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My understanding was that the governor had said she would sign it only if she were confident it would not prevent the execution of cop-killer Michael Addison. Given the immediate attack on existing sentences in Connecticut, despite a very clear prospective-only clause in the bill, nobody can honestly guarantee that.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's Senate has voted to leave intact the state's centuries-old death penalty.
Lawmakers voted 12-12 Thursday on a death penalty repeal measure. The tie means capital punishment will stay on the books.
Last month, the House voted in favor of repeal, and Gov. Maggie Hassan (HASS'-ehn) had said she would sign the measure into law.
Hopefully the voters of New Hampshire, and other states, will elect more persons of sense in the coming election, the repeal threats will recede, and we can get back to the business of reforming the review process to make the penalty effective.
In Delaware, a bill to repeal the death penalty came up a vote short to get out of committee. Representative John Atkins has this letter in the Cape Gazette.
In New Hampshire, a repeal bill squeaked out of committee on a 3-2 vote and heads to the floor of the Senate. Supporters of the bill claim that it will apply prospectively only and not effect the death sentence of cop-killer Michael Addison, the state's lone death-sentenced inmate. If the bill does pass, I would bet every penny I have that the death penalty opponents will then join Addison's efforts to claim that the bill does require his sentence to be set aside. We already saw this in Connecticut.
Some years ago, the North Carolina legislature passed a stealth repeal by playing the race card and enacting legislation that enabled death row inmates to have their sentences overturned by producing statistics on race and the death penalty that don't actually prove anything. The Death Penalty Quota Act (misnamed the Racial Justice Act) was repealed when persons of sense regained control of the legislature, but cases decided in a lower court before repeal were argued yesterday in the North Carolina Supreme Court. Martha Waggoner has this story for AP.
A serial killer was put to death Thursday in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his lawyers' demand that the state release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug.
Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, was the first inmate to be injected with a dose of newly replenished pentobarbital that Texas prison officials obtained to replace an expired supply of the powerful sedative.
Sells declined to give a statement. As the drug began flowing into his arms inside the death chamber in Huntsville, Sells took a few breaths, his eyes closed and he began to snore. After less than a minute, he stopped moving. He was pronounced dead 13 minutes later, at 6:27 p.m. CDT.
For all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the undisclosed sources, we see once again that the single-drug method with pentobarbital is the way to go for lethal injection. Another murderer snores his way to eternity and removal to a higher court.
To the extent that anyone is faced with a potentially painful execution by the substitution of other drugs, the blame for that falls squarely on the shoulders of those obstructing the supply. For a manufacturer to restrict resale of its product should be illegal. It is a restraint of trade. Eliminating the barriers to supply is the solution.
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore believes that whoever was responsible at General Motors for failing to recall a faulty ignition switch deserves death.
"I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested and made to pay for their pre-meditated decision to take human lives for a lousy ten bucks," he wrote.
I cannot agree that the death penalty is warranted in this case on the facts thus far known. But if even Michael Moore can understand that there are some cases so grotesque and hideous that only the death penalty can suffice, there may yet be hope for abolitionists.
All law enforcement groups in the State of Delaware have joined together to oppose Senate Bill 19, an initiative to strike from the Delaware Statutes what is commonly referred to as the "Death Penalty."
Never before in the history of the state has the law enforcement community come together to present one united voice. Representing over 5,000 individual members, this coalition includes the State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Delaware State Troopers Association, the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware and the Delaware Police Chiefs' Council.On March 26, 2013, this initiative passed the Senate by a bare majority and now awaits action in the State House of Representatives. We view this action, and potential for action, as a direct threat to the welfare and safety of those that we represent and to the community at large that we have sworn to serve and protect.
Return to the electric chair is a thoroughly bad idea. That method was held unconstitutional by the Georgia Supreme Court, hardly a bastion of liberal judicial activism, in 2001 and by the Nebraska Supreme Court in 2008. The last thing we need to do is reopen that can of worms.
The gas chamber is a different matter. The constitutional attacks that were made on the gas chamber were not based on the method as such but on the particular gas, hydrogen cyanide. Those attacks had some validity. Cyanide is a bad way to go. There are, however, other gases available that are both painless and easy to acquire.
An Illinois playground was [booby]-trapped with straight-edged razors glued to equipment frequented by children, WQAD.com reported.
The sharp razors were discovered by parents at Millennium Park in East Moline, near the state's western border with Iowa. The parents say their 2-year-old son was cut by one of the blades on the monkey bars.
Here's betting dollars to doughnut holes that if and when the guy who did this gets caught, his defense lawyer will pony up for a rent-a-shrink whose opening paragraph will contain the word "bi-polar." Any takers?