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on: Today at 06:57:01 AM 1 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Kelly Renee Gissendaner - GA - 2/25/15 - Stayed

Hmmmm...the real reason for the "snow & ice postponement" and "cloudy drug stay" is that Georgia does not want to execute a woman.

on: February 25, 2015, 07:05:21 AM 2 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Kelly Renee Gissendaner - GA - 2/25/15

Only Woman On Georgia’s Death Row Denied Clemency

Update — Feb. 25, 2014 9:50 a.m.: The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to Kelly Gissendaner.

Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia's death row, is set to be executed today for her role in the 1997 murder of her husband.

If executed, Gissendaner will be the first woman put to death in the state since 1945.

The Supreme Court denied her appeal in October 2014, and she concluded all her direct appeal proceedings.

on: February 24, 2015, 12:32:39 PM 3 General Death Penalty / Pennsylvania Death Penalty News / Re: Pennsylvania Death Penalty News

My Turn: Why Wolf's moratorium will fail

Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015 4:27 pm

John Morganelli 

Governor Tom Wolf did not impose a “moratorium” on Pennsylvania’s death penalty. He has no such authority and he knows that. The governor was properly advised by Judge Timothy K. Lewis, former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge, that there exists no authority in the Office of Pennsylvania Governor to declare a moratorium or suspend the death penalty. What the governor did was to grant a “reprieve” to one death row inmate who was scheduled for an imminent execution. The granting of a “reprieve” is one of the governor’s powers with respect to clemency in Article IV, Section 9(a) of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The other two are the power to “commute” a death sentence to life and to grant a “pardon.” The latter two, however, cannot be exercised by the governor unless recommended by the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. With respect to commuting a death sentence to life, the recommendation must be unanimous.
Under Pennsylvania law, the issuance of execution warrants by the executive branch is a mandatory duty. That precedent was established in Morganelli v. Casey, a case I brought in 1994 against then-governor Robert Casey. Today, the governor is given 90 days to sign a death warrant after receiving the case from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. If the governor does not sign the execution warrant, the execution date must be set by the Department of Corrections and the execution proceeds without the governor’s signature.
Accordingly, Judge Lewis advised the governor that executions must proceed and that the use of the “reprieve” power was the only constitutional basis for creating a “defacto” moratorium. The governor has stated that he will grant “reprieves” for subsequent scheduled executions for each death row inmate at least until the release of an impending study being done by a task force established by the legislature.
The governor’s objective is unlikely to succeed. In Morganelli v. Casey, the court held that a “reprieve” exists only to afford an individual defendant the opportunity to temporarily postpone an execution for a particular proceeding involving that defendant — i.e. a pending application for a pardon, commutation or judicial relief. It is unlikely that a court will allow a governor to grant “reprieves” based on a governor’s concern about the fairness of the process or the release of a report that has no legal significance. If this was permitted, it would in effect allow a governor to commute death sentences to life bypassing The Board of Pardons in contravention of Article IV of the Pennsylvania Constitution. Only the legislature has the power to repeal the death penalty and only the judiciary has the power to suspend the death penalty or declare it null and void as unconstitutional or in violation of due process.
Pennsylvania’s death penalty was deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court many years ago in the case of Blystone, and, therefore, the governor will not be able to derail Pennsylvania’s death penalty by continuously granting “reprieves” in individual cases. As someone who has personally litigated these issues, I predict that ultimately the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will find the governor’s action outside of the intended purpose and scope of a “reprieve.”
John M. Morganelli, is the District Attorney of Northampton County. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association and in 1994 successfully prosecuted an unprecedented case against the Governor of Pennsylvania to enforce Pennsylvania’s death penalty.

on: February 19, 2015, 02:08:01 PM 4 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Ronald Phillips - OH - 1/21/16

Federal judge rejects death-row inmates' challenge to Ohio's execution secrecy rules

 A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by four death-row inmates challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's new execution secrecy rules.

 The suit argued that the new law, which shields the identities of most participants in Ohio's execution process, violates the condemned inmates' rights to free speech and due process.

 U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost dismissed the case on Tuesday, agreeing with the state's arguments that the rules would not infringe on free speech and the plaintiffs' case is "based on conjectural or hypothetical" injuries.

