity… The Huffington Post A North Carolina death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence on Tuesday was once held up by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as an example of someone who deserved to die. When the court… More Scalia Once Pushed Death Penalty For Now-Exonerated Inmate Henry Lee McCollum

Rick Perry On Clayton Lockett Execution: ‘I Don’t Know Whether It Was Inhumane Or Not’

I’m confused by Gov. Perry’s well publicized  “pro-life“ philosophy:  In the case of terminating a pregnancy, to him the loss of life is abominable.   Yet, the whole capital punishment debate is cut off before it begins.    Not to mention the cost to human lives in his state for refusing to accept (at no charge to… More Rick Perry On Clayton Lockett Execution: ‘I Don’t Know Whether It Was Inhumane Or Not’

In Colorado, Blacks Make Up 4 Percent Of The Population And 100 Percent Of Death Row

The reality is this:  The stats in the title of this article are not surprising to the African American community because: –  54% of African Americans graduate from high school, compared to more than three quarters of white and Asian students. –  Nationally, African American male students in grades K-12 were nearly 2½ times as… More In Colorado, Blacks Make Up 4 Percent Of The Population And 100 Percent Of Death Row

10 things you need to know today: May 10, 2013

The Week Prosecutors consider seeking the death penalty for Cleveland abduction suspect, hackers loot $45 million from ATMs, and more 1. HACKERS LOOT $45 MILLION FROM ATMS A global gang of cyber thieves stole $45 million from thousands of ATMs in a matter of hours, authorities in New York said Thursday. The thieves allegedly withdrew… More 10 things you need to know today: May 10, 2013

James Holmes offers guilty plea to avoid death penalty

USA Today Attorneys for Denver-area theater shooting suspect James Holmes have offered to have him plead guilty and be jailed for life to avoid the death penalty, KUSA-TV is reporting. The prosecution has not yet responded to the offer, which came in a court filing Wednesday. “Mr. Holmes is currently willing to resolve the case… More James Holmes offers guilty plea to avoid death penalty

All In Favor Of Public Hangings, Say “Aye”

As usual Mario Piperni sees things more clearly and logically than the Republicans he draws in his illustrations.   He writes about their weird and sometimes crazy antics and depicts it perfectly with his drawings. There’s no secret that I am a die-hard Piperni fan.  Here’s yet another example… Mario Piperni From the compassionate conservative… More All In Favor Of Public Hangings, Say “Aye”

Newt Gingrich Proposed the Death Penalty for Pot — Even Though He Admitted to Smoking It

This is just one example of Newt Gingrich’s outrageous proposals.  This particular one is  from 1997… AlterNet Newt Gingrich proposed the death penalty for marijuana in 1997, and yet he is one of the 100 million Americans who have smoked marijuana. Over the weekend, struggling Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson reminded MSNBC viewers that GOP… More Newt Gingrich Proposed the Death Penalty for Pot — Even Though He Admitted to Smoking It