505. Hinrichtung in Texas seit 1976 „Auf geht’s, Wärter!” BILD.de Gefängnis dokumentiert: Was sagen Straftäter im Angesicht des Todes?

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505. Hinrichtung in Texas seit 1976„Auf geht’s, Wärter.
Ich bin bereit“

Gefängnis dokumentiert: Was sagen Straftäter im Angesicht des Todes?

Todesstrafe in Texas: Das sagen Verurteilte vor ihrer Hinrichtung

Der Mörder Arturo Diaz wählte sechs Wörter, um sich von der Welt zu verabschieden. „Auf geht’s, Wärter. Ich bin bereit“, sagte er. Dann wurde er mit einer Giftspritze hingerichtet. Es war die 505. Hinrichtung in Texas seit 1976 – in keinem anderen US-Staat werden mehr Todesurteile vollstreckt.

Die texanische Gefängnisverwaltung hat die letzten Worte der Hingerichteten gesammelt. Es sind Botschaften verurteilter Verbrecher – an die Familien der Opfer, die eigenen Angehörigen und die Welt. Viele von ihnen nutzten diese letzten Worte, um ein letztes Mal ihre Unschuld zu beteuern. Andere, um der Familie Mut zuzusprechen oder dem Sportverein Erfolg zu wünschen.

So feuerte Jesse Hernandez – der seinen eigenen Sohn (11 Monate) mit einer Taschenlampe erschlagen hatte – von der Todesliege ein letztes Mal sein liebstes Football-Team an: „Go Cowboys!“ Charlie Brooks jr., der 1982 als erster Texaner nach Wiedereinführung der Todesstrafe hingerichtet wurde, wandte sich an Allah. „Mom, ich liebe Dich“, sagte Michael Perry unter Tränen. Und Alvin Goodwin sagte einfach nur „Auf Wiedersehen“ – auf Irisch.

BILD zeigt in einer großen Grafik alle 505 Todeskandidaten und ihre letzten Worte. http://www.bild.de/bild-plus/news/ausland/todesstrafe/in-texas-die-letzten-worte-der-hingerichteten-32583538,view=conversionToLogin.bild.html

The Horror Every Day: Why Police Brutality Goes Unpunished

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English: A 1952 Ford Customline patrol car that was in use by the Houston Police Department (HPD). It is now on display at the Houston Police Museum in Downtown Houston. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Horror Every Day: Why Police Brutality Goes Unpunished

An investigation into the Houston police department reveals why officers rarely face the consequences of beatings or shootings.

December 13, 2013 |

The following story first appeared in the Texas Observer.Check out their website for more great stories.

Sebastian Prevot watched helplessly as three police officers advanced on his wife. Prevot was handcuffed and bleeding in the back of a cop car. Half of his left ear dangled where it had been torn from his head. The Houston Police Department doesn’t deny that its officers gave Prevot these injuries during a late-night arrest in January 2012. The only dispute is whether he earned them.

This Report has more than 10 pages, please read them here:  http://www.alternet.org/horror-every-day-why-police-brutality-goes-unpunished?ak_proof=1&akid=.224675.FhtIlQ&rd=1&src=newsletter936586&t=3

Analysis: Wrongful convictions sharpen focus on death penalty


Analysis: Wrongful convictions sharpen focus on death penalty

        Maggie Clark, Pews/Stateline Staff Writer     10:14 a.m. EST November 13, 2013

For people wrongly convicted and sent to prison for crimes they did not commit, the opportunities for justice are few and far between.

“There have been no consequences for the prosecutor in my case,” said Anthony Graves, a Texas man who was exonerated three years ago after serving more than a decade on death row for a murder he did not commit.

“He’s never been in front of any board and is free to do whatever he wants, even though the court cited egregious misconduct in his handling of my case,” said Graves, who now advocates for criminal justice reform. Graves spoke Tuesday on a panel of experts at an American Bar Association conference in Atlanta. Earlier in the meeting, former President Jimmy Carter called on the lawyers’ association to campaign to end the death penalty.

Since 1989, 1,241 people have been wrongfully convicted and later cleared of all charges based on evidence that they were innocent, according to the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the law schools at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.

