US executes Virginia gang killer despite COVID-19 infection
Johnson is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. Corey Johnson's execution went ahead after his lawyers scrambled to stop it on grounds that the lethal injection of pentobarbital would cause him excruciating pain due to lung damage from his coronavirus infection last month. I’m OK.”Seconds later, he said softly while gazing intently at same room, “Love you.”After the execution, his lawyers released Johnson's last statement. Johnson’s execution and Friday’s scheduled execution of Dustin Higgs are the last before next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who opposes the federal death penalty and has signaled he’ll end its use. He and two other members of the Newtowne gang were sentenced to death under a federal law that targets large-scale drug traffickers.
Drug dealer convicted in 7 killings could face execution
FILE - This Aug. 28, 2020, file photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Johnson is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. He and two other members were sentenced to death under a federal law that targets large-scale drug traffickers. In their clemency petition, Johnson's lawyers asked Trump to commute his death sentence to life in prison. In his clemency petition, Johnson's lawyers said he has repeatedly expressed “sincere remorse” for his crimes.
'Big Sky' producers recognize Native American criticism
Native American tribes and coalitions are condemning Big Sky, a Montana-set ABC drama, for ignoring the history of violence inflicted on Indigenous women and instead making whites the crime victims. On Tuesday, the makers of “Big Sky” broke their silence. They cited “Somebody's Daughter,” a documentary detailing the murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls crisis, as it's known to those fighting the scourge. They’re not asking for ‘Big Sky’ to be taken off the air,” he said, but instead be used to inform. While Lightning said she was “a little bit shocked” when she saw a Native American tragedy mirrored in a story but without Native American characters, her years working in Los Angeles meant she wasn’t surprised.