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Moh

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March 17, 2009, 07:33:32 AM Last Edit: March 17, 2009, 01:36:19 PM by Moh
I've updated Teresa Lewis' and Leon Winston's cases.

State inmates
Paul Powell: 4th Circuit oral argument 12-05-08
Justin Wolfe: 4th Circuit oral argument 12-05-08
Darick Walker: 4th Circuit oral argument 03-24-09
John Allen Muhammad: federal habeas petition denied 10-06-08
Teresa Lewis: federal habeas petition denied 03-06-09
Leon Winston: federal habeas petition denied 03-06-09
Jerry Jackson: federal habeas petition filed 09-27-06
Larry Elliot: federal habeas petition filed 05-02-08
William Burns: mental-retardation determination jury trial Circuit Court 10-20-08 (outcome unknown)
Anthony Juniper: state habeas VA response received 02-28-07
Ricky Javon Gray: state habeas VA response received 04-21-08
Ivan Teleguz: state habeas VA response received 05-21-08
Thomas Porter: direct appeal denied VA S. Ct. 09-19-08
Alfredo Prieto: sentenced to death 03-04-08, awaiting decision on direct appeal
William Morva: sentenced to death 03-14-08, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Daryl Atkins: Virginia Supreme Court hearing 02-24-09 on validity of Circuit Court commutation to life sentence
William Morrisette: retrial 06-01-09

Federal inmates
Cory Johnson: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
James Roane: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
Richard Tipton: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
Aquilia Barnette: habeas petition filed 08-07
Carlos Caro: sentenced to death 03-30-07, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Thomas Hager: sentenced to death 11-01-07, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Richard Stitt: 4th Circuit ruled 12-26-08 that he gets a penalty-phase retrial

JT

Is Teresa Lewis male or female?  I thought the VA DR inmates were all male, but Teresa is a remarkably strange name for a man.
JT's Ridiculous Quote of the Century:
"I'm disgusted with the State for even putting me in this position."
-- Reginald Blanton, Texas death row.  As of October 27, 2009, Reggie's position has been in a coffin.

Moh

She's a woman.

JT

Thanks, Moh.  I'm sure I recall reading that all of Virginia's condemned were male, but whatever.
JT's Ridiculous Quote of the Century:
"I'm disgusted with the State for even putting me in this position."
-- Reginald Blanton, Texas death row.  As of October 27, 2009, Reggie's position has been in a coffin.

Moh

Would you like me to provide you with a link proving my wild assertion?

JT

No thanks.  I'm not doubting that you are incorrect.  I'm doubting that what I read previously was incorrect.
JT's Ridiculous Quote of the Century:
"I'm disgusted with the State for even putting me in this position."
-- Reginald Blanton, Texas death row.  As of October 27, 2009, Reggie's position has been in a coffin.

Moh

You're not doubting that I'm incorrect? So, do you mean that you doubt I'm correct? Double negatives are scary.

Moh

Anyway, here's the link: http://capdefnet.org/hat/wag.asp
Just scroll down to the week of 03/01/09


Moh

I've updated John Allen Muhammad's case.

State inmates
Paul Powell: 4th Circuit oral argument 12-05-08
Justin Wolfe: 4th Circuit oral argument 12-05-08
Darick Walker: 4th Circuit oral argument 03-24-09
John Allen Muhammad: 4th Circuit oral argument 05-12-09
Teresa Lewis: federal habeas petition denied 03-06-09
Leon Winston: federal habeas petition denied 03-06-09
Jerry Jackson: federal habeas petition filed 09-27-06
Larry Elliot: federal habeas petition filed 05-02-08
William Burns: mental-retardation determination jury trial Circuit Court 10-20-08 (outcome unknown)
Anthony Juniper: state habeas VA response received 02-28-07
Ricky Javon Gray: state habeas VA response received 04-21-08
Ivan Teleguz: state habeas VA response received 05-21-08
Thomas Porter: direct appeal denied VA S. Ct. 09-19-08
Alfredo Prieto: sentenced to death 03-04-08, awaiting decision on direct appeal
William Morva: sentenced to death 03-14-08, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Daryl Atkins: Virginia Supreme Court hearing 02-24-09 on validity of Circuit Court commutation to life sentence
William Morrisette: retrial 06-01-09

