Death and Texas
Beyond red Walls
On the Witness Stand
Lens on Life and Death
Death and Texas
For the condemned, it means the end, for their immediate family it is the beginning of a never-ending ordeal: the death penalty. The United States is the only western democracy where the capital punishment is still enforced.
As much of the rest of the world looks on in horror, the US is hard pressed to justify its archaic policy stance. And lately, some botched executions have only added to the criticism. On April 29 of this year, the convicted murderer Clayton Lockett died after a 43-minute-long agony when he was given untested drugs at his execution.
President Barack Obama called Lockett’s misbegotten execution «deeply troubling» and pledged to consult with Attorney General Eric Holder about the problems with the death penalty. Clearly, as a country, America needs to confront some difficult realities connected to this issue.
Nevertheless, the president considers the death penalty justified in some circumstances, as he said at a press conference after the Lockett debacle. Abolition is not yet foreseeable, especially in Texas, which leads all other states in the dubious practice of execution.
Since 1982, 515 people have been executed by lethal injection in the city of Huntsville, Texas. They all had been convicted of murder, some after rather questionable trials. Each execution is a grim landmark, not only for the perpetrators, but also for their families and the families of the victims.
But for others, execution is a profession.
Whether for the prison warden, or the condemned convict’s siblings, or the victim’s parents or children, when the execution is over, their life goes on. The NZZ tells the stories of four people who were present at an execution — and two who were spared from having to attend an execution.
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No. 17 – Governor Scott has ordered the People of the State of Florida to kill Robert Hendrix on Wednesday, April 23 at 6pm ET. Please TAKE ACTION!!! Contact Governor Rick Scott and ask him to convene the Board of Executive Clemency and commute the death sentences of Robert Hendrix 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
House Bill 4011 “Death Penalty” sponsored by Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Senate Bill 896 “Death Penalty” sponsored by Sen. Dwight Bullard would end the use of the Death Penalty. Please contact your legislator and ask them to support these efforts.
House Bill 467, Sponsored by Rep. Jose Rodriguez, along with House Bill 369, by Rep. Clovis Watson, Jr. and Senate Bill 334 by Sen. Thad Altman and Sen. Anitere Flores, would require a unanimous jury to recommend a death sentence.
“It is not about what those on Death Row may have done…it is about US and what WE do”.
Shine the light,
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, fadp.org
P.O. Box 82943
Tampa, FL 33682
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a coalition of organizations and individuals united to abolish the Death Penalty in Florida.
FADP works to build a strong, diverse, statewide grassroots movement which:
* Opposes executions
* Supports reforms aimed at reducing the application of the Death Penalty until it is abolished
* Protects the humanity of all persons impacted by the Death Penalty
* Educates Floridians about the Death Penalty
* Provides concrete action steps for individuals and groups
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Oklahoma’s troubling death penalty plans
Despite long, torturous deaths so far, death penalty state plans two more executions with untested cocktails
Despite two executions this year using untested lethal cocktails that, according to witnesses, resulted in long and torturous deaths, Oklahoma has plans to carry out two more killings using new, untried cocktails.
The grim lethal injection experiment come in the wake of a European ban on exporting the anesthetic pentobarbital for use in executions. Rather than prompting an end to capital punishments, death penalty states like Oklahoma have turned to previously untested cocktails, with drugs produced in unregulated compound pharmacies….
EU calls for abolishing death penalty.
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
The European Union (EU) has renewed its call for abolishing the death penalty in all member states of the United Nations (UN) including Bangladesh, and contributing to the development of human dignity in the world.
“The death penalty concerns everyone’s right to life. The state, with its particular responsibility as the ultimate guarantor of all persons’ human rights, should not deprive anyone of his or her life,” said a letter signed by nine heads of mission of the EU countries in Dhaka.
“The European Union reaffirms its absolute opposition to the use of the death penalty,” it said, marking the observance of the European Day against the Death Penalty, and the World Day against the Death Penalty today [Thursday].
The envoys said the EU is convinced that its abolition is an integral part of respect for human rights and protection of the human dignity.
They referred to a 2010 UN resolution, which called upon all states to establish a moratorium on executions aiming at abolishing the death penalty.
“We hope that all members of the UN including Bangladesh will take the actions which the Resolution calls for, and thereby contribute to the development of fundamental rights and human dignity in the world,” the letter said.
The letter was signed by Mrs Anneli Lindahl Kenny, ambassador of Sweden; Giorgio Guglielmino, ambassador of Italy; Luis Tejada Chacón, ambassador of Spain; Robert Gibson, British high commissioner; Michel Trinquier, ambassador of France; Gerben Sjoerd de Jong, ambassador of The Netherlands; Dr Albrecht Conze, ambassador of Germany; Mrs Hanne Fugl Eskjær, ambassador of Denmark; and William Hanna, ambassador of the European Union.
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@CitiesforLife to abolish the death penalty. pic.twitter.com/e0QapLiNSH