Missouri executed Kevin Johnson – daughter not allowed to stand by him

Kevin Johnson (37), sentenced to death for police murder, was executed by lethal injection in the US state of Missouri. His daughter was prevented from standing by her father as a witness.

It was an extremely emotionally charged situation in 2005 when African American Kevin Johnsen shot and killed a white police officer. Two hours before the crime, his 12-year-old brother had died from a stroke while police officers were trying to arrest him for allegedly violating parole. Kevin Johnson was convinced at the time that his little brother died as a result of police action. Johnson was just 19 years old at the time and shot an officer.

Although two justices were in favor of granting a stay, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to do so.

Kevin Johnson’s defense attorneys also argued that racial discrimination played a role in the charges against their client and that it is said to be more common in the St. Louis County District Attorney’s Office.

The U.S. state was also merciless in refusing to allow Kevin Johnson’s 19-year-old daughter to stand by her father in his final minutes, claiming that people over the age of 21 are only allowed to witness executions. After her corresponding request was rejected in court, she said, that she was heartbroken that she couldn’t be by her father’s side in his final moments.

On Monday, Gov. Mike Parson rejected the clemency plea from Kevin Johnson’s attorneys, saying: “Mr. Johnson has received every protection afforded by the Missouri and United States Constitutions, and Mr. Johnson’s conviction and sentence remain for his horrendous and callous crime…The State of Missouri will carry out Mr. Johnson’s sentence according to the Court’s order and deliver justice.”
A very macabre statement from a governor when he has a human being murdered by the state. – They don’t seem to want to protect human life in Missouri!

Once again, the depravity of the judiciary in the USA becomes apparent. Up to the Supreme Court of the USA, there is vindictive mercilessness when it comes to the murder of those sentenced to the maximum penalty. Not even references to partly racist motives of sentences are of interest.

Disgusted by this bloodthirsty system of “an eye for an eye”, we can only continue to fight for an end to this state murder.

IHfL
Peter K.

Sources:
https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/29/us/kevin-johnson-missouri-supreme-court/index.html
https://www.n-tv.de/der_tag/Tochter-durfte-Hinrichtung-ihres-Vaters-in-Missouri-nicht-beiwohnen-article23752732.html


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USA: Several executions carried out – Cruel torture in the name of “justice”

On November 16 and 17, a total of 4 executions have been scheduled. Only one was stopped. Problems with the infusions occurred in several cases. An unimaginable torture for those affected.

Murray Hooper (76) convicted of involvement in a double murder, was executed by lethal injection in the state of Arizona on Nov. 16, 2022. Murray has always insisted on his innocence. Hooper’s defense argued: “No physical evidence links him to the crime and Mr. Hooper’s execution should not be carried out until an analysis of key fingerprint and DNA evidence, which was scientifically unavailable at the time of his trial, has been completed.” Hooper sentenced and convicted “based on corrupt police practices and unreliable witness testimony.”

The courts rejected attempts by Hooper’s attorneys to delay the execution and order fingerprint and DNA tests on evidence of the killings.

According to media witnesses, his killers had problems placing an intravenous line on his arms. They were only able to do so when they inserted the catheter into his femoral vein. Associated Press media witness Bob Christie shared that he was able to see the entire procedure. He watched as the state killers inserted a catheter into Hooper’s groin and sutured the area closed. Horrible incompetence that must have resulted in severe pain!

In his final words, Hooper said: “It’s all been said, let it be done. Don’t be sad for me. Don’t cry. I’ll see you later, let’s go.”


Stephen Barbee (55), sentenced to death for double murder, was executed Nov. 16 in the U.S. state of Texas despite his protestations of innocence.

