Experimental execution: Oklahoma legalizes nitrogen-gassing of death-row inmates

Experimental execution: Oklahoma legalizes nitrogen-gassing of death-row inmates


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Oklahoma has become the first US state to legalize the gassing of death row inmates if lethal injection drugs are not available. The rushed decision was made without any proper clinical trials, Robert Dunham, Head of Death Penalty Info Center told RT.

Following a spree of horrific accidents involving botched lethal injection executions across the US, Oklahoma has decided to go ahead and press forward with contingency measures for executing inmates.

Last year Oklahoma witnessed the execution of Clayton D. Lockett, who suffered from a heart attack and convulsions, and was in agony for 45 minutes prior to his death. While the Supreme Court decides whether the new drug mix is constitutional, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Friday approved the use of nitrogen in executions as an alternative option to the so-called painless death.

The new cost-effective procedure involves only a mask and a tank of nitrogen. As…

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GBI Probing Teen’s Death in Georgia Detention Facility

GBI Probing Teen’s Death in Georgia Detention Facility


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GBI Probing Teen’s Death in Georgia Detention Facility

GBI Probing Teen’s Death in Georgia Detention Facility

 

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the apparent Easter Sunday suicide of a 14-year-old boy at an Atlanta-area youth detention facility, reportedly after a guard did not respond to calls for help.

Two juvenile witnesses said they called to a correctional officer beforehand to warn that the youth was threatening to kill himself, but the guard did not respond, according to documents released this afternoon by the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

One juvenile witness said the unidentified youth “was calling me & telling me to tell the officer he was going to kill his self. But the officer wouldn’t go see what he…

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Freddie Gray Family Attorney Billy Murphy: No Answer Why Freddie Gray Was Stopped.

Freddie Gray Family Attorney Billy Murphy: No Answer Why Freddie Gray Was Stopped.


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Lawyer: No answer on why man who died in custody was stopped
 By JULIET LINDERMAN

BALTIMORE (AP) — The lawyer for the family of Freddie Gray, a black man who died of spinal injuries he sustained during an arrest in Baltimore, said he believes the police had no reason to stop the man in the first place.

Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, center, speaks to the media at a news conference on the death of Freddie Gray with Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez, left, and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in Baltimore, Monday, April 20, 2015. Baltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor sought to calm a "community on edge" Monday while investigating how Gray suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don't know how it happened. (Kevin Richardson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12 after police “made eye contact” with him and another man and the two started running, authorities said. Gray was placed in a transport van, and roughly 30 minutes later was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Gray died Sunday of what Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez described as “a significant spinal injury” at a Monday news conference.

But what led to that injury — and why Gray was initially pursued by police — is still unknown.

According to court documents, Officer Garrett Miller sought to charge Gray with carrying a switchblade, which was discovered in Gray’s pocket after he was stopped. But at a news conference Monday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said “we know having a knife is not necessarily a crime.”

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks to the media at a news conference on the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Monday, April 20, 2015. Baltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor sought to calm a "community on edge" Monday while investigating how Gray suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don't know how it happened. (Kevin Richardson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

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Police Commissioner Anthony Batts also said the reason for Gray’s stop is “a question we have to dig into.”

Billy Murphy, the lawyer hired by Gray’s family, said he believes the officers had no probable cause to stop Gray.

“They’ve made concessions on lack of probable cause,” Murphy said of officials. “Running while black is not probable cause. Felony running doesn’t exist, and you can’t arrest someone for looking you in the eye. You have to believe he committed a crime and have an objective basis for that belief. They had none of that.”

The Rev. Cortly "C.D." Witherspoon, front left, president of the Baltimore City chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks at a protest outside City Hall about Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Monday, April 20, 2015. Baltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor sought to calm a "community on edge" Monday while investigating how Gray suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don't know how it happened. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Gray’s death has prompted angry protests and comes six months after Baltimore officials released a plan to reduce police brutality and misconduct. The plan followed a request by city officials to the U.S. Justice Department to review police policies and procedures.

Officials on Monday vowed transparency and pledged to hold those found responsible accountable. Batts said the investigation will be completed by May 1 and the results will be sent to the state attorney’s office to determine whether criminal charges will be filed. Batts also said he is ordering that police review and rewrite “effective immediately” its policies on moving prisoners and providing them with medical attention.

