A Brief Look At The Death Penalty And The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court recently made a ruling on Glossip v. Gross, a case on the death penalty. By a 5-4 vote, the court upheld the use of the controversial drug midazolam as part of a three-drug cocktail used in carrying out the death penalty.  The Supreme Court concluded its term on Monday, writes NPR.

Let’s take a brief look at the situation, shall we?

According to The Economist, of the 35 people who were executed in America in 2014, at least three died a death that was unduly harsh or violent.

The problem is that states are having trouble getting the drugs they need to ensure the deaths are painless.

European companies will not sell drugs to be used in executions, and American companies are increasingly uncertain (or worried about lawsuits?) about having their brands linked to lethal injections.

Oklahoma and other states have been changing the three-drug protocol, and in some cases using a drug called midazolam, which was apparently used in the “botched” execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma last year.  It was used in others as well.

Does using midazolam defy the Eighth Amendment ban on “cruel and unusual punishment”? According to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Glossip v Gross, the answer, surprisingly, was no.

“The case was brought before the court by three prisoners on death-row in Oklahoma, who are understandably wary of an execution cocktail that includes midazolam,” writes The Economist.

In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the petitioners failed to prove that midazolam offers a ‘substantial risk of serious harm’.

Citing evidence that the sedative is effective at the right dosage, the court found that while Clayton Lockett received too little of it, the same three-drug mix finished off 12 other prisoners “without any significant problems”.

The 8th amendment reads:  Amendment VIII. “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

The 28 member nations of the E.U. have banned the death penalty.   It is a requirement for joining the E.U.

Let’s look at some history of the death penalty in the West.  According to deathpenalty.org:

“In the aftermath of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This 1948 doctrine proclaimed a “right to life” in an absolute fashion, any limitations being only implicit. Knowing that international abolition of the death penalty was not yet a realistic goal in the years following the Universal Declaration, the United Nations shifted its focus to limiting the scope of the death penalty to protect juveniles, pregnant women, and the elderly.”

“During the 1950s and 1960s subsequent international human rights treaties were drafted, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the American Convention on Human Rights.

“These documents also provided for the right to life, but included the death penalty as an exception that must be accompanied by strict procedural safeguards. Despite this exception, many nations throughout Western Europe stopped using capital punishment, even if they did not, technically, abolish it. As a result, this de facto abolition became the norm in Western Europe by the 1980s.” (Schabas, 1997)

The U.S. already had a moratorium on the death penalty.  That began in 1972 after the case of Furman v. Georgia.

According to deathpenalty.org:

“In Furman v. Georgia, 408 U.S. 238, (1972), the Court invalidated existing death penalty laws because they constituted cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.  The Court reasoned that the laws resulted in a disproportionate application of the death penalty, specifically discriminating against the poor and minorities.  The Court also reasoned that the existing laws terminated life in exchange for marginal contributions to society.”

The death penalty was reinstated in 1977, after the case of Gregg v. Georgia:

In Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153, (1976), the Court refused to expand Furman.  The Court held the death penalty was not per se unconstitutional as it could serve the social purposes of retribution and deterrence.  Specifically, the Court upheld Georgia’s new capital sentencing procedures, reasoning that the Georgia rules reduced the problem of arbitrary application as seen in earlier statutes.

Clayton Lockett spent 43 minutes writhing in pain on the gurney, according to The Economist.  “This shit is fucking with my head,” he said before finally dying.

Was Paul Walker Killed By Illuminati?


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(Let’s take a break from the standard news, shall we? – editor)

There is a rumor out there that actor Paul Walker was killed by the Skull and Bones secret society.

The Skull and Bones is a secret society of high-powered people based at Yale university, according to Wikipedia.  The group is reportedly related to The Illuminati, a group of individuals that purport to be members of the original Bavarian Illuminati. The founders of the first clandestine group created the society in May 1776, writes guardianlv.com.

Paul Walker starred in the movie The Skulls as a student who is initiated into the secret club.  The real group was less than happy that a movie was being made that draws attention to them and their practices.

The theory says that there are clues in the movie of Paul’s demise.  There are also interesting coincidences.

Here is an example of some of the coincidences: In the movie, he is given a red Porsche by elders in the group. In real life, he died in a red Porsche.

Walker passed away 13 years after making the movie all about the Skull and Bones. The number is of great importance within the Illuminati, who believe in Satanic numerology, with 13 having great significance, as this is said to be the amount of families that run the world, according to Satanic Bloodlines.

Paul Walker

Other sources claim that surveillance video footage of the car shows that it was hit by a projectile such as some kind of missile.

In photographs, Walker’s car seems to be burned to the ground, though the tree that his car hit does not seem burned.