In his last words he said: “I want to take this moment to be shared with everyone, to give God all the glory of our love, peace wisdom, kindness, and respect. God knows the truth. He is the truth, the way, and the life…I don’t want this to be a sad moment for all my friends and loved ones. God gave his blood and died in three days for the glory and grace for all of us that will serve him an eternity. I want to thank all the field ministers for doing a good job of changing people and teaching the word of God. It’s a different place now. Thank you minister and my brothers, I love them. I also want to thank the field ministers that helped me get through this. I want everyone to have peace in their heart that only Jesus can give us. I Love you Jennifer, Ashley, and Fabio. Thank you for everything. Thank you, brother, I’m ready to go home.”
Crying, he then said: “I’m ready warden. Send me home. I just want everyone to have peace in their heart, make eternity with Jesus, give him the glory in everything you do. I’m ready.”

As recently as Tuesday, a request for a stay of execution was denied over concerns that Barbee would experience “intolerable pain and suffering” if he were executed with his arms outstretched on the gurney because he had physical limitations.

And indeed! – The execution took much longer than it normally does in Texas. Around 6 p.m. CST, the execution was scheduled to begin, but witnesses didn’t come back out of the witness room even after 100 minutes.
Prison spokeswoman Amanda Hernandez wrote in an email Wednesday night: “Due to his inability to extend his arms, it took longer to ensure he had functional IV lines.”

After his killers strapped him to the gurney, they inserted an IV needle into his right hand at about 18:14. Then it took 35 minutes! to insert another needle into the left side of his neck. Only after another 15 minutes after the needle was inserted into his neck was he able to make his last statement… Only after another 26 minutes after his last words was he pronounced dead….


Richard Fairchild (63) who was sentenced to death for the murder of his son, was executed by lethal injection in Oklahoma on Nov. 17, 2022, his birthday.

Fairchild’s defense tried to prevent the execution. They argue that he was abused as a child and mentally ill (Under the U.S. Constitution, a mentally ill person cannot actually be executed). “As Richard Fairchild’s brain has deteriorated, he has descended into psychosis, a fact well-documented in his prison records… Yet despite having lost touch with reality, Richard remains remorseful for his crime and continues to have an unblemished prison record. There is no principled reason for Oklahoma to execute him.” his attorney, Emma Rolls, told the Pardon and Parole Board.

In his final words, Richard Fairchild said: “I’m thankful I found my faith in God… I’m at peace with God … Don’t grieve for me because I’m going home to be with my heavenly father.”


The execution of Kenneth Smith in Alabama, who was sentenced to death for murder, has been halted. For an hour, the state killers maltreated Smith with infusion needles. They failed to insert an IV line into his veins. They stabbed him repeatedly in various parts of his body. Then they concluded that they could not manage to murder their victim in the allotted time and then aborted the execution.

Maya Foa, US director of the human rights organization Reprieve, said: “Being prepared for execution, strapped to a gurney and stabbed again and again with needles as prison officials try and fail to kill you is torture… It is the definition of ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ and even supporters of the death penalty must recognize that it is time for Alabama to think again… The recent spate of disastrous lethal injection executions have shown that whatever the drug, whatever the protocol, condemned prisoners often spend their final hours in agonizing pain and distress. With each gruesome scene in the death chamber, we are witnessing the consequences of persisting with a broken method of execution, in real time.”

In fact, in 1996, the jury had voted 11 to 1 to sentence Smith to life in prison. However, the judge overruled that and sentenced him to death.


What more can we say about this?… What is happening in the USA in some states defies description. Torture, human rights violations, judicial arrogance, hatred and a judicial system far from any humanity are doing their worst. And it still does not seem to succeed in stopping this madness. The state, which acts as a world policeman, tortures and murders in its own country without any shame and sells this system of cruelty as “justice”… A “justice” which is none and causes only more suffering!

IHfL
Peter K.