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“I understand the community’s frustration. I understand it because I’m frustrated,” Rawlings-Blake said. “I’m angry that we are here again, that we have had to tell another mother that their child is dead. I’m frustrated that not only that we’re here, but we don’t have all of the answers. I want to know why the officers pursued Mr. Gray. I want to know if the proper procedures were followed. I want to know what steps need to be taken for accountability.”

Police on Monday also released a more detailed timeline of how Gray was arrested and transported.

It revealed for the first time that Gray was placed in leg irons after an officer felt he was becoming “irate” in the back of the transport van, and that the van made several stops on its way to the police station, even stopping to pick up another prisoner in an unrelated case, after Gray had asked for medical attention several times. Upon arrest, police said Gray asked for an inhaler and requested care several times before he was ultimately taken to the hospital.

William Stewart, a friend of Freddie Gray, protests outside City Hall in Baltimore, Monday, April 20, 2015. Baltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor sought to calm a "community on edge" Monday while investigating how Gray suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don't know how it happened. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

But Murphy said he’s still left with more questions than answers.

“They were vague about how his spine was injured. We’ll have to wait to see the autopsy that they admitted they worked closely with the medical examiner’s office to develop,” Murphy said. “Who did it? How did they do it and why did they do it? Why all these stops? What were the police doing during those stops? What did they see?”

Edward Brown speaks at a protest outside City Hall about Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Monday, April 20, 2015. Baltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor sought to calm a "community on edge" Monday while investigating how Gray suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest. Six officers have been suspended, but investigators say they still don't know how it happened. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

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Associated Press writer David Dishneau contributed to this report.

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“UN says 800 migrants dead in boat disaster as Italy launches rescue of two more vessels” TheGuardian

“UN says 800 migrants dead in boat disaster as Italy launches rescue of two more vessels” TheGuardian


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UN says 800 migrants dead in boat disaster as Italy launches rescue of two more vessels

PM Matteo Renzi says Europe cannot ‘close our eyes and commemorate later’ the tragedy, as another migrant boat runs aground on Rhodes

Maltese military personnel Maltese military personnel carry the body off the Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti at Valletta on Monday. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/REUTERS


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The United Nations has confirmed that the death toll from the weekend’s Mediterranean boat disaster is at least 800 – with the victims being of multiple nationalities.

Following interviews with some of the 27 survivors from the tragedy who arrived at the Italian port of Catania, officials for both the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that some of the dead were children between…

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Anyone Can Now Send You a Direct Message on Twitter

Anyone Can Now Send You a Direct Message on Twitter


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Starting this week, Twitter users will now have the option to receive direct messages from any of the other 288 million people who have signed up for the service.

Previously, only individuals that followed each other on the social network and microblogging platform were able to exchange private missives.

However, the option to receive direct messages from non-followers is currently turned off by default. To begin receiving messages from any and everyone, users will have to change their own settings manually.

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Toronto woman describes Nazi death camp ‘inferno’ at trial for Oskar Groening, ’accountant of Auschwitz’

Toronto woman describes Nazi death camp ‘inferno’ at trial for Oskar Groening, ’accountant of Auschwitz’


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LUENEBURG, Germany — Hedy Bohm had just turned 16 when the Nazis packed her and her parents onto a cattle car in May 1944 and sent them from Hungary to the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland.

After three days and nights in darkness, crammed into the standing-room-only car with babies wailing, the doors were flung open. “An inferno,” is how she remembers the scene she saw.

“The soldiers yelling at us, guns and rifles pointed at us,” she recalled. “Big dogs barking at us held back on their leashes by the soldiers.”

One of the black-uniformed men on the ramp was likely SS guard Oskar Groening. Now 93, he goes on trial Tuesday in a state court in the northern city of Lueneburg on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder. Two of those deaths were Bohm’s parents, who are believed to have been killed in the gas chambers immediately…

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FBI admits it fudged forensic hair matches in nearly all criminal trials for decades

FBI admits it fudged forensic hair matches in nearly all criminal trials for decades


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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favoured prosecutors in more than 95 per cent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

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The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.

The FBI…

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