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Just like Texas governor George W. Bush and his AG Alberto Gonzales ... an indelible legacy.
SCOTUS Sotomayor and Death Penalty
Justice Breyer on the Death Penalty
Justice Breyer v. the Death Peanlty | The New Yorker - June 2015 |
The two most unusual opinions of the past Supreme Court term addressed issues that were not even presented by the cases before the Court. In a dispute involving claims of racial discrimination in jury selection, Justice Anthony Kennedy took it upon himself to write a separate five-page opinion condemning the practice of prolonged solitary confinement and inviting a future constitutional challenge. (The defendant in the case, Hector Ayala, had been in solitary confinement for most of his twenty-five years on death row, prompting Kennedy's concern, even though Ayala never raised the issue.)
And, on the term's last day, in a case questioning the validity of Oklahoma's particular method of administering lethal-injection drugs for executions, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote a forty-page dissent questioning the constitutionality of the death penalty itself, and calling for a challenge raising that question.
Federal executions USA criticism from Europe??
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to resume federal executions | Reuters – Dec. 7, 2019 |
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request by President Donald Trump’s administration to proceed with plans to carry out the first executions of federal death row inmates since 2003.
The justices left in place a hold imposed by a federal judge on four executions that had been scheduled by U.S. Attorney General William Barr for this month and next month as Trump’s administration embraces the death penalty at a time when increasing numbers of states have given up the practice.
The brief order said that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that is now considering the case should rule “with appropriate dispatch.”
Conservative Justice Samuel Alito wrote a separate statement, joined by fellow conservatives Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, saying the appeals court should be able to rule within 60 days.
“The government has shown that it is very likely to prevail when this question is ultimately decided,” Alito wrote.
Why the Justice Department's Plan to Use a Single Drug for Lethal Injections Is Controversial | TIME – July 29, 2019 |
Special Report: How the Trump administration secured a secret supply of execution drugs | Reuters – July 10, 2020 |
If the Trump administration carries out the first federal execution since 2003, as scheduled, it will mark the culmination of a three-year campaign to line up a secret supply chain to make and test lethal-injection drugs, a Reuters investigation has found.
Intent on enforcing the death penalty, President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice had started building the network of contractors it would need by May 2017, federal procurement records show. Since then, it has pursued a new drug protocol that could survive legal challenges through firms whose identities it has fought to keep hidden. Without the secrecy, the government has argued in court filings, its ability to procure the drugs would be “severely impaired” because the companies are not willing to supply or test execution drugs if they are publicly identified.
In some cases, even the companies involved in testing the deadly pentobarbital said they didn’t know its intended purpose. Among them is DynaLabs in downtown St. Louis, a laboratory that years ago decided against doing quality tests on execution drugs because of the controversy surrounding capital punishment.
So co-founder Michael Pruett was surprised to learn from a Reuters reporter that his firm had been testing drugs that the Justice Department planned to use in lethal injections of condemned prisoners.
Statement by DynaLabs on testing pentobarbital
In a Year Marked By Death, the Trump Administration Cements a Legacy of Unprecedented Executions | TIME – Dec. 30, 2020 |
Alfred Bourgeois was put to death by the Trump administration on Dec. 11. Like nine other prisoners who came before him this year, Bourgeois was killed with a legal injection of the drug pentobarbital while strapped to a gurney in an execution chamber at the Federal Corrections Complex in Terre Haute, Ind., where he’d effectively lived in solitary confinement for 16 years. His was the second federal execution in less than 24 hours.
Since July, when federal executions resumed after a 17-year hiatus, the Department of Justice has executed more civilians than in any year since 1896, when President Grover Cleveland, himself a former executioner, was in office.
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Betrayal of Liberal Values and the Democratic Left
I added my comment:
Great article and analysis Richard. The ethical and moral viewpoints are undisputed. US Congress, politics and Western foreign policy is all about might, wealth and spread of capitalism around the globe as if it was a renewed exploitation of a New World with the sword of christians as cover. See the daily Bible briefings by Rumsfeld and Cheney for president Bush and the seat of religious zealots Trump was hoisted in by extreme evangelicals. The separation of state and religion has been a farce for decades now. See also Poland and extreme right, morals and Catholic hierarchy. Mankind should be deeply ashamed of the suffering by the masses in Third World nations and the inequality here at home. To be social is inherent in Jewish faith and teachings of Jesus. The voices of moderation aren't heard in a new generation of tech giants, AI and robotical warfare destroying lives. Many nations like the Philippines, US, UK, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iran are based on a culture of death. Same can be said of China and Russia. The federal executions expedited in a lame-duck presidency of Donald Trump reminds me of a Texas Governor and State AG Alberto Gonzales [Patriot Act]. A culture of gun violence leads to fear, stress and a population easily manipulated by enemies of the state.
There is only hope for US politics when honest people like Bernie Sanders and progressive voices are heard. Your article would do well as a platform for such a democratic movement. Chapeau.
In America Guns and Violence Trumps All
'The death penalty has no place in the 21st century' - UN chief Guterres
"The death penalty has no place in the 21st century," underscored Mr. Guterres, speaking alongside Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, at an event at the UN Headquarters, in New York.
Welcoming that some 170 States around the world have either abolished the death penalty and put a moratorium on its use - most recently, Gambia and Madagascar - and that executions in 2016 were down 37 per cent compared in 2015, the UN chief, however, added that at present just four countries accounted for 87 per cent of all recorded executions.
He also expressed concern that the countries that countries that continue executions are also failing to meet their international obligations, particular in relation to transparency and compliance with international human rights standards.
European Union strongly opposes capital punishment and urges for its worldwide abolition