Georgia inmate is first to be executed after botched lethal injection

June 18
GEORGIA
Inmate executed after high court denies stay

Georgia inmate Marcus Wellons was put to death late Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied an 11th-hour request to block the execution. It was the nation’s first execution since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April.

Wellons, 58, condemned for the 1989 rape and strangulation of a 15-year-old girl, also was the first inmate executed in Georgia since the state Supreme Court upheld a new law in May shielding the identity and methods of compounding pharmacies that formulate lethal injection drugs.

Wellons was one of three convicted killers in three states facing executions within a 24-hour period starting Tuesday night. His execution had been scheduled for earlier in the evening but was delayed while the appeal to the Supreme Court was pending. In Missouri, John Winfield faced execution at 12:01 a.m. Central time. John Ruthell Henry’s execution is scheduled for Wednesday night in Florida.

From news services

NEW JERSEY
30 years for major child-porn distributor

A Ukrainian man who authorities said could be the most significant distributor of child pornography ever prosecuted in the United States was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday for running a network of Web sites that catered to pedophiles around the world.

The sentence by a federal judge in Newark, N.J., was part of a plea deal reached by the man, Maksym Shynkarenko, in early January, about five years after his arrest in Thailand and 18 months after his extradition to the United States.

The indictment unsealed in 2012 claimed Shynkarenko traded in tens of thousands of hard-core pornographic images and videos that graphically depicted children ranging from infants and toddlers to teenagers being sexually assaulted or abused, in most cases by adults.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Tuesday that the investigation into a Web site that Shynkarenko operated between 2005 and 2008 has led to the criminal convictions of more than 600 U.S. residents in 47 states.

Associated Press

ARIZONA
Chavez disqualified from primary

An Arizona congressional candidate who legally changed his name to Cesar Chavez will be removed from the Democratic primary ballot because of invalid nomination signatures, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Judge John Rea ruled that almost half of the nearly 1,500 signatures gathered by the candidate formerly known as Scott Fistler to get on the Aug. 26 ballot were invalid.

That put him 295 signatures shy of the 1,039 needed to qualify. Chavez, who acted as his own attorney during Tuesday’s hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court, has until June 27 to appeal and said he will do so.

The candidate changed his name to that of the late farm labor leader in December and switched party affiliations in April. He previously lost two bids for elected office as a Republican. He is seeking a seat in the heavily Hispanic and heavily Democratic 7th Congressional District, which includes parts of Phoenix and Glendale.

Associated Press

Mayor quits over dog poop: Dennis Kneier, mayor the wealthy Los Angeles suburb of San Marino who was caught on surveillance video tossing dog poop onto a political opponent’s property, resigned Tuesday after an outcry from residents. Kneier found the bag of dog waste June 7 and tossed it onto the walkway of political opponent Philip Lao.

Associated Press

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