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April 17, 2008, 03:14:24 PM Last Edit: May 24, 2008, 04:23:28 AM by Jeff1857
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The U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting arguments that lethal injection is unconstitutional won't result in executions in Nevada anytime soon.

For one thing, Nevada's Supreme Court issued a stay of all executions in October pending the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Kentucky case.

Deputy Director of Corrections Greg Smith said there are no inmates close to an execution date except William Castillo, whose execution was stayed last October pending the outcome in the Kentucky case.

He said there are 84 inmates on Nevada's death row.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said she doesn't intend to ask the Nevada court to lift the state's stay on executions at this point. Her staff is reviewing the federal opinion, which was issued Wednesday.

She said the opinion appears to be "right on point" as to the arguments about the administration of the three different drugs used to execute inmates in Nevada and that she intends to file a copy of that opinion with the Nevada court.

"We always felt there were adequate protocols in place," she said of Nevada's system.

But she said the American Civil Liberties Union may have raised other issues in its Nevada case that were not addressed by the decision in the federal case.

"We're just filing this opinion. This supports our argument. We'll let the court decide what to do with it," she said. "But we're still reviewing I think (whether) other arguments were made in the ACLU brief."

The Nevada stay on executions, issued Nov. 15, 2007, halted the execution of Castillo, 35, just an hour before he was scheduled to die.

He would have been the 13th Nevada inmate to die since the U.S. Supreme Court restored the death penalty. The first was Jesse Bishop in 1979, who was the last Nevada inmate put to death in the gas chamber.

The state adopted lethal injection in 1983, which has since been used 11 times.

Jeff1857

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has dropped its appeal challenging the lethal injection process.

The ACLU brought the case on behalf of William Castillo, on death row for the murder of a Las Vegas school teach in 1995. Castillo has his own federal appeal in the works.

The ACLA says a recent Supreme Court decision on lethal injections would make it difficult to win its case.

http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=8653310


tramoore

They suddenly got some brains in their heads!

Jeff1857

A plan to study the costs of the death penalty in Nevada, amended to delete an execution moratorium during the study, won approval Wednesday in a 30-12 Assembly vote.



The vote sending Assembly Bill 190 to the Senate along party lines, with all but two of the 14 Assembly Republicans opposing the plan.

Assemblyman Ty Cobb, R-Reno, termed the idea "a waste of money," adding such a study should look for cost savings created by having the death penalty as an option for prosecutors.

Several studies have said that the cost of capital punishment is greater than the cost of life in prison without parole. Some estimates are that prosecution and appeals for death penalty cases amount to $3 million to

$4 million per inmate, about three times the cost of

life-in-prison sentences.

http://www.rgj.com/article/20090416/NEWS11/904160349/1321

Jeff1857

Bill to impose death penalty moratorium dies


A bill that would have imposed a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty is now dead itself.

Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, introduced Assembly Bill 190 on Feb. 18 calling for a study of the costs of capital punishment cases compared to non-death penalty cases. It included a section that there would not be any executions until July 1, 2011, while the study was conducted.

The Senate Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections tabled the bill Saturday after an impassioned speech by Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio, a former district attorney.

Raggio said this study bill "is a forerunner of doing away with capital punishment." He said he knew of "several cases where the offender did not kill because of the death penalty."

Raggio was district attorney in Washoe County and prosecuted several death penalty cases.

The moratorium on executions was removed from the bill in the Assembly.

Sen. Bernice Mathews, D-Reno, said in this year of tight money, it seems that anybody could look up these costs. And she said that once completed the study "sits on the shelf, nobody looks at it."

"The information is already out there," she said.

Sen. John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, said he would work with North Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Stephen Dahl on the study. And Sen. Warren Hardy, R-Las Vegas, said that while he has respect for Judge Dahl, he agrees with Raggio.

(source: Las Vegas Sun)


Anne

http://www.rgj.com/article/20100603/NEWS/6030339/Death-row-denizens

Death row denizens

June 3, 2010

The last execution in Nevada was of convicted murderer Daryl Mack on April 26, 2006. A court convicted him in 2002 of the 1988 rape and strangulation of Betty Jane May. Other Northern Nevadans on death row:

Tamir Hamilton: Washoe County; sentenced March 27, 2008; Hamilton raped and murdered Holly Quick, a Sparks student found dead in her bed in 2006. Several injuries indicated that she was tortured.

