Capital Punishment – Brain Ethics http://brainethics.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:57:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://brainethics.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/brain-ethics-icon-150x150.png Capital Punishment – Brain Ethics http://brainethics.org/ 32 32 Justice imposes the death penalty on a convict for the murder of his wife https://brainethics.org/2022/11/21/justice-imposes-the-death-penalty-on-a-convict-for-the-murder-of-his-wife/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:03:10 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/21/justice-imposes-the-death-penalty-on-a-convict-for-the-murder-of-his-wife/

A District and Sessions Court in Islamabad has handed down the death sentence to a man after he was found guilty of murdering his wife in Islamabad’s Sihala district in 2020.

In that case, East District and Sessions Judge Atta Rabbani issued a 15-page verdict stating that the prosecution had proven the convict, identified as Nasir Hussain, who killed his wife, Farzana Bibi, by slitting his throat in front of their two children on November 19, 2020. The verdict states that Assistant District Attorney Rana Hassan Abbas prosecuted the case on behalf of the state and the prosecution succeeded in proving the charge against the convicted.

According to the verdict, Nasir Hussain, a drug addict, who lived in Sihala district of Islamabad, had married the victim 18 years ago and they had five children including three sons and two daughters. The couple lived in a rented house in Sihala.

According to the plaintiff, the convict drove a Suzuki loader while his wife, the late Farzana Bibi, worked in different houses. The convict was a drug addict and used to torture his wife, which the victim also repeatedly told his relatives about.

According to the complainant, Nasir Khan, the uncle of the victim, he received a call from the police on November 19, 2020, at 8 a.m., that Farzana Bibid had been killed. He said that when he arrived at the polyclinic, the victim’s two sons, Hasnain and Muhammad Aqib, who were present at the hospital, told him that their father had killed their mother by slitting her throat after a dispute.

Muhammad Aqib and Hasnain, the sons of the deceased, said in a statement to court that on the night of November 19, both of them and their cousin Abdullah slept in the bedroom with their parents.

Around midnight, they woke up to the noise and saw their father slit their mother’s throat with a knife. They said that after killing their mother, their father put the body in a Suzuki van and transported it to the polyclinic where they told the police that their father had killed their mother. The lawyer for the convict told the court that there was no evidence against his client. The plaintiff had built a case against the convict with the alleged connivance of the police.

The lawyer argued that the way the convict took the victim to the hospital and the children did not resist him if he killed her. He said the recoveries that had been made from his client were also fake. —TLTP

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Kenneth Smith: Execution of Alabama death row inmate overturned, state official says https://brainethics.org/2022/11/18/kenneth-smith-execution-of-alabama-death-row-inmate-overturned-state-official-says/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 17:11:00 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/18/kenneth-smith-execution-of-alabama-death-row-inmate-overturned-state-official-says/



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Alabama Corrections officials on Thursday cited time constraints caused by a late-night court battle to halt the scheduled execution of a death row inmate — the second time in as many months the state n did not carry out an execution before the expiration of a death warrant.

The execution of Kenneth Smith by lethal injection – which would have been the fourth execution in the United States this week – was ruled out after his administrators struggled to find a vein to install an intravenous line: “We tried several places (on his body),” Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said, according to AL.com.

The thwarted proceeding highlights critics’ questions about Alabama’s ability to adhere to its own death penalty protocol. The case – in which the trial jury’s 11-1 vote for a life sentence was overturned by a judge’s death sentence – also comes as the jury’s recommendations are in the national spotlight after a Florida jury did not unanimously recommend that the Parkland school shooter be put to death, resulting in his life sentence.

Smith’s execution was called off at approximately 11:20 p.m. “due to time constraints resulting from the delay in the legal process,” the corrections department said in a statement, adding that the protocols required to complete the execution ” could not be executed before”. expiry of the death warrant.

Smith was due to be executed at 6 p.m. for his role in the 1988 murder of Elizabeth Sennett. But the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted him a stay of execution just hours before his death warrant expired at midnight. The state then filed an emergency appeal with the United States Supreme Court, which less than two hours before the death warrant expired issued its decision reversing the lower court’s decision and granting the state the possibility of continuing the execution.

Although the High Court order did not provide comment on the emergency appeal, it did note that liberal Justices Sotomayor, Kagan and Jackson would have upheld the stay.

