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11 -  General Death Penalty / Mississippi Death Penalty News / Re: Mississippi Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: July 29, 2015, 08:55:18 AM

AG requests August execution date for Richard Gerald Jordan

Therese Apel, The Clarion-Ledger 9:19 a.m. CDT July 29, 2015

The Attorney Generalís Office has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to set an execution date on or before Aug. 27 for the stateís longest-serving death row inmate.

Richard Gerald Jordan, 68, was convicted in the 1976 kidnapping and execution-style killing of Edwina Marter, a Gulfport bankerís wife.

Jordan killed Marter in January 1976 after calling Gulf National Bank in Gulfport and learning that her husband Charles Marter was a high-ranking official. He went to their home and kidnapped Edwina Marter and took her to DeSoto National Forest where he killed her.

He then demanded a $25,000 ransom. He was in a taxi with the ransom money when police picked him up at a roadblock. He ended up confessing to the killing and telling police where to find Edwina Marterís body.

Jordan has appealed several times, including being sentenced to death four separate times. According to The Associated Press, his most recent post-conviction appeal was in June, his arguments of prosecutorial vindictiveness and ineffective assistance of counsel were denied by two of three judges on a panel.

After Jordan filed suit to stop his execution by challenging the cocktail of drugs administered to death row inmates, officials decided to wait until a replacement drug was found for one of the drugs. Jordanís attorneys questioned whether Mississippi officials were capable of mixing a safe and effective form of pentobarbital as an anesthetic. Attorney General Jim Hood did not mention the lawsuit in his motion, but released a statement Wednesday.

ďThe Mississippi Department of Corrections amended its lethal injection protocol Tuesday to include the use of midazolam. MDOC can no longer obtain sodium thiopental or pentobarbital due to efforts by death penalty opponents who have put pressure on drug manufacturers to cease production of or to no longer supply drugs to departments of correction for use in lethal injections," the statement reads. "The use of midazolam in lethal injections was recently found to be constitutional and not a violation of the 8th Amendment.Ē

In 1991, after a third successful challenge to his sentence, Jordan entered into an agreement with the prosecution to serve a sentence of life imprisonment without parole in exchange for not further contesting his sentence, but later appealed to the state Supreme Court, saying the sentence was invalid under state law.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1997 that he was correct, as life without parole as a sentencing option did not exist until July 1994. The only sentences available to Jordan under that finding were death or life imprisonment with parole, and they ordered a new sentencing hearing in which Jordan sought life with parole.

The prosecutor said that he would not accept another plea agreement with Jordan for a life sentence because he had violated the first agreement. Jordan ended up receiving the death penalty again in 1998.

14 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Richard Allen Masterson - TX - 1/20/16

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: July 28, 2015, 10:11:19 AM

On 02/09/2001 in Houston, Masterson choked the victim, an adult white male, resulting in the victim's death. Masterson also took the victim's vehicle after the murder.

15 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Julius Jerome Murphy - TX - 11/3/15

Started by antionette - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: July 28, 2015, 10:09:22 AM

On 09/19/97, the subject shot a 26-year male one time in the head with a .25 caliber semi-automatic weapon during a robbery.

16 -  ACTION CENTER / Parole Protest Requests / Re: Cathy Henderson on Life Support

Started by Granny B - Last post by phlebbb on: July 26, 2015, 10:22:26 AM

Not really as violent person.....but , for this one, I would unplug her machines to charge my cell phone, and then eat popcorn while watching her "code"......

17 -  ACTION CENTER / Parole Protest Requests / Re: Cathy Henderson on Life Support

Started by Granny B - Last post by Jase on: July 26, 2015, 04:10:35 AM

Signed, Posted and sent!!!

Granny that is not what I wold consider Ghoulish.. You have been through HELL because of this woman! I think you are being restrained, I would be at the hospital with wire cutters!!!

Here is hoping she is stuck somewhere in her own personal hell in pain but not able to tell anyone. Hope you are one of the first they tell when the line goes flat on her monitors. Tell us next we are all waiting for the good news!!!

18 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Tennessee Suspends Executions Amid Legal Challenges To LI, Electric Chair

Started by resist - Last post by resist on: July 26, 2015, 12:36:52 AM

The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended executions of convicted murderers amid legal challenges contending that lethal injection and the electric chair are cruel and unusual punishments.

The state high court, in an order filed Friday, halted all executions and vacated execution dates for four inmates who had been scheduled to be put to death through early 2016.

It should not be possible to challenge a method that has already been challenged and found to be constitutional. LI is problematic because they keep changing the protocol, so the courts should simply determine that as per Tennessee law the executions should proceed as originally scheduled, by electrocution.

