On Tuesday, an Oklahoma inmate named Clayton Lockett was slowly tortured to death after a botched execution left him conscious and convulsing while strapped to a gurney. He eventually died of a heart attack 43 minutes into this ordeal.
Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Christian (R), however, apparently sees no problem with Lockett’s slow and painful death. According to a local news report, Christian said that he doesn’t care if inmates are killed by lethal injection, electrocution, a firing squad, a hanging, the guillotine or “being fed to the lions.”
Christian is also not alone in his willingness to revive discarded methods of execution in order to ensure that state-sponsored killings move forward. States that still execute inmates have had trouble obtaining the drugs they previously used for this purpose due to pharmaceutical companies refusing to sell these drugs to be used in executions and foreign governments restricting their sale. As a result, many states turned to drugs of uncertain quality. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster (D) threatened to use a gas chamber to execute inmates. Wyoming considered resorting to firing squads. And the Virginia House passed a bill that would bring back the electric chair.
Forget the hangman’s noose, the firing squad or lethal injection: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed his uncle and a handful of the man’s aides by feeding them to a horde of 120 starving dogs, according to a shocking account.
Jang Song Thaek, the former No. 2 official in the secretive regime, was stripped naked and tossed into a cage along with his five closest aides.
“Then 120 hounds, starved for three days, were allowed to prey on them until they were completely eaten up. This is called ‘quan jue’, or execution by dogs,” according to the Straits Times of Singapore. The daily relied on a description of the execution in a Hong Kong newspaper that serves as the official mouthpiece of China’s government.
OK, so this report comes via a Chinese government newspaper, so we should remain skeptical. Still:
“The entire process lasted for an hour, with Mr. Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader in North Korea, supervising it along with 300 senior officials,” the Straits Times said
I can only assume he did so while stroking a white cat and laughing maniacally.
The country’s 12 religious parties called the protests after the Friday prayers in nearly half a million mosques nationwide, demanding the execution of bloggers they say were behind blasphemous writings against Islam and Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
One person was killed during the clashes in western district of Jhenidah, district police chief Altaf Hossain told AFP, adding that hundreds of protesters also clashed with ruling party activists.
“The person, most probably a supporter of an Islamic party, died on the way to hospital,” he said.
Fierce clashes also occurred in the port city of Chittagong, the northern city of Bogra and dozens of other cities and towns where police fired rubber bullets at thousands of protesters, leaving scores injured, police and local media said.
In Dhaka violence broke out outside the Baitul Mukarram national mosque, where the protesters also attacked around a dozen journalists.
Police tried to thwart the protest by locking the gates of the mosque where thousands of people were performing their weekly Jumma prayers, an AFP photographer at the scene said.
Sayeed Khan, an emergency doctor at Dhaka medical college hospital, told AFP that up to 50 people had been admitted, most injured by rubber bullets.
“Several cases are very critical,” he said.
Tensions have risen in the Muslim-majority nation over the alleged anti-Islamic blog posts by Ahmed Rajib Haider, who was hacked to death last week near his home in the capital Dhaka.
Reuters) - India hanged Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the only militant to have survived the 2008 attacks on the financial capital Mumbai, the Home Ministry said on Wednesday.
In August, India’s Supreme Court upheld Kasab’s death sentence over the attack on a string of targets in Mumbai that killed 166 people. Kasab was a Pakistani national.
“Ajmal Kasab was executed at 7.30 this morning,” Home ministry spokesman K. S. Dhatwalia said.
The execution at Yerawada Prison in Pune, near Mumbai, came just hours after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected a mercy plea by Kasab, who had said he belonged to the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
It was the first time a capital sentence had been carried out in India since 2004.
Three days before Independence Day, Milton Hall died in a fusillade of police gunfire outside a strip mall.
He had been arguing with officers in a parking lot next to a shuttered Chinese restaurant when he was shot, in full view of passing motorists and while he was holding some sort of knife. Saginaw County Prosecutor Michael Thomas said later that the squad of police confronting him opened fire “because apparently, at this point in time, he was threatening to assault police.”
Thomas’ office and the Michigan State Police are investigating Hall’s death. Saginaw Police Chief Gerald Cliff said Hall was “known to be an assaultive person” with “a long history” of contacts with law enforcement, “not only with police from our department but with the county.”
Hall’s cousin, Mike Washington, acknowledged Hall had been jailed for minor offenses like vagrancy in the past, but, “He was not violent.” And Hall’s mother is growing impatient with the probe and questions why police opened fire so furiously on her son, whom she said was mentally ill.
“It appeared to be a firing squad dressed in police uniforms,” Jewel Hall told CNN from her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. “There was another way. They did not have to kill him. He had not done anything. He was not violent. He was not a murderer. He was not a criminal.”
Watch the video. Unacceptable.