Smith’s failed execution on Thursday closely mirrors the state’s failed attempt in September to put Alan Eugene Miller to death.

Additionally, Hamm blamed the flurry of legal proceedings at the eleventh hour, saying “the convict’s veins could not be viewed in accordance with our protocol until the death warrant expired.”

The two failed execution attempts come on the heels of the death of Joe Nathan James, whom the state put to death in July in an execution that has since come under intense scrutiny, after a report by The Atlantic said a private autopsy showed James “suffered a long death.

Corrections officials had cut James’s skin to find a vein to establish an IV line — which is not part of Alabama’s lethal injection protocol, Dr. Joel Zivot, an anesthesiologist and professor at Emory University who witnessed the autopsy.

“Kenneth Smith’s attempted execution last night is the latest in a series of executions and attempted executions that demonstrate failures in Alabama’s ability to carry out the death penalty in accordance with its protocols and its constitutional values,” said Ngozi Ndulue, deputy director of the death penalty. Information Center, said Friday in a statement to CNN.

Ndulue particularly took issue with the “secrecy with which Alabama carries out executions,” saying it “allows this pattern to continue with the only public scrutiny that comes from litigation and post-execution autopsies.”

“When other states faced persistent problems with executions, they suspended executions and investigated the source of the problem,” Ndulue said.

When Smith was convicted, a jury voted 11 to 1 for a life sentence which was overturned by the trial judge who instead opted for the death penalty, a practice the state has since repealed.

Smith’s lawyers argued in an earlier Supreme Court filing that he should not be executed. If he stood trial today and his jury reached the same conclusion, his attorneys said, Smith would not be eligible for execution — not in Alabama or anywhere else, because no jurisdiction today allows the practice. judicial derogation.

To put Smith to death despite the jury’s verdict, they say, would constitute cruel and unusual punishment, violating his constitutional protection under the Eighth Amendment.

Alabama became the last US state in 2017 to repeal the Judicial Override, which allowed judges to override a jury’s decision for life or death in capital cases and impose the alternative sentence. The new law, however, was not retroactive, and inmates like Smith, whose juries returned what was then an “advisory” verdict for life, remain on death row.

While the practice was previously permitted in three other states — Indiana, Florida and Delaware — judges in Alabama routinely nullified jury votes for life, according to a 2011 report by the Equal Justice Initiative. At the time, judicial override accounted for about 20 percent of death sentences among state death row inmates, according to the report.

The Supreme Court has considered the issue of judicial override in Alabama since it was repealed. In 2020, the court denied the motion of another inmate, Calvin McMillan, who pleaded for his death sentence to be overturned, saying it was unconstitutional since his jury had voted for life.

Smith was one of four death row inmates set to be executed this week after the Supreme Court on Wednesday denied his request for a stay of execution. Stephen Barbee in Texas and Murray Hooper in Arizona were both executed on Wednesday, and Richard Fairchild in Oklahoma was executed on Thursday.

Smith was convicted of capital murder in 1996, according to court documents, for his role in a murder-for-hire conspiracy targeting Sennett, the wife of a local minister who was having an affair and had taken out an insurance policy for his wife so that he could repay his debts.

Sennett’s husband, Charles Sennett, recruited someone to kill his wife, according to court records. This man then recruited two others, one of whom was Smith, and Sennett agreed to pay $1,000 each to kill his wife and make it look like she had been killed in a burglary.

In March 1988, the men carried out the murder as planned, and Smith took a VCR from the Sennetts, which he stored in his own residence.

Charles Sennett killed himself a week after his wife’s murder, records show, as the investigation began to focus on him. But Smith was arrested after authorities, having received an anonymous tip, executed a search warrant at his home and found Sennett’s VCR.

He was found guilty and sentenced to death, but an appeals court overturned that initial finding and ordered a new trial, finding that the state had based the prospective jurors’ peremptory challenges on their race.

Smith was convicted again at the retrial. But the jury was apparently swayed during the penalty phase, which occurs after the guilt phase in capital crime trials. During the penalty phase, prosecutors and defense attorneys traditionally argue over aggravating and mitigating circumstances – the reasons why they say the accused should be executed or given a lesser sentence such as life in prison without parole. .

This time, the jury voted 11 to 1 for a life sentence without the possibility of parole afterward, his lawyers write, hearing evidence about Smith’s “character and life circumstances”.