Robert McConnell: Washoe County; Aug. 28,

2003; McConnell pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Brian Pierce on Aug. 7, 2002. Pierce was engaged to McConnell's former girlfriend.

Siaosi Vanisi: Washoe County; Nov. 22, 1999; Vanisi killed a University of Nevada, Reno police officer in 1998. Sgt. George Sullivan had been struck at least 20 times with a hatchet.

Shawn Harte: Washoe County; May 7, 1999; Harte fatally shot John Castro Jr., a Reno cab driver, in 1997.

David Middleton: Washoe County; Sept. 18, 1997; Middleton, a former Miami police officer, killed Sun Valley teacher Katherine Powell and Circus Circus Reno employee Thelma Amparo Davila.

Carlos Gutierrez: Washoe County; Aug. 10,

1995; Gutierrez pleaded guilty to beating to death his 31/2-year-old stepdaughter, Mailin Stafford, in Reno in 1994.

Michael Sonner: Pershing County; Oct. 28,

1994; Sonner, a North Carolina jail escapee, killed Carlos Borland, a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper, during a stop on Interstate 80 east of Lovelock in 1993.

David Bollinger: Washoe County; Sept. 28,

1994; Bollinger kidnapped James Vertres, 79, and his wife, Rose, 74, from their Sparks trailer park in April 1992, murdered them and set their bodies on fire at a Colorado rest stop.

Avram Nika: Washoe County; July 10, 1992; Nika killed Edward Smith of Fallon after Smith stopped to help Nika, whose car had broken down on I-80 east of Sparks. Nika beat Smith and shot him in the head.

Roger Libby: Humboldt County; June 25, 1990; Libby murdered Charles Beatty and James Robertson, whose bodies were found in the desert near Winnemucca.

William Leonard: Carson City; Aug. 25, 1989; Leonard stabbed fellow inmate Joseph Wright 21 times with a prison-made knife in 1987. It was his third murder conviction.

John Bejarano: Washoe County; May 11, 1988; Bejarano murdered Reno cab driver Roland Wright in March 1987 during a robbery.

Ricky Sechrest: Washoe County; Oct. 28, 1983; Sechrest bludgeoned to death 10-year-old Maggie Schindler and 9-year-old Carly Villa, who disappeared in May 1983 and later were found in shallow graves.

Cary Williams: Washoe County; Jan. 13, 1983; Williams pleaded guilty to the 1982 torture and murder of a pregnant Reno nurse, Katherine Carlson.

Tracy Petrocelli: Washoe County; Sept. 8, 1982; Petrocelli killed Reno auto salesman James Wilson in 1982.

Mark Rogers: Pershing County; Dec. 1, 1981; Rogers shot and stabbed an elderly couple, Emery and Mary Strode, and their daughter, 41-year-old Meriam, in 1980.

Ronnie Milligan: Humboldt County; Aug. 3, 1981; Milligan and three other defendants were convicted in the robbery-killing of 77-year-old Zolihon Voinski in 1980. Only Milligan got the death sentence.

Edward Wilson: Washoe County; Dec. 14, 1979; Wilson pleaded guilty in the murder of Reno police officer James Hoff.











Anne

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James Biela sentenced to death, 2010, for the 2007 sexual assualts of two students and the 2008, kidnap, rape and murder of Co-ed Brianna "Bri" Dennison, of Reno, Nv.
Justice for Jennifer Lee Hampton, murdered, Sept. 2008, by illegal alien.


AnneTheBelgian

http://www.mynews4.com/story.php?id=40783&n=122

Bill seeks execution moratorium in Nevada

Page Last Updated: Tuesday April 12, 2011 6:37am PDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- State lawmakers will consider a bill to impose a temporary moratorium on executions in Nevada.

AB501 would suspend executions until July 1, 2013, but does not prohibit the imposition of new death sentences during that time. The bill also requires the Legislative Counsel Bureau to conduct a fiscal analysis comparing the cost of death penalty litigation to noncapital cases.

The Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections will hear testimony on the bill Tuesday.













Anne
"DEATH PENALTY OPPONENTS WHO TWIST THE TRUTH TO PROTECT KILLERS ARE ALSO TORTURING VICTIMS FAMILIES" (PETER BRONSON, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER,FEBRUARY 3, 2003)

PRO DEATH PENALTY AND PROUD OF IT !!!