The website I saw the video at is not CNN who purchased the video. I have no idea about this website, but looked at it, it seems legit and on point.
Whatever. This is happening in our country so often. If there wasn’t video, we would never hear a word about it.
(Oh, when I filed this under “crime” it’s not meant to mean Milton’s, it’s meant to be the PD)
Cult leader Michael Ryan could be Nebraska’s first death row inmate to die of lethal injection now that the state has obtained a new supply of a drug necessary to carry out the execution.
Attorney General Jon Bruning asked the Nebraska Supreme Court on Thursday to set an execution date for Ryan, convicted in the 1985 murders of two cult members at a survivalist compound near Rulo, Neb.
“The State of Nebraska is prepared to conduct a constitutional execution and requests this court to order the enforcement of Ryan’s sentence of death,” said Bruning’s high court filing.
Because Nebraska previously had obtained one of three lethal injection drugs from an unlicensed source in India, the courts earlier this year blocked an attempt to execute another death row inmate.
But on Thursday, the Nebraska Department of Corrections announced it had purchased $5,411 worth of sodium thiopental from a pharmaceutical company in Switzerland.
The powerful sedative is no longer manufactured in the United States and can be difficult to find abroad. Nebraska recently acquired two batches of the drug totaling 485 grams.
“With the receipt of this chemical, (the state) stands ready to fulfill its statutory obligation with regard to capital punishment,” Corrections Director Robert Houston said in a statement.
When Ryan was sentenced in 1986, the state’s method of execution was the electric chair. But in 2008, electrocution was ruled cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Nebraska lawmakers switched to lethal injection in a special session in 2009.
Austin, Tex — Texas, the state that executes more inmates than any other, said on Wednesday it will follow Oklahoma and switch one of its lethal injection drugs to a sedative often used to euthanize animals.
“It has been used by Oklahoma in their execution process, so there is a precedent there,” said Michelle Lyons, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “Its use was upheld by the courts, so we’re confident it would be upheld by courts for use in Texas.”
The new drug, pentobarbital, will replace sodium thiopental in the Texas execution protocol. The change was necessary because Hospira Inc. of Illinois announced in January that it would stop making the anesthetic after Italy objected to Hospira manufacturing an execution drug in that country.
Since then, Ohio has also made the switch to pentobarbital, though its lethal injection protocol differs from that of Oklahoma and Texas. Ohio uses only pentobarbital while Texas and Oklahoma use a three-drug cocktail.
The Iranian regime continues to eliminate leading figures from the 2009 social protest movement, known as the “green wave”, causing few ripples across the world. The authorities confirmed that this morning two political activists, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghaei, were hanged, the Tehran prosecutor’s office announced. They had been arrested during the demonstrations against President Ahmadinejad’s re-election. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had urged Iranian authorities to show clemency but to no avail.
The infamous antisemite, anti-gay and white supremacist Spisak wimps out when facing execution. Now he claims he’s insane.
A prisoner with Nazi sympathies who has spent 27 years on Death Row for killing three men at Cleveland State University is asking the state’s new governor for mercy. His attorneys contend that a severe mood disorder went undiagnosed for decades.
If put to death Feb. 17, Frank Spisak would set the Ohio record for the longest time on Death Row before execution.
Spisak, 59, blamed the 1982 murders on his hatred of gays, blacks and Jews and also said his crimes were sparked by mental illness related to confusion about his sexual identity.
During his 1983 trial, he grew a Hitler-style mustache, carried a copy of Hitler’s book Mein Kampf during the proceedings and gave the Nazi salute to the jury.
In this village in Pakistan’s Punjab province a tearful 12-year-old girl ponders if the Pakistani government will soon hang her mother.
“Whenever I see her picture I cry,” Isham Masih told CNN. “I want my mother back. That’s what I’m praying for.”
This month a Pakistani court sentenced Isham’s mother, 45-year-old Asia Bibi, to death, not because she killed, injured or stole, but simply because she said something.
Prosecutors say Bibi, who is a Christian, broke Pakistan’s strict blasphemy law by insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad, a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment according to Pakistan’s penal code.
The alleged incident happened in June 2009 when Bibi, a field worker, was picking fruit in a village two hours west of Lahore. Prosecutors say when Bibi dipped her cup into a bucket of drinking water during a lunch break, her co-workers complained the water had been contaminated by a non-Muslim.
The town cleric, who made the initial complaint against Bibi, called her death sentence one of the happiest moments of his life.
“Tears of joy poured from my eyes,” Qari Salim told CNN.
The clerics tears are in stark contrast to those shed by Bibi’s daughter Isham, who wants her mother to live.
Absolute, unbelievably disgusting evil.
Yep. The law is the law, and the law says the bitch has it coming. What a spineless, craven POS.