The judge, however, ruled that the aggravating factors outweighed the mitigating circumstances, write Smith’s attorneys, and overturned the jury’s vote, sentencing Smith to death.

The judicial override was intended to allow judges to essentially serve as checks on juries, preventing them from handing down death sentences in an arbitrary or discriminatory manner, Innocence Project lawyers wrote in a 2020 brief to the Supreme Court at the United States. support of McMillan’s case.

Florida, Delaware and Indiana have set specific standards when a judge can overrule a jury’s vote for life, they wrote. In Florida and Delaware, for example, the facts supporting a death sentence had to be so compelling that no “reasonable person” would disagree.

As a result, the judicial override to impose a death penalty has rarely taken place – or a large proportion of the cases where it has been used have subsequently been overturned. Additionally, judges in Florida, Delaware, and Indiana frequently used it to impose life sentences when juries decided on death.

Alabama instituted no such safeguards, the attorneys’ brief says, and judges were only required to “consider” the jury’s verdict.

The state abolished this practice in 2017 by changing the law to specify that juries’ verdicts were no longer “advisory” but final.

“You have the right to a trial by a jury of your peers, and that should also apply to sentencing,” Senator Dick Brewbaker, who sponsored the bill, told the affiliate. CNN WSFA in February 2017, before his bill passed.

“One of the most important things about our democracy is that our laws are derived from the common law,” said Brewbaker, a Republican. “That’s why a crime of violence is a crime against a community. That’s why we have a trial in the community. That’s why we choose a jury from the community and they decide on guilt, innocence and punishment.

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Oklahoma bishop signs letter opposing capital punishment as state resumes executions – Episcopal News Service https://brainethics.org/2022/11/15/oklahoma-bishop-signs-letter-opposing-capital-punishment-as-state-resumes-executions-episcopal-news-service/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 19:21:48 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/15/oklahoma-bishop-signs-letter-opposing-capital-punishment-as-state-resumes-executions-episcopal-news-service/

[Episcopal News Service] Oklahoma Bishop Poulson Reed signed a statement with other Christian leaders in the state opposing a state court’s decision to set execution dates for 25 prisoners on death row over the next two years .

In an email to the diocese Nov. 14, Reed noted that he rarely speaks on public policy issues, only doing so when a local matter “has serious implications and can be illuminated by the teachings of the Bible and of the Episcopal Church”.

Reed acknowledged that Oklahoma Episcopalians have a wide range of views on execution and said that while he respects the differing opinions, he hopes everyone will read it and engage with it,
adding that his position is “not overly partisan, but is deeply rooted in Christian theology.”

The letter signed by Reed outlines a biblical argument against execution in general, citing passages from Genesis to the Epistles.

“As Christians and Oklahomans, we are very concerned about this action. Given the current reality of our state’s criminal justice system, our shared beliefs about the sanctity of human life and the proper functioning of state power lead us to call for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty in Oklahoma,” the letter reads.

It also includes statistics on the number of wrongfully convicted prisoners who end up on death row, some of whom were not exonerated until after their execution. Over the past 50 years, 190 former death row inmates in the United States have been cleared of all charges related to the convictions that led them there, including 10 in Oklahoma, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

“As Christians who worship an unjustly executed Savior, we face a serious moral question: How many innocent people are we willing to kill to maintain our practice of capital punishment? asks for the letter. “We cannot imagine Jesus wanting us to sacrifice even one innocent life to preserve such a system.”

The letter also cites research indicating that people of color are more likely to be executed, with “cases involving white victims ‘significantly more likely to end in a death sentence than cases involving non-white victims’.” It also contradicts some of the arguments for execution, such as the claim that it deters violent crime.The Death Penalty Information Center has compiled studies that refute this claim.

Bishop Poulson Reed. Photo: Diocese of Oklahoma

Reed is one of the original 26 signatories of the letter, including Roman Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City; Roman Catholic Bishop David Konderla of the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma; the Reverend Nathan Carr, vicar of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City; pastors of other mainstream and evangelical churches; and secular community leaders. He has now amassed dozens of additional signatures from clergy and citizens across the state.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals set execution dates for 25 prisoners in July – out of 44 on death row – in response to a request from Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor in June. The state suspended executions in 2015 after two botched executions drew national attention. Charles Warner, still conscious during his execution, shouted: “My body is on fire. Clayton Lockett writhed for 43 minutes before dying of a heart attack.

