Category Archives: capital punishment

Florida Seeking Death Penalty in Casey Anthony Case

Florida is seeking the death penalty in the case of Casey Anthony for the murder of her young daughter Caylee Marie. The trial is set to begin this fall.
The notice for the death penalty was filed Monday afternoon. The filing states that “sufficient aggravating circumstances exist to justify the imposition of the Death Penalty.”

Marti Mackenzie, spokeswoman for Anthony’s defense lawyer, just told the Orlando Sentinel: “This is not a death penalty case. We will do whatever is necessary to defend Casey Anthony from the state trying to take her life. We already have death qualified defense lawyers on our team and are prepared for a vigorous defense.”

It’s a risky move, in Florida juries rarely convict when a woman is on trial with the death penalty as the sentence.

Only two women have been executed in Florida, Judias Goodyear Buenoano and Aileen C. Wuornos. There is only one woman who sits on death row in the state, Tiffany Cole. She was convicted of the double murder of a Jacksonville couple.

In China Capital Punishment Comes In A Van

Last year 1,715 people were put to death by execution in China last year. This year estimates put the death count at nearly 10,000. What happens after a person is killed could be considered criminal. Organs are harvested and sold to the highest bidder.
When Jiang Yong, a corrupt city planner is put to death this year it will not be behind bars. He can expect to die in a white van while lethal drugs course through his veins. It is possible to be sentenced to death for anyone of 68 crimes in China.

Jiang Yong is one of those who will soon have organs used by others if he doesn’t win an appeal.

See Yong, a large man with glasses, had a mistress who he enjoyed showering with gifts. Madame Tang must have been given quite a few nice baubles since Yong took more than £1 million in brides from shady entrepreneurs who wanted protected land to build on.

Yong got caught with his hand in the cookie jar by the Chinese authorities last year. He confessed his crimes and was given a death sentence. He was one of the many that face the same fate.

It’s not hard to be sentenced to death in China. Crimes ranging from fraud to tax evasion can be enough to put a needle in a person’s arm.

Jinguan Auto, a Chinese automaker, produced the white vans that on the outside look like standard police vans. The vans cost £60,000. The insides of the vans though differ vastly from the other law enforcement vehicles. They are speed from one site to another at 80 mph. The vans save money for the government. No building is needed to carry out the organ harvests. The van is able to whip on over to local jails to execute locally in the very community that criminals broke the laws.

All of the deaths are videotaped so that they comply to the strict rules that the government has laid out.

The Daily Mail reports:

‘We have not sold our execution cars to foreign countries yet,’ beamed a proud spokesman. But if they need one, they could contact our company directly.’

When it is time for a prisoner to walk the long green mile they are placed on a automated stretcher and moves into the inside of the van already set up as a sterile operating chamber. Inside the doctors administer drugs that will quickly kill their ‘patient’ and then harvest the prisoner’s eyes, kidney, liver, pancreas and lungs. The heart though can not be used as it has been damaged by the drugs that killed the prisoners.

The vans are being compared to the gas wagons that Nazis used to kill millions.

The program started three years ago and then quieted down last summer as not to offend the human rights groups during the Olympic Games held in Beijing.

The games are over and the vans are back in business.

All of the deaths are videotaped so that they comply to the strict rules that the government has laid out.

Chinese hospitals perform up to 20,000 organ transplants a year. A typical kidney transplant costs £5,000 but that price can rapidly increase if the patient has the money to request an organ quickly.

China used to kill their prisoners by firing squad and then dig out the lethal bullet to charge the family with. It seems that day when family members were asked to pay for the bullet that killed their loved one is gone in China. The organ train is a high payer and those who are in the wrong get to fund the money wagon.

A Mistake Costs 22 North Koreans Their Lives

North Korea shot to death 22 fishermen that had strayed out of the country’s waterways into South Korea as they returned home. North Korea has a “no tolerance” stance when it comes to anyone trying to leave the country.

It appears that stance holds up even if an error was made.

The two boats used for oyster and clam fishing had 14 women and eight men on board. Straying off course, they entered South Korean waters near Yeonpyeong Island. South Korean officials questioned the group that included three teenagers. Officials thought perhaps they were attempting to defect from the communistic North but quickly understood that this was an accident.

The fishing boats were taken and the South Koreans gave the 22 passage back to their country on an overland route.

As the Daily Mail reports:

Last night, a source with the South Korean national intelligence agency said: “We found the group were neither asylum seekers nor spies.

“They didn’t want to stay in South Korea, so we sent them back.

“We have heard that they were shot, but we had no idea that would happen.”