Sources:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/death-row-inmate-murray-hooper-execution-arizona-supreme-court-reject-appeal/
https://eu.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2022/11/16/murray-hooper-execution-day-1980-phoenix-murder-convictions/10666614002/
https://www.newsweek.com/stephen-barbee-final-words-texas-execution-1760267
https://abc13.com/texas-death-row-inmates-executed-in-2022-stephen-barbee-fort-worth-killings/12459834/
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2022/11/17/Texas-execution-prolonged-Stephen-Barbee-murders/1751668688333/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oklahoma-executes-richard-fairchild-1993-torture-slaying-3-year-old-adam-broomhall/
https://eu.oklahoman.com/story/news/state/2022/11/17/richard-fairchild-oklahoma-execution-final-words-remorse-faith-adam-broomhall/69643704007/
https://www.newsweek.com/kenneth-smith-execution-aborted-after-inmate-stabbed-needles-hour-1760573


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Executions in the USA: 5 more executions in November

After the execution of Tracy Beatty (we reported), further executions of 5 convicts are looming in the USA in November. For this current occasion we would like to do some things differently here. We will not go into the individual sentences (who is interested in it will find accordingly in the Internet). Rather, we would like to counter this madness with some of our arguments against the death penalty. And we ask you to sign the petitions linked below.

These are the scheduled executions of

  • Stephen Barbee (Texas 16.11.2022
  • Murray Hooper (Arizona 16.11.2022)
  • Richard Fairchild (Oklahoma 17.11.2022)
  • Kenneth Smith (Alabama 17.11.2022)
  • Kevin Johnson (Missouri 29.11.2022)

The following text is an excerpt of a lecture given by Peter K. at Amnesty International in Münster. And since many people in the USA are Christians, the text will begin with a Bible verse:

Let Him Who Is Without Guilt Cast the First Stone!
This sentence from the Bible hits the mark like a stone just like that. Yes, who is without guilt… Who has not committed a serious mistake in his life? Who has not once “snapped” or wished bad things to his counterpart? It is this central question that does not separate “us” from “them” on death row.

Every one of us has incurred guilt in his or her life. Not everything could be repaired. But we were able to repair some of it or at least reduce the damage. And yes, many of us have thought: “This criminal should be killed! Only a few of us know the exact background. What kind of man or woman was this? What was the childhood like? How did the crime happen? And above all, how will the perpetrator think about it in 20 years and what conclusions and consequences will he draw for himself?

The death penalty seems to be a reflex from ancient times
We have mostly not thought about the history of the death penalty. At that time, people were sacrificed to make the gods merciful and to free ourselves from our own guilt with this sacrifice. By killing “that one” we separate ourselves from him. We make him an inhuman being who no longer belongs to us, to those who are without guilt. We consider his crime isolated from us. It is something “with which we have nothing to do”. And by getting rid of the perpetrator, we get rid of our own part in his crime.
Because, what do we have to do “with”! – “We are not monsters! We are human beings! – He is the “monster!” – And we overlook the fact that we ourselves become murderers when we kill him. We succeed only because we deny the perpetrator everything human. We declare him to be a beast and thus expel him from the human community…

The perpetrator grew up in our society
He was shaped by our society. Was involved in our idea of what is right and wrong, what is good and bad. We brought him up with our morals and values. But these values and morals seem so natural to us, as if they had always been there… We hardly question them…

What would a native of Papua say to our ideas of life?! Much of our life seems not only absurd to other cultures, but often even a crime… And so perhaps our sacred values dissolve into thin air if we would allow them to be questioned.

Somewhere we all know that our lives are wrong
That it is the opposite of what nature intended for us, assuming she could think. We are destroying our planet. We blow exhaust fumes into the air with our cars and do the same with our factories. We fly in masses around the world and call this vacation, while we know exactly that we leave a sick world to our children with this behavior. We produce masses of superfluous consumer goods and allow our children to be seduced, even raped, by the omnipresent advertising to buy all this garbage… Everyone can make his own thoughts here and add them, too much comes to mind for the author to find room for it here…

Yes! – We are guilty!
And somewhere in the back of our minds, we know it too. And that’s why “that one” has to die. We tie him to the cross and let him die miserably… In the unconscious hope to become free from our own guilt….

Nobody has the right to kill another human being. In particular not the state, whose task it should be to be there for the life of the people and not for their murder!

And if we think of the people who are close to the death row inmates, the so-called “justice” becomes a cruel torture of countless people who are often severely traumatized by the execution of the person they are close to.
This is another reason why the death penalty is one of the worst human rights violations a state can be guilty of!

