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Good News: Supreme Court steps in, overrules lower court injunction; Dustin Honken will die by lethal injection of drug on Friday


This news story was published on July 14, 2020.
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Dustin Honken
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U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court stepped in early this morning and shot down a lower court’s injunction on federal executions, thereby clearing the way again for convicted child killer and druggie Dustin Honken to get a lethal dose of pentobarbital sodium on Friday and mercifully die.

NIT reported Monday that executions would be put on hold for now due to a ruling from the D.C. district court. The Department of Justice immediately appealed those rulings.

In a 5-4 opinion issued around early Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for federal executions to resume. Immediately following the ruling, Daniel Lee, a white supremacist who killed a family of three back in the 1990’s, was executed. It was the first federal execution in 17 years.  Dustin Honken is scheduled for Friday, July 17 to get a lethal dose of pentobarbital sodium injected into his body and meet his maker.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court writes, “The plaintiffs in this case are all federal prisoners who have been sentenced to death for murdering children. The plaintiffs committed their crimes decades ago and have long exhausted all avenues for direct and collateral review. The first of their executions was scheduled to take place this afternoon, with others to follow this week and next month. To carry out these sentences, the Federal Government plans to use a single drug—pentobarbital sodium—that ‘is widely conceded to be able to render a person fully insensate’ and ‘does not carry the risks’ of pain that some have associated with other lethal injection protocols.  Hours before the first execution was set to take place, the District Court preliminarily enjoined all four executions on the ground that the use of pentobarbital likely constitutes cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. Vacatur of that injunction is appropriate be- cause, among other reasons, the plaintiffs have not established that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their Eighth Amendment claim. That claim faces an exceedingly high bar.”

With this ruling, Dustin Honken’s luck seems to have run out once and for all.

Honken can look forward to something like this in a few days.(murderpedia.org photo)

Days earlier, some religious men begged President Donald Trump to intervene.  Citing federal death row prisoner Dustin Honken’s “spiritual growth and the need to move away from cycles of violence,” Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark called on President Trump to withdraw Honken’s July 17 execution date and commute his sentence to life imprisonment without possibility of parole.  Cardinal Tobin previously led the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and in that capacity, he met Honken and ministered to him personally.

“I have known Mr. Honken for seven years,” Cardinal Tobin wrote, visiting him several times a year at the U.S. Penitentiary at Terre Haute, Indiana, to minister to him and other Catholic death row prisoners. “His present spiritual guide, Father Mark O’Keefe, OSB, confirms that the spiritual growth in faith and compassion, which I had witnessed in our meetings some years ago, continues to this day.”

Cardinal Tobin acknowledged the deep pain that the families of Mr. Honken’s victims have suffered, but urged that “killing Mr. Honken will do nothing to restore justice or heal those still burdened by these crimes. Instead, his execution will reduce the government of the United States to the level of a murderer and serve to perpetuate a climate of violence which brutalizes our society in so many ways.”

On July 1, four Iowa bishops also begged for Honken’s life, writing to Trump, “Dustin Lee Honken was convicted in 2004 of the horrific acts of killing five people, including two children. He is scheduled to be executed on July 17, 2020. We ask that you commute Mr. Honken’s sentence, as well as the sentences of others to be executed this summer, from death to life without the possibility of parole. It is a duty of the state to punish offenders and defend the common good and this would still be accomplished by commuting his sentence.”

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44 Responses to Good News: Supreme Court steps in, overrules lower court injunction; Dustin Honken will die by lethal injection of drug on Friday

  1. Sending for a friend Reply Report comment

    July 17, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Poor Dustin. What’s it feel like to be a victim of your own making? I only wish that you experience the same kind of fear and terror, your victims did when you brutally murdered them. The only thing that would make this day better, is if the would put Angela Johnson to death today as well.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 16, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Fry baby fry!!! There is a special place for you in HELL!!!

