Firing Squad Execution News
Family of Victims Shows No Sympathy at Killer's Execution
The family of two people murdered by a man sentenced to the death penalty by lethal injection showed no remorse when his execution dragged on for nearly two hours. Jeanne Brown watched from the gallery at the Arizona State Prison Complex as Joseph Rudolph Wood, who shot her sister and father dead
Oklahoma Sued for Drawing the Blinds on Botched Execution
Prompted by the botched execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett, the ACLU today filed a lawsuit alleging that state prison officials violated reporters’ First Amendment rights when they drew the shade nearly 30 minutes before Lockett’s death. “Because of the State’s use of...
Federal Judge Favors 'More Primitive' but 'Foolproof' Firing Squad
Should lethal injection be replaced by firing squad? One federal judge thinks so. Before Joseph Wood's controversial execution Wednesday in Arizona, one federal judge reviewing the case earlier in the week opined that states should consider abandoning lethal injection executions in favor of a
How To Turn A National Crisis Into A National Tragedy (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES ANALYSIS — ABC’s RICK KLEIN: Quick – how do you turn a national crisis into a national tragedy? One way is to do nothing at all. On one level, it’s completely unsurprising that Washington is resigned to the fact that...
What Death Row Inmates' Last Meals Say About Guilt or Innocence
More than any of the bizarre traditions in American history, the "special meal" served to a convicted felon just prior to execution has captured the imagination and curiosity of just about everyone from movie moguls to legal scholars to scientists. There is a historical suggestion that the meal
Web Extra: Read an Excerpt of Mark Mazzetti's 'The Way of the Knife'
Excerpt from THE WAY OF THE KNIFE: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth by Mark Mazzetti, published by The Penguin Press 2013. CHAPTER THREE THE WAY OF THE KNIFE: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a...
Syrian Describes Surviving Firing Squad
Muhammed Ali lifts the leg of his track pants to show the scars of two bullet wounds from, he says, a failed execution attempt by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Three more bullets hit him in the ear, shoulder and hip, but he...
The Global Note: Assad Fights Back…40 Bombings In Iraq…Norway & The Boss
SYRIA -BIG PICTURE…The various U.N. efforts aren’t working. The sanctions haven’t done the job. Even last week’s attack on the highest echelons of Assad’s regime and the fighting in Damascus have yet to drive the Syrian President from power; for now he has weathered the...
Tim O'Brien Reports on the Electric Chair
The prisoners trapped into the chair with heavy leather straps. Similar straps are tied around his ankles. A single electrodes tied around one of his legs. That may place this skullcap on its head it also has an electrode and metal netting inside the conduct some of the electricity. Then they this