JE MAINTIENDRAI (MOTTO OF WILLIAM I THE SILENT, PRINCE OF ORANGE, 1533 - 1584, MOTTO OF THE NETHERLANDS)

DEO JUVANTE (MOTTO OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO)

PROUD TO BE BELGIAN !!! I LOVE MY KINGDOM !!!

AnneTheBelgian

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/adab5fb5f9b044e7a07c6219dfe73bac/NV--Death-Penalty-Study/

Assembly committee Oks death penalty study sans execution moratorium

* The Associated Press 
   
* First Posted: April 14, 2011 - 8:44 pm
   
*  Last Updated: April 14, 2011 - 8:44 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A Nevada Assembly committee has agreed to go ahead with a study on the costs associated with a death penalty case, but struck a provision that also would have imposed an execution moratorium while the analysis is conducted.

The Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections voted Thursday to amend and pass AB501. Besides studying costs, the original measure would have halted executions until July 1, 2013, while still allowing prosecutors to seek death sentences.

Democratic Assemblyman Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas said since there are no executions in the near future, the moratorium is unnecessary.

The bill now goes to the Assembly floor.




















Anne
"DEATH PENALTY OPPONENTS WHO TWIST THE TRUTH TO PROTECT KILLERS ARE ALSO TORTURING VICTIMS FAMILIES" (PETER BRONSON, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER,FEBRUARY 3, 2003)

PRO DEATH PENALTY AND PROUD OF IT !!!

JE MAINTIENDRAI (MOTTO OF WILLIAM I THE SILENT, PRINCE OF ORANGE, 1533 - 1584, MOTTO OF THE NETHERLANDS)

DEO JUVANTE (MOTTO OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO)

PROUD TO BE BELGIAN !!! I LOVE MY KINGDOM !!!

AnneTheBelgian

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/may/28/senate-advances-bill-conduct-audit-death-penalty-c/

May 29, 2011

Lawmakers advance bill to conduct audit on death penalty costs

By Cy Ryan

Saturday, May 28, 2011 | 4:58 p.m.

CARSON CITY - Nevada hasn't carried out an execution since April 2006, but the state Senate on Saturday passed a bill to conduct an audit on the cost of the death penalty.

On an 11-10 vote, the Senate agreed the legislative auditor must compare the costs of prosecution and appeals of capital cases versus non-death penalty cases. Republicans opposed the bill, which would look into the cost of defense lawyers, juries, psychiatric evaluations, appellate and post-conviction proceedings.

There has been at least one person on death row since 1979 and convictions of those currently on death row extend back to the 1980s. Through their lawyers, they have been pursuing a variety of appeals to overturn the death penalty.

The legislative auditor must examine the cost of an execution, including the costs of facilities and staff. The report is due Jan. 31, 2013.

Assembly Bill 501, as originally introduced, called for a two-year moratorium on the death penalty, but prison officials told legislators the drug used to inject inmates wasn't available. There also is a question on whether the death chamber in the Nevada State Prison is usable.

The state prison is to be phased out and officials said they would have to find another site for an execution if one is to be carried out.

The bill returns to the Assembly for agreement on an amendment.
















Anne

"DEATH PENALTY OPPONENTS WHO TWIST THE TRUTH TO PROTECT KILLERS ARE ALSO TORTURING VICTIMS FAMILIES" (PETER BRONSON, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER,FEBRUARY 3, 2003)

PRO DEATH PENALTY AND PROUD OF IT !!!

JE MAINTIENDRAI (MOTTO OF WILLIAM I THE SILENT, PRINCE OF ORANGE, 1533 - 1584, MOTTO OF THE NETHERLANDS)

DEO JUVANTE (MOTTO OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO)

PROUD TO BE BELGIAN !!! I LOVE MY KINGDOM !!!

AnneTheBelgian

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jun/09/governor-vetoes-bill-calling-study-death-penalty-c/

June 9, 2011

Governor vetoes bill calling for study of death penalty costs

By Cy Ryan (contact)

Thursday, June 9, 2011 | 10:14 a.m.

CARSON CITY - Gov. Brian Sandoval has vetoed a bill that called for a study of the cost of the death penalty in Nevada.