A source with North Korean contacts added: “They weren’t even given the option of going to a prison camp. They were simply executed.”

North Korea is saying that the group didn’t have authorisation to be on a maritime expedition. For that mistake they were shot to death when they returned back to the North.

Execution Approved For ‘Chemical Ali’

Saddam Hussein’s cousin Hassan al-Majid, better known as Chemical Ali will be going to the gallows within 30 days. Appeals have not saved the man charged with 100,000 Kurd deaths that resulted from the Anfal campaign in northern Iraq in 1988.

During the campaign that took countless lives al-Majid ultilized poison gas earning him the nickname ‘Chemical Ali’.

remained defiant throughout his trial not once showing any remorse for the carnage he was in charge of.

He said at one hearing: “I am the one who gave orders to the army to demolish villages and relocate the villagers. I am not apologising. I did not make a mistake.”

Hussein Rashid Mohammed, an ex-deputy director of operations for the Iraqi armed forces, and former defense minister Sultan Hashim al-Taie did not have approval from the three member presidental council that approves death sentences. The two that were tried with al-Majid are in United States custody.

The council though did approve for ‘Chemical Ali’ to be executed by hanging. He will be the fifth former regime leader to be hanged for the war crimes associated with the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Kurds.

Six Detainees to be Charged For Involvement in 9/11

The Pentagon is planning to charge six detainees at Gitmo for the 9/11 attacks. The Pentagon also wants capital punishment to be the end result. It’s been more than six years since the attack that took more than 3,000 lives.

Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman said the charges could come as early as Monday.

The men that are alleged to be involved are:

Khalid Sheik Mohammed
He is suspected to be the mastermind behind the attacks.

Ramzi bin al-Shibh
He is said to be the main intermediary between the hijackers and al-Qaida.

Mohammed al-Qahtani
He is said to have been the 20th hijacker.

Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali
He is said to be Mohammed’s lieutenant for the 2001 operation. He is also the nephew of Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi
Walid bin Attash
Both of these men are alleged to have selected and trained some of the hijackers.

“The department has been working diligently to prepare cases and bring charges against a number of individuals who have been involved in some of the most grievous acts of violence and terror against the United States and our allies,” Whitman said.

This is a developing story that will undoubtedly fill in the missing pieces in the weeks and months ahead.

Reporter Sentenced To Death For Reading About Women’s Rights On The Web

Pervez Kambaksh has been sentenced to death for reading about women’s rights
Journalist Pervez Kambaksh has been sentenced to death. The 23 year old downloaded information about women’s rights in Afghanistan. That act pegged him for death under the laws of blasphemy.

Kambaksh was accused of the crime after he downloaded a report from a Farsi website. The report stated that Muslim fundamentalists who claim that the Koran justifies the oppression of women misrepresent the views of the prophet Mohamed.

Yesterday the Afghan house supported the death sentence against the young reporter even with international outcry of the harsh sentence. Kambaksh has not had legal counsel throughout his ordeal. Now the Afghan government is saying maybe the sentence is not so final and that they will handle this case “very carefully.”

Yacoub Kambaksh, brother of Perves said his sibling is very concerned about his future. His brother states that he hasn’t had a fair trial nor a lawyer to defend him.

Kambaksh is a student at Balkh University and a journalist for Jahan-e Naw. The arrest took place in 2007.

Daryl Atkins’ Sentence Commuted To Life In Prison

Daryl Atkins’ death sentence has been commuted to life in prison. Atkins is mentally retarded. He was convicted at eighteen of the 1996 robbery and murder of Eric Nesbitt, 21, an Air Force mechanic.

Atkins is now 30. He has spent a decade sitting on death row while appeals have been ongoing. His lawyer argued that because of his mental disability he should not be executed. The case was turned over to the U.S. Supreme Court after a ruling in 2002 that it was unconstitutional to execute the mentally retarded.

A jury decided in 2003 that Atkins was not retarded and upheld his original sentence. That verdict was overturned because of errors made during the time of the trial. It was revealed while Atkins was awaiting a new trial this year that prosecutors withheld evidence during his original 1998 trial.

Atkins was a drug user. Prosecutors tried to contend that his bad marks in school did not stem from his retardation but rather from a bad attitude. In Virginia mental retardation is defined as having an IQ below 70 before the age of 18 and not being able to function well in society. His stepsister stated that as a teenager Atkins was unable to prepare his own meals or “even clean out his own ears.”

Atkins has taken four IQ tests since he was charged with the murder. He scored between 59 and 76 on those tests.