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11 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Kelly Renee Gissendaner - GA - 2/25/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 23, 2015, 07:54:06 AM

Gissendaner clemency hearing tomorrow

By: Tim Bryant on Feb 23, 2015

The state Board of Pardons and Paroles is scheduled to hear Kelly Gissendaner’s request for clemency tomorrow at 9:00 am. The Barrow County woman is scheduled for execution the following night at the state prison in Jackson, her punishment for arranging the 1997 murder of her husband, who was killed in Gwinnett County.

Gissendaner would become the first woman executed in Georgia since 1945.

12 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Kelly Renee Gissendaner - GA - 2/25/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 23, 2015, 07:50:07 AM

Kelly Renee Gissendaner, Georgia’s only woman on death row, wants huge last meal before execution by lethal injection


She’s greedy to her last meal.  ;D

A Georgia woman who had her husband killed for insurance money has ordered a gluttonous dinner for her final feast, prison officials revealed.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner, the state’s only woman on death row, requested two double cheeseburgers, two large orders of fries, cornbread with a side of buttermilk, popcorn, lemonade and a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, cheese and buttermilk dressing.  She wants a cherry vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Gissendaner, 46, is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 25 for orchestrating a particularly brutal death for her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, in 1997.

A jury found the murderous spouse persuaded her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, to kidnap her husband at knifepoint, club him in the back of the head and stab him to death in a rural stretch of woods while she went dancing with her girlfriends.

They later torched his car and left his corpse face down among the trees to be chewed by wild animals.

Gissendaner planned to pay off her house with insurance money from her husband’s death, and she was ticked off when she realized he’d never taken out a policy, friends testified.  ;D

Owen flipped on his former lover and was sentenced to 25 years.  :P

Gissendaner was convicted in 1998, and the jury recommended she be put to death.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear hear appeal in 2014.

13 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Ronald Phillips - OH - 1/21/16

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 19, 2015, 02:08:01 PM

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.

14 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / James Galen Hanna - OH - 1/12/17

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 19, 2015, 02:02:16 PM

Execution slated for man who murdered cellmate


COLUMBUS — A man serving a life sentence in a southwestern Ohio prison for a 1978 West Toledo robbery and murder now faces execution on Jan. 12, 2017, for brutally murdering his cellmate 19 years later.

The Ohio Supreme Court today set the date for the lethal injection of James Galen Hanna, 65, for stabbing cellmate Peter Copas in the eye and then hitting him in the head with a sock containing a padlock at the Lebanon Correctional Institution in 1997.

Copas died about three weeks later.

Hanna has exhausted his state and federal appeals, prompting Ohio’s high court to set the date. The sole dissent came from Justice William O’Neill, a death penalty opponent who refuses to set execution dates.

In a letter sent to an inmate at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, Hanna called Copas a “maggot baby-raper-killer,” saying he “made him suffer pretty good” as he repeatedly stabbed and beat him over the course of two hours until morning head count.

“He lived for twenty-and-a-half hours after that before he croaked,” he wrote.

Hanna was in the prison in Warren County serving a life sentence for the robbery murder of Edward V. Tucker, 18, who was working his first night shift at a West Toledo convenience store. Hanna stabbed him numerous times and then turned on the district manager when he walked in on the robbery.

Harvey W. Blitz, then 26, was also stabbed numerous times but survived. Hanna was convicted of attempted aggravated murder in his case.

Ohio executions are currently scheduled to resume in early 2016 and continue into 2017 at the pace of roughly one a month. Gov. John Kasich imposed a moratorium on executions through this year because of the state’s struggles to get its preferred execution drugs as well as pending execution-related litigation.

Hanna is a defendant in the pending challenge to the death penalty process but he has not been granted a stay of execution.


15 -  General Death Penalty / Pennsylvania Death Penalty News / Re: Pennsylvania Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by ChevyWolken on: February 19, 2015, 10:36:12 AM

In a statement released Friday, Wolf said the state's current death penalty is "a flawed system that has been proven to be an endless cycle of court proceedings as well as ineffective, unjust and expensive."

Then why not limiting the endless appeals and wait decades, I think any real doubt or new evidence will come up in 10 years or so, after that there should be a X asap    >:(   

16 -  General Death Penalty / Pennsylvania Death Penalty News / Re: Pennsylvania Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 19, 2015, 06:58:59 AM

DA Seth Williams Challenges Gov. Wolf’s Death Penalty Moratorium

February 18, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The top prosecutor in Pennsylvania’s largest city is challenging Gov. Tom Wolf’s death penalty moratorium, telling the state’s highest court that the action was illegal and unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. It comes five days after Wolf said he would issue reprieves at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that has been studying the issue since 2011.

The case raised in Williams’ filing involves Terrance Williams, who was convicted of the 1984 robbing and fatal tire-iron beating of another man. Since then, his death sentence has been fought in state and federal courts.

Williams’ execution had been scheduled for March 4.

But Pennsylvania inmates facing execution have routinely been able to win delays, with the state’s last execution carried out in 1999.

17 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Jerry William Correll - FL - 2/26/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by ChevyWolken on: February 18, 2015, 10:47:59 AM

Seems to carry out justice finally after decades gets harder by the day  >:( 

18 -  General Death Penalty / Oregon Death Penalty News / Re: Could executions resume following the resignation of Governor Kitzhaber?

Started by Rick4404 - Last post by Londoner77 on: February 17, 2015, 11:27:51 PM

An interesting article......

Alan Sylvestre / OPB
With Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber scheduled to resign Wednesday, opponents of the death penalty have asked him to commute the sentences of death row prisoners to life without parole in a move of last-minute clemency. Here is how that could play out if Kitzhaber goes down that road.

Who is on death row in Oregon?

