Robert James Campbell - TX - 5/13/14 - STAYED

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not vengeance at all. so many people are not happy with releases the govt is discussing of prisoners just because cells are filling. Nobody wants to increase taxes for prisons to be built, very few areas are in favor of facility of super strength prisons being around their area.

in terms of not caring if it caring if they suffer a long period of misery that is just I cant have sympathy for anyone on DR as they are there for putting a person through misery themselves and they did it at will and knew the person they were killing would suffer. After killing the person they plead not guilty or insanity then go beg for LWOP. The people they killed probably begged for their life too. They didn't let victim live and caused suffering so if things don't go perfect I don't see why the killer deserves sympathy or trying to save them. Yes to keep DP from being done away with it needs to work as intended but nothing is ever perfect and takes fine tuning.


I understand both points, sure a not perfect X (no B-word GGR  :-* ) has a negative impact on oh so critical media etc. and why
make it more difficult to carry out future executions  ??? , but on the other side, if we as DP supporters don't stand whole-heartedly behind our attitude (and then it don't matters if a murder suffered a little bit more than neccessairy) ,maybee we weaken our standpoint  too  ;)
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Texas Judge Reluctantly Denies Stay of Execution for Robert Campbell

By Tracy Connor
A federal judge has reluctantly rejected a Texas inmate's bid to stop his lethal injection because the state won't disclose where it got the drugs, saying his hands were tied because of higher court rulings.

But in a two-page ruling, district judge Kenneth Ellison said a botched execution in Oklahoma two weeks ago "requires sober reflection on the manner in which this nation administers the ultimate punishment."

Ellison's denial of a stay of execution for Robert James Campbell brought relief to his victim's family and outrage from his lawyers.  :P

"I don't know if the execution will give us closure, but I'm hoping it will," said Israel Santana, cousin of Alejandra Rendon, the 20-year-old bank teller Campbell was convicted of raping and murdering in 1991.

He noted that like Oklahoma, Texas keeps the source of its execution drugs under wraps, blocking inmates from investigating whether the drugs were properly prepared.

Ellison, in his ruling, urged the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider previous rulings that upheld drug-secrecy and seemed "to shield crucial elements of the execution process from open inquiry. "

Nevertheless, he said, those rulings prevented him from halting Campbell's execution.

The outcome was cheered by Rendon's family, who were worried that the Oklahoma botch might buy Campbell more time.

"As far as the execution being cruel and inhumane, I don't see that," said Santana, a criminal defense lawyer. "What she was put through was cruel and inhumane.

"I would love to tell Robert Campbell: Would you like to be put to sleep or would you rather be brutally raped and shot? My cousin was not given a choice. Nobody can even fathom the terror she went through."
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

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Inmate cites Oklahoma ordeal to stop his execution

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press : May 12, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- Attorneys for a condemned killer facing execution this week in Texas are insisting his punishment should be stopped because he risks the same ordeal experienced recently by an Oklahoma inmate whose lethal injection was disrupted.

Robert Campbell's scheduled Tuesday evening execution in Huntsville would be the first nationally since Clayton Lockett's bungled punishment April 29. Lockett died of an apparent heart attack after Oklahoma prison officials aborted his execution following the failure of an intravenous line carrying the deadly drugs.

Lawyers for Campbell say they must know the source of the drug used in Texas. Prison officials have refused.

Attorneys also are arguing in appeals that Campbell's mentally impaired and ineligible for execution.

Campbell was convicted of the 1991 abduction and fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Houston woman, Alexandra Rendon.
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Facing Challenge to Execution, Texas Calls Its Process the Gold Standard


HUNTSVILLE, Tex. -- If Texas executes Robert James Campbell as planned on Tuesday, for raping and murdering a woman, it will be the nation's first execution since Oklahoma's bungled attempt at lethal injection two weeks ago left a convicted murderer writhing and moaning before he died.

Lawyers for Mr. Campbell are trying to use the Oklahoma debacle to stop the execution here. But many in this state and in this East Texas town north of Houston, where hundreds have been executed in the nation's busiest death chamber, like to say they do things right.

