At a glance, you would never suspect Jerry Givens was once a state-sanctioned killer. He is a deeply religious family man, who loves to laugh and sings in his church's choir. But for 17 years he was the US state of Virginia's chief executioner, putting 37 men to death in the electric chair and killing 25 Leggi Tutto
After already having spent years on death row, the American with Spanish nationality has been given life imprisonment for a 1994 triple murder, and plans to appeal this latest rulingSpanish citizen Pablo Ibar has been spared the death penalty and sentenced to life in prison by a US court in
A serial killer who terrorized Florida with a 1984 spree that claimed the lives of 10 women was put to death Thursday, his execution witnessed by the woman who survived one of his attacks and aided in his capture.Inmate Bobby Joe Long was pronounced dead at 6:55 Thursday after a lethal injection
After passing the House, HB 1139, meant to reform how Texas decides whether a defendant is too intellectually disabled to execute, was significantly softened in Senate committee.A House bill meant to reform Texas’ death penalty procedures for intellectually disabled defendants was amended in the
SHANGHAI, May 23 (Xinhua) -- A man who stabbed and killed two school children outside a primary school in Shanghai last year was sentenced to death on Thursday, according to the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court.The court handed down the death penalty to Huang Yichuan for intentional
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a case in which the Texas courts decided a death-row prisoner’s appeal by adopting the prosecution’s fact findings and legal arguments word-for-word without providing the defendant’s lawyer any opportunity to respond. In a May 20, 2019 ruling, the
Amnesty International Malaysia urged Putrajaya to intervene in a Malaysian’s scheduled execution for drug possession in Singapore this Friday.The human rights group pointed out that during Pannir Selvam Pranthaman’s trial, he had maintained his innocence by denying knowledge that he was carrying
TALLAHASSEE — Serial killer Bobby Joe Long is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday at Florida State Prison in the 1984 murder of Michelle Simms in Hillsborough County.Long would be the first Death Row inmate executed since Gov. Ron DeSantis took office in January. But Florida has a long
Us Too. report, IBA, legal profession, bullying, sexual harassment, campaign,Workplaces are not doing enough to prevent or adequately respond to misconduct.Following the largest-ever global survey of legal professionals, a new International Bar Association (IBA) report has identified startling rates of bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession and has made
Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh said Wednesday the agency is “getting closer every day” to acquiring a device needed to resume the death penalty, though there’s still no firm date for executions to begin again.Since announcing last year it will replace lethal injection
Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, and it is Saturday, May 18, 2019. I trust that all my fellow Americans of Norwegian descent had a wonderful Syttende Mai (pronounced something like “SOOT-in my”). Let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion.Michael Brandon Samra might have briefly hoped his life
A British gran who faces being shot for drug smuggling now just wants to die, according to a notorious killer she befriended in jail.Lindsay Sandiford, 62, has spent six long years on death row after being caught with a £1.6million haul of cocaine in Indonesia.She has busied herself by knitting
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has returned an honorary degree awarded by Britain’s Oxford University after a global backlash led by celebrities including George Clooney and Elton John for proposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery.Nearly 120,000 people had signed a petition by April
The chamber overrode Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of a repeal with the bare minimum votes necessary to send the issue back to the SenateThe New Hampshire House has taken a big step toward eliminating the state's death penalty by overriding the governor's veto.The chamber on Thursday overrode Gov
Allies of strongman president score victories in elections, leaving the Senate at his mercyRodrigo Duterte has won a sweeping victory in mid-term elections in the Philippines, further consolidating his power and popularity and paving the way for the introduction of controversial reforms.The
A bid to shield potential suppliers of execution drugs to Louisiana prisons behind a wall of secrecy easily cleared the Louisiana House despite objections from some death penalty opponents.Drug manufacturers, pharmacists, suppliers and other involved in providing the state lethal drugs for
The Supreme Court shined an unusual light Monday on its internal squabbling over the death penalty, with the justices making public more than 30 pages of arguments on issues they decided weeks ago.The high court almost never revisits opinions after the fact, though Monday was the second time this