We ask below to sign and share the petitions against the scheduled executions in November…

Action now!

Let’s send a clear signal against this madness!

IHfL
Peter K.

Source:
https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/executions/upcoming-executions


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Texas executed Tracy Beatty

The U.S. state of Texas has executed Tracy Beatty, who was sentenced to death for murder, by lethal injection, even though he was diagnosed with a severe mental illness by two experts. Executions of the mentally disabled are actually prohibited under the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Beatty had been on Texas’ death row since 2004. He was sentenced to death for the murder of his 62-year-old mother.

According to testimony from Dr. Bhushan Agharkar and Dr. Daniel Martell, Beatty clearly suffered from severe psychosis and a complex paranoid delusional system.
Dr. Bhushan Agharkar wrote: “While he appeared generally logical and linear, when questioning turned to his current incarceration, a complex delusional world revealed itself… He talked about a vast conspiracy of correctional officers who spread false rumors about him in order to turn people against him. They ‘torture’ him via a device in his ear so he can hear their menacing voices… Mr. Beatty believes his thoughts are being read and broadcast to others and that the correctional officers, who are not even present in the prison, are trying to turn inmates and other officers against him by spreading lies.”

In his last words, just before he was injected with the deadly poison by his killers, Tracy Beatty sobbed and said to his wife, who could see him through a window: “Yes, I just want to thank (pause) I don’t want to leave you baby, see you when you get there. I love you.”
He then thanked his fellow inmates on death row: “Thank you to all my brothers back on the unit for all the encouragement to help get my life right…. Sunny, Blue I love you brothers. See you on the other side.”

When the poison began to work, he mumbled something unintelligible…

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had unanimously declined Monday to commute the death sentence. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block the execution.

Texas has one of the worst death row systems. We also document this in one of our publications: “Peter K. – execution warrant”, which can be downloaded for free as a PDF HERE. Tracy Beatty was subjected to these horrible conditions in the last decades of his life. Torture in the name of “justice” in a state that claims to be the moralizer of the world. Yet in the U.S. even the courts seem to ignore the Constitution and see no reason to stop executions of mentally ill people.

IHfL
Peter K.

Sources:
https://www.newsweek.com/tracy-beatty-final-words-texas-execution-1758497
https://ihflger.wordpress.com/2022/10/27/texas-execution-of-mentally-disabled-man-planned-again/

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Petition to Joe Biden for Edgar B. Garcia

Edgar B. Garcia is a prisoner on U.S. federal death row in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was sentenced to death for murder in 2010. The world is still waiting for a decisive step towards the abolition of the death penalty, because this is exactly what Joe Biden had promised. Now Karine Omry addresses Joe Biden with a petition demanding a new and fair trial for Edgar B. Garcia.

Edgar B. Garcia describes his terrible situation on death row as follows, based on one of his paintings:

“That is a representation of my situation, in isolation with no physical access to others, having to speak to other people through a door or a ventilation system forces me to cover the face of the other. I see not the person I speak to, who I hear and listen to, and that is why that face is painted over with a strip of blue paint. I also didn’t put eyes on me to represent that, I used different colors to express different people and the situation. The back ground is the chaos in my environment…
It was in my darkest moments, housed in the SHU fighting case after case, that somehow manifested something beautiful. How can that be? It was in all of those cold and empty living tombs (cells) without property that I stumbled upon what later became my passion: Art.
Art has become my salvation, my purpose and a major reason for fighting for my life. It began as an outlet, to express the feelings I had inside, the things I dared not share with others inside this place. Then as I poured my raw emotions onto paper or canvas, it made me confront aspects of myself which I had shied away from. It forced me to examine who I was on a deep, introspective level I had never imagine and at the same time allowing me to attain a depth of insight into my own heart and soul which I believe few ever reach. I was led to an objective realization of both my flaws and my good points. In so doing, I discovered a man worse than I hoped for and better than I had feared.”