For two years now, Texas has used a single drug, the barbiturate pentobarbital, instead of the three-drug regimen used in neighboring Oklahoma. Prison administrators from other states often travel here to learn how Texas performs lethal injections and to observe executions. Texas officials have provided guidance and, on at least a few occasions, carried out executions for other states.

Even the protesters and TV cameras that used to accompany executions here have largely dissipated. "It's kind of business as usual," said Tommy Oates, 62, a longtime resident who was eating lunch at McKenzie's Barbeque last week, about one mile from the prison known as the Walls Unit. "That sounds cold, I know. But they're not in prison for singing too loud at church."  ;D

More than any other place in the United States, Huntsville is the capital of capital punishment. All of the 515 men and women Texas has executed since 1982 by lethal injection and all of the 361 inmates it electrocuted from 1924 to 1964 were killed here in the same prison in the same town, at the redbrick Walls Unit. Over all, Texas accounts for nearly 40 percent of the nation's executions.

So many people have been put to death and so often -- in January 2000, seven people were executed in 15 days -- that people here take little notice.

Gov. Rick Perry is a staunch defender of the state's record, saying that "in Texas for a substantially long period of time, our citizens have decided that if you kill our children, if you kill our police officers, for those very heinous crimes, that the appropriate punishment is the death penalty." On "Meet the Press" recently, he added, "I'm confident that the way that the executions are taken care of in the state of Texas are appropriate."

Some of those who condemn the state grudgingly agree that it kills with efficiency -- from initial slumber into cessation of breathing -- even though a prisoner who died of lethal injection in April was reported to have said, "It does kind of burn."

"Texas's death chamber is a well-honed machine," said Robert Perkinson, the author of "Texas Tough: The Rise of America's Prison Empire," a critical history of the Texas prison system.

David R. Dow, a law professor at the University of Houston who has represented more than 100 death row inmates during their appeals, explained the state's record of seeming success simply. "When you do something a lot, you get good at it," he said, adding archly, "I think Texas probably does it as well as Iran."

In Huntsville, a city of 40,000 that cuts through pine forests along Interstate 45, the Walls prison sits like a fortress in the heart of town, roughly half a mile from City Hall, the county courthouse and the campus of Sam Houston State University. Huntsville is part college town, part prison town -- there are seven state prisons, including the Walls, in the Huntsville area, as well as the headquarters of the state prison agency, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

But many residents do not dwell on the pace of executions at the Walls. "Unless the high-profile cases are going on, you don't really know until you read about it the next day in the paper or you hear it on the news that an execution was going on," said Heike Ness, 48, an insurance agent.

Some of those who work in the system are proud of their expertise. Jim Willett, who was the warden at the Walls prison from 1998 to 2001, oversaw 89 executions. Staff members who prepare prisoners for execution are trained and skilled, he said. The "tie-down team" that straps the prisoners onto the table, "can take that man back there and put those straps on perfectly and easily in 30 seconds. This may sound odd to an outsider, but they take pride in what they do." He added, "They've done it so often that it's almost second nature to them."

Mr. Willett, now retired from the prison, is director of the Texas Prison Museum, about three miles from the Walls prison, which celebrates the institution and, to an extent, its history of execution. It received 31,280 visitors last year.

It was built to resemble a state prison and has a replica guard tower in one corner of the building. The electric chair that was used until 1964 is there, displayed behind a protective glass barrier with a sign that reads, "Attention: Please do not enter past the rope or attempt to touch 'Ol' Sparky.' An alarm will sound if you do try to enter."

Mr. Willett said he was not haunted by his time supervising executions, but he was touched by it and drained by it.

Since 1976, Texas has carried out more executions than six other states combined -- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma and Virginia -- all of which have some of the busiest death chambers.

On Monday, an appeal by Mr. Campbell's lawyers to stop the execution reached the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.

The argument in the original complaint in the Campbell case, filed in federal court in Houston, tracks arguments in several current lawsuits challenging Texas' execution process. It focuses on efforts by Texas, Oklahoma and other states to restrict information about the source of the drugs.