OSAKA -- The death sentence has been finalized for a 49-year-old man convicted of the 2015 murder of two junior high school students in western Japan after he withdrew his appeal, a court said Tuesday.Koji Yamada retracted the appeal on May 18, according to the Osaka High Court.During the first
 Ignorance is bliss—especially when it comes to lethal injections. Since 2004, lethal injection has been the primary method of execution for death row inmates. At the time they claimed it was more humane than the electric chair, but they did not realize how horrific it actually is. Lethal
The Office of Legal Counsel offered more cause for concern last week that politics is playing an undue role at the Justice Department. The office, which is charged with providing the executive branch neutral legal advice, issued an opinion that the Food and Drug Administration has no authority to
Mataram (Indonesia) (AFP) -- An Indonesian court sentenced Frenchman Felix Dorfin to death for drug smuggling on Monday, in a shock verdict after prosecutors asked for a 20-year jail term.Dorfin, 35, was arrested in September carrying a suitcase filled with about three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of
JIHADI John's ISIS 'Beatles' pals should be hanged in Iraq or Syria instead of being allowed back into Britain, a former CIA agent has said.Ex-spy chief Douglas Wise said Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh - captured by Kurdish forces in 2018 - should be executed not extradited.The British
Texans will have an opportunity to revisit a question that should haunt anyone who believes in the integrity of our criminal justice system: Did our state execute an innocent man? The new film “Trial by Fire” tells the true story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was sentenced to death for setting
It is “not tenable” for Singapore to go easy on Malaysian drug offenders who are caught on the Singapore side of the causeway, the island's Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, said today.Speaking at the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) Workplan seminar, he noted the case of Pannir Selvam
public health issue, public toilets, recommendations, report, Royal Society for Public HealthThe inadequate provision of public loos is a threat to health, mobility and equality.In recent decades increasing pressure on local authority budgets has led to the privatisation or closure of many public toilets.In a YouGov UK survey in 2017, 59 per cent of women reported that they regularly
SINGAPORE — The Court of Appeal on Thursday (May 23) granted an eleventh-hour appeal by Pannir Selvam Pranthaman for a stay of his execution. He was supposed to be hanged in Changi Prison on Friday morning.The 31-year-old Malaysian was convicted in 2017 of trafficking 51.84g of diamorphine, also
The Catholic bishops of Florida are calling on the state’s governor to spare the life of Bobby Joe Long, a convicted serial killer who is scheduled to be executed on Thursday.“Although [Long] caused much harm, society has been safe from his aggressive acts in the decades of his incarceration
A proposal to pare down Oregon’s death penalty law is moving forward, after being approved by the state Senate on Tuesday.With little fanfare — and zero debate — what some regard as the most meaningful effort to curtail the death penalty in recent memory passed in an 18-9 vote that largely stuck
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Death penalty opponents are calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to stop the execution of serial killer on death row.Bobby Joe Long is scheduled to be executed Thursday at Florida State Prison for the 1984 murder of Michelle Simms in Hillsborough County.In 1985, Long pleaded
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A judge on Tuesday imposed the death penalty on a 32-year-old man convicted of the execution-style murders of a couple during a break-in attempt at their family-owned car lot.Joseph McAlpin will pay the law’s ultimate penalty in the 2017 shooting deaths of Michael Kuznik and
Wales, street harassment, petition, Plan International UK, First Minister, Mark Drakeford, young women and girls, groped, We need to send a clear message that this type of behaviour is not OK.A new survey by global children’s charity Plan International UK has found that more than half – 52 per cent – of girls and young women in Wales have experienced unwanted sexual attention, unwanted sexual or physical contact
A British gran who faces being shot for drug smuggling now just wants to die, according to a notorious killer she befriended in jail.Lindsay Sandiford, 62, has spent six long years on death row after being caught with a £1.6million haul of cocaine in Indonesia.She has busied herself by knitting
New Hampshire has debated repeal of the death penalty since Gov. Badger called for its abolition in 1834. This year, if House and Senate vote tallies hold during upcoming override votes, repeal will become a reality.In 2019, bipartisan coalitions in the House and Senate passed a death penalty
Thursday's execution of Donnie Johnson raises more questions about how the state carries out lethal injections, according to Nashville attorney David Raybin, who helped craft Tennessee's death penalty law.Johnson was executed for killing his wife, Connie, in 1984. With Johnson's execution