The state of Texas executed a 46-year-old gang member on Wednesday, bringing their supply of lethal medication down to one dose.
It also brings into question what the state will now use for future executions.
Manuel Vasquez was put to death in Huntsville, Texas, and pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. CDT, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. He was convicted and sentenced for the 1998 murder of Juanita Ybarra who refused to pay extortion money demanded by the Mexican mafia. Vasquez had a long criminal history, including being part of a group that killed a man by hitting him repeatedly with a crowbar then dousing him with gasoline before setting him on fire. more >>
The son of a Pakistani Christian servant, who was accused of stealing from her employer's home, was killed by local police officers last weekend after he was arrested and beaten in hopes that his beating would force his mother to confess to the burglary.
The British Pakistani Christian Association reported that the body of 20-year-old Zubair Rashid Masih was dumped onto the street in front of his mother's home in the early morning of March 8 in the Shamsabad area of the Punjab province.
On March 4, his mother, Aysha Bibi, was arrested on charges that she stole about 35,000 rupees and 100 grams in gold ornaments from the home where she worked as a domestic servant. more >>
Two police officers were shot early Thursday morning outside the Ferguson Police Department after the police chief decided to resign due to public pressure following the Justice Department's report alleging bias in the department and municipal court.
The two police officers who were shot by a gunman are being treated at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and are listed in serious condition. St. Lous County Police Chief Jon Belmar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that one officer from Webster Groves was shot in the face, while a county officer was hit in the shoulder. Three shots were fired, with at least two making contact with the officers, whom he believes were targeted by protesters.
"I've said many times we cannot sustain this without problems and that's not a reflection of those expressing their First Amendment rights," Belmar explained. "But this is a very dangerous environment for our officers to work in. These police officers were standing there and they were shot, just because they were police officers. I would have to make an assumption that these shots were directed exactly at my police officers." more >>
WASHINGTON — Respect for the worth and dignity of every human being, a Christian value held in common by liberals and conservatives alike, is helping to unite a broad coalition in favor of criminal justice reforms, such as limits on solitary confinement, Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, explained.
"Conservatives and progressives are coming together," Stief said, due, in part, to their "universally held Christian values [to] respect the personhood of individuals." The current prison system, he added, "does not see [prisoners] as persons." more >>
A grandmother in Chicago, Illinois, has been taken into custody after allegedly murdering her seven-month-old granddaughter with a circular saw because she would not stop crying.
The 52-year-old woman tried to stop the infant from crying by stuffing something into her mouth, according to one source. Then, authorities said, she used a circular saw to cut the baby's throat. She then attempted to take her own life and was found by another relative; she was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was in stable condition and in police custody.
The death came as a surprise to the entire family and community. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said that there had been no prior contact with the family and there were no other children present at the time of the incident. more >>
A 55-year-old Boston, Massachusetts, pastor who was allegedly running a drug ring at a local high school while working there as a coordinator was charged with multiple crimes, including attempted murder after he reportedly shot a 17-year-old student "execution style" in the back of the head.
The Rev. Shaun O. Harrison Sr. was arraigned in Roxbury District Court Thursday on charges of armed assault with intent to murder and other offenses stemming from last Wednesday's shooting of the teenager on Magazine Street, according to The Boston Globe.
Harrison, who was reportedly mentoring the teenager in English, also had him selling marijuana as part of his drug business. The allegations against the man of God come in stark contrast to a pastor who's known for organizing gun buybacks and speaking out against violence. Police officials said he hid gang tattoos below his clerical collar. more >>