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Steve Hall
Austin, TX
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The Debate Club at U.S. News looks at capital punishment this week. "Government Should Not Gamble With Torture," is by Cassandra Stubbs of the ACLU Capital Punishment Project. "Botched Executions Are Just Part of a Broken System," is by Amherst... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of Nick Gillespie's post at Reason's Hit and Run blog. It's subtitled, "The Libertarian Case Against Capital Punishment." Another week, another botched killing under the legal euphemism of capital punishment. After macabre screw-ups in Oklahoma and Ohio,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Decatur Daily reports, "Official: Executions in Alabama on hold," by Mary Sell. It will be at least next spring before the state can resume executing death row inmates. That is the earliest lawmakers will be able to pass new... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
"Judge Alex Kozinski on bringing back firing squads: No, I wasn't kidding," is by Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison. Here's the first question of this must-read: Were you being hyperbolic about firing squads to get our attention? No, I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
The Federal District Court ruling in USA v. Fell is available, via Scribd. The Barre Montpelier Times Argus publishes the editorial, "A bedrock principle." The decision by U.S. District Judge William Sessions to overturn the 2005 conviction of Donald Fell... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier," is the NPR report by Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza. When Courtney Lockhart was tried for murder in Alabama, the jury unanimously recommended a life sentence, but the judge overrode that recommendation and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Wichita Eagle publishes the editorial, "Court has serious job." The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision overturning the death sentences for Reginald and Jonathan Carr was a tough reminder that the justices’ job is not to be popular but to hold... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"IV Placed Correctly in Execution, Official Says," is the AP report. It's available as a news brief in today's New York Times, or in long form, via the Tri Valley News. Intravenous lines were placed correctly during the execution of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Flawed Arizona execution must force another look at Ohio's death cocktail," is the editorial in today's Cleveland Plain Dealer. Wood was put to death with a combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a narcotic painkiller, the same drugs Ohio... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Wall Street Journal reports, "Secrecy Over Executions Faces Challenges," by Ashby Jones. The move toward secrecy comes as states struggle to carry out capital punishment in a way that comports both with the Constitution's ban on "cruel and unusual... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The New York Times Taking Note blog posts, "Why the Death Penalty Is Doomed," by Jesse Wegman. Alex Kozinski, a federal judge on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, has gone on the record saying he is “generally... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Why The US Should End the Death Penalty," is the Washington Post editorial. The death penalty in the United States is in crisis for many reasons. Most states now use injected drugs to kill death-row inmates, and those drugs are... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The transcript of the Wood v. Ryan telephone hearing for a Motion for Emergency Stay of Execution is available in Adobe .pdf format. The Arizona Capitol Times reports, "Killer was given two doses of lethal injection drugs in ‘botched’ execution,"... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
As I shift to additional Arizona coverage, I want to link to today's New York Times report, "A Prolonged Execution in Arizona Leads to a Temporary Halt," for a current overview. It's by Fernanda Santos and John Schwartz. The Arizona... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Kansas Supreme Court ruling in Kansas v. Reginald Carr is available in Adobe .pdf format, as is the ruling in Kansas v. Jonathan Carr. "Jonathan and Reginald Carr death sentences overturned," is by Amy Renee Leiker of the Wichita... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Arizona Republic features takes by several columnists. First, "The real reason to abolish the death penalty," by Robert Robb. The botched execution of Joseph Wood will breathe some life, at least temporarily, into the discussion of the death penalty... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
There continues to be extensive media coverage of Arizona's botched execution. This post will contain editorials. Columns and other commentary in the next post, followed by news articles with several different areas of focus. Today's Arizona Republic publishes the editorial,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Arizona Takes Nearly 2 Hours to Execute Inmate," is the New York Times report by Erik Eckholm. In another unexpectedly prolonged execution using disputed lethal injection drugs, a condemned Arizona prisoner on Wednesday repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project
Dale Baich, an attorney representing Joseph Wood, issued the following statement last night: "The Governor of Arizona and the Attorney General have tonight already pronounced that Mr. Wood did not suffer during his two hour execution, during which time the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project
"The disturbing lessons of Arizona's un-American execution," is Andrew Cohen's post at the Week. By the time dusk came to the desert, the Arizona attorney general had issued a triumphant press release so negligently drafted that at first it included... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project
Here are brief excerpts from each of the media accounts. The Arizona Republic prints,"Reporter describes gruesome scene of Arizona execution," by Michael Kiefer. Wood's attorneys filed motions in state and federal courts expressing concerns over the drugs and the Arizona... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project
There is extensive news and commentary regarding yesterday's botched execution in Arizona. I'll be breaking it out over the next few posts. First, items from today's Arizona Republic. "A moratorium on the death penalty is needed," is by the Republic's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project
The following is a statement from Dale Baich, one of Joseph Wood’s attorneys, regarding today’s execution: "The experiment using midazolam combined with hydromorphone to carry out an execution failed today in Arizona. It took Joseph Wood two hours to die,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project
"ARIZONA INMATE DIES 2 HOURS AFTER EXECUTION BEGAN," is the Associated Press from Arizona. A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project
"Arizona Execution Stay Lifted," is the breaking newss from CNN, via KSPR-TV. The Arizona Supreme Court has lifted the stay it had imposed on the execution of convicted murderer Joseph Wood. Wood had asked the court to review his claims... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project