In 2020, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said it had made changes to the protocols for its lethal three-drug injections “to ensure that what happened in the past won’t happen again.” . In 2021, the state executed John Marion Grant, who convulsed and vomited before dying.

So far, the state has carried out two of its scheduled executions, the most recent of Brian Cole, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and mentally incapacitated, according to his lawyers. Several other death row inmates have maintained their innocence, including Richard Glossip, whose lawyer has requested a stay of execution on the basis of new evidence.

The Episcopal Church first expressed its formal opposition to the execution at the 1958 General Convention and called on Episcopalians to urge their state governments to end the practice. The General Convention reiterated its opposition in 1979, 1991, 2000, 2015 and 2018, when it called for all death row inmates to have their sentences reduced. In 2019, when then-Attorney General Bill Barr announced the Trump administration’s intention to carry out executions for the first time since 2003, the church’s Washington-based government relations office , released a statement reiterating the church’s position that “the sanctity of life demands that no individual or group of individuals have the right to take the life of another person unnecessarily.

“The taking of human life may be necessary in self-defense and war, but as retaliation for even the most heinous crimes, it is not justified,” the statement said.

– Egan Millard is associate editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be contacted at emillard@episcopalchurch.org.

]]> Who are the women on death row in Texas? https://brainethics.org/2022/11/12/who-are-the-women-on-death-row-in-texas/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 02:53:31 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/12/who-are-the-women-on-death-row-in-texas/

NEW BOSTON, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – Taylor Parker is set to become the seventh woman on death row in Texas, following her conviction Wednesday in Bowie County for the capital murder of Reagan Hancock and the kidnapping of her baby unborn, Braxlynn Sage. The baby did not survive.

The last woman to be sentenced to death in the state was Kimberly Cargill in June 2012 for the murder of her developmentally disabled babysitter in Smith County, who was set to testify against her in a custody battle.

None of the women currently on death row in Texas are to be executed.

Six women have been executed in Texas since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, more than any other state, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The last woman to be executed in Texas was Lisa Coleman, on September 17, 2014, for torturing and starving to death her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son.

The last woman to be executed in the United States was Lisa Montgomery in January 2021. It was the first execution of a federal prisoner since 1953, and her case is chillingly reminiscent of Parker’s. She was found guilty of using a rope to strangle an expectant mother to death and using a kitchen knife to cut the baby girl from her womb. Afterwards, Montgomery tried to pass off the baby as his own. Although the murder took place in Missouri, she was incarcerated in a federal prison in Texas before her execution.

Texas death row is primarily a man’s world. Since the start of 2010, Texas has executed 129 convicted felons. Only three of them were women, and women make up just 3.1% of death row inmates in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Parker was transferred within hours of her sentencing on Wednesday to the Christina Crain Unit in Gatesville for treatment before being transferred to the Mountain View Unit, where all of the death row inmates of the state. As of late Friday afternoon, Parker was not yet on the state’s official list of death row inmates.

TDCJ director of classification and records Timothy Fitzpatrick told the trial that inmates can be transferred to the state prison system the same day they are sentenced by the court and that this is more common in cases of death penalty and high profile cases than in life without parole cases.

When a defendant is convicted, the county is responsible for constructing a prison packet, or “pen packet”, which includes a history of the inmate’s conduct in their jail, the court judgment, and a police report containing the details of the case. The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office began preparing Parker’s pen package ahead of his sentencing so that his transfer to Gatesville could be expedited. As part of the intake process, all inmates are drug screened and IQ tested, and complete a questionnaire about any “negative childhood experiences”. Fitzsimmons says it’s all part of developing an individualized plan for how each inmate will be incarcerated.

Within 48 hours of arrival, death row inmates receive a 148-page Offender Orientation Manual and are given an overview of the rules governing prison life. They are kept in a restricted area and are not allowed to work. Mountain View Senior Warden Andrea Lozada testified that prison staff monitor each new inmate’s behavior for any signs that they will pose a security risk, not only to staff but to other death row inmates. .