Texas has declined to disclose such information as how its drug is tested for potency and purity, among other details of the process. The lawyers for Mr. Campbell argue that "to permit this execution to proceed in light of the eye-opening events in Oklahoma should not be countenanced by a civilized society, nor tolerated by the constitutional principles that form the basis of our democracy."

Eric Hunter, left, and Courtney Campbell, both students at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, toured the Texas Prison Museum. Credit Michael Stravato for The New York Times 

State officials say Texas is not like Oklahoma partly because it uses a single drug, the barbiturate pentobarbital, instead of the three-drug series employed north of the Red River. This approach, along with other protections for prisoners in the process, was favored by a new report on the death penalty from The Constitution Project, a group that includes supporters and opponents of capital punishment.

Maurie Levin, a lawyer who has worked on many Texas death penalty cases and who is one of Mr. Campbell's lawyers, countered in an interview that "Texas doesn't have some kind of magic touch. There's nothing that says we can't trust Oklahoma, but we can trust Texas." The risk of mistakes, she said, "are exponentially greater when executions are carried out in secret." In fact, she noted, Oklahoma's publicly available protocol is far more detailed than the one provided upon request from Texas.

Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general, has opposed the request to stop the execution, stating that "recent problems in another state following an entirely different execution procedure do nothing to change this fact." The state argued that pentobarbital has been used successfully in 33 executions in Texas, and that testing showed the batch of the drug to be used, which came from a compounding pharmacy, was potent and "free of contaminants."

Still, an execution in April has raised questions. Jose Villegas, 39, who was convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother, reportedly complained of a burning sensation as a lethal injection began to take effect. Texas argued that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution "does not require the elimination of all risk of pain," only that the method not be "sure or very likely to cause serious illness and needless suffering." The state's filing noted that frequently, the action cited before pentobarbital-induced death in articles by Michael Graczyk, the Associated Press reporter who has covered hundreds of Texas executions, is snoring.

In Mr. Campbell's case, Judge Keith P. Ellison of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Friday denied the request for the injunction. He noted that the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit "does not permit" a ruling in Mr. Campbell's favor. Anticipating an appeal, however, Judge Ellison urged the higher court "to reconsider its jurisprudence that seems to shield crucial elements of the execution process from open inquiry."

Opponents of the death penalty question Texas' reputation for trouble-free execution. Austin D. Sarat, a professor at Amherst College who has studied the death penalty, put the state's rate of mishaps at about 4 percent, slightly higher than Oklahoma's, if difficulty in finding a vein is included in the calculation.

One of the botched executions was that of Raymond Landry Sr. in December 1988. Two minutes after prison officials began administering the drugs, a tube attached to a needle inside Mr. Landry's right arm began leaking and shooting the drugs across the death chamber toward the witness room. The warden then pulled a curtain to block the view. When the curtain reopened 14 minutes later after prison officials had apparently reinserted the needle, Mr. Landry was motionless with his eyes half-closed, according to The Associated Press. Three minutes later, two doctors arrived and declared him dead.

Texas' 10-page execution protocol requires each "drug team" to have "at least one medically trained individual," whether a certified medical assistant, emergency medical technician, phlebotomist, paramedic or military corpsman.

Rick Halperin, the director of the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the former president of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, said he is tormented by the attitudes in Texas. "If you do raise the questions as to the morality of this," he said, "you are immediately painted as if you are unsympathetic to the plight of the families who lost loved ones and sympathetic to violent felons."

Support for the death penalty in Texas runs higher than in the rest of the country; a May 2012 University of Texas-Texas Tribune online poll showed that 53 percent of Texas voters said they supported the death penalty for murder over life imprisonment without the chance for parole. A Quinnipiac University telephone poll conducted in May 2013 found that 48 percent of American voters favored the death penalty over a life term for people convicted of murder.

One person who has no qualms about seeing Mr. Campbell die is Israel Santana, a cousin of Alexandra Rendon. Mr. Santana is a criminal defense lawyer in Houston and has defended people on capital murder charges.

But not in this case. In 1991, Mr. Campbell and his co-defendant, Leroy Lewis, kidnapped Ms. Rendon, raped her, then took her out into a field and told her to run for her life, the state said. Mr. Campbell tried to shoot her in the head but missed; he then shot her in the back and left her for dead.