 "H.B. 663 does not suppress speech or the ability to oppose the death penalty," Frost wrote in his opinion.

 "Rather," Frost stated, "the statutory scheme simply cuts off Ohio and its employees as a source of specific information for both proponents and opponents of the death penalty.

 Under the new law, House Bill 663, Ohio must keep secret the names of people involved with executions, other than top officials. The law also protects the identity of small-scale drug manufacturers called compounding pharmacies if they make lethal-injection drugs for the state.

 Proponents of the rules, signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in December, say they are needed to protect individuals involved with Ohio executions from harassment and potential harm.

 The lawsuit was filed on behalf of death-row inmates Ronald Phillips, Raymond Tibbetts, Robert Van Hook and Grady Brinkley. The first three are scheduled to be executed next year; Brinkley's execution date has not yet been set.

I would trade off 100 other executions to see this maggot get juiced.

on: February 16, 2015, 10:26:57 AM 5 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Thomas Arthur - AL - 2/19/15

Alabama death row inmate seeks stay of execution

Brian Lyman, Montgomery Advertiser 2:32 p.m. CST February 13, 2015

Attorneys for an Alabama death row inmate scheduled to die next week asked a federal court Friday to stop the execution.

Thomas Arthur, convicted in 1982 in a murder-for-hire scheme, has been at the center of an ongoing battle over the drugs Alabama uses to conduct executions. The inmate first sued in 2011, saying the state’s three-drug cocktail violated his Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

Arthur and attorneys have argued the anesthetic used in the execution would not work fast enough to prevent pain resulting from two succeeding drugs that paralyze the body and stop the heart.

A message left with Suhana Han, an attorney representing Arthur, was not immediately returned Friday morning. Mike Lewis, a spokesman for Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, said Friday the office had no comment.

Arthur is currently scheduled to be executed on Feb. 19.

The inmate’s challenge is one of several facing the state’s administration of capital punishment. When it the state adopted lethal injection as its primary form of execution in 2002, Alabama officials used sodium thiopental as its main sedative in the procedure. In part due to pressure from European anti-death penalty activists, Hospira stopped manufacturing the drug in the United States in 2011; the company said in a statement at the time that it “never condoned” the use of the drug in executions.

Alabama officials then switched to pentobarbital as the main sedative; Arthur and his attorneys argued that drug would take too long to render him unconscious before the other drugs took effect.

State officials acknowledged early last year that they had run out of the drug. The state last conducted an execution on July 25, 2013, when Andrew Reid Lackey was put to death for the 2005 murder of Charles Newman, an 80-year-old World War II veteran.

In filings with the Alabama Supreme Court last September, the Alabama attorney general’s office announced that the Department of Corrections had adopted a new drug protocol, using midazolam hydrochloride, a sedative. Arthur and his attorneys successfully petitioned the court to amend their complaint to target midazolam.  Alabama officials have cited Florida’s use of the drug in executions, which has not resulted in any reported incidents.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month agreed to hear a challenge to the use of midazolam from three inmates on Oklahoma’s death row.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday allowed a 2012 stay on Arthur’s execution to expire, saying it dealt specifically with the timing of certain court filings. However, the panel also said that “nothing herein precludes Mr. Arthur from seeking an injunction or restraining order as to the February 19, 2015 execution,” though it directed the petition to be filed in district court.

Most of the filings in the Arthur case are under seal. Last year, the Department of Corrections denied separate Freedom of Information Act requests from the Advertiser, The Anniston Star and the Associated Press seeking information on the state’s death penalty protocol, citing the Arthur seal.

Christopher Price Lee, convicted in 1991 of the brutal murder of a Tuscaloosa minister, filed a separate lawsuit last October challenging the state’s new execution protocol. The lawsuit is still pending before U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose.

on: February 11, 2015, 06:27:23 AM 6 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Walter T. Storey - MO - 02/11/2015 - Executed

Last words and such...

According to prison officials, Storey released this final statement: "For this world full of anger, hate and revenge, I would like to pray for peace, forgiveness and love! I love everyone, even those who are doing this deed."  Strapped to the gurney, Storey mouthed what appeared to be "I love you" to his witnesses and the family of the victim, Jill Frey. A few seconds later, he began chanting something.