This expressive painting, which allows us to look directly into the soul of a man subjected to the inhumane solitary confinement of death row – this painting, coupled with the profound words he has attached to this painting, shows us what positive and responsible development this man is capable of. But it also shows what suffering is done in the name of “justice” on death row. Also for this reason we ask the readers to sign the petition for Edgar B. Garcia.

The following are excerpts from Karine Omry’s petition to Joe Biden:

“I am petitioning for new and fair capital jury trial for Edgar B. Garcia. Listed below you’ll find some of the most troubling discrepancies out of the many in his case.

Everyone is aware of the long and shameful history of discrimination against minorities which exists within the U.S. courts because such things are systemic, in many ways, the influences are not openly obvious. This was not the case with the trial of Edgar B. Garcia.

Edgar spent the first ten years of his life in Mexico, but the attorneys who represented him at trial did not even hire a translator to communicate with his family or bother to obtain any record from that period to properly prepare a defense.

In addition to this, it has since been determined that the jury venire-selection process was not drawn randomly, therefore, violating the jury selection and service act and Edgar’s sixth amendment right to have a jury drawn from a fair cross section…
…Considering the fact that Edgar was discriminated against by both the prosecution and his own defense attorneys, can it come as any surprise that his trial ended in conviction and the ultimate penalty?…

…Edgar has been in federal custody for half of his life. Since 2007, he has not received any disciplinary infractions and has utilized his time to exhaust any educational and recreational programs available. He’s also received his GED and is a self-taught artist. His creativity expands to other forms of expression. Despite having been in isolation for a major part of his incarceration, Edgar has managed to find ways to grow in positive ways and contribute to society. He even has a play written about him “Edgar and Me.” He is the epitome of rehabilitation and redemption, but also what is wrong with our justice system…”

Click here to signed the petition for Edgar B. Garcia:
https://www.change.org/p/fair-new-trial-for-edgar-garcia

More of his art here: https://www.instagram.com/real_edgar_b_garcia

We thank Karine Omry for her efforts and Edgar B. Garcia for permission to use his artwork and words here.

IHfL
Peter K.


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Texas: execution of mentally disabled man planned again

The U.S. state of Texas intends to execute Tracy Beatty (61), convicted of murder, by lethal injection on Nov. 9, 2022. This despite the fact that he is believed to have a mental disability.

Beatty has been on Texas death row since 2004, when he was sentenced to death for the murder of his 62-year-old mother. At the trial at the time, forensic psychiatrists claimed he was not mentally ill and had a normal intelligence quotient.

Currently, lawyers for Tracy Beatty are fighting to stop their client’s scheduled execution because he has a severe mental disability. Executions of the mentally disabled are prohibited under the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit is also about unequal treatment of Beatty, in mental health examinations. While other prisoners have been examined without being handcuffed, Beatty has been handcuffed. The lawsuit also directly targets Bryan Collier, TDCJ executive director; Bobby Lumpkin, director of the TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division; and Daniel Dickerson, supervisor of the Polunsky unit in Livingston.

On Sept. 19 and 22 of this year, Beatty was examined by two medical professionals. In the process, these specialists criticized the fact that despite repeated requests, Beatty’s handcuffs were not removed, preventing them from conducting a full examination.

According to Dr. Bhushan Agharkar and Dr. Daniel Martell, Beatty is said to be clearly psychotic and to have a complex paranoid delusional belief system.
Agharkar writes: “While he appeared generally logical and linear, when questioning turned to his current incarceration, a complex delusional world revealed itself… He talked about a vast conspiracy of correctional officers who spread false rumors about him in order to turn people against him. They ‘torture’ him via a device in his ear so he can hear their menacing voices… Mr. Beatty believes his thoughts are being read and broadcast to others and that the correctional officers, who are not even present in the prison, are trying to turn inmates and other officers against him by spreading lies.”

Action now!