Federal inmates
Cory Johnson: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
James Roane: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
Richard Tipton: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
Aquilia Barnette: habeas petition filed 08-07
Carlos Caro: sentenced to death 03-30-07, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Thomas Hager: sentenced to death 11-01-07, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Richard Stitt: 4th Circuit ruled 12-26-08 that he gets a penalty-phase retrial

Jeff1857

RICHMOND, Va. - Gov. Timothy M. Kaine vetoed legislation Friday that would have extended the death penalty to murder accomplices, a measure that would have increased the population eligible for execution in the nation's second-busiest death chamber.

It was the third consecutive year that Kaine, a Democrat, has vetoed bills to expand Virginia's "triggerman rule," which reserves the death penalty only for those who commit a murder.

"While the nature of the offenses targeted by this legislation is very serious, I do not believe that further expansion of the death penalty is necessary to protect human life," Kaine said in a statement announcing the vetoes.

Virginia has executed more inmates than any other state except Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976. During his tenure as governor, Kaine has allowed nine executions and commuted one sentence. Currently, the state has 15 inmates awaiting execution on death row.

Virginia is one of only a handful of the nation's 35 death penalty states that do not allow capital punishment for those who are involved in a murder, but don't actually kill the victim.

"We tried to make the case that Virginia should not be in that vast minority since we believe in and utilize the death penalty as strongly as anywhere else in the country for its punitive and deterrent effects," said Republican Del. Todd Gilbert, who sponsored one of the triggerman bills.

Kaine, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee, also vetoed bills Friday that would have made capital punishment possible for those who kill on-duty fire marshals or auxiliary police officers.

Those bills passed the General Assembly with veto-proof majorities, so it is possible lawmakers could override him when they reconvene April 8. The legislation extending the death penalty to accomplices was a few votes shy of becoming veto-proof in the Senate.
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Expected him to veto it again

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090327/ap_on_re_us/virginia_death_penalty_1

Moh

#41
April 08, 2009, 03:24:05 PM Last Edit: April 08, 2009, 03:36:08 PM by Moh
I've updated William Morrisette's case and corrected (I believe) the information on William Burns' case.

State inmates
Paul Powell: 4th Circuit oral argument 12-05-08
Justin Wolfe: 4th Circuit oral argument 12-05-08
Darick Walker: 4th Circuit oral argument 03-24-09
John Allen Muhammad: 4th Circuit oral argument 05-12-09
Teresa Lewis: federal habeas petition denied 03-06-09
Leon Winston: federal habeas petition denied 03-06-09
Jerry Jackson: federal habeas petition filed 09-27-06
Larry Elliot: federal habeas petition filed 05-02-08
William Burns: summary judgment in Circuit Court that he is not retarded 09-17-08
Anthony Juniper: state habeas VA response received 02-28-07
Ricky Javon Gray: state habeas VA response received 04-21-08
Ivan Teleguz: state habeas VA response received 05-21-08
Thomas Porter: direct appeal denied VA S. Ct. 09-19-08
Alfredo Prieto: sentenced to death 03-04-08, awaiting decision on direct appeal
William Morva: sentenced to death 03-14-08, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Daryl Atkins: Virginia Supreme Court hearing 02-24-09 on validity of Circuit Court commutation to life sentence
William Morrisette: retrial 04-12-10

Federal inmates
Cory Johnson: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
James Roane: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
Richard Tipton: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
Aquilia Barnette: habeas petition filed 08-07
Carlos Caro: sentenced to death 03-30-07, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Thomas Hager: sentenced to death 11-01-07, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Richard Stitt: 4th Circuit ruled 12-26-08 that he gets a penalty-phase retrial

Moh

I've updated Paul Powell's case.