His last meal was a cheeseburger and fries.


Storey was the 1st condemned murderer executed in Missouri this year and the 81st since executions resumed.
His was the 8th 2015 US execution and the 1402nd since 1976.

The skinny...

Storey had two murder convictions and death sentences overturned until the third stuck.  With no other options left he rode the drug secrecy appeal all the way to SCOTUS where it did him as much good as all the others before him...lights out.

on: February 10, 2015, 12:08:00 PM 7 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Jerry William Correll - FL - 2/26/15

Judge Rejects Arguments In Lethal Injection Fight

February 9, 2015 4:28 PM

TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of a lethal-injection drug, an Orange County circuit judge Monday rejected a Death Row inmate’s attempt to block a planned Feb. 26 execution.

The Florida Supreme Court last week sent the case to the circuit judge to allow condemned killer Jerry William Correll to make arguments about the disputed drug, midazolam hydrochloride. The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing the constitutionality of that drug in an Oklahoma case.

But Circuit Judge Jenifer Davis issued a five-page ruling Monday rejecting Correll’s arguments. She pointed to past Florida Supreme Court and federal-court decisions that upheld the use of midazolam hydrochloride as part of a three-drug execution process, known as a protocol.

“(The) Florida Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the protocol against constitutional challenges and held that the lethal injection protocol used in Florida does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Therefore, ‘that protocol is facially constitutional as a matter of law,’ ” she wrote, partially quoting from an earlier Florida Supreme Court ruling.

Correll filed an emergency petition with the Florida Supreme Court on Jan. 30 seeking a stay of his execution until the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Oklahoma case. The U.S. Supreme Court, which has at least temporarily halted executions in Oklahoma, is considering arguments about whether midazolam hydrochloride does not effectively sedate inmates during the execution process and subjects them to pain that violates the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Florida and other states began using the sedative as the first step in a three-drug execution cocktail in 2013, after previously using a drug called pentobarbital sodium.

In its order last week sending Correll’s case to the circuit judge, the Florida Supreme Court gave Davis a Wednesday deadline to make a ruling and return the case to justices. Two justices, Charles Canady and Ricky Polston, objected to sending the case to the circuit judge, saying Correll had not previously challenged the three-drug protocol and that the Supreme Court had already rejected challenges to the process. Davis’ ruling was posted on the Supreme Court website Monday afternoon.

Gov. Rick Scott last month signed a death warrant for Correll, who was convicted in the stabbing deaths of four people in 1985 in an Orlando home. The victims included Correll’s ex-wife, Susan, and their 5-year-old daughter, Tuesday. Also killed were Susan Correll’s mother, Mary Lou Hines, and her sister, Marybeth Jones.

In announcing the signing of the death warrant, the governor’s office said the women were each stabbed at least 14 times, and the child was stabbed 10 times. Correll, now 59, is on Death Row at Florida State Prison.

on: February 10, 2015, 06:45:16 AM 8 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Kelly Renee Gissendaner - GA - 2/25/15

Wow double butt did this skunk get any man to kill anyone for her?

on: February 03, 2015, 01:17:47 PM 9 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Donald Newbury - TX - 02/04/15

'Texas 7' prison fugitive scheduled for execution Wednesday


Updated: 03 February 2015 02:52 PM

A member of a notorious gang that escaped from a Texas prison is scheduled for execution tomorrow for killing a suburban Dallas police officer as the seven fugitives held up a sporting good store more than 14 years ago.

Donald Newbury on Wednesday evening would be the third member of the “Texas 7” to be executed since they were hunted down in Colorado six weeks after pulling off the largest prison escape in Texas.

The gang broke out of the Connally Unit in South Texas in December 2000.

Attorneys for the 52-year-old Newbury have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put off his lethal injection.

A 29-year-old Irving police officer, Aubrey Hawkins, was gunned down as the gang robbed the store late on Christmas Eve in 2000.

on: January 29, 2015, 10:49:30 AM 10 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Robert Charles Ladd - TX - 1/29/15

HUNTSVILLE - Preparations for the scheduled execution of Robert Charles Ladd today at 6 p.m. continue, despite the possibility of state and federal court actions this afternoon...