"She had her whole future ahead of her," Mr. Santana said, "and this guy took it away without a second thought."

He plans to drive to Huntsville on Tuesday to be a witness at the execution. "I'm a deacon in my church," he said. "I'm taught I must forgive." Still, he allowed, "I will not lie and say there's not a battle within me."

He added, "I'm sure in my heart, before the needle is put in, I'll forgive him."
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

Grinning Grim Reaper

Texas Inmate Robert James Campbell Files 11th Hour Appeals

A Texas killer scheduled for the nation's first execution since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma filed a new round of appeals on Monday.

Robert James Campbell, 41, asked the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to halt Tuesday's execution on the grounds that the state has refused to say where it obtained the deadly drugs.  ;D

The appeals panel has declined in the past to issue stays of execution because of drug-secrecy policies, but the new challenge is being pressed just a few weeks after the Oklahoma debacle focused new attention on how states kill death-row inmates.

Texas, which uses a different drug, has said the problems in Oklahoma should not affect its executions, but at least one federal judge disagrees.

In a ruling late last week, District Judge Keith Ellison suggested Lockett's death "requires sober reflection on the manner in which this nation administers the ultimate punishment."

Nevertheless, Ellison said he could not stop Campbell's execution because of earlier rulings by the Fifth Circuit.

Campbell is also asking the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to consider a recommendation for clemency on the grounds that the state allegedly withheld information that his IQ is low enough that he should be considered mentally retarded and ineligible for capital punishment.  ;D

A state court has already rejected an appeal on those grounds.

Campbell is on death row for the 1991 rape and murder of bank teller Alejandra Rendon. Her cousin told NBC News that no matter what happens Tuesday, the inmate's death won't be as cruel as his victim's.

"Nobody can even fathom the terror she went through," he said.
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Grinning Grim Reaper

Texas Prepares to Execute First Prisoner Since Oklahoma Execution

By David Stout

Update: Tuesday, 6:43 a.m.

Convicted killer Robert Campbell will die by lethal injection, the first since execution of an Oklahoma prisoner in April, unless a court intervenes

Attorneys representing Robert Campbell are hoping to prevent their client from being the first man executed in the U.S. since the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett last month.

The state of Texas is set to execute Campbell, who is on death row for the rape and murder of bank teller Alejandra Rendon in 1991, on Tuesday unless a court intervenes on his behalf. Campbell's lawyers are hoping to delay the execution on the grounds that Texas is relying on supplies of pharmaceuticals needed for the lethal injection from a secret source.

"Frighteningly, Texas is pursuing the path of secrecy in the midst of these deeply troubling events, and even in the immediate wake of events in Oklahoma," wrote Maurie Levin, Campbell's lead attorney, in a federal civil rights suit.  ;D

In March, Texas officials confirmed that they had secured a new batch of the lethal sedative pentobarbital, but authorities refused to disclose the identity of the supplier.

Assistant attorney general Ellen Stewart-Klein rejected the defense's argument, saying Texas' procedures are "vastly different from the situation in Oklahoma in which an admittedly new protocol was used."

Oklahoma had relied on a complicated three-drug procedure to execute inmates, but the state has issued a six-month stay on capital punishment until the investigation into Lockett's execution is completed.
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Grinning Grim Reaper

Texas Death Row Inmate Robert Campbell Seeking Delay Denied By 5th Circuit Court

Posted:  05/13/2014 8:53 am EDT   Updated:  10 minutes ago   

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A federal appeals court has rejected a Texas death row inmate's appeal that his execution could result in a bungled lethal injection similar to one two weeks ago in Oklahoma.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said late Monday that speculation about Texas' use of a lethal drug from a secret provider is not enough to prove Robert James Campbell's claim that the punishment could cause unconstitutional pain and suffering.

Oklahoma authorities say a broken vein caused the failure of Clayton Lockett's execution.