(Updated article)

More:

http://www.inquisitr.com/1056924/paul-walker-conspiracy-theories-link-crash-to-brian-the-dog-and-the-illuminati/

http://guardianlv.com/2013/12/paul-walker-conspiracy-illuminati-or-drug-cartel-responsible/

http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/06/08/was-paul-walker-killed-by-the-illuminati-this-new-theory-suggests-that-he-was-3290678?lt_source=external,manual

http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/fast-and-furious-star-killed-by-secret-society/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skull_and_Bones

See also the Paul Walker / Illuminati youtube video by The Vigilant Christian

When And How Did Hitler Die?

We can assume that Hitler is no longer alive.  The oldest person that ever lived in history (that was verifiable) was a French woman named Jeanne Calment, who died at the age of 122. She died in 1997, according to USA Today.

Hitler – born in 1887 – would be 128 today. It’s probably safe to assume that he’s no longer alive, but while there is a lot of information on his death from Russian autopsies, there is little that is third-party verifiable information.

So how – and when – Hitler died is a much more nebulous, cloudy event than whether or not he is dead.

During a military conference on April 22nd, 1945, Hitler was told that the Soviets had entered Berlin. He reportedly asked everyone except Wilhelm Keitel, Alfred Jodl, Hans Krebs, and Wilhelm Burgdorf to leave the conference room. After a tirade about the incompetence of his officers and officials, he declared that “everything was lost,” and he announced that he would stay in Berlin until the end and then shoot himself, writes Wikipedia.  Perhaps people took him at his word.

On April 29th, after marrying his longtime girlfriend Eva Braun, Hitler took secretary Traudl Junge to another room in the bunker and dictated his will.

A Russian soldier stands in Adolf Hitler's bunker, Berlin, 1945.
Inside Hitler’s Bunker

That event was witnessed and documents signed by Burgdorf, Goebbels, and Bormann, and Hans Krebs. Later that afternoon, Hitler was informed that Italian dictator Mussolini had been executed, which presumably increased his determination to avoid capture.

On April 30th, after intense street-to-street combat, when Soviet troops were within a block or two of the Reich Chancellery building, Hitler reportedly shot himself and Braun chewed a cyanide capsule.

The bodies of Hitler and Braun were reportedly carried up the stairs and through the bunker’s emergency exit to the bombed-out garden behind the Reich Chancellery in Berlin, where they were placed in a bomb crater and doused with gasoline. The corpses were set on fire as Soviet shelling continued, writes the British newspaper The Guardian.

Photos have been taken of these areas, but there are no photos of Hitler’s dead body.

In another area at the Chancellery, in an empty pond, a corpse was later discovered by Soviet troops that looked like Hitler, because it had a similar moustache and haircut.  It was mistakenly believed to be the body of Hitler, but it turned out to be Gustav Weler, who was Hitler´s double.

What happened to the burned corpse that was supposedly the real thing?

Records in the Russian-Soviet archives, obtained after the fall of the Soviet Union, state that the remains of Hitler, Braun, Joseph and Magda Goebbels, the six Goebbels children, General Hans Krebs, and Hitler’s dogs were found and “repeatedly buried and exhumed.”

On May 2, 1945, Lt. Col. Ivan Klimenko, a Soviet counter-intelligence officer, led a group of men to the Chancellery in Berlin after hearing reports of burned corpses, said to be those of Hitler and Eva Braun.  They were reportedly in wooden boxes where they were found by Soviet intelligence officers half-buried in the shell crater near the Berlin bunker, according to governmentsecrets.com.  This information reportedly comes from the book The Death of Adolf Hitler: Unknown Documents from Soviet Archives, by journalist Lev Bezymenski from 1968.

Journalist Ron Rosenbaum argues in his book Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil that the Soviet autopsy of Hitler cannot be accepted as authoritative because Hitler’s body was said to have been almost completely immolated after his suicide, states Wikipedia.

There were not sufficient remains for any proper analysis or findings to be conducted, writes Rosenbaum.  He states that based on information from Hitler’s own doctor and recollections by the people who compiled the published report, the Soviet autopsy report was a fabrication.  According to noted historian Ian Kershaw, the corpses of Eva Braun and Hitler were fully burned when the Red Army found them, and only a lower jaw with dental work could be identified as Hitler’s remains.

The Reich Chancellery Building

The fate of Hitler’s corpse has been shrouded in secrecy for decades.  No picture or film was ever made public, according to the British newspaper The Guardian.

Lieutenant-General Vasily Khristoforov, the chief archivist at the Russian federal security service, has told the news group Interfax that the service believes Hitler’s remains were incinerated in 1970 and the ashes thrown into a river in East Germany, writes the British newspaper The Telegraph.

General Khristoforov said the move took place out of concern that the original grave in the east German town of Magdeburg could become a Nazi shrine, writes The Telegraph.

“It was not worth leaving any grounds for the rise of a cult of worship…there are people who profess the fascist ideology, regrettably even in Russia.”