In another case of misconduct mentioned by the panel, the prosecutor was disciplined. Texas prosecutor Ken Anderson deliberately withheld evidence proving that a Texas man, Michael Morton, did not murder his wife. He will serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court for withholding evidence and serve 500 hours of community service. He will also give up his law license. Morton served almost 25 years for the murder he did not commit. …

Please, read article here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/13/stateline-death-penalty/3515071/

Texas prosecutor to serve 10 days for innocent man´s 25-year imprisonment


Texas prosecutor to serve 10 days for innocent man‘s 25-year imprisonment

Ken Anderson, former prosecutor and state judge, won the 1987 conviction of Michael Morton for murder despite evidence
   Associated Press in Georgetown
Anderson accepted the plea deal in the same Williamson County courthouse where he later spent 11 years as a state judge. He resigned in September. Photo: AP

A former Texas prosecutor who won a conviction that sent an innocent man to prison for nearly 25 years agreed Friday to serve 10 days in jail and complete 500 hours of community service.

Ken Anderson also agreed to be disbarred and was fined $500 as part of a sweeping deal that was expected to end all criminal and civil cases against the embattled ex-district attorney, who presided over a tough-on-crime Texas county for 30 years.

Anderson faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted of tampering with evidence in the 1987 murder trial of Michael Morton, who wrongly spent nearly 25 years in prison…..

Read more, please: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/08/texas-prosecutor-ken-anderson-michael-morton-trial

Execution drugs mixed by US pharmacies draw death row challenges

Execution drugs mixed by US pharmacies draw death row challenges

Oct. 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM ET

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several U.S. states are turning to lightly  regulated pharmacies for lethal injection drugs, prompting a host of court  battles and at least one stay of execution because of concern tainted or impure  drugs could inflict cruel and unusual punishment on inmates.

The  scramble for alternative supplies comes as major pharmaceutical companies,  especially based in Europe, have clamped down on sales of drugs for executions  in recent years in order to avoid association with the punishment.

Missouri on Friday abandoned a plan to use the anesthetic propofol to  put an inmate to death after the German maker of the drug, Fresenius Kabi,  discovered that some had been sold to the state for executions, and suspended  shipments to a U.S. distributor in retaliation.

Cut off from traditional  sources of drugs, at least five states where the death penalty is legal — South  Dakota, Texas, Ohio, Georgia and Colorado — are looking to “compounding”  pharmacies, which typically mix drugs for prescriptions and are mostly exempt  from federal oversight and face widely varying scrutiny from states.

Tainted drugs from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy caused an  outbreak last year of a rare type of meningitis that killed more than 50 people  and sickened more than 700 in 20 states, according to the U.S. Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention. The resulting outcry has sparked a drive in  Congress for a larger role by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has  warned of “special risks” from compounding pharmacies.

No judge appears  to have ruled that an execution was botched from compounded drugs. But death  penalty opponents have filed a flurry of lawsuits seeking to halt executions  using them.

They say the use of compounded drugs runs the risk of  violating the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which forbids states from  inflicting “cruel and unusual punishment.”

“You don’t have a high level  of assurance that the drug is pure and potent,” said Sarah Sellers, a  pharmaceutical consultant who testified twice about the risks of compounders  before the Massachusetts Legislature after the meningitis outbreak. “When used  in executions, they are a real concern. It could take longer to die, there could  be unnecessary suffering.”

Compounders and prison officials reject that  view, saying the industry does good work, and that executions happen too fast  for tainted drugs to mar the process.

A spokesman for the compounding  industry, David Ball, said he was aware of only three pharmacies that had  supplied compounded drugs for lethal injections, and that the industry in  general was of “high quality.”

“No compounding pharmacy that I know of  is actively seeking this business,” he said. “Every pharmacist that I know chose  their profession in part out of a desire to help people, and that is what they  focus on in their work.”

The results of the court challenges have so far  been mixed. In their biggest success, a Georgia judge in July granted a stay of  execution for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Among the reasons Fulton County  Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan cited were questions whether Georgia’s lethal  injection drug was “somehow contaminated or improperly compounded.” The state  Supreme Court is considering the case.

Other judges have allowed  executions to go ahead. In a case brought by three Texas death row inmates,  among them Michael Yowell, challenging the use of the drug pentobarbital from a  compounder, a judge said he was not persuaded.

“Pentobarbital will kill  Yowell in five to eighteen minutes and his consciousness will be diminished  almost immediately; therefore, infections like meningitis will not hurt him  because they require weeks to incubate,” wrote U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes.