Another case of legal arrogance and ignorance. In the face of the fact that executions of people with mental disabilities are actually forbidden, the death penalty system tries everything to deny the prisoners fair conditions in the examination of their mental competence. Time and again, it becomes apparent that “an eye for an eye” seems to be more important than justice, which is supposedly what the supporters of the death penalty are all about. But the murderers with legal legitimacy are not concerned with healing, not with mercy, and not with humanity. – They are only concerned with revenge. They don’t seem to care how many people they hurt, because not only the convicted person dies… The people to whom the executed person meant something are also severely traumatized…

IHfL
Peter K.

Sources:
https://tylerpaper.com/news/crime/whitehouse-man-texas-death-row-inmate-sues-state-prison-officials-2-weeks-before-execution-date/article_46be5028-53f4-11ed-ba7b-0f8b1a5bc2d1.html
https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/crime/2-weeks-before-execution-date-east-texas-inmate-files-lawsuit/501-2437c581-d65b-43bc-9c2f-14f6587ac7be

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Oklahoma executes Benjamin Cole despite diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia

The US state of Oklahoma has executed Benjamin Cole, who was sentenced to death for murder, by lethal injection. All attempts to grant clemency failed, although the U.S. Constitution prohibits unusual and cruel punishments, as well as the execution of mentally ill people. Cole suffered from schizophrenia and brain damage, often being catatonic. Cole’s condition was exacerbated by a large brain lesion and other brain damage. He was confined to a wheelchair and was extremely weak. Obviously, he did not really understand why he was supposed to be executed.

Cole had killed his young daughter when he felt disturbed by he was playing Nintendo. Her mother had put the child in her bed and gone to hang laundry. He confessed the next day, after the child died in the hospital, that he had bent her so much that her spine probably broke…

Right before his execution, he prayed to Jesus to “receive my spirit”. In his further, partly incomprehensible statement, he said: “Choose Jesus while you still can… Keep your eyes peeled. … Be ready at all times.” – Further, he prayed that Jesus would touch the hearts of those who were tormented by what he had done.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Cole shortly before the execution.

His attorney Tom Hird said after the execution: “Over his years on death row, Ben slipped into a world of delusion and darkness… He was often unable to interact with my colleagues and me in any meaningful way.” – And it was unconscionable that he was denied the competence procedure (see our report).
“As Oklahoma proceeds with its relentless march to execute one mentally ill, traumatized man after another, we should pause to ask whether this is really who we are, and who we want to be.” his lawyer continued.

Victims’ relatives expressed satisfaction with the execution and called for such executions to be carried out more quickly in the future. In Cole’s case, it was 20 years that he spent in prison.

The archbishop of Oklahoma City expressed his belief that the death penalty is an outdated method of punishment. Further he said: “The death penalty does little to heal the wounds of grief and loss, and as a state that supports the sanctity of human life for the unborn, we need to continue to build a society that chooses life in all situations”

We cannot ultimately decide whether Benjamin Cole was really so mentally ill that he could not understand the implications of his actions and the reason for his execution. But we do know, the system that murdered him is a sick system. Characterized by the sick thought of retribution and revenge – without any sense, because whatever wrong a person has done, it is not undone by the injustice of the death penalty and only represents a new injustice…

IHfL
Peter K.

Sources:
https://news.yahoo.com/oklahoma-execution-benjamin-cole-gets-152704534.html
https://ihflger.wordpress.com/2022/10/10/execution-on-oct-20-judge-denies-hearing-on-benjamin-coles-mental-competency/


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Execution on Oct. 20 – Judge denies hearing on Benjamin Cole’s mental competency!

Mike Hogan (Pittsburg County, Oklahoma judge) has declined to review the mental status of Benjamin Cole, who was sentenced to death for murder. This clears the way for the execution on October 20, 2022.

Mike Hogan wrote in his three-page ruling on Oct. 4 that Cole’s attorneys had not crossed the required “substantial threshold showing of insanity” Allegedly, the defense’s arguments were “are conflicting” Thus, the condemned man was not entitled to a jury trial regarding his execution.

Cole suffers from schizophrenia and brain damage, often being catatonic. Clearly, he does not understand in any way why he should actually be executed. Yet the verdict contains no examination of the evidence of Cole’s mental illness.

