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Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones points out in her State Executioners: Untrained, Incompetent, and "Complete Idiots" piece that the torturing of Clayton Lockett in the Oklahoma death ...
by Meteor Blades
Comment Count 63 comments on Wed May 07, 2014 at 10:27 AM PDT with 106 Recommends
Today US District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that the constitution says what common sense tells the rest of us: it is not okay to treat mentally ill prisoners barbarously; it is not okay to pepper-...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 55 comments on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM PDT with 93 Recommends
Some cases just break your heart. Completely. When she was eight and nine years old, she was sexually abused by her uncle in order to produce child pornography. Her uncle was prosecuted, required to ...
by Adam B
Comment Count 59 comments on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:02 PM PDT with 78 Recommends
In 2002, the Supreme Court held in /Atkins v. Virginia/ that it's unconstitutional to execute someone with an intellectual disability. Florida interpreted that meant that if your IQ is 70 or less, ...
by Adam B
Comment Count 64 comments on Tue May 27, 2014 at 08:21 AM PDT with 56 Recommends
I know it's sacrilege to mess with this song, but the days of Johnny Cash playing concerts in California prisons are over, replaced by Governor Jerry Brown whining about federal judges sticking ...
by Mark Fiore
Comment Count 39 comments on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT with 47 Recommends
As I suggested could happen back before this all started ("Will Brown order force-feeding?"), California is now seeking ways to force-feed prisoners , despite prison policy being to let inmates die ...
by jpmassar
Comment Count 32 comments on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 03:29 PM PDT with 46 Recommends
It reads like scenes out of a graphic horror novel.
by jpmassar
Comment Count 53 comments on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 08:21 AM PDT with 45 Recommends
A Federal appeals court has acknowledged that transgender people do exist and that we are at least vaguely human ( Fields, et al v Smith et ...
by rserven
Comment Count 28 comments on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 08:51 AM PDT with 41 Recommends
Speeding got two Kansas City sisters pulled over in western Kansas. The marijuana they’d purchased in Colorado, just weeks after it became legal there, got them thrown in jail. What’s unclear ...
by Chris Reeves
Comment Count 18 comments on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM PST with 35 Recommends
Selecting justices matters. Obama's appointees were in the majority of the 5-4 ruling that life without parole sentences for juveniles violates the 8th Amendment, which prohibits amongst other ...
by GoGoGoEverton
Comment Count 30 comments on Mon Jun 25, 2012 at 07:28 AM PDT with 21 Recommends
The Seventh Circuit issued a decision in Vance v Rumsfeld that is a first for a court of appeals. The decision holds the Donald Rumsfeld ...
by Gary Norton
Comment Count 14 comments on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 03:16 PM PDT with 20 Recommends
After reading the Department of Justice report on the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department earlier this month, I was struck by a number of the issues raised by the DOJ. For example, I was more than a ...
by buffnstuff
Comment Count 5 comments on Mon Mar 23, 2015 at 01:56 PM PDT with 15 Recommends
Antonin Scalia is a vile, ideological hack who defends torture. This has nothing to do with lofty conversations about the ...
by Compound F
Comment Count 26 comments on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 01:04 PM PDT with 13 Recommends
Miranda states that police officers must read suspects their rights before they question them. However, in 1984, the Rehnquist Court ruled that there was an exception whenever public safety or the ...
by Eternal Hope
Comment Count 55 comments on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:00 PM PDT with 11 Recommends
Short thought here but I was listenting to Scalia last night railing on the bench: JUSTICE SCALIA: Mr. Kneedler, what happened to the Eighth Amendment? You really want us to go through these 2,700 ...
by Hollowdweller
Comment Count 7 comments on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 07:53 AM PDT with 10 Recommends
So, apparently, Justice Scalia's argument FOR torture, and how it doesn't violate the 8th amendment is not that it isn't cruel, or that it isn't unusual, but that it isn't punishment. From a recent ...
by Donkey Hotey
Comment Count 9 comments on Tue Apr 29, 2008 at 10:37 PM PDT with 8 Recommends
Supreme Court ruled that sentencing to life without parole kids who have committed nonhomicidal crimes is "cruel and unusual punishment," a violation of the 8th amendment. The ...
by David Chura
Comment Count 4 comments on Wed May 26, 2010 at 12:31 PM PDT with 7 Recommends
My home state is in the news yet again. It is trying by hook and crook ( mostly crook) to execute a man with a reported IQ of 69. The link below provides a good discussion of what such an IQ score ...
by ATexican
Comment Count 8 comments on Wed May 14, 2014 at 08:07 AM PDT with 3 Recommends
I don’t feel very good about this country this morning, and as so many of us are I’m thinking of how Troy Davis was hustled off this mortal coil by the State of Georgia without a lot of thought ...
by fake consultant
Comment Count 26 comments on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 01:36 AM PDT with 3 Recommends
The Bill of Rights includes the 8th Amendment, which states, in full: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Let's talk ...
by DreamyAJ
Comment Count 5 comments on Tue Dec 09, 2014 at 12:13 PM PST with 2 Recommends