Assembly Bill 501 was sponsored by the Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Election and called for the legislative auditor to examine the costs of capital cases compared to non-death penalty cases.

"This bill lacks the specificity necessary to persuade me that the outcome of the audit performed will be fair," he said in his veto message.

There hasn't been an execution in Nevada since April 2006. Some murderers have been sitting on death row for more than 20 years due to appeals.

The bill was approved by the Assembly 28-14 and by the Senate 11-10. The vote was along party lines with Republicans opposing the study.

The study would have included pre-trial, trial and appeal costs, plus how much it costs to keep an inmate on death row at the state prison in Ely.

The governor said, "The bill, for example, lists the costs to be assessed in determining the overall fiscal impact of the imposition of the death penalty, but it does not specify how it is these costs will be assessed."

Sandoval also said the audit doesn't reflect the choices by individuals on death row in pursuing appeals. "Thus, because the bill fails to assure me that the outcome of the audit will be reliable and fair, I veto it," the governor said.

Also vetoed was the bill creating the Office of Consumer Advocate in the state Division of Insurance. The governor said the goal of the bill was laudable in having a person examine the applications by insurance companies to raise rates.

"The bill, however, does more harm than good and seems to impose duplicative regulatory requirements," he said. The commissioner of insurance is already required to examine the proposed rate increases and then make a decision on whether they are justified.

Sandoval said Assembly Bill 309 would also impose extra costs.

The governor said some proponents suggest the bill is necessary to comply with federal law, but he said compliance with federal law is possible without the bill.

The bill, sponsored by Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-La Vegas, was approved 33-9 in the Assembly and 12-8 in the Senate.



















Anne
"DEATH PENALTY OPPONENTS WHO TWIST THE TRUTH TO PROTECT KILLERS ARE ALSO TORTURING VICTIMS FAMILIES" (PETER BRONSON, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER,FEBRUARY 3, 2003)

PRO DEATH PENALTY AND PROUD OF IT !!!

JE MAINTIENDRAI (MOTTO OF WILLIAM I THE SILENT, PRINCE OF ORANGE, 1533 - 1584, MOTTO OF THE NETHERLANDS)

DEO JUVANTE (MOTTO OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF MONACO)

PROUD TO BE BELGIAN !!! I LOVE MY KINGDOM !!!

JTiscool

High court upholds Las Vegas death penalty case

By Cy Ryan (contact)
Friday, July 15, 2011 | 2:21 p.m.

CARSON CITY - The Nevada Supreme Court Friday rejected the appeal of Antoine L. Williams, who was convicted in 1995 for the murder of an elderly Las Vegas couple and for taking items from their home to finance a drug habit.

Williams was sentenced to death for the strangulation of William and Alice Nail in their home. The court upheld the decision of District Judge Stefany Miley in declining to grant a new trial. It said a motion for a new trial must be filed within seven days after the verdict unless there is newly-discovered evidence.

Williams was initially sentenced to death but the Supreme Court ordered a new penalty hearing. He was also sentenced to death at the subsequent hearing.

According to court documents, Williams went to the Nail home to borrow money for drugs. When the husband refused, Williams strangled him with an electric cord. He then strangled and stabbed Alice in the neck.

Williams took a VCR, jewelry and credit cards from the home. He was later arrested while driving in a stolen car of another person.

Source: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jul/15/high-court-upholds-death-penalty-case/
My reason for supporting the death penalty? A murderer has less of a right to live than his victim and already presents a danger while incarcerated for life. They have nothing to lose when the most they can get is Life in prison without parole.

JeffB

Top court upholds death penalties of two convicted killers

By Cy Ryan (contact)

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 | 8:04 p.m.

CARSON CITY -- The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for Scott R. Dozier who killed his drug partner, cut up his body, placed it in a suitcase and tossed in a Dumpster in Las Vegas.

The court said there was sufficient evidence to show premeditated murder and the theft of an estimated $12,000 from Jeremiah Miller.

In a unanimous opinion authored by Chief Justice Nancy Saitta, the court rejected arguments that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment and errors were made at trial.

Miller had borrowed $12,000 and with Dozier came to Las Vegas in 2002 from Arizona to buy ingredients to make methamphetamine.