Cole’s defense attorneys released a statement in which Deputy Federal Public Defender Tom Hird wrote in response to that ruling: “Benjamin Cole is incapacitated by his mental illness to the point of being essentially non-functional. His own attorneys have not been able to have a meaningful interaction with him for years, and the staff who interact with him in the prison every day confirm that he cannot communicate or take care of his most basic hygiene. He simply does not have a rational understanding of why Oklahoma seeks to execute him.”

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board had already voted 4-1 in favor of the execution!

Cole allegedly killed his little daughter in 2002 because he felt she was disturbing him while he was playing a video game. One possible explanation is the schizophrenia he has been diagnosed with since the trial and a growing brain lesion. His lawyers report that he rarely talks and believes in rock bands sending him messages. He does not shower and refuses pain-relieving medical treatment. He always keeps the lights off in his cell, which he never leaves. At the same time, he hoards religious materials and food.

He stared at a Bible for hours during the trial… He also wanted to invite the guitarist of the band “Korn” to be a witness at his execution, which was originally scheduled for 2015. And Cole predicted that he would simply disappear at his execution after being strapped to the execution table…

His attorney Tom Hird says: “We’ve known Benjamin for a long time… and we’ve seen him go a little further downhill, downhill, getting worse and worse. We’ve seen the decline. He’s not faking it.”

A counter-opinion, by a psychologist hired by the prosecutor, contradicts all these facts. Cole shows no significant signs of mental illness…
Who is surprised!!! – The U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited cruel and unusual punishments and executions of mentally ill convicts since 1986…

DeathPenaltyAction writes on their petition page: “Mr. Cole’s history reveals an inability to cope in times of stress. He had no intention to harm his precious daughter. It was an impulsive act likely exacerbated by his brain abnormalities.”

Action now!

What shall we say to this? – Again and again we have the impression that when it comes to the death penalty, the law in the USA is bent almost to bursting point.
An obviously seriously ill person is simply declared healthy, or at least healthy enough, so that the vengeful representatives of society get their satisfaction… Only – what kind of satisfaction is this supposed to be? Which legal good is to be protected with it? – Oh yes, it is about life. And a human being who has taken the life of another human being should also be killed… Aha! – But wouldn’t all those involved in the executions, all those who support them, also have to be executed? – Why this contradiction does not notice the responsible persons?!!! – Especially since there have been executions of innocent people again and again…

What kind of job posting might be in the paper soon?
“Serial killer wanted! – Good payment! – Hygienic procedure guaranteed! – Give free rein to your homicidal instinct! – You have interest? – Report today to the rule of law of their confidence…”

IHfL
Peter K.

Sources:
https://eu.oklahoman.com/story/news/2022/09/27/benjamin-cole-oklahoma-denied-clemency-despite-mental-illness-claims/69522655007/
https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/news/with-execution-looming-judge-denies-competency-hearing-for-oklahoma-death-row-prisoner-benjamin-cole


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John Ramirez executed despite opposition from a prosecutor

John Ramirez, who was sentenced to death for murder, was executed by lethal injection by the state of Texas. Ramirez allegedly killed a man, along with two accomplices, in 2004. A prosecutor, Mark Gonzalez, had tried to prevent this execution because he opposes the death penalty in principle.

Over 19,000 signatures were collected by DeathPenaltyAction against this execution. Many of our readers and supporters also signed this petition, for which we would like to thank them explicitly. But it all did not help against the eye for an eye mentality in Texas. Even Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez filed a motion to stop the execution, saying he believes that neither Ramirez nor anyone else should be executed. He said he believes executions are “unethical”…

Ramirez already had an execution date in February 2017, but because his attorney had left him, he was granted a stay to find new defense counsel.
Another execution date for Aug. 14, 2020, was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also on and Sept. 08, 2021, the U.S. state wanted to kill him. This time, that attempt failed because of a lawsuit filed by Ramirez over the fact that he was not allowed to have a clergyman bless him by laying on his hands during the execution. The state’s refusal to allow Pastor Moore to bless Ramirez by laying on of hands while he is dying violated his First Amendment rights to freely exercise his religion.
After the U.S. Supreme Court granted him the right to be accompanied and touched by a clergyman during his execution in March of this year, the execution date was set for October 05, 2022.

