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U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Inmate's request sets stag...
Last post by Rick4404 - December 20, 2017, 10:35:15 PM
Mr. Edison? Help this man check out!
I assume all that was done is that "Old Sparky" was put into storage, and that it could be made ready for an execution without too much trouble. As I recall from various news reports, the Florida State Prison used a generator from which electricity was sent into the death chamber, and accordingly sent electricity into the transformer and electric cables which were attached to electrodes in the headpiece and ankle electrodes. I assume all those pieces of equipment could be taken out of storage and made ready for use if and when the time comes.

Photo of the execution chamber at the Florida State Prison, set up for an electrocution:
U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: 32 All Set to Get Nailed
Last post by Rick4404 - December 19, 2017, 04:27:34 PM
I wonder why the Ohio Supreme Court sets execution dates years in advance?
U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Meet the Graduation Class ...
Last post by Rick4404 - December 19, 2017, 04:26:09 PM
Let's see. There were 23 executions carried out in 2017 ... a relatively small number. All of which were carried out by lethal injection.

List of states:

Alabama: 3
Arkansas: 4
Florida: 3
Georgia: 1
Missouri: 1
Ohio: 2
Texas: 7
Virginia: 2
Scheduled Executions / Quisi Bryan - OH - 10/26/2022
Last post by turboprinz - December 15, 2017, 08:56:16 PM
Execution date in 2022 set for man who killed police officer
Updated: Dec 12, 2017 - 11:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date nearly five years in the future for a man sentenced to death for killing a Cleveland police officer.

Quisi (QWEE'-zee) Bryan was convicted of shooting officer Wayne Leon in 2000 at a Cleveland gas station after the officer stopped Bryan for a traffic violation.

The court on Tuesday set Bryan's execution date for Oct. 26, 2022. He is one of more than two dozen Ohio death row inmates with execution dates over the next few years.

Earlier this fall, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case of the 47-year-old Bryan.

His attorney, federal public defender Alan Rossman, declined to comment after the execution date was announced.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Doyle Lee Hamm - AL - 2/22...
Last post by turboprinz - December 15, 2017, 08:52:01 PM
give the scumbag a face...
Scheduled Executions / Doyle Lee Hamm - AL - 2/22/18
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - December 14, 2017, 05:33:31 PM
Execution date set for convicted killer in Alabama

The Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday set an execution date for a man who has spent 30 years on the state's Death Row.

Doyle Lee Hamm, 60, is scheduled to die on Feb. 22, 2018, according to Wednesday's order. Hamm has been at Holman Prison since December 1987 after being convicted in the murder of Patrick Cunningham.

Cunningham, an employee of Anderson's Motel in Cullman, was killed during a robbery that apparently netted about $410. In the course of the investigation, Hamm confessed to the murder; in exchange for being allowed to plead guilty to lesser offense, two accomplices testified against him. Hamm was from Mississippi at the time.

His lawyer said in a press release also issued Wednesday that Hamm is terminally ill and that execution would constitute "cruel and unusual punishment," in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  :P

Attorney Bernard E. Harcourt, his lawyer and a professor of law and political science at Columbia, said Hamm has been battling cranial and lymphatic cancer for over three years. Treatment for the illness has compromised his veins, and lethal injection would likely cause "cruel and needless pain," according to papers filed by Harcourt, who has represented Hamm since 1990.  :P

"What we're litigating right now is the specific venous protocol for lethal injection as applied to Doyle's situation, given his lymphatic cancer, rather than the general cruelty of the drug cocktail in Alabama," says Harcourt, the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and executive director of the Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights. "Overall, I have to say, it's inhumane to execute somebody who's at the end of his life suffering and battling with cancer."  :P

Harcourt retained Dr. Mark Heath, an anesthesiologist and professor of medicine at Columbia University, to examine Hamm in late September 2017. Heath assessed Hamm's condition by using Harcourt's tie as a tourniquet to probe for veins because corrections officials did not allow him to bring medical equipment into the prison.

"There are no accessible veins on [Hamm's] left upper extremity (arm/hand) or either of his lower extremities (legs/feet)," Heath found. Use of one "potentially accessible" vein on Hamm's right hand "would have a high chance of rupturing the vein and being unsuccessful," he added in a written statement Harcourt filed with the court.  :P

The inability of corrections personnel to inject the drugs properly could "cause Mr. Hamm to become paralyzed and consciously suffocate" and would be "an agonizing death," said Heath, whose research has documented problems in the administration of lethal injections nationwide.  :P

Seven percent of lethal injections in the U.S. between 1890 and 2010 were botched, according to data compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center.

Harcourt asked the court to order corrections officials to disclose how they would successfully complete venous access for the execution, to appoint a special master to oversee a proper medical examination in advance, and to approve an agreed-upon protocol to "humanely achieve lethal injection."  :P

Harcourt has fought to have Hamm's death sentence reduced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, arguing, among other things, that Hamm was sentenced based on an unconstitutional prior conviction and after ineffective assistance of counsel. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Hamm's appeal.

