Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Johnny Ray Conner, 32, was killed Wednesday. He was condemned for killing a store clerk in 1998.

The BBC reports:
Earlier this week, the EU urged Texas to end the "cruel and inhumane" practice. Texas's governor said it was a "just and appropriate" punishment.

Members of Conner's family and that of the victim, Kathyanna Nguyen, witnessed the execution through windows in the death chamber.

Before he was put to death, Conner - who had always maintained his innocence - asked for forgiveness and expressed love to his family and Ms Nguyen's family.

"What is happening to me is unjust and the system is broken," he said in his final statement.

His final words were: "I bear witness there is no God but Allah and the Prophet Muhammad. Unto Allah, I belong, unto Allah I return. I love you."
In all, the United States has executed 1,090 inmates since the death penalty was resurrected in 1976.


Texas Moratorium Network said...

Norway's Oil Fund, the EU and the Death Penalty
After reading an article in The New York Times about Norway divesting from companies involved in unethical businesses such as producing cluster bombs, nuclear weapons or related components, Texas Moratorium Network initiated communication this summer with a journalist in Norway regarding the possibility of Norway using its Oil Fund to affect death penalty policy in the United States.

The Norwegian government has instituted ethical guidelines for how its Government Pension Fund – Global should be invested. Here is a speech by the Norwegian Finance Minister, Kristin Halvorsen, on the Ethical Guidelines in which she says that divestment from certain companies "is a measure of last resort, to be used in cases where the Fund runs an unacceptable risk of being complicit in grossly unethical activities."

The Texas government also agrees that divestment is a legitimate means of affecting policy change in foreign countries. During the last session of the Texas Legislature, Governor Perry signed into law SB 247, which places restrictions on the ability of public retirement systems in the state of Texas to invest in companies that are beneficial to the Sudanese government and are indirectly facilitating the genocide occurring in Sudan. The bill restricts the public retirement systems in the state of Texas from doing business with certain companies associated with the Sudanese government. In the Texas House it passed 146 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 Present, not voting. In the Texas Senate it passed with 29 in favor and zero opposed.

If Texas can divest from companies doing business in a country because of human rights violations, then another country, such as Norway, could place such restrictions on companies doing business in Texas or facilitating human rights violations in Texas, based on Norway's human rights norms.

Mary Helen said...

I don't know if this guy was innocent or not, but to me executing even one innocent person is too big a price to pay for anything (I'm struggling here because I'm not sure what the death penalty is supposed to accomplish). And DNA evidence has shown us that they system does get it wrong, and there are innocent people on death row. I don't know how any governor can be ok with the odds.

MrsThurstonHowell said...

murder is barbaric and so are executions. Why in God's name would anyone watch a murder or an execution? Where in the hell does that get us?

Anonymous said...

Looks like we got a "twofer" this time -- a killer and a Son of Allah(Bitch). Cheers!

MrsThurstonHowell said...

So where does that get us? anon 9:58 says it all.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:58....AMEN TO THAT.