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 16, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    “everything is about money with you right wing wackos.” Sooooo then everything about you left wing lip licking liberals should be about death then right. I mean come on, you can’t wait to kill the next baby so whats the deal with giving a convicted killer that deserves to die the blue juice?

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 16, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Dustin Leroy Honken, what’s for supper?

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 16, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    There isn’t anything HARSH enough for him but this might be close , cut off his eyelids put him in a stockade in the sun and let the buzzards clean him up… I cant believe anyone would beg for saving his life after knowing what he as done..

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 16, 2020 at 3:06 am

    The Cardinal and Bishops that begged for Honkens life, would have gotten a reply from me.

    “The worthless piece of shit will get his sentence commuted to life in prison, when he can resurrect those children he killed.” “Until then, he will face his judgement day as scheduled.”

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    What would JESUS DO?? I know and so do you he will be judged and so will we! God bless

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 17, 2020 at 6:50 am

      Get out of here bible beater!

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 17, 2020 at 7:29 am

        he has as much right to be here as you do, heathen!!!

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Nail his nuts down and hook him up to 220 voltage and watch him fry!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2020 at 10:26 pm

      Who are you trying to impress, you retard piece of garbage?

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 16, 2020 at 9:22 pm

        Exactly what kind of person says that

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 17, 2020 at 6:53 am

          How about putting a sock in his mouth and shoot him in the back of the head just like he did to the two little girls!

  9. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    I, for one, feel good about Mr. Honken’s pending execution. Just knowing; “Dustin Honken’s spiritual growth and the need to move away from cycles of violence” and that “Cardinal Tobin acknowledged the deep pain that the families of Mr. Honken’s victims have suffered” kind of warms my heart. Now it’s time for Dustin Honken, to die and meet the almighty above. The sooner, the better.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    I get so tired of these drama queens making such a big deal about his execution. Trust me, life isn’t fair. Enjoy what you have and let justice take care of itself.

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 15, 2020 at 12:59 am

    I personally think lethal injection is to nice for the pieces of crap like Honken. His victims didn’t die peacefully and painlessly in their sleep. Why should the criminals get off better than their victims did?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2020 at 6:24 am

      100% correct. Putting Honken to sleep on a gurney is no more a deterrent than pardoning him. It doesn’t put the fear into someone that a suffering death would. It’s ignorant and counterproductive.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 15, 2020 at 8:46 am

        It is what compassionate people do. We are not Lord of the Flies.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 15, 2020 at 3:49 pm

          It’s obvious you haven’t ever grasped the difference between fiction and real world. Do you even know what Honken(and his helpers) did to get where they are? Everybody suffers in society when real justice isn’t done to the mad dogs among us.

          • Anonymous

            July 15, 2020 at 4:47 pm

            Hey I know probably better than you. Had a family member murdered. Stabbed over 50 times and left to die. I know what grief is. Do you?

          • Anonymous

            July 16, 2020 at 5:29 am

            Then you have NO EXCUSES.

  12. Neknoh Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Where’s the love, where’s your heart I ask?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 15, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      Look to the Bible’s response for situations such as this before us.
      Dustin failed to see any compassion nor love for those he killed.

  13. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Should be made public. Slow and easy so we can all see the MF suffer!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 14, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      We “all” don’t want to see someone die. More positive things to do with our lives. See a shrink.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 15, 2020 at 7:06 am

        F U!!! Too bad it wasn’t your family that got shot!

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          July 15, 2020 at 8:47 am

          You’re a real gem. I hope you haven’t reproduced. I bet your mama is ashamed of you.

          • Anonymous

            July 15, 2020 at 10:55 am

            One of the victims was a childhood friend of mine, no matter what that person’s life was like in the years before death that death was not deserved. Speaking of gems, you sure a shining beacon of idiocy thinking you have the right to judge another poster who hasn’t killed people.

          • Anonymous

            July 15, 2020 at 12:42 pm

            Judging people? Who said “too bad it wasn’t your family that got shot?” It sure wasn’t me. Anyone wishing someone else’s family would be shot is scum.

