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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.
U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Inmate's request sets stag...
Last post by Observer - December 06, 2017, 05:19:42 PM
Mr. Edison? Help this man check out!
U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Inmate's request sets stag...
Last post by ChevyWolken - December 05, 2017, 06:41:41 PM
He's considered as a most dangerous inmate after all he did in the past? I see no problem granting him his wish
U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: Inmate's request sets stag...
Last post by john - December 04, 2017, 01:12:13 PM
I've got mixed feelings about this, on the one hand I think 'hurry up and give him what he wants' on the other hand I can't help thinking he's planting evidence for an insanity appeal some time in the future.
U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Inmate's request sets stage fo...
Last post by Rick4404 - November 30, 2017, 05:50:48 PM

Death row inmate requests electric chair, Florida law may make it possible
Sarina Fazan
11:26 PM, Jul 14, 2017

RAIFORD, Fla. - Considered among the most dangerous inmates, Action News met with Wayne Doty in a small room at Florida's death row. Despite his wrists being shackled, security still watched his every move.

"An individual has the right to choose their own destiny," Doty professed.

Then, the Plant City man uttered what no Florida inmate has requested before. The 44-year-old is demanding to be put to death by the electric chair and not by the lethal injection method.
Scheduled Executions / Re: Juan Edward Castillo - TX ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - November 29, 2017, 08:20:34 PM
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halts state's last execution of 2017

On Tuesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the Dec. 14 execution of Juan Castillo and sent his case back to the trial court to look into claims of false testimony.

Castillo, 36, was sentenced to death in the 2003 robbery and murder of Tommy Garcia Jr. in San Antonio, according to court records. Prosecutors said Castillo and three others planned to rob Garcia after luring him to a secluded area with the promise of sex with one of the women involved in the plan. But when Garcia tried to run, Castillo shot him, according to the accomplices.

One of the witnesses at his trial, Gerardo Gutierrez, bunked near Castillo at the Bexar County Jail and testified that Castillo had confessed to the crime in jail. But in 2013, Gutierrez signed an affidavit saying that he lied in his testimony "to try to help myself."

Even though Castillo had already gone through appeals and lost, the Court of Criminal Appeals ruled on Tuesday that his case was now applicable for further review because of a nearly decade-old ruling. The court had previously held that it was a constitutional violation when the prosecution knowingly uses false testimony to obtain a conviction. And in a 2009 case, it went further to say that even if prosecutors are unaware testimony is false, it still violates a defendant's due process rights.

Castillo has had multiple execution dates set and stopped. In August, his September execution was rescheduled by the Bexar County district attorney because some of Castillo's defense team was based in Houston, which was suffering from Hurricane Harvey flooding.

His execution was the only one remaining on the 2017 calendar in Texas. The state has executed seven people this year, the most in the country. Seven people were also put to death in Texas last year, and five executions are already scheduled in the first three months of 2018.
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