Yowell was executed on Wednesday, the first Texas inmate put to death  using the compounded drug.

Compounding pharmacies combine or alter drugs  mostly to fill individual prescriptions for patients.

The FDA, which  regulates drug manufacturers, does not approve the products of compounding  pharmacies, which are licensed through state pharmacy boards.

An FDA  study found the potency of compounded drugs can vary widely from that listed on  the label, and the agency has cited numerous cases of contamination from such  operations.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on September  28 to give the FDA more authority over compounding pharmacies, although the  measure is unlikely to become law soon because of the political gridlock in  Washington over the budget, national debt and health reform.

In response  to concerns about the quality of drugs, Texas had an independent laboratory,  Eagle Analytical Services, test the state’s compounded pentobarbital used in  executions and it was 98.8 percent pure, court documents in the death row  inmates case showed.

“Thousands of individuals use compounded drugs each  day,” said Jason Clark, spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  “The quality and potency of the compounded pentobarbital will not differ from  the pentobarbital that is manufactured by a pharmaceutical company.”

LIFTING SECRECY The scramble for new sources of execution drugs  has been accompanied by an effort to shield the process from scrutiny, which  advocates for death row prisoners find troubling.

“The lack of  transparency around the form and source of the drugs puts our clients at an  unjustified risk of being executed with drugs that either will not work as  planned or will cause excruciating pain and suffering,” said Bryan Stull, a  lawyer specializing in capital punishment for the American Civil Liberties  Union.

Court challenges and media scrutiny have been more successful in  prying information about the compounded drugs from state authorities than in  delaying executions.

South Dakota had refused to identify where it got  the drugs that it used to execute an inmate last year. A judge on September 30  ordered the state to turn over some information to him, although he said the  identity of the compounding pharmacist need not be disclosed publicly.

Earlier this year, Colorado officials turned to compounding pharmacies  to seek out sodium thiopental, a common execution drug until major drug  companies two years ago refused to supply it. The information was disclosed in a  letter sent by the Colorado corrections department to compounding pharmacies  that became public in a lawsuit filed in May by the ACLU.

Ohio, which is  running out of usable drugs for executions, announced on October 4 that it would  allow the purchase of drugs from compounding pharmacies if needed.

Texas, which executes more inmates than any other state, stirred debate  over whether it had promised secrecy to a supplier, when it identified the  compounder earlier this month.

On October 2, in response to a media  public information request, the state criminal justice department said it had  purchased pentobarbital for executions from Houston-based Woodlands Compounding  Pharmacy.

Two days later, the owner of the pharmacy sent a letter to  Texas corrections officials saying he wanted the drugs back because the company  had been subjected to public criticism.

“It was my belief that this  information would be kept on the ‘down low’ and that it was unlikely that it  would be discovered that my pharmacy provided these drugs,” owner Jasper Lovoi  said in the letter, which was disclosed in documents as part of a federal  lawsuit filed against the state by three death row inmates.

The Texas  Department of Criminal Justice said it had purchased the drug legally and had no  intention of returning it.

Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters.

A north Texas young lady said she was ordered to strip and jailed over an overdue traffic ticket


Texas woman stripped and jailed over unpaid traffic ticket

By Travis Gettys

A north Texas woman said she was ordered to strip and then jailed over an overdue traffic ticket.

Sarah Boaz said she was cited in August for running a stop sign, but she later lost the ticket and failed to pay her fine.

She said she knew that was wrong, but she was still surprised Wednesday morning to find a Richland Hills city marshal waiting outside her home with an arrest warrant….read more, please:


New Death Warrant – FADP Update

FADP Update


Governor Scott has signed a Death Warrant for Thomas Knight to be executed on Tuesday, December 3 at 6pm ET. Darius Kimbrough is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 12.

Florida has become “the worst of the worst” of Death Penalty states. Florida is now second only to Texas for the number of executions in 2013. Last year Florida led the nation in new death sentences (22).


Florida has the nation’s second largest Death Row with 405 men and women awaiting the executioner. In tragic irony, Florida leads the nation in exonerations of Death Row inmates (24).


Please TAKE ACTION!!!  Contact Governor Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Executive Clemency and commute the death sentences of Darius Kimbrough and Thomas Knight to Life in Prison Without Parole.


Tell Governor Scott to STOP SIGNING DEATH WARRANTS. Your calls and emails are counted.


