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116,551.  The governor of Arkansas has scheduled 8 men to die within 10 days of each other.  The schedule is to beat the expiration date of a lethal injection drug called Midazolam.  Midazolam has been blamed for a number of executions that have gone wrong.  (Capital Punishment & Execution & Death Penalty)  Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution III, captions

 

116,552.  Next in line to die are Jack Jones and Marcel Williams.  (Capital Punishment & Execution & Death Penalty)  ibid.  

 

 

116,763.  The last two men scheduled to die are Jason McGehee and Kenneth Williams.  (Capital Punishment & Execution & Death Penalty)  Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution IV

 

 

118,115.  In 2004 former US marine John Henry Ramirez stabbed and killed Pablo Castro.  He was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.  After 8 years on Texas death row John will be executed in 7 days.  John is making a final appeal to halt his execution.  (Capital Punishment & Execution & Death Penalty & Murder)  Life and Death Row: In Cold Blood

 

118,116.  ‘It was just a bad day and a bunch of wrong choices on my part.’  (Capital Punishment & Execution & Death Penalty & Murder)  ibid.  Ramirez

 

 

107,432.  This film is about the death penalty in the state of Mississippi and the effect it has on the staff and inmates as time runs out for one twenty-six-year-old man: Edward Earl Johnson.  Johnson has been appealing against his sentence for eight years in the United States’ courts.  He was convicted in 1979 of killing a Mississippi town marshal and the attempted rape of a 60-year-old woman.  He has spent the last eight years on this death row and has always professed his innocence.  (Murder & Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  Fourteen Days in May, BBC 1987

 

107,433.  At the scene of the crime where Johnson allegedly robbed a 60 year old woman and killed a local town marshal an old Buick car was seen.  Because Johnson owned a Buick he was arrested with others and put in front of an identity parade.  The woman who was robbed and nearly raped had known Edward Johnson for most of his life.  (Murder & Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.    

 

107,434.  They wrote out a confession and asked Johnson to sign it.  (Murder & Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.   

 

 

116,870.  Today there are over 50 countries around the world which continue to use the death penalty … It is only a decade since capital punishment was finally removed from British law.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  Timeshift: Crime and Punishment: The Story of Capital Punishment, BBC 2018

 

116,871.  For over 200 years a moral battle raged about whether the state has the right to execute.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.

 

116,872.  But it was in the late 18th century that the death penalty was applied most widely.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.

 

116,873.  The participation of the crowd itself which appeared to revel in a macabre party atmosphere.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.

 

116,874.  Between 1770 and 1830 over 35,000 people were sentenced to death.  But only one in ten were actually executed.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.

 

116,875.  The Victorians were still committed to retaining the death penalty for those convicted of murder.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.

 

116,876.  The Victorians began to build large prisons across Britain as place of both punishment and reform.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.

 

116,877.  Pierrepoint became a familiar face to British audiences through numerous television interviews.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.

 

116,878.  There was still widespread support for capital punishment.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.

 

116,879.  In 1969 parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of permanently abolishing the death penalty for murder … Hanging only remained for treason and piracy.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.

 

116,880.  Gary Gilmore became the first person to be executed in the US for ten years … by a firing squad in Utah.  (Execution & Capital Punishment & Death Penalty)  ibid.

 

 

125,912.   In 1955 Ruth Ellis shot her lover to death and stood trial for murder.  The decision to execute this twenty-eight year old, a mother of two children, fuelled what was already a fierce debate over capital punishment.  (Crime & Punishment & Capital Punishment & Murder & Miscarriage of Justice)  Crime & Punishment: A Timewatch Guide, BBC 2019

 

125,920.  National Campaign for the Abolition of Capital Punishment: ‘To kill a man because you’re angry with him for what he’s done is too close to the thing he’s done himself.’  (Crime & Punishment & Capital Punishment)  ibid.  Gerald Gardiner WC 

 

125,921.  It wasn’t until 1998 that it was finally removed from the statute book for all types of crime.  (Crime & Punishment & Capital Punishment)  ibid.    

 

125,922.  Bentley: In retrospect it was this case that really spelled the end for capital punishment.  (Crime & Punishment & Capital Punishment)  ibid.

 

 

126,929.  Many people are familiar with the campaign to abolish the death penalty.  In fact, it has already been abolished in most countries.  Even the staunchest advocates of capital punishment acknowledge the fact that the death penalty faces serious challenges.  Few people find life without the death penalty difficult to imagine.  (Death Penalty & Capital Punishment)  Angela Davis, Are Prison Obsolete?  

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