Thursday, 23 Aug, 2007 Current Events

Texas Executed the 400th Prisoner


The leading state for death penalties in the US, Texas, has executed the 400th person since 1982, the year when Texas resumed capital punishment.

The 32-year old prisoner by the name of Johnny Ray Conner was convicted for murdering, in 1998, the owner of a convenience store, located in Houston. Conner was the 21st man in the state this year, who was executed using the lethal injection.

Eight years he waited on death row. It is worth reminding that Texas resumed the death penalty after the Supreme Court lifted a moratorium on it, which took place back in 1976.

According to the Death Penalty Information Centre, after lifting the moratorium on death penalty 1092 have been in the row for the execution in the United States.

The execution of Conner took place in Huntsville, which is north of Houston. It was sharply criticized by the opponents of the practice, who stated that death penalty is inhumane and it cannot serve a way to make criminals fear.

It's a pretty sad day for the progression - or lack thereof - for human rights in this state, outlined Rick Halperin, the president of the Texas Coalition To Abolish the Death Penalty, which represents a non-profit organization the members of which are human rights activists, death row prisoners and their families; crime victims and their families, as well as persons who work within the criminal justice system and persons who argue against capital punishment on both religious and moral grounds.

Rick Halperin named executions barbaric and outdated. The European Union asked the state's governor to stop all executions before it carried out the death sentence of the executed prisoner Johnny Ray Conner. "Texans long ago decided that the death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for the most horrible crimes committed against our citizens." stated the Texas Governor's spokesman, Rick Perry, in defense.

The prosecutors stated that Conner robbed the store at gunpoint. The prisoner shot a customer twice when the witness tried to escape. Then he deadly shot twice in the head the owner of the store, a 49-year-old woman.

Before the execution Conner asked for forgiveness and said that he loves his family. In addition he also said that his death penalty was wrong.

What is happening to me now is unjust and the system is broken, he outlined. It was the second out of five executions that are planned to take place this month. There are 10 more executions scheduled this year.

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//21 May 18, 2010 03:09 AM | posted by: idk my name
people should die even if they killed someone well...... not die but at least send to jail for 60 years that will teach them a lesson mother fuckers killing us ain't gunna do nothing just kill someone you dumbass and then you regret it and you still get in trouble assholess
52 votes

//20 Feb 01, 2010 09:38 PM | posted by: D.J.
49 votes

//19 Oct 21, 2009 08:46 AM | posted by: AM
//16, You are well intentioned, but naive - while we are waiting for the Judge of this World to exact vengeance on a murderer’s soul we have to protect ourselves and our fellowmen (and women and children). If you have a rabid dog do you put it sleep or do you do nothing and wait for it to die knowing in the meantime it might hurt other people?
52 votes

//18 Oct 09, 2009 08:35 PM | posted by: swine
youre all gonna die
48 votes

//17 Jun 17, 2009 10:20 PM | posted by: Unknown
How can he say what they did to him was unjust, when he took another person's life? Also, how can people say that it was wrong to execute him, even though he took another person's life, when women are killing innocient babies everyday! Now that is messed up.
51 votes

//16 Apr 05, 2009 06:14 AM | posted by: His Daughter
If people would seek the Lord God with all their hearts these kind of things wouldn't be happening.......let the judge of this world decide what kind of punishment these kind of people deserve if they dont turn from their wicked ways.
55 votes

//15 Feb 28, 2009 05:44 AM | posted by: GIRL & BOY
43 votes

//14 Oct 02, 2008 04:28 AM | posted by: lulu
hi guys
56 votes

//13 Sep 25, 2008 07:36 PM | posted by: Unknown
I think that he dersevered it!
50 votes

//12 Sep 02, 2008 07:31 PM | posted by: chase gallops
the death penalty can only be as affective as thoughts dishing it out, but if a man takes the life of another man intentionally (for there are case such as self-defense.) then he is not deserving of is own life there for the death penalty is much for effective then letting prisoner rot in some hell hole. Because, if they did it once, they'll most likely do it again.
40 votes

//11 Jun 27, 2008 10:37 AM | posted by: jl
If they are believed to be scum of the earth for what they did then what does that make us for doing the same?
55 votes

//10 Mar 11, 2008 10:54 AM | posted by: Humane
Death penalty is wrong. How can you be sure itis the right thing? What about the people who are wrongly convicted? Two wrongs dont make a right and the justice system isnt always right. Ultimately we are saying murder is illegal unless your in the justice system with the power to make that call. What are we... in the 1800s?
59 votes

//9 Jan 14, 2008 09:30 PM | posted by: army strong
the death penalty is the way to go. much cheaper and it is quiet effective. Bring it back to NYS please!!!!!!!!
53 votes

//8 Dec 01, 2007 07:06 AM | posted by: Unknown
What is the current status of


38 votes

//7 Aug 27, 2007 01:10 PM | posted by: Maxriter [InfoMANIAC]
Isolating is quite effective, accused people can sometimes be not guilty and mistakenly found so. Thus is death penalty really effective? Doubt so.
61 votes

//6 Aug 27, 2007 05:07 AM | posted by: Unknown
I wish calif. would do the same.
51 votes

//5 Aug 24, 2007 07:20 AM | posted by: i love texas
the death penalty is 100% effective at preventing the death row inmate from killing again. i say we execute child molesters too
51 votes

//4 Aug 24, 2007 05:28 AM | posted by: DG
If the death penalty is not putting fear in to criminal hearts, then please, tell us what would be more effective.
43 votes

//3 Aug 23, 2007 05:32 PM | posted by: kill them
i think a nuclear rocket shoved up there ass will stop people from doing bad things
52 votes

//2 Aug 23, 2007 05:29 PM | posted by: Unknown
im all in favour of public executions, bring back hanging and chopping blocks.. hang heads on metal spikes on landmarked buildings as a warning to all.
45 votes

//1 Aug 23, 2007 11:00 AM | posted by: grumbler [InfoMANIAC]
Death penalty is indeed inhumane, and it doesn't stop criminals, and it doesn't provoke fear.

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