He said that the security service had no reason to question the authenticity of the skull fragments in its possession, writes The Telegraph.

Khristoforov said, “Hitler’s jaw is at the FSB archives, the fragment of skull at the State Archive. These materials are the only documentary evidence of Hitler’s death.”

The skull fragment claimed to have been Hitler’s was preserved for decades by Soviet intelligence.  However, according to The Guardian, in 2009, American researcher Nick Bellantoni claims to have demonstrated that the skull fragment belonged to a woman under 40 with DNA analysis. The woman’s identity is unknown.

DNA analyses performed on the skull bone held by the Russian State Archive in Moscow were processed at the genetics lab of the University of Connecticut, writes The Guardian. The results – broadcast in the US by a History Channel documentary, Hitler’s Escape – were stunning.

According to Connecticut archaeologist and bone specialist Nick Bellantoni, it was clear from the outset that something was wrong.  “The bone seemed very thin; male bone tends to be more robust,” he said. “And the sutures where the skull plates come together seemed to correspond to someone under 40.”  In April 1945, Hitler turned 56.

Fragment of Adolf Hitler's skull

Bellantoni had flown to Moscow to inspect the questionable Hitler “trophies” at the State Archive, which included the skull fragment as well as bloodstains from the bunker sofa on which Hitler and Braun supposedly committed suicide.

Bellantoni was allowed only one hour with the Hitler artifacts, during which time he applied cotton swabs and took DNA samples, writes The Guardian.

The samples were then flown back to Connecticut. At the university’s center for applied genetics, Linda Strausbau worked exclusively on the Hitler project for three days.  “We used the same routines and controls that would have been used in a crime lab,” Strausbau said.

The skull DNA was undoubtably female, writes The Guardian.

(Updated article)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/6766845/Adolf-Hitler-skull-fragment-is-genuine-evidence-of-suicide-insists-Russia.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/sep/27/adolf-hitler-suicide-skull-fragment

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1755&dat=19680803&id=WDsgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5mUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7103,518535&hl=en

MSNBC Coverage Of Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Receiving Death Penalty

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A jury has decided to sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to the death penalty by lethal injection for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Three people were killed and 260 were injured when Tsarnaev and his brother placed bombs at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, writes BBC News.

Tsarnaev is likely to be moved to a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, but there may be years worth of appeals of the verdict.

Prior To Execution, Texas Man Convicted Of Killing Three Says ‘I’m Ready To Go Home’

Derrick Dewayne Charles, 32, was executed on Tuesday for the slayings of Myiesha Bennett, her mother, Brenda Bennett, 44, and her grandfather, Obie Bennett, 77, in Houston in July 2002

Triple murderer Derrick Charles was asked if he wanted to make a final statement before being executed only to reply “Nah I’m ready to go home.”

The Texas inmate has been executed for the killings of his 15-year-old girlfriend, her mother and her grandfather nearly 13 years ago in Houston.

Derrick Dewayne Charles, 32, was put to death this year in the nation’s most active capital punishment state on Tuesday.  He was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. Central Standard Time, 25 minutes after being given the execution drug, writes The U.K. Daily Mail.

He was put to death after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule that he was mentally incompetent.

“He was the seventh person put to death in Texas this year, at a time when lethal injections are on hold in several states around the nation,” writes the Mirror.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/im-ready-go-home—5688954

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3079123/Nah-m-ready-home-Texas-man-32-executed-13-years-killed-girlfriend-mother-grandfather.html

Milwaukee Cop Suspected Of Shooting Unarmed Man Wants Reinstated

Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

The policeman who shot unarmed Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last year appealed the decision of the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission to uphold his firing from the Milwaukee Police Department.

Police Chief Edward Flynn fired Christopher Manney after the fatal on-duty shooting of Hamilton, 31, at Red Arrow Park on April 30, 2014.  A panel of commissioners – Sarah Morgan, Kathryn Hein and Steven M. DeVougas – announced their decision to uphold the chief’s discipline in March after five days of testimony.

Once the commission released its explanation of the decision on April 28th, it opened a 10-day window for Manney to appeal in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, writes the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel.

Manney filed a notice for review of the decision with the Fire and Police Commission last Tuesday.  The commission filed relevant documents in court on Friday, asking for a judge to be assigned to the case.

Is the Dontre Hamilton case getting enough attention?  In a separate article, the Journal Sentinel writes that state agents took a more hands-on role in the case of Tony Robinson than with Dontre Hamilton.  More than two dozen agents from the state Department of Justice investigated the shooting death of Tony Robinson by Madison police officer Matt Kenny.