Gov. Rick Scott – Phone: 850-488-7146 


Email: Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com


“Only in a society where state governments are intoxicated with the power to kill would you view a sentence of life imprisonment without parole as a lenient sentence.”Bryan Stevenson, Director of Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama 


Please support the Florida statewide coalition effort to end executions. “It is not about what those on Death Row may have done…it is about US and what WE do”.


Please “like” and share the FADP Facebook page.

Shine the light,



Sent by:

Mark Elliott

Executive Director

Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, fadp.org

P.O. Box 82943

Tampa, FL 33682

In Texas Prisons, 14 People Have Died After Being Forced to Endure 120 Degree Heat: Woman sues Tex.Dep. …

In Texas Prisons, 14 People Have Died After Being Forced to Endure 120 Degree Heath

Woman sues Texas Department of Criminal Justice for inhumane prison temperatures.

October 18, 2013  |
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Fourteen people have died of heat stroke in Texas prisons since 2007, needless deaths the state could prevent with a few air-conditioners, a grieving mother claims in court.

LA County leads the US in imposing the death penalty

Los Angeles County leads the U.S. in imposing the death penalty

Seven of the top 12 counties for sentencing convicts to die were in California, according to a report showing death rows are primarily filled by just 2% of counties.

San Quentin Prison                                            The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison.                                                 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / September 21, 2010)
By David G. SavageOctober 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Although Texas executes far more prisoners than any other state, Los Angeles and three other Southern California counties lead the nation in sentencing convicts to die, according to a report released Wednesday.

Los Angeles County had 228 inmates on death row at the start of the year, more than double that of second-place Harris County, Texas. Riverside, Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties also ranked in the top 12, as did Alameda and Sacramento counties. In all, seven of the top 12 were in California.

The data were compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington to show how capital punishment is concentrated in relatively few places in the United States.

“The death penalty is not as American or as widespread as people might assume. It is clustered in a few counties,” said Richard Dieter, the group’s executive director.

Because most criminal cases are prosecuted by county district attorneys, not state officials, Dieter examined the death penalty data by county. Some district attorneys regularly seek death sentences, while others never do, he said.

“Only 2% of the counties in the U.S. have been responsible for the majority of cases leading to executions since 1976. Likewise, only 2% of the counties are responsible for the majority of today’s death row population,” the report says.

There is little correlation between the counties that condemn the most prisoners to die and those that execute the most. That may reflect the differences between the judges who hear inmates’ appeals: In California, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, and the often liberal state appellate judges; in Texas, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, and conservative state appellate jurists. Prisoners can challenge their convictions and sentences with multiple appeals through state and federal courts.

Since 1976, Texas has executed 502 convicts, while California has put 13 to death. The report lists 62 counties that are responsible for the most executions, none of which are in California.

Nonetheless, the report demonstrates that California district attorneys have been willing to seek, and California juries have been willing to impose, the death penalty on convicted murderers.

At the start of 2013, the counties that had sent the most inmates to death row across the nation were Los Angeles, 228; Harris (Houston), Texas, 101; Philadelphia, 88; Maricopa, Ariz., 81; Riverside, 76; Clark, Nev., 61; Orange, 61; Duval, Fla., 60; Alameda, 42; San Diego, 40; San Bernardino, 37; and Sacramento, 35.

Nine of the top counties for executions were in Texas or Oklahoma. Harris was first with 115, followed by Dallas County, Texas, with 50. …

Whole article here:  http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-california-death-penalty-20131002,0,1736185.story


Copyright © 2013, Los Angeles Times

A federal judge in Manhattan declined on Friday to order the release of Lynne F. Stewart, former defense lawyer, who is dying in federal prison in Texas

Dying Lawyer’s Request for Release From Prison Is Turned Down

Published: August 9, 2013


Robert Stolarik for The New York Times


The judge, John G. Koeltl of United States District Court, said he could not order such a release under a federal Bureau of Prisons program for terminally ill inmates without the bureau’s first making a motion seeking such action. But the judge suggested that he would look favorably upon such a request if it were presented by the bureau.

“The court would give prompt and sympathetic consideration to any motion for compassionate release filed by th

e B.O.P, but it is for the B.O.P. to make that motion in the first instance,” he wrote. …

Read more, please:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/10/nyregion/judge-denies-ill-lawyers-plea-to-be-freed-from-prison.html?src=recg

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