          • Anonymous

            July 15, 2020 at 1:11 pm

            Dear Judging,

            I believe you first judged him/her by saying, “See a shrink”.
            Believe it or not, other’s have differing opinions than yours but that doesn’t mean they should see a shrink. I think you should try being more accepting of differing views, instead of going on attack mode with that nasty derogatory comment you made. Furthermore, how can you possibly feel a victim, when you instigated the response? Self-reflection on how you responded would be a good thing, don’t you think?

          • Anonymous

            July 15, 2020 at 2:13 pm

            You ignored the fact the poster replied to my comment with a FU and a desire to see my family shot. You can have whatever opinion you want. I don’t care what you think but I do take offense when you make a senseless and cruel mention of my family. As for seeing a shrink, his desire for cruelty is not beneficial to him or society. A shrink could help him. You too.

          • Anonymous

            July 15, 2020 at 3:55 pm

            You’re very wrong. Society benefits greatly from harsh and swift punishment for murderers. Not so much from years and years of lawyers, delays, stays and stalling. Going peacefully to sleep on a gurney is a stupid punishment for the crimes Honken ran.

          • Anonymous

            July 15, 2020 at 6:43 pm

            How does it benefit society? Maybe it shows that most of us are just like the executed person? We intentionally kill a person because he intentionally killed a person. That is the only benefit I can see.

          • Anonymous

            July 15, 2020 at 9:07 pm

            It benefits society because us tax payers don’t have to support his sorry ass anymore. Goodbye dusty, hopefully they use a square needle and repeatedly miss the vein.

          • Anonymous

            July 16, 2020 at 8:26 am

            everything is about money with you right wing wackos. Funny you don’t care about the national debt.

          • Anonymous

            July 16, 2020 at 1:39 pm

            Dear Judging,

            Again, his response was a direct reactive comments to your ”Shrink”
            comment. Perhaps, some therapy will help you understand your part in his/her reaction.

            Furthermore, look no further than what the Bible says: An eye for an eye. This is long past due.

          • Anonymous

            July 16, 2020 at 2:48 pm

            Quit playing the semantics game. I am perfectly happy that the person who murdered my family member will rot in a prison cell for the next 100 years. I don’t really care if Honken is executed or not. He is a piece of shit and deserves the punishment given to him by the court. If it is an execution, fine but I don’t have to agree with it. Life in prison would prolong his suffering and I prefer that. The penny a year (probably much less) of my taxes that provide for housing lifers is ok by me. By the way – “we can all see the MF suffer!” is the statement that started this. If you enjoy watching people suffer, then you should see a shrink too.

          • Anonymous

            July 17, 2020 at 5:29 am

            Dear Judging,

            No, that’s the statement that triggered you and your apparent throw around phrase of, “See -a-Shrink.”

            You sound very conflicted.

            Again, just because you have a differing view of what is good for Dustin Honken, doesn’t make others wrong. Again, try to be more accepting of others differing viewpoints.

          • Anonymous

            July 17, 2020 at 8:05 am

            LOL You are a foolish little man.

          • Anonymous

            July 17, 2020 at 11:28 am

            How the hell would you know what “triggered” my response? You must be a very intelligent seer to know that especially since my words dispute your assumption. Or you are a very low intelligence individual who likes to think he knows better than others.

  14. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Fry that mfer…he is a monster!!!

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    It costs more to execute than to house a prisoner for life. That’s sad, too many appeals and lawyer fees. In an open and shut case like this he should have been executed immediately upon conviction.

  16. Joshua Blau Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    lethal injection saves us tax payers 40,000 per deathrow inmate per year. If Honken lived even 20 years thats 800,000 dollars not counting future rises in cost and inflation etc. He deserves everything thats coming to him. Maybe the next psycho will let the kids live after seeing this.

  17. Charlie Zubroud Reply Report comment

    July 14, 2020 at 10:47 am

    how ironic the drug kingpin will die by drug hmm is that karma or something