Harcourt is assisted in the appeal by two students, Nika Cohen and Phoebe Wolfe, both in their third year at Columbia Law School. Egon Von Conway, a 2017 graduate of Columbia College; Isadora Ruyter-Harcourt, a 2016 graduate of Barnard College; and Anna Krauthamer, executive coordinator of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, are also working on Hamm's case and supporting the legal team.

In court papers, Harcourt points to the case of David Nelson, a death row inmate in Alabama whose veins were found to be unusable. Heath examined Nelson and testified on his behalf. Nelson's execution was stayed in 2003; he died in prison in 2009.

Hamm's execution is the second one already set for 2018.

The Alabama Supreme Court set Jan. 25 for the execution of Vernon Madison, who was convicted of killing a Mobile police officer more than 30 years ago. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled Alabama can execute Madison-- who claimed to be mentally incompetent and was granted a stay of execution in 2016.

Don't worry ambulance chaser, Alabama will kill your boyfriend's cancer with a shot of justice juice.  8)
Scheduled Executions / Bobby Wayne Stone - SC - 12/01...
Last post by turboprinz - December 10, 2017, 06:23:12 PM
South Carolina wants to execute Bobby Wayne Stone but has no drugs
Nov 21 2017

South Carolina has scheduled its first execution in six years but can't get the drugs to carry it out -- prompting the governor to call for a law shielding the identity of suppliers.

There are 39 inmates on South Carolina's death row. Last week, the courts set a Dec. 1 date for Bobby Wayne Stone, 52, who was convicted of murdering a sheriff's deputy in 1997.

The state's protocol calls for three drugs, including pentobarbital, which manufacturers won't sell to prisons for executions.

 Gov. Henry McMaster said the state has made "intense efforts" to get the drugs but can't find a compounding pharmacy to make them.

"They are afraid their names will be made known and they don't want to have anything to do with it for fear of retribution," McMaster said. "We're at a dead stop and we can't do anything about it."

Other states have passed laws shrouding their suppliers in secrecy, although courts have overturned or expressed concerns about some of them.

McMaster said he was asking the state's General Assembly to pass a shield law quickly.

Major pharmaceutical companies refuse to sell their products for executions and bar their wholesalers from doing the same. Last week, Pfizer demanded that Nevada return any of its branded fentanyl or diazepam, which the state bought from a wholesaler.

After hitting a record low last year, executions are up slightly in 2017, on pace to end the year at two dozen lethal injections.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Russell Bucklew - MO - 3/2...
Last post by turboprinz - December 10, 2017, 06:10:06 PM
give the scumbag a face....
U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Meet the Graduation Class ...
Last post by ChevyWolken - December 09, 2017, 05:55:12 PM
List could be much longer if more states would honor the worst of the worst
The following all graduated with highest honors durong the 2017 term:

1/11/17   1443   TX   Christopher Wilkins    48   Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   8
1/18/17   1444   VA   Ricky Jovan Gray           39   Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   10
1/26/17   1445   TX   Terry Darnell Edwards   43   Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   13
1/31/17   1446   MO   Mark Christeson           37   Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   17
3/7/17   1447   TX   Rolando Ruiz                   44   Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   21
3/14/17   1448   TX   James Bigby                   61   Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   25
4/20/17   1449   AR   Ledell Lee                   51    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   21
4/24/17   1450   AR   Jack Jones                   52    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   21
4/24/17   1451   AR   Marcel Williams           46    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   20
4/27/17   1452   AR   Kenneth Williams           38    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   16
5/17/17   1453   GA   J.W. Ledford Jr.           46    Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   24
5/26/17   1454   AL   Thomas Arthur           75     Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   34
6/8/17   1455   AL   Robert Melson           46    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   21
7/6/17   1456   VA   William Morva            35    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   9
7/26/17   1457   OH   Ronald R. Phillips           43    Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   23
7/27/17   1458   TX   TaiChin Preyor                   46    Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   12
8/24/17   1459   FL   Mark James Asay            53    Lethal Injection   3-drug (etomidate)          18
9/13/17   1460   OH   Gary Otte                   45     Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   24
10/5/17   1461   FL   Cary Michael Lambrix   57     Lethal Injection   3-drug (etomidate)           33
10/12/17   1462   TX   Robert Pruett                   38     Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   15
10/19/17   1463   AL   Torrey McNabb           40     Lethal Injection   3-drug (midazolam)   19
11/8/17   1464   FL   Patrick C. Hannon           53     Lethal Injection   3-drug (etomidate)           26
11/8/17   1465   TX   Ruben Ramirez Cardenas  47     Lethal Injection   1-drug (Pentobarbital)   19
All diplomas were presented in  hell.
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