The only chance this POS has (slim to none) is SCOTUS...he has been turned away everywhere else.

on: January 29, 2015, 08:46:26 AM 11 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Robert Charles Ladd - TX - 12/11/14

 :o WOW  :o  This guy is so butt ugly he should be begging to be executed.  ;D

on: January 28, 2015, 07:50:50 AM 12 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Warren Lee Hill - GA - 1/27/15 - Executed

Last words and such...

Warren Hill declined to make a final statement but did accept an offer to have a prayer read over him by a clergy member.

For his last meal he ate the institutional meal tray consisting of Shepherd pie, mashed potatoes, red beans, cabbage relish salad, corn bread, sugar cookies and fruit punch.


Hill was the 2nd condemned murderer executed in Georgia this year and the 57th since executions resumed.
His was the 5th US execution in 2015 and the 1399th since 1976.

The skinny...

Hill dodged the executioner three times in the past 10 years, twice within an hour of getting the needle.  His claim of mental disability went back and forth in the courts for years but ultimately couldn't get past Georgia's guidelines for proof...lights out.

on: January 21, 2015, 12:51:44 PM 13 General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Arnold Prieto - TX - 01/21/2015

First Execution of 2015 in Texas Set for Tonight

Posted Wednesday, January 21st 2015 @ 1pm

A San Antonio man has the dubious distinction of being the first person set to be executed in Texas in 2015, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

  Arnold Prieto, 38, is set to die after 6 tonight for the 1993 murder of his great aunt and uncle and their 90 year old house keeper in their home on West Mistletoe Street north of downtown, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

  Texas Department of Criminal Justice information shows Prieto and his younger brother, who was 17 at the time, were served dinner by the victims, and then they murdered the three in the course of a penny-ante robbery attempt.

  "It really, it was a completely senseless  crime," Rico Valdez of the Bexar County District Attorney's office told News Radio 1200 WOAI.  "They could have obtained the property without resorting to this type of violence."

  As soon has they were arrested, the younger brother immediately rolled on Prieto, blaming him for everything, and, since he was a juvenile at the time, he avoided the death penalty, and was sentenced to life in prison.  A third person who had been charged in the crime had charges dropped for lack of evidence.

  While taxpayers have been paying for his food, housing, and lawyers for 22 years on Texas Death Row, Prieto has gained a reputation as a jailhouse poet and artist, writing about Death Row conditions and drawing pictures.

  But Valdez says the bottom line remains the horrible crime he committed.  "It was so intimate, it was actually going up and stabbing people multiple times.  It was elderly people who were literally defenseless."

  Prosecutors said Prieto and the others were motivated by fantasies that the victim had a 'closet full of cash' in their home.

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Well someone has to go first might as well be a POS like you.

on: January 16, 2015, 06:57:05 AM 14 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Charles Frederick Warner - OK - 1/15/15 - Executed

Warner told the room he had been poked five times before two IVs, one in each arm, were fully administered. “It hurt. It feels like acid,” Warner said from the gurney.” “My body is on fire,” Warner could be heard saying through the viewing window. “No one should go through this.

Well scumbag I'll bet that acid and burning felt like sweet kisses once you landed in hell!

on: January 16, 2015, 06:51:24 AM 15 General Death Penalty / Executed Offenders (Graveyard) / Re: Johnny Shane Kormondy - FL - 1/15/15 - Executed

Last words and such...

Kormondy's final words included no remorse and no apology. He thanked Jesus, family, spiritual adviser and died minutes later. Last words, "I'm coming home."

He ate a last meal of fried alligator tail, fried shrimp & okra, vanilla ice cream, a cream soda, hash browns & fried eggs.


Kormondy was the 1st condemned murderer executed in Florida this year and the 90th since executions resumed.
His was the 2nd US execution in 2015 and the 1396th since 1976.

The skinny...

Kormondy tried one of the lamest appeals ever...that the method by which Gov Scott signed death warrants was unconstitutional.  Not one justice in any court bought it...lights out.
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