Among the errors argued by Dozier and his lawyer was evidence that he had also been charged with murder in Arizona. He is appealing his second degree murder conviction in that state.

The Arizona murder conviction was used as aggravating circumstance in asking for the death penalty by the prosecution.

The court said the prosecution did not "misstate the law as the Arizona murder supported one of the aggravating circumstances."

Saitta wrote the evidence showed that Dozier had to borrow $20 upon arriving in Las Vegas and "began spending significant sums of money on clothes, drugs and electronics after Miller's death.

"We conclude that this evidence was sufficient for a rational juror to find beyond reasonable doubt that Dozier robbed Miller or killed him during the course of a robbery," Saitta wrote.

The court did reverse one count in the convictions that there was sufficient evidence presented at trial to sustain the deadly weapon enhancement that was tied to the robbery and murder convictions.

Two witnesses testified that Dozier told them he had killed Miller but they admitted they had taken illicit drugs before talking with Dozier.

The court also upheld the death penalty for Michael R. Hogan, convicted of the 1984 fatal shooting in Las Vegas of his female companion Heidi Hinkley and firing five bullets into the victim's teenage daughter Claudia Brown who survived.

This was the fourth petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed by attorneys for Hogan.

"Because Hogan filed his petition over 21 years after the remittitur issued in his direct appeal, the petition was untimely," wrote Saitta in the unanimous ruling.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jan/23/top-court-upholds-death-penalties-two-convicted-ki/
"SO SUCK IT YOU "BLUE COOLER" DOPE!"  -  Sylar24

turboprinz

Death penalty upheld in 1984 case of double slaying

By Cy Ryan (contact)

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 | 5:05 p.m.

The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for Las Vegas killer Randolph Moore who has had three penalty hearings in the shooting of a middle-age couple in 1984.

The court rejected the arguments there were errors made in jury selection, and the constitutionality of the death penalty was also challenged.

Moore and Dale Flanagan were sentenced to death for the shooting of Carl Gordon, 58, and Colleen Gordon, 57, the grandparents of Flanagan, who wanted their insurance payments and their inheritance.

The Supreme Court overturned the first penalty hearing because of misconduct by the prosecution. The second penalty hearing was reversed because of testimony about Satan worship.

Moore argues the death penalty also in his third penalty hearing should be reversed because his attorney failed to object to the judge questioning jurors about their religious affiliations and if they regularly attended church.

The court, in an opinion written by Chief Justice Michael Cherry, said the religious belief of a prospective juror in a death penalty case was "highly relevant."

Quoting from a previous case, the court said the religious convictions of a juror are grounds for removal if the beliefs are so fixed that he is unable to return the death penalty under any case.

Moore also complained that his lawyer should have objected to the removal of a prospective juror who said he could not believe in the death penalty.

Moore's challenge of the constitutionality of the death penalty was also rejected by the court. Two other defendants in the case received life terms in prison and a fifth got probation.

In another decision, the court upheld the death penalty for James M. Biela, convicted of the rape-strangulation of a 19-year-old woman in Reno in 2008.

Brianna Denison was sleeping on her friend's couch in a residence near the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, when Biela entered through an unlocked door, pressed a pillow to her face and removed her from the house.

The court said Biela then raped and strangled her with the strap of a pair of thong underwear. Her naked body was found weeks later in a ravine in south Reno.

DNA evidence linked Biela to the crime, said the court. Two other women who alleged they were sexually assaulted near the same location testified at Biela's trial.

The court, in the decision also written by Cherry, said the death penalty was not excessive in this case. The court said there is nothing to show the verdict of the jury "was the result of passion, prejudice, or any other arbitrary factor."

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/aug/02/death-penalty-upheld-1984-case-double-slaying/
I apologize for my not perfect English. Hopefully you understand what I mean. If not - ask me. I will try to explain.

Lisa

Is there any new news in 2013 for executions in Nevada?  David Bollinger murdered my great uncle James Vertrees and his wife in 1994.  He admitted to it, was convicted and sentenced to the death penalty.  While he sat on death row these last 20 years, all of James's remaining siblings died...Peggy, Marie Parker (my grandmother) and especially his baby sister Catherine Jensen who followed the case closely and hoped to see this man executed.  I the taxpayer have paid to have this man fed, clothed and even educated while I can't afford many things myself including college education.

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