Campbell's execution is scheduled for Tuesday evening. His attorney says she's taking the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Another appeal contending Campbell is mentally impaired and ineligible for execution remains before the 5th Circuit. Attorneys have a petition about the issue before the Supreme Court.
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Grinning Grim Reaper

And Campbell's ambulance chasers head to SCOTUS...

No. 13-10077      *** CAPITAL CASE ***   

Title: Robert James Campbell, Petitioner v. Texas
Docketed: May 13, 2014

Lower Ct: Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
Case Nos.: (WR-44,551-05)
Decision Date: May 8, 2014

~~~Date~~~  ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
May 13 2014 Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed.
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No. 13A1124 
Title: Robert James Campbell, Applicant v. Texas
Docketed: May 13, 2014

Linked with 13-10077
Lower Ct: Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
Case Nos.: (WR-44,551-05)

~~~Date~~~  ~~~~~~~Proceedings  and  Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
May 13 2014 Application (13A1124) for a stay of execution of sentence of death, submitted to Justice Scalia.
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GO TEXAS  >:( Make it a good clean X and do justice to the victim Alexandra Rendon  :-*
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Grinning Grim Reaper

Word is out on the street that Campbell got a stay...the 5th must have bought into the tard card.
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Stay of Execution Granted for Texas Inmate


HUNTSVILLE, Tex. -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday granted a Texas inmate's request for a stay of execution hours before he was scheduled to die.

The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans granted the request from lawyers for the inmate, Robert James Campbell, on the grounds that his execution be stopped because of intellectual disability. The stay came just hours after it had refused to stop the execution based on a different line of reasoning.

Mr. Campbell's lawyers said that new information uncovered in state files showed that he had an intellectual disability and was ineligible for execution. They said state officials withheld the results of two I.Q. tests given to Mr. Campbell -- a 68 when he was a child and a 71 shortly after he arrived on death row at the age of 19. Mr. Campbell is now 41.

Under a guard's watch, inmates planted flowers in front of the prison known as the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Tex. Inside is where the 515 men and women whom Texas has executed since 1982 have died by lethal injection. Even some death penalty critics agree that the state acts competently.

The United States Supreme Court has banned the execution of those whom the law refers to as mentally retarded, and has said that an I.Q. score of "approximately 70" indicates retardation. Mr. Campbell's lawyers had asked the Supreme Court for a stay of execution based on the I.Q. issue, and filed a request with Gov. Rick Perry asking for a 30-day reprieve so that a separate plea of intellectual disability could be considered by the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.

"We have been presented with evidence that Campbell, who will soon be executed unless we intervene, may not constitutionally be executed," wrote Judge James L. Dennis for the court. "It is regrettable that we are now reviewing evidence of intellectual disability at the eleventh hour before Campbell's scheduled execution," he wrote. "However, from the record before us, it appears that we cannot fault Campbell or his attorneys, present or past, for the delay."

Mr. Campbell's lawyers had been pursuing two arguments in trying to stop the execution. Along with the mental disability appeal, known as an Atkins claim because of the Supreme Court's 2002 decision in the case Atkins v. Virginia, the lawyers also pursued a request based on Texas' refusal to identify the source of the compounded drug to be used in the execution chamber. That line of defense was denied by the Fifth Circuit and was pending before the United States Supreme Court.
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I always wonder how the process takes forever, once the execution is finally to take place the courts look at things and decide if they should grant a last minute stay. All signs indicate there is no stay here and what happens other than he was granted a stay

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects lethal injection appeal from Texas inmate

POSTED:  32 min ago

HOUSTON, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused an appeal from a Texas death row inmate whose attorneys were demanding state officials disclose the source of drugs intended to execute him.

Robert James Campbell had a pair of appeals in federal courts last month as his scheduled execution neared including the Supreme Court appeal on drug secrecy.

The justices rejected the drug secrecy argument Monday without comment. The court has made similar rulings in other cases.

The case is among several from the court Monday involving Texas prisoners.

An appeal in a lower federal court that he's mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty is still pending.

Campbell was condemned for the 1991 abduction-slaying of a Houston bank teller, Alexandra Rendon.

Well the ambulance chasers will still try to play the drug secrecy card but it is dead in the water.  8)
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