State inmates
Paul Powell: denied habeas relief by 4th Circuit 04-15-09
Justin Wolfe: 4th Circuit oral argument 12-05-08
Darick Walker: 4th Circuit oral argument 03-24-09
John Allen Muhammad: 4th Circuit oral argument 05-12-09
Teresa Lewis: federal habeas petition denied 03-06-09
Leon Winston: federal habeas petition denied 03-06-09
Jerry Jackson: federal habeas petition filed 09-27-06
Larry Elliot: federal habeas petition filed 05-02-08
William Burns: summary judgment in Circuit Court that he is not retarded 09-17-08
Anthony Juniper: state habeas VA response received 02-28-07
Ricky Javon Gray: state habeas VA response received 04-21-08
Ivan Teleguz: state habeas VA response received 05-21-08
Thomas Porter: direct appeal denied VA S. Ct. 09-19-08
Alfredo Prieto: sentenced to death 03-04-08, awaiting decision on direct appeal
William Morva: sentenced to death 03-14-08, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Daryl Atkins: Virginia Supreme Court hearing 02-24-09 on validity of Circuit Court commutation to life sentence
William Morrisette: retrial 04-12-10

Federal inmates
Cory Johnson: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
James Roane: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
Richard Tipton: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
Aquilia Barnette: habeas petition filed 08-07
Carlos Caro: sentenced to death 03-30-07, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Thomas Hager: sentenced to death 11-01-07, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Richard Stitt: 4th Circuit ruled 12-26-08 that he gets a penalty-phase retrial

Moh

#43
April 21, 2009, 07:10:48 AM Last Edit: April 21, 2009, 07:12:20 AM by Moh
I've updated Thomas Porter's case.

State inmates
Paul Powell: denied habeas relief by 4th Circuit 04-15-09
Justin Wolfe: 4th Circuit oral argument 12-05-08
Darick Walker: 4th Circuit oral argument 03-24-09
John Allen Muhammad: 4th Circuit oral argument 05-12-09
Teresa Lewis: federal habeas petition denied 03-06-09
Leon Winston: federal habeas petition denied 03-06-09
Jerry Jackson: federal habeas petition filed 09-27-06
Larry Elliot: federal habeas petition filed 05-02-08
William Burns: summary judgment in Circuit Court that he is not retarded 09-17-08
Anthony Juniper: state habeas VA response received 02-28-07
Ricky Javon Gray: state habeas VA response received 04-21-08
Ivan Teleguz: state habeas VA response received 05-21-08
Thomas Porter: US Supreme Court cert denied on direct appeal 04-20-09
Alfredo Prieto: sentenced to death 03-04-08, awaiting decision on direct appeal
William Morva: sentenced to death 03-14-08, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Daryl Atkins: Virginia Supreme Court hearing 02-24-09 on validity of Circuit Court commutation to life sentence
William Morrisette: retrial 04-12-10

Federal inmates
Cory Johnson: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
James Roane: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
Richard Tipton: all normal appeals exhausted, awaiting resolution of lethal-injection litigation in DC Federal District Court
Aquilia Barnette: habeas petition filed 08-07
Carlos Caro: sentenced to death 03-30-07, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Thomas Hager: sentenced to death 11-01-07, awaiting decision on direct appeal
Richard Stitt: 4th Circuit ruled 12-26-08 that he gets a penalty-phase retrial

Moh

Va. death-row case sent back to lower court

By FRANK GREEN

Published: May 12, 2009

A federal appeals court yesterday sent Virginia death-row inmate Justin M. Wolfe's case back to a lower federal court for reconsideration.

Wolfe was convicted in Prince William County of the January 2002 murder-for-hire of his marijuana supplier, Daniel Robert Petrole Jr., 21, whom Wolfe owed more than $60,000. Wolfe paid Owen M. Barber IV, a high school friend, to commit the murder.

Barber pleaded guilty, testified against Wolfe and was sentenced to 38 years. Years after Wolfe's conviction, Barber made a sworn statement that he lied during Wolfe's trial to save himself from a death sentence and said that Wolfe was not involved in the killing.

Barber has since recanted his recantation, but Wolfe's lawyers have other evidence they contend points to Wolfe's innocence.

Yesterday a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to district court to determine whether Wolfe has made a sufficient showing of innocence to require further consideration of claims that would otherwise be barred from consideration.

Among the barred claims are that the prosecutor failed to disclose information that would have been helpful to Wolfe during his trial.

Reached by e-mail, Wolfe's mother, Terri Steinberg, said of the 4th Circuit's decision: "This is good news."

http://www.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/crime/article/EXEC12_20090511-222221/267191/

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