Rector said such actions are a "band-aid" to the systemic problems that she says plague the death penalty, and prove the system is "broke and dysfunctional."

That much is true, though not for the reasons she supposes. The problem is unrealistic requirements for executions that even supporters of capital punishment want to impose on the system.

Below the article is an infographic about methods of execution.

The comment next to lethal injection states

"Until 2010, most states used a three-drug combination: an anesthetic (pentobarbital or sodium thiopental), a paralytic agent (pancuronium bromide) to paralyze the muscle system, and a drug to stop the heart (potassium chloride). Recently, European pharmaceutical companies have refused to sell drugs to the U.S. for use in lethal injections, requiring states to find new, untested alternatives. "

No, they're not required to find new, untested alternatives, except to the extend that they choose to do so. They could reinstate tried and true methods of execution, and some state legislatures are showing some wisdom in doing so.

The comment next to the electric chair reads "Sometimes more than one jolt is required."

That's true only to the extent that sometimes the prisoner's heart starts beating again. But that won't last long, and he's already brain-dead after the first jolt, and already unconscious as soon as the circuit is closed and the current starts flowing. So that's not really a problem. It could be avoided anyway with the right execution protocol. Nor is it a problem that sometimes it gets a little messy, although that too could be avoided with the right execution protocol. There are states that have never had a "messy" electrocution.

The comment next to hanging states:

Death is typically caused by dislocation of the vertebrae or asphyxiation, but in cases when the rope is too long, the inmate can sometimes be decapitated. If too short, the inmate can take up to 45 minutes to die.

If the inmate is decapitated, he'll lose consciousness almost instantly. It might be messy, but it's more than humane enough. Mitch Rupe should have been hanged, and wasn't, due to concerns about decapitation due to his obesity.

It's never "too short"; no states do short-drop hangings anymore (though in Rupe's case this would have been the way to do it because of his weight). Even if the neck doesn't break, a long-drop hanging is quick and humane, because the shock to the spinal cord and the vagal nerve are enough to ensure speedy unconsciousness. When Westley Allan Dodd's neck failed to snap despite a generous 7 foot drop,

"It (the body) appeared lifeless from the moment it fell into view. There was no dancing at the end of the rope, no gruesome display". "There was no violent movement or noticeable twitching", another reporter confirmed.
The autopsy, carried out by Donald Reay, King County medical examiner, was published and reported that Dodd died from separation of his cervical vertebrae and strangulation but that no bones were broken, contrary to Reay's prediction. Dodd probably suffered pain for no more than a moment and died within 2 to 3 minutes, Reay said.

His punishment was a civilized, humane, and dignified death, absolutely no worse and arguably better than he deserved.

19 -  General Death Penalty / U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / James Holmes Juror Wears Metallica T-Shirt Depicting Electric Chair

Started by resist - Last post by resist on: July 25, 2015, 11:45:16 PM

Separately on Friday, Samour noted an online report that an alternate juror wore a Metallica T-shirt on Thursday bearing the image of an electric chair and slogan "Ride the Lightning."

After questioning the juror, the judge said he was satisfied the juror was not trying to send a message, and just grabbed any shirt. Samour criticized the reporter.

Sounds like the judge is being reasonable and keeping his head.

Someone--not a juror--should have worn a t-shirt like this one:

or this one

20 -  ACTION CENTER / Parole Protest Requests / Re: Cathy Henderson on Life Support

Started by Granny B - Last post by Arakis on: July 23, 2015, 02:58:47 AM

Dear Granny,

The ways of the universe are strange.
So i had never faced a tragedy like you and your family - i can feel with you.
Jusitce and Law are not two words for the same thing. The more i read here the more my opinion is: Law is the opposite of justice.
And only seldom a long breath brings Law and Justice in sync.

For me as a pagan it seems *Destiny* no longer waits for *Justice* carried out by the law.
I can feel all the hate and despise you have for CH, i can feel how it eats your soul.

But i also can see that there is something wonderful happening to you: You start a process of healing!

With the suffering of the person who hurt your lifes so deep - perhaps she is punished by the universe more then a LI could do to her - as you write.

The most remarkable thhing you said in your post: Personally, if it had been me in charge of her care, I would have mercifully pulled the plug on her even as much as I despise the woman

Thats the true human spirit, thats what let me hope your process of healing has started.

May this process of healing continue for you and your family and the light and love shine over you.

Your health and welfare are important to the people here, CH becomes a footnote.
And sarcastic person would lean back, reading what you wrote about her suffering and say: Now she gets what she truly deserves!

I wish you strength, trust in destiny and health.
May the light shine for you while the torturer of your hearts fades to dark....

Greetings from Europe

I excuse for my english, hope you can understand what i try to say

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