Dana Moore placed his hand on his chest during the execution and prayed: “Look upon John with your grace… Grant him peace. Grant all of us peace… the Lord is my shepherd…”. John Ramirez answered: “Amen.”

The prosecutor who presided over Ramires’ trial said that, in his opinion, it was unfair that someone was allowed to pray for Ramirez while he was dying, because his victim would not have had that opportunity…

Ramirez was pronounced dead at 6:41 p.m. Central Time at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville.

John Ramirez had four execution dates. Hard to imagine what this alone meant for himself and the people who were close to him…. Mental torture not only for him!
It will still be a long way until humanity and mercy will prevail in the USA…

IHfL
Peter K.

Sources:
https://www.reuters.com/world/us/texas-execute-inmate-who-won-religious-rights-case-2022-10-05/
https://abc13.com/john-henry-ramirez-update-execution-date-texas-inmate-death-penalty/12297416/
https://documents.deathpenaltyinfo.org/Ex-Parte-Ramirez-Nueces-DA-Mtn-to-Withdraw-Execution-Date-2022-04-14.pdf
https://ihflger.wordpress.com/2022/09/11/texas-john-ramirez-to-be-executed-oct-5-but-prosecutor-opposes-executions/


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Execution survived! – Torture continues in the USA

On September 22, 2022, the execution of Alan Eugene Miller took place in Alabama. Due to time constraints, it was then stopped after the executioners failed to find an access to his veins. The U.S. Federal Court had last allowed this execution.

The execution of Alan Eugene Miller had been halted by a district judge. In a preliminary injunction, this court prohibited the U.S. state of Alabama from murdering Alan Eugene Miller by lethal injection. Miller had “opted in” to nitrogen hypoxia in mid-2018 and handed the form in question to law enforcement officials. The state, however, claims to have not received such a document. Alabama has allowed executions using nitrogen since 2018, but has not yet developed a valid procedure for doing so.

Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said around 11:30 p.m., officials made the decision to stop the execution. “Due to time constraints resulting from the lateness of the court proceedings, the execution was called off once it was determined the condemned inmate’s veins could not be accessed in accordance with our protocol before the expiration of the death warrant,” so John Hamm. The execution team had attempted to establish intravenous access, but they were unsuccessful.

Alan Eugene Miller reported painful attempts to draw his blood, and the killing method with nitrogen reminded him of the nitrous oxide used by dentists. He hoped this would be “better” than lethal injection.
He said of a possible execution by injection, “I didn’t want to be stabbed with a needle”

This procedure in Alabama shows what torture this US state is capable of and that even the federal court has nothing against such torture methods!
Because what is it other than torture, if a prisoner is locked up for many years, with the announcement to kill him sometime. To tie him then, after the execution was actually forbidden, nevertheless on the death cross and to hunt him in a painful procedure needles into the body, on the search for his veins… – And break off this killing attempt then finally for “appointment reasons” and to bring him again into his normal cell. Where he now sits knowing “they will do it again…”. And what a mental torture this is for all the people who are connected to the convict as friends and family.

In the last time we are preached again and again in the media about the oh so noble “western values”… In the face of such torture in the USA these so-called values prove to be a mendacious farce, which is not worth to be defended! But the murderous actions in the USA must be fought with emphasis!

IHfL
Peter K.

Sources:
Email from DeathPenaltyAction
https://apnews.com/article/us-supreme-court-alabama-executions-d028c2d62f0e0fa919797030b06c30b0?taid=632d1c4de2cf720001f59357&utm_campaign=TrueAnthem&utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alan-miller-execution-halted-time-shortage-veins-access/
https://ihflger.wordpress.com/2022/09/10/alan-eugene-miller-to-be-executed-sept-22/


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