The Supreme Court denied requests for stays of execution in the cases of Marcus Wellons in Georgia and John Winfield in Missouri. Wellons' execution was first since the botched lethal injection of Clayton Lockett in April and was the first in Georgia to be carried out using a drug not federally approved.
The Fifth Circuit has just granted a stay of the execution of Robert James Campbell. He had been scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. tonight in Texas. In their opinion, which is unanimous, the Fifth Circuit says it wants to hear Campbell's habeas corpus petition based on his alleged mental disability.
Tonight, the state of Texas is set to conduct the first execution since Oklahoma botched Clayton Lockett's last month. The death of 41-year-old Robert James Campbell, who confessed to and was convicted of the 1991 rape and murder of Alexandra Rendon, is scheduled for 6 p.m. He will die by lethal injection of a single drug, pentobarbitol.
Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper was executed by lethal injection last night. He wrote to us twice as part of our "Letters from Death Row" series. You can read his letters to us here, and a letter from the brother of his victim here. He is the fourth one of our death row correspondents to be executed.
The Supreme Court is set to review the case of Freddie Lee Hall, a mentally retarded man in Florida who was sentenced to death for participating in a rape, robbery, and two murders. They tackle two main questions: How high an IQ should be necessary for capital punishment? And is IQ measurement even precise enough to be used in cases like this?
In case you needed any further evidence that war, and perhaps particularly the war currently underway in Syria, is a barbaric and soul-sucking swamp of cruelty, the New York Times' C.J. Chivers offers up today a gruesome video of Syrian opposition soldiers executing seven captured members of Assad's forces. The soldiers are on their knees, bent sharply at the waist, shirtless. After a rebel commander known as "the Uncle" recites a religious poem, the men are shot to death by seven gunmen. The Times' video editors mercifully cut to black as the shots were fired.
The U.S. of A, the greatest country on earth, has legally executed 27 people this year, and more than 1,300 since we resurrected the death penalty back in 1976. Mr. Presidential Candidates, what will YOUR administration do to ensure that the USA is not eclipsed by nations like Iraq and Gambia, who are trying to Even Greater Than Us, in a "killing their own citizens" sense?