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Steve Hall
Austin, TX
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Today's Enid News & Eagle publishes the editorial, "Working press should not be excluded from execution phase." Regardless of the execution method, working media provide a sense of public accountability. Journalists are constitutionally protected to cover the legal process from... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Media coalition joins lawsuit over botched Arizona execution," is by Michael Kiefer in the Arizona Republic. In the wake of a botched execution, a coalition of Arizona TV, print and radio outlets has joined a lawsuit to compel the Arizona... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Federal judge urges state to delay executions," is by Ziva Branstetter of the Tulsa World. Here's an extended excerpt from the beginning: A federal judge strongly urged state officials to delay three upcoming executions, noting the state is running out... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"High court to hear pivotal death penalty case," by Carrie Blackmore Smith in the Cincinnati Enquirer. For 26 years Gregory L. Wilson has sat on death row for kidnapping, raping and murdering Pooley, assisted by his then-girlfriend Brenda Humphrey, who... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Chico News & Review publishes the editorial, "Innocent on death row." Earlier this month two North Carolina men who had served 30 years in prison, one on death row, were exonerated when it was shown they were innocent victims... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of Christopher Moraff's report at Daily Beast. Here's the beginning: Fifteen years after its last execution, Pennsylvania is finding it difficult to fire up its death machine again. If the commonwealth gets its way, it will soon... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Irick seeks to postpone execution," is the Tennessean report by Brian Haas. Billy Ray Irick wants to put off his date with the executioner. Irick, 56, is set to die Oct. 7 by lethal injection for the 1985 rape and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Tulsa World reports, "Federal judge hears testimony in death row inmates' suit," by Ziva Branstetter. A federal judge will hear a motion Thursday by the state to halt proceedings in a lawsuit by 21 death row inmates challenging Oklahoma's... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Texas carried out its ninth execution of 2014, lst night in Huntsville. It was the state's 517th post-Furman executions since 1982. There have been 30 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,389 post-Furman executions since... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Kansas City Star publishes the OpEd, "Burton: Two recent exonerations cause new concern about the death penalty," by Darryl Burton. Since my exoneration in 2008 of a murder I didn’t commit, there have been over a dozen exonerations just... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of an editorial published in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. As a result of the many doubts about the fairness of the death penalty, a bipartisan legislative panel has been reviewing the state's capital punishment system. Its leaders have... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Oklahoma's response to the media lawsuit is available at the link. "State Says Media Is Not Entitled To See Executions," is the AP report, via KGOU-FM. Attorneys for the state of Oklahoma argue the media is not entitled to witness... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Tulsa World reports, "Lawmaker wants nitrogen gas to be used for executions," by Ziva Branstetter. It's the most detailed of the news reports. A state lawmaker said Tuesday he plans to file a bill legalizing use of nitrogen gas... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Texas is set to carry out its ninth execution of 2014, tonight in Huntsville. It would be the state's 517th post-Furman executions since 1982. There have been 29 executions in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,388... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics report, Prisoners in 2013, is available in Adobe .pdf format. The New York Times posts, "Number of Prisoners in U.S. Grew Slightly in 2013, Report Finds," by Erik Eckholm. Breaking three... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"NC conservative group wants death penalty reviewed," is the AP report, via WRAL-TV. Some North Carolina political conservatives want state lawmakers to consider whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole due to recently vacated murder... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
WyoFile posts a column by Kerry Drake, "Death penalty opponents are making gains in Wyoming." Here are several excerpts: The idea someone whose punishment is sitting in a prison cell for the rest of his life may have it worse... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Oklahoma legislators to explore gas as execution option," is the AP report, via the Tulsa World. It's also available from the Enid News. Oklahoma legislators are planning to study the option of executing condemned inmates using nitrogen gas. A formal... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Alabama Changes Execution Drug Combination" is the AP report, via WKRG-TV. Alabama has adopted a new three-drug combination to use in lethal injections, and is seeking to resume executions that had halted because of a drug shortage. The Alabama attorney... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"High Court Must Avoid a 'Miserable Spectacle'," is the OpEd by Ron Honberg for the National Law Journal. He's with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Scott Panetti has been diagnosed with severe mental illness for more than 30 years.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Mississippi Death Row Case Faults Bite-Mark Forensics," is the New York Times report by Erik Eckholm. It appears in the Tuesday edition. ...[M]ounting evidence has shown that matching body wounds to a suspect’s dentition is prone to bias and unreliable.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of a profile of Kent Scheidegger at National Journal, written by Nora Caplan-Bricker. It's subtitled, "Meet capital punishment's chief defender." On almost all other hot-button issues in U.S. politics—abortion, gay marriage, immigration, tax policy, affirmative action, foreign... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Panel endorses firing squad for capital cases," is the AP report, via the Star-Herald. The Wyoming Department of Corrections should be able to employ a firing squad to execute condemned inmates if the state can't find the drugs to carry... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench," is by Jeremy W, Peters for the New York Times. There is an infographic at the link. Here's the beginning: Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Disclose drug source," is the editorial published by the Scranton Times-Tribune. Executions in Pennsylvania are carried out in the name of the commonwealth, the people of Pennsylvania. The state government has a duty to the people to disclose details about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project