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US pharmacists group adopts policy discouraging members from providing death penalty drugs

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:20pm

A leading association for U.S. pharmacists on Monday adopted a policy that discourages its members from providing drugs for use in lethal injections - a move that could make carrying out executions even harder for death penalty states. The declaration approved by American Pharmacists Association delegates at a meeting in San Diego says the practice of providing lethal-injection drugs is contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers.

Report: 3 Get Death Penalty In Ohio In 2014; 323 Since 1981

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 9:15pm

Three people were sentenced to death in Ohio last year, far below years previous when as many as 17 were sentenced to death in a single year - in both 1995 and 1996, an annual report on capital punishment shows.

Pharmacists' group discourages providing execution drugs

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:15pm

The American Pharmacists Association's new policy could make it tough for death penalty states, like Texas, that have been looking at made-to-order execution drugs from compounding pharmacies as the answer to an execution drug shortage. The group lacks the legal authority to bar compounding pharmacies from selling the drugs.

Woman found guilty in stabbing deaths of her grandparents in their Rosemead home

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 4:04pm

An 18-year-old woman was convicted of first-degree murder today for the 2010 stabbing deaths of her grandparents at the couple's Rosemead home. Sophia Janalisa Cristo was 14 at the time of the killings of Jack Bezner, 71, and his 64-year-old wife, Susan, who were found dead in their bed Aug. 9, 2010, with dozens of stab wounds.

7 to die for killing AL man

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:35am

A Dhaka court today sentenced seven people to death and another to life term imprisonment for killing an Awami League man in 2006. Judge ABM Nizamul Haque of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-4 awarded death penalty to Md Shahadat, Md Mintu, Masudur Rahman Tota, Noman Ibne Bashar, Liton Hossain Lotus, Mahinur Rahman Sohel and Md Hasan Sarwar.

March 29, 1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Are Convicted of Espionage

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:19am

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg shortly after they were convicted of espionage. The Rosenbergs were executed in 1953.

Supreme Court to weigh in on unanimous juries for Florida's death penalty

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 11:03pm

The U.S. Supreme Court might do to Florida's death penalty what the state Legislature has failed to do for years: require jurors to vote unanimously that someone deserves to be executed. That would make it much tougher to send a murderer to death row and an eventual date with a lethal needle - even in Volusia and Flagler's most heinous crimes.

Attorneys: TDOC does not have lethal injection drugs

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:49pm

The Tennessee Department of Corrections will not say if it has the chemicals needed to execute inmates via lethal injection. Attorneys: TDOC does not have lethal injection drugs The Tennessee Department of Corrections will not say if it has the chemicals needed to execute inmates via lethal injection.

Trooper wounded in barracks ambush hopes to return to force

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:29pm

A Pennsylvania trooper wounded in a deadly ambush outside his barracks last fall says he hopes to eventually return to the state police force. Trooper Alex Douglass, wounded in the Sept.

Second appeal set for Pinay on Indonesia death row

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 10:24am

Vice President Jejomar Binay assured the parents of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina on death row in Indonesia, that there are still legal remedies and options left to save her. In a statement, Binay said he was told by Assistant Foreign Affairs Secretary Minda Calaguian-Cruz that a second petition for judicial review will be filed in behalf of Veloso.

The sad story of three Nigerians on death row in Indonesia - Ambassador Purwanto

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 6:05am

I n this interview, the Indonesia Ambassador to Nigeria, Harry Purwanto, shares the story of Indonesia legislation that recognises capital punishment for serious crimes. In your CV, I saw that you were once a Deputy Chief of National Counter Terrorism Agency.

Driver guilty in slaying of National City man

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:00am

Pictured is Jordan Hickey's mother Jeannine during a fundraiser to offer a reward leading to the arrest of her son's killers shortly after the homicide. After deliberating 11 and a half hours over three days, a jury Wednesday convicted the getaway driver in a drive-by shooting of first-degree murder in the slaying of Jordan Hickey as he pushed a bicycle up a hill in National City in 2011.

Grandmother's punishment for girl's running death tests death penalty in Alabama

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 9:51pm

An Etowah County , Ala. , jury on Friday found that Joyce Hardin Garrard murdered her granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, by literally running the 9-year-old to death in the backyard in 2012.

Afghan court sentences AP journalista s killer to 20 years

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:36pm

Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding AP correspondent Kathy Gannon almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison, according to documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday. The final sentence for former Afghan police unit commander Naqibullah was reduced from the death penalty recommended by a primary court last year.

Afghan court sentences AP journalist's killer to 20...

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:36pm

In this photo taken in October 2012, Associated Press reporter Kathy Gannon, second from left, and photographer Anja Niedringhaus pose for a photo with Afghan police recruits at the main police training academy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that the police officer convicted of murdering Niedringhaus and wounding Gannon almost one year ago, should serve 20 years in prison, according to documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Federal appeals court rejects Duncan's death sentence appeal

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 1:31pm

A federal appellate court has dismissed the appeal of a man who was sentenced to death for kidnapping, torturing and killing a young northern Idaho boy after killing several of members of his family. Joseph Edward Duncan III faces the death penalty for the 2005 murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene.

Utah death penalty trial: Testimony details fruitless efforts to find victim's body

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 9:27am

The Salt Lake Tribune) A new murder trial begins for Douglas Anderson Lovell, 57, charged with aggravated murder for allegedly kidnapping and killing 39-year-old Joyce Yost in 1985 to keep her from testifying against him in a rape case. Lovell who appeared in 2nd District Court, in Ogden on Monday, March, 16, 2015, is seen facing into the courtroom gallery where the jury was being selected for his trial.

A history of the death penalty in America

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 5:07am

In preparation for the upcoming Supreme Court case, Glossip v. Gross, which will decide the legality of certain forms of execution by injection, The National Catholic Register has declared that "capital punishment must end."

Cartoon: Death penalty dissonance

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 12:52am

Since lethal injection drugs are becoming scarce and no longer efficient at the whole "lethal" thing, Utah's getting ready to bring back the firing squad , while other states are dusting off their electric chairs and gas chambers. Somehow these are all more preferable than calling off capital punishment altogether, which often results in the executions of many, many innocent people .

Why We Should Finally End The Death Penalty - For Good

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:41pm

The state of Utah just approved killing prisoners via firing squad - a development that's at once deeply horrifying and, in a strange way, encouraging. It's horrifying, because rather than recognizing the barbarism of the death penalty, Utah is moving toward even greater barbarity in the service of executions.