Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Execution Watch 6/15/11

This comes to us from Execution Watch...

Texas plans to put to death two men this week: John Balentine Wednesday and Lee Taylor Thursday. Back-to-back executions are far from rare in the state that has carried out one-third of all U.S. executions since 1976, earning it the nickname of death penalty capital of the Western world.

News coverage and analysis of each execution will be broadcast live on Execution Watch at 6 p.m. Central Time by Pacifica station KPFT FM 90.1 Houston, and streamed at > "Listen" ... Spread the word.

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down appeals from both prisoners. Balentine argued his attorneys were ineffective because they failed to give the jury mitigating evidence of his troubled childhood. Taylor claimed his death sentence was improperly obtained because prosecutors told the jury about a murder for which he was convicted when he was a juvenile and ineligible for the death penalty.

Each man will be taken from his cell on death row, handcuffed and chained, then driven from Livingston to the death house in Huntville. The state will execute the men by injecting them with massive doses of drugs normally used to save lives. 

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