The Mountain View unit is in a separate building from the rest of the prisoners in the TDCJ complex. Death row inmates live in individual 60 square foot cells. They have a bunk, a combination toilet, sink and water fountain, a stool with a metal desk, solid steel doors and a window. They are only allowed out of their cells to shower and for two hours a day for recreation, unless they are working.

All work for death row inmates is at the discretion of the warden and the work is done inside the cellblock. Inmates are expected to behave very well, follow the rules, be respectful to staff and never attempt to manipulate, and not pose a threat to security. The types of jobs death row inmates can do are limited to making things like blankets and pillows. They are monitored at all times and all tools are inventoried.

Fitzpatrick said the TDCJ’s greatest control over an inmate is on death row. He said the inmates there have no privileges to “walk around.” Their food is brought to them in their cells. Each time they leave their area, they are first completely strip searched, tied at the wrists and ankles and escorted by two correctional officers. All hallways are closed, with no other inmates nearby. They go from “point A” to “point B” without detour.

Like the general population and ad seg module of the Bi-State Prison, Death Row has a common room between the two rows of cells. They have one television, and they vote on what they watch for the two hours a day they are allowed out. If they are “able to work”, the detainees can be together in the common room. Otherwise, they will be alone in the room.

Visits are made behind glass without contact and must be approved. Family members must show their relationship and the prison verifies that they are not former inmates or prison employees. Death row inmates can have up to 10 visitors on their list and they can only update this list every six months. Inmates fit for work may have up to one visit per week, and these visits may last up to two hours. Visits with spiritual advisors and lawyers do not count towards the weekly visit limit.

Death row inmates can make purchases at the commissary for up to $85 every two weeks, and these purchases are closely monitored. All items purchased from the Commissioner must be for the offender’s personal use and for the purpose for which they are intended.

Sick calls are made inside the death row building and nurses or doctors, as needed, come to see inmates. The only reason they could go to the medical building is if they need an x-ray, and then it’s under heavy surveillance with no one around. Even church consists of what Fitzpatrick described as “cell study.”

If for some reason they have to leave the prison, such as to go to Galveston Hospital, death row inmates travel alone in a van with at least two guards and a supervisor. They do not travel by bus with other inmates as do those housed in the general population.

About a dozen prison officers are selected by the warden for assignment on death row, taking into consideration the length of tenure, abilities, experience, and inmate management skills.

“While there may be other locations within the facility that may not be the ratio we would like due to staffing, Death Row will not be affected by this,” Fitzpatrick said. “Regardless of any staffing shortages this prison may face, it will never affect death row staff.”

“No matter how understaffed I am, when it’s Death Row, there will definitely be staff needed due to security,” Lozada confirmed at the helm. “They follow the rules, know human management and recognize manipulation. They get a lot more training to make sure they don’t fall victim to any type of inappropriate behavior.

The other six women housed in the Mountain View unit have been there for 10 to 27 years. They are between 49 and 64 years old. At 29, Parker will be the youngest.

Erica Yvonne Sheppard, 49, was convicted with a co-accused of the 1993 murder of a 43-year-old woman in her home in order to steal her car. She has been on death row for 27 years, longer than any other woman.

Darlie Lynn Routier, 52, has been on death row for 25 years after being convicted of the 1996 stabbing of her two young sons, Damon and Devon.

Brittany Holberg, 49, is on death row for the 1996 murder and robbery of an 80-year-old man. The victim was stabbed more than 60 times and had part of a lamp shoved down his throat. She has been there for 24 years.

Linda Carty, 64, is the only British woman on death row in the United States. She was convicted in 2002 of orchestrating the murder and abduction of the woman’s child by her 20-year-old neighbor. Carty denied any involvement. Three men found guilty of complicity received long prison sentences. Carty had death. She has been there for 20 years.

Melissa Lucio, 54, has been on death row for 14 years for her conviction for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter in 2007. Her execution was delayed in April as she continues to fight to be exonerated.

Kimberly Cargill, 55, was sentenced to death in 2012 for the murder of her developmentally disabled babysitter in Smith County, who was set to testify against her in a custody battle. She has been there for 10 years.

The state of Texas executed four people in 2022 and another execution is scheduled for this year. As of November 11, six executions are already scheduled for 2023.

Texas, which is the second most populous state in the Union, has executed 577 offenders since capital punishment resumed in 1982 – more than a third of the national total – the most recent being Tracy Beatty on November 9 for having beat and strangled his mother. to death in 2003.

