Tag Archives: Death Penalty

The sad case of Esteban Santiago-Ruiz

49457979-cachedThe gunman at Fort Lauderdale’s airport had psychiatric problems, and the symptoms seem to have started after he was deployed to Iraq.

Some researchers point to a link between combat stress and violence at home. But other research says there isn’t such a direct link between the two.

Santiago-Ruiz killed five people in Florida, and now faces the death penalty.

How to get your pro-life card

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Anti-abortion protesters attend the March for Life on January 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The pro-life gathering is held each year around the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

From LOLGOP at EclectaBlog:

If you want to call yourself “pro-life,” fine. You just have to meet at least five (5) of the following requirements:

[  ] I support publicly funded nurse coaching.

[  ] I support universal health care.

[  ] I support paid parental leave.

[  ] I oppose the death penalty.

[  ] I support comprehensive sex education.

[  ] I oppose abortion in nearly all circumstances (if you must).

[  ] I believe abortion should be safe and legal, which makes the procedure less common.

[  ] I oppose wars of choice.

[  ] I believe that pregnancy should be qualifying event for health insurance, because that’s the least we can fucking do if we want a child to be born healthy.

Support any five — even the one I don’t support — and you can have your pro-life card.

To which Alison adds: “I support efforts to ensure that babies once they are born have the material support they need to be healthy and thrive”

And then there was no more capital punishment in CT

indexThe state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Connecticut’s ban-lite on capital punishment is unconstitutional. From America’s Oldest Continuously Published Newspaper:

The 4-3 decision effectively removes 11 convicts from Connecticut’s death row and overturns the latest iteration of the state’s death penalty, a political compromise effective April 2012 that barred death sentences going forward but allowed the execution of inmates already sentenced.

Here’s a map, from Death Penalty Information Center, which shows states with and without capital punishment.

Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev get the death penalty?

Dzhokhar TsarnaevThe Boston Marathon bomber was found guilty on all counts by a jury of his peers this week. Guilty, as CNN said,

of using weapons of mass destruction, guilty of bombing a place of public use, guilty of conspiracy and aiding and abetting.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when the bombs exploded at the finish line of the marathon in April 2013. Tsarnaev’s defense lawyers admitted he was guilty all along, but they tried to shift blame onto his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in the aftermath when his brother — according to news reports — ran over him in a getaway vehicle.

Massachusetts doesn’t have the death penalty, but Tsarnaev was found guilty of federal crimes. I stole this off of Facebook, where my friend Stan posed the question.

(For what it’s worth, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says he shouldn’t get the death penalty.)

Pharmacists say no to the death penalty

indexThe American Pharmacists Association, which just wrapped up its annual convention, has adopted a policy that discourages pharmacists from participating in death-penalty executions.

The policy says:

“The American Pharmacists Association discourages pharmacist participation in executions on the basis that such activities are fundamentally contrary to the role of pharmacists as providers of health care.”

Seems pretty straightforward, yes? You can read more here.