However, in the Dontre Hamilton investigation, 10 Justice Department agents went to the scene and three were sent away “shortly after responding when it was determined (their) assistance was no longer needed,” according to the Journal Sentinel.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/manney-files-appeal-of-firing-in-dontre-hamilton-case-b99498291z1-303328091.html

New ‘Half-Scandal?’ There May Be New Details Of Bin Laden’s Death

Abbottabad

Does this mean that bin Laden isn’t dead? No, it just means there is a new report about the circumstances behind his death.

According to Democracy Now!, the new report written by Seymour Hersh for the London Review of Books says the Obama administration gave a false account of the hunting and killing of Osama bin Laden. It is normally claimed that bin Laden was shot dead four years ago this month in a U.S. raid on his compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

Hersh is an American investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. According to Wikipedia, he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine. He has also won two National Magazine Awards and is a five-time Polk winner and recipient of the 2004 George Orwell Award.

He first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War.

In his article, Hersh cites interviews with “a retired senior intelligence official” and American sources who “had access to corroborating information,” writes Slate magazine.

Hersh says top Pakistani military leaders knew about the operation and provided key assistance. The U.S. also claimed it helped locate bin Laden by tracking his personal messenger. But Hersh reports a former Pakistani intelligence officer identified his whereabouts in return for the bulk of a $25 million U.S. bounty. Pakistani intelligence was reportedly aware of bin Laden’s location and held him “prisoner” at the Abbottabad compound since 2006.

The White House claimed at the time the U.S. operatives entered from Afghanistan without Pakistan’s knowledge.

Hersh’s article also questions the U.S. account of bin Laden’s shooting, saying there was never a firefight inside the compound and that bin Laden himself wasn’t armed.

A retired American official says U.S. claims of finding information from bin Laden’s computers and documents was a “hoax” to give the false impression he was still operationally important.

Questions were also raised about whether bin Laden was actually buried at sea, as the U.S. claimed.

The White House has denied the accounts given by Seymour Hersh, and the CIA has called the Hersh article “nonsense.”

(Updated article)

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n10/seymour-m-hersh/the-killing-of-osama-bin-laden

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/11/headlines

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/05/10/seymour_hersh_in_london_review_of_books_obama_lied_about_bin_laden_raid.html

Brothers Who Spent Decades Behind Bars For A Crime They Didn’t Commit Get Initial Payment Of $1.6 million


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A judge ruled Friday that two brothers wrongly convicted for a 1975 slaying they didn’t commit will receive $1.6 million in an initial payment for the decades they spent in Ohio prisons.

Judge Patrick McGrath of the Ohio Court of Claims said that Wiley Bridgeman – 60 – will get a check for $969,093, and his brother, Kwame Ajamu, 57, will be given $647,578.  Ajamu previously changed his name from Ronnie Bridgeman.

“I’m very glad this is headed toward the end of the process,” Ajamu told The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.  “But this was never about financial gain. It was about getting my brother out and getting Ricky Jackson out.”

Bridgeman was released Nov. 21, more than 39 years after he had been locked up. Ajamu was released from prison in 2003.  Bridgemand and Ajamu, along with friend Ricky Jackson, were all convicted of murdering a man near University Circle in Cleveland in 1975.

More:

http://fox8.com/2014/11/20/we-are-free-wrongly-convicted-man-to-join-friend-who-also-spent-decades-behind-bars/

Delaware Senate Votes To Get Rid Of The Death Penalty

For the second time in three years, lawmakers in the Deleware state Senate narrowly voted to repeal the death penalty in the state, according to USA Today.

The Senate voted 11-9 on Thursday in favor of repeal.

This sets up a battle in the Delaware House of Representatives, where police groups and the chamber’s top Democrat will oppose the effort.  The House of Representatives in Delaware has 41 members.

The legislation, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Karen Peterson, includes an exemption for the 15 inmates currently sitting on Delaware’s death row.  They would still face execution by lethal injection, claims USA Today.

The measure has support from clergy.  It also has support from a political effort partly organized by a man named Erik Raser Schramm, a Democratic operative and former top aide to Delaware House Democrats.

Groups supporting State Senator Peterson’s bill includes the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware, the Delaware Center for Justice, and the League of Women Voters.

Governor Jack Markell has yet to speak about it.  A spokeswoman for Markell said in an e-mail Thursday that the governor would not take a position.

State Senator Peterson said she wished Markell would take a stand on the matter like former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley did when that state repealed its death penalty in 2013.

O’Malley is a Democrat looking into running in the presidential primaries against Hillary Clinton.

“We tried to encourage our governor to do the same … but he’s not comfortable with that for some apparent reason,” the state senator said.

(Updated post)

Vice News Discusses The Death Penalty

Vice News

Recently, Vice News traveled around the world speaking to people about capital punishment, and differences in global attitudes on the death penalty.

In this video, they asked people whether the death penalty is outdated, and how effective capital punishment is as a crime deterrent.

(Updated article)