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Snoop Dogg biopic is working at Universal Pictures – Deadline https://brainethics.org/2022/11/09/snoop-dogg-biopic-is-working-at-universal-pictures-deadline/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/09/snoop-dogg-biopic-is-working-at-universal-pictures-deadline/

In what would be the first definitive biopic of the legendary hip-hop star and pop culture icon, Universal Pictures is developing a film about the life of Snoop Dogg. The film marks the first project under Snoop’s newly formed Death Row Pictures with Allen Hughes on board to direct and Joe Robert Cole set to write the screenplay. Snoop will produce with Hughes and Sara Ramaker.

“I waited a long time to get this project together because I wanted to choose the right director, the perfect screenwriter and the biggest movie company I could partner with who could understand the legacy I’m trying to represent to the world. screen, and the memory I’m trying to leave behind,” Snoop said. “It was the perfect marriage. It was a sacred marriage, not sacred macaroni.

The pic marks the first film from Snoop’s Death Row Pictures and will incorporate music from his massive catalog. Over the past decade, Universal and its president, Donna Langley, have built a number of strong relationships with musicians to gain permission not only to tell their stories, but also to use their music for future movies. Besides Snoop Dogg, they are also currently developing Madonna and Cher biopics with the musician fully on board.

“Snoop Dogg’s life and legacy make him one of the most exciting and influential icons in popular culture,” Langley said. “We caught up with Snoop shortly after acquiring Death Row Records and had the opportunity to hear his story in his own words. We are honored to be able to create this singular artist’s lasting record.

The studio is also behind one of the most successful hip-hop biopics of all time with the Oscar-nominated NWA pic. Straight outta Comptonwhich shattered box office records for a musical biopic grossing over $200 million at the box office (and ironically enough, Snoop Dogg was featured in the film given his ties to the band’s co-founder, Dr. Dre).

Snoop reigned supreme for nearly three decades as an unparalleled force that raised the bar as a globally recognized innovator. He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, DJ, media personality, businessman, and empire builder. In addition to his extensive work in music, Snoop is a serial entrepreneur involved in Web 3.0, technology, entertainment, lifestyle, global consumer brands, entertainment industries. food/drinks and cannabis.

Snoop first burst onto the scene in 1992 when he performed on Dr. Dre’s first solo single, “Deep Cover”, and later on Dre’s first solo album, “The Chronic”. He has sold over 35 million albums worldwide. He is nominated 17 times for the Grammy, American Music Award and Primetime Emmy Award.

Hughes is no stranger to biopics about hip-hop superstars after his work on the critically acclaimed HBO documentary series The defiant, which charts the rise of Dr. Dre and legendary music manager Jimmy Iovine. Hughes’ close ties to the music community, especially hip-hop, allowed him to interview countless musicians, including Snoop, who had his own featured segment in the doc.

He is also currently a director and executive producer. Dear Momthe first definitive and complete five-part documentary series about the late hip hop icon Tupac Shakur and his mother Afeni Shakur, who was an activist, with the full cooperation of his estate, including access to all of his music and his poetry. Dear Mom had its world premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the Primetime schedule.

“Snoop Dogg is one of the most beloved figures in hip-hop internationally. There’s just something about his energy that brings people together from all walks of life. Snoop Dogg, not just the artist, but the man and his brand, has transcended generations with his connection and audience appeal. His story is so authentic and utterly inspiring, and having the opportunity to tell his story keeps me coming back to the neighborhood 30 years later. Society Threat IIand say more now than I could then,” Hughes said.

Cole co-wrote Marvel’s Black Panther with Ryan Coogler for which they received an NAACP award and an Oscar nomination. Cole and Coogler recently co-wrote the highly anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverslated for release next weekend.

Cole’s critically acclaimed feature debut for Netflix, All day and one nightwith Ashton Sanders and Jeffrey Wright, was released in 2020. Cole produced the Emmy Award-winning FX series American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson, for which he received an Emmy nomination for writing the episode “The Race Card”. Cole is executive producer and director of FX’s upcoming limited series Class of ’09.

