By Casey Tolan | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 14, 2019 at 1:58 pm | UPDATED: March 14, 2019 at 2:04 pm Sen. Kamala Harris declared her support for ending executions at the federal level Thursday as she and most of her fellow Democratic presidential candidates applauded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s move halting executions in California. Harris said in an NPR interview that if she was elected, she would follow Newsom’s lead and block the U.S. government from executing any of the 62 people on federal death row — a group that includes infamous figures like Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof. “No one would be executed if you were president of the United States, for any crime?” asked Jay Inskeep, the NPR Morning Edition host. “Correct, correct,” Harris replied. “Not in the United States.” The U.S. government hasn’t executed anyone since 2003, due in part … [Read more...] about Harris says she’d halt federal executions as capital punishment debate enters 2020 race
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Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, was asked specifically about a recent decision by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign an executive order halting executions for 737 death row inmates. (AP) Several hours after announcing his bid for the White House, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, defined one significant aspect of his platform, saying he'd suspend capital punishment at the federal level. O’Rourke hit the campaign trail on Thursday in Iowa. On his way to an appearance at Fort Madison High School, O’Rourke, who drove himself, spoke to Radio Iowa. BETO O’ROURKE MAKES 2020 WHITE HOUSE BID OFFICIAL WITH WEE-HOURS ANNOUNCEMENT The three-term congressman from El Paso was asked specifically about a recent decision by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign an executive order halting executions for the state’s 737 death row inmates. “As president, would you suspend capital punishment at the federal level?” he was asked. Impact of Beto … [Read more...] about Beto O’Rourke says he’d suspend capital punishment at federal level
News / UK and world by Press Association March 14, 2019, 7:48 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Governor of California has not only put a moratorium on executions in the US state but has said he also may commute death sentences and is pushing to repeal capital punishment. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order granting reprieves to all 737 condemned inmates on the US’s largest death row. That means there will be no executions while he is governor. He was backed by fellow Democratic politicians who introduced a ballot measure that would repeal the death penalty next year by putting the politically perilous issue before voters for the third time in eight years. Voters supported capital punishment in 2012 and 2016, when they voted to speed up executions by shortening appeals. “I cannot sign off on executing hundreds and hundreds of human beings, knowing, knowing, that among them will be innocent human beings,” Mr Newsom … [Read more...] about California governor plans to repeal capital punishment
In its 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court said Texas' judgment of intellectual disability relies on "lay stereotypes" such as the character Lennie Small from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.The Supreme Court barred executions of intellectually disabled people in 2002 as "cruel and unusual punishment" under the Eighth Amendment but allowed states to set their on standards on what constitutes mental disability.A trial judge ruled Moore intellectually disabled in 2014. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned that ruling in 2015.The appeals court did not change its ruling after the Supreme Court’s 2017 decision on the case, which deemed the Texas' standards on establishing intellectual disability outdated and ordered the state to use modern practices.Chief Justice John Roberts said in a concurring opinion Tuesday that the state court had once again committed the mistakes the Supreme Court had originally taken issue with in determining whether Moore was intellectually … [Read more...] about Supreme Court rules out capital punishment for Texas man on death row for nearly 40 years
ASIA Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 after being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. The mum-of-four spent almost a decade on death row before her conviction was finally overturned by the country's highest court. Here's her story. Why was Asia Bibi sentenced to death? Asia Bibi, a Christian, was put on death row in 2010 after she was accused of insulting Prophet Mohammed in Pakistan's capital, Lahore. The charge against Bibi dates back to a hot day in 2009 when she went to get water for her and her fellow farmworkers. Two Muslim women refused to take a drink from a container used by a Christian. A few days later, a mob accused her of blasphemy and she was convicted and sentenced to death. Bibi's lawyer, Saiful Malook, argued that the many contradictions in witnesses' statements tainted the evidence. The two Muslim women who levelled the charges against Bibi denied they were quarrelling with her, saying her outbursts against Islam were unprovoked. Yet several independent … [Read more...] about Why was Asia Bibi’s death penalty conviction overturned, does Pakistan have capital punishment and what is blasphemy?