Topic archives: death penalty

Dope and the death penalty: what else Americans voted on yesterday

November 10, 2016

Voters approved recreational marijuana in California yesterday, and four states also approved minimum wage increases.

Australia must help fight the death penalty in Asia

July 7, 2016

Australia needs a consistent and pragmatic national strategy that outlines its policy approaches to consistently addressing the death penalty challenge, writes John Coyne from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

How Chan and Sukumaran finally captured the Australian media’s heart

How Chan and Sukumaran finally captured the Australian media’s heart

April 29, 2015 12

The coverage of the execution of Bali Nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has been sympathetic and tearful. But there was a time when the Australian media thought they were getting what they deserved.

Mercy in Indonesia as Mary Jane Veloso spared

Mercy in Indonesia as Mary Jane Veloso spared

April 29, 2015 1

A groundswell of support from the Indonesian people and a startling admission by a Filipino drug smuggler saved a foreign domestic worker from the firing squad last night, writes freelance journalist Cade Lucas in Indonesia

The myth of black box warnings

March 25, 2015 1

Crikey readers have their say on anti-depressants, the death penalty and other issues of the day.

The death penalty continues because we want it to

March 24, 2015 5

The problem for anti-death penalty campaigners is that capital punishment is in fact very popular.

Constitutional recognition is not a cure-all

March 9, 2015 1

Crikey readers have their say on the death penalty, South Australian politics and other issues of the day.

It is AFP’s fault Sukumaran and Chan are on death row — and AFP needs to step up to help save them

It is AFP’s fault Sukumaran and Chan are on death row — and AFP needs to step up to help save them

February 27, 2015

Indonesia has a hardline approach to the death penalty for those involved in the Indonesian drug trade. But Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were not involved in the Indonesian drug trade, writes an Australian crown prosecutor and former resident of Indonesia.

Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

May 9, 2014

From locked bathrooms to silent meditation retreats, journalist and novelist Brigid Delaney is committed to stream-of-consciousness tweeting.

Troy Davis executed in Georgia

Troy Davis executed in Georgia

September 22, 2011 5

Crikey live blog: Despite a last minute delay by the US Supreme Court this morning, the execution of Troy Davis, who his supporters argue was wrongly convicted of murder, went ahead this afternoon.

Govt moves to repair the cybercrime bill — but not improve it

September 14, 2011

The government's amendments to the controversial cybercrime Bill are in, but they do little to repair it.

China’s secret death penalty shame

July 29, 2010

China executes more citizens than every other nation in the world combined, with thousands getting the death penalty in 2009 alone. Iran is a distant second in the execution stakes.

Firing squads: more ethical than lethal injections?

June 21, 2010

Utah allows death row prisoners to elect to be killed by a firing squad, and it may not be a bad choice. Death by firing squad takes one minute to kill a prisoner, while death by lethal injection takes nine minutes.

Amnesty’s 2009 death penalty report

March 31, 2010

Amnesty International has released its annual report into death sentences and executions: at least 714 people were executed in 18 countries last year -- but that doesn't include the thousands of "secret" executions in China.

China fails to live up to its aspirations

December 30, 2009

If China wants to be regarded as a civilised and important nation than it shouldn't execute foreign citizens who are suffering mental illness, like it did with Akmal Shaikh, writes George Pitcher.

Texas Governor Rick Perry stalls investigation into an innocent man’s execution

October 14, 2009 3

In 2004, prison guards carried Todd Willingham into the death chamber, strapped him onto a gurney and injected him with sodium thiopental to paralyse him, pancuronium bromide to collapse his lungs, and potassium chloride to stop his heart. One problem: Willingham was probably innocent.

The cruel craziness of Japan’s death row

September 24, 2009

It's not just innocent people on death row that has Amnesty giving the Japanese legal system a swerve. Prisoners are being driven clinically insane and then executed anyway.

The death penalty: clumsy, costly and morally dubious

September 18, 2009 20

Stories of grotesque bungles abound in death penalty literature, writes Lizzie O'Shea. So, why does the US continue to hand it out?

A bad month on death row

September 17, 2009 21

It’s been a bad time for executioners in America in the last month with revelations of a botched execution in Ohio and innocent men dying. But it’s been worse still for inmates.

Where the real death panels are

September 15, 2009

Sarah Palin may have sounded batty accusing Obama of creating "death panels" to determine whether the sick and elderly should live or die, but they do exist, in one form or another, all over the world. Even in the US.