“I’ve been a Snoop fan since ‘Deep Cover’. His music and the Allen Hughes movies have left an indelible mark on me throughout my life,” Cole said. This is the humanity of Snoop’s journey to international icon. Universal has proven it can guide a movie like this to something special. I am proud to be part of the team. »

Mike Knobloch, president of music and publishing for NBCUniversal, will oversee the project’s music. Universal’s senior vice president of production development, Ryan Jones, will oversee the project for the studio.

Snoop is represented by Stephen Barnes of Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner. Hughes is represented by WME and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox. Cole is represented by Ken Freimann of Circle of Confusion and Geoff Oblath and Darren Trattner at Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

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Oklahoma inmate gets temporary stay of execution https://brainethics.org/2022/11/04/oklahoma-inmate-gets-temporary-stay-of-execution/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 18:51:54 +0000 https://brainethics.org/2022/11/04/oklahoma-inmate-gets-temporary-stay-of-execution/

WASHINGTON, DC – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has granted another temporary reprieve to death row inmate Richard Glossip, delaying his scheduled December 8 execution until next February, while an appeals court considers his claims of innocence.

After the Nov. 3 announcement, Sister Helen Prejean, Sister of St. Joseph and longtime advocate against the death penalty, tweeted that she was grateful to the governor “for his measured action and to the 62 Oklahoma lawmakers supporting Richard’s request for evidence”. hearing.”

Republican State Rep. Kevin McDugle led the bipartisan group of state lawmakers that signed a request for a rehearing of Glossip.

Glossip, a 59-year-old former motel manager, has been on death row for more than 25 years, convicted of the 1997 murder of his boss, Barry Alan Van Treese, at Oklahoma City’s Best Budget Inn.

Last summer, a report from a Houston law firm backed up Glossip’s claims of innocence, something defenders, including Prejean, have long pointed out.

The report drew attention to Justin Sneed, the motel’s handyman, who is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to beating Van Treese to death with a baseball bat in 1997 at the ‘hotel. Sneed testified that he killed Van Treese after Glossip, the motel manager, promised to pay him $10,000.

After the report’s release, Glossip applied to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals for a new evidentiary hearing based on the report’s concerns about loss or destruction of evidence and leading questions a detective asked. to Sneed to implicate Glossip in the murder.

“The newly uncovered evidence shows a concerted effort by the state to destroy and hide evidence favorable to Rich, even to this day, and, most shockingly, to fabricate the testimony they needed to convict him,” the statement said. Glossip’s lawyer, Don Knight. , in a report.

He added that there is now “overwhelming support” for what the law firm concluded after its investigation: “that no reasonable juror who heard all the evidence would find (Glossip) guilty.”

Prejean visited Glossip in prison and encouraged people to write to him there. On her birthday last year, she tweeted: “Richard is innocent and could use your support.”

Glossip has already obtained three stays of execution.

After the report was released this summer, Prejean retweeted statements from Glossip’s lawyers pointing out the injustice of his sentence. She also retweeted the remark of McDugle, the state senator, who said: “If we put Richard Glossip to death, I will fight in this state to abolish the death penalty, simply because the process is not not pure.

Glossip not only defended his own case, he was also the lead plaintiff in a failed federal lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s use of lethal injections.

Catholic leaders expressed disappointment with a federal judge’s ruling this summer that the state’s three-drug lethal injection method was constitutional.

The decision allows the state to move forward with the executions of more than two dozen death row inmates who were plaintiffs in a case arguing against lethal injection drugs and seeking an alternate form of execution.

Six executions are scheduled in the United States in November.

Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working for the abolition of the death penalty, issued a statement citing the “unusual increase in scheduled executions” in five states in one month.

Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, the group’s executive director, said the upcoming executions “should be of great concern to all Catholics”, especially after celebrating Honor Life Month in October and hearing Pope Francis in September make abolition of the death penalty his official prayer intention for the month.

“These calls to honor the sanctity of human life are strongly juxtaposed with the possible increase in executions in November,” she said.

If the executions all go ahead, she said it would “go against our church’s teachings on the inviolable dignity of the person, not to mention the decades-long national trend toward lowering the death penalty.”

She noted that the United States had not executed that many people in a month since January 2015. The five states scheduled for executions in November are Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and India. Alabama.

“Among these, Arizona and Texas have Catholic governors who profess pro-life values, while allowing the practice of capital punishment,” Vaillancourt Murphy added.

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Iran has been rocked by more than six weeks of protests following the death of Mahsa Amini who was arrested by notorious vice police



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