Thirty-one men and one woman in Oregon have been sentenced to death for convictions of aggravated murder.

The men on death row are housed in single cells in a segregated area of the maximum security Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. 

Are there limits to the governor’s power to commute sentences?

No. “The governor has absolute, unilateral authority to pardon or commute criminal sentences, not reviewable by the legislature or the courts. That’s clear as a matter of Oregon Law,” says Steve Kanter, a professor of Constitutional Law at Lewis and Clark.

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis, who has prosecuted death penalty cases, says Kitzhaber has used his commutation power with restraint in the past.

“He’s been very sparse about giving out commutations and clemency, and he’s always given the district attorney and the victim weeks to respond,” he said.

Some of the people on death row in Oregon were convicted and sentenced in the 1980s, before the Oregon Legislature established the sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

But legal experts say that the governor has the authority to commute to any lesser sentence that’s constitutional, including life without parole. That authority has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Oregon Supreme Court.   

Has any other governor commuted everyone on death row?

There is a limited precedent. In 2003, Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of more than 150 people on death row shortly before he left office and was convicted of corruption. In 2011, when the Illinois Legislature abolished the death penalty, Gov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentences of 15 people.

In 2014, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley commuted the sentences of four men who remained on death row after the state Legislature abolished the death penalty.

How long has Oregon had the death penalty?

Oregonians have changed their position on the death penalty several times.

At the time of statehood, Oregon had the death penalty.  In 1914, it was the first state to vote the death penalty out by popular vote. It was re-instated from 1920 until 1964. In 1964, the voters repealed it.  In 1978, voters passed a ballot initiative re-instating the death penalty, but due to legal challenges, Oregon was effectively without a death penalty until 1984. 

How many people have been executed in Oregon?

Since the death penalty returned to the state in 1978, Oregon has executed two people: Douglas Franklin Wright and Harry Charles Moore.  Both men were so-called “volunteers” who chose to drop their appeals. Wright admitted to killing three homeless men and a 10-year-old boy. Moore killed his half-sister and her ex-husband.

Both men were executed during Kitzhaber’s first term as governor. In 2011, when he announced he was suspending all executions, Kitzhaber referred to his experiences with Wright and Moore.

”I do not believe that those executions made us safer; and certainly they did not make us nobler as a society,” he wrote. “It is a perversion of justice that the single best indicator of who will and will not be executed has nothing to do with the circumstances of a crime or the findings of a jury. The only factor that determines whether someone sentenced to death in Oregon is actually executed is that they volunteer.”

What consequences came from Kitzhaber halting executions?

At the state level, Gary Haugen, the only death row inmate not pursing an appeal, legally challenged the temporary reprieve Kitzhaber granted. The courts upheld Kitzhaber’s decision to halt Haugen’s execution.

Gary Haugen, Courtesy: Dept. of Corrections
Gary Haugen, Courtesy: Dept. of Corrections
After Kitzhaber’s announcement, several other governors made similar decisions to suspend executions. In 2013,  Gov. John Hickelooper granted a temporary reprieve to an inmate in Colorado, and in 2014, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspended all executions.

Last year, in a decision examining how the death penalty is applied in Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court counted Oregon as an abolitionist state, due to Kitzhaber’s moratorium and the fact that the state had executed just two people in more than 50 years. 

What options does Kate Brown have?

If Kitzhaber does not commute any death row sentences, the temporary reprieve he issued to Gary Haugen in 2011 will most likely no longer be in effect after he leaves office Wednesday; Kitzhaber said Haugen’s reprieve would last “the duration of my term in office.”

To execute Haugen, the state would have to seek an execution warrant from a judge, typically at least 45 days prior to the execution.

Gov. Kate Brown could chose to extend the moratorium, or could allow the execution to go forward.

However, Brown could be influenced by a Supreme Court Appeal challenging executions by lethal injection in Oklahoma. On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called for a national moratorium on executions until the Supreme Court reaches a decision in the case.

19 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Jerry William Correll - FL - 2/26/15 - Stayed

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 17, 2015, 02:30:33 PM


The Emergency Petition for Stay of Proceedings and Stay of Execution is hereby granted. The execution of Jerry William Correll, scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 26, 2015, is stayed pending further order of this Court.

The Florida Supreme Court granted this stay based on SCOTUS agreeing to examine Midazolam as the sedative in Oklahoma executions...even though every one of Florida's executions went through without a hitch.

20 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Kelly Renee Gissendaner - GA - 2/25/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: February 17, 2015, 01:16:37 PM


For Immediate Release

Gissendaner Execution Media Advisory - Inmate’s Last Meal

FORSYTH, GA. –Condemned murderer Kelly Renee Gissendaner is scheduled for execution by lethal injection at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Gissendaner was sentenced to death for the 1998 murder of her husband Doug Gissendaner in Gwinnett County.

Media witnesses for the execution are: Kate Brumback, The Associated Press; Rhonda Cook, Atlanta Journal Constitution; Tyler Estep, Gwinnett Daily Post; Tony Thomas, WSB-TV; and Scott Light, CBS46.

Gissendaner requested a last meal consisting of cornbread, side of buttermilk, two Whoppers with cheese (with everything) two large orders of French fries, cherry vanilla ice cream, popcorn, salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, cheese and Paul Newman buttermilk dressing and lemonade.

 :o From the looks of her she will finish every bite!  :o

There have been 57 men executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1973. If executed, Gissendaner will be the 35th inmate put to death by lethal injection. There are presently 81 men on death row in Georgia. Gissendaner is currently the only woman on death row.

The Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison is located 45 minutes south of Atlanta off Interstate 75. From Atlanta, take exit 201 (Ga. Hwy. 36), turn left over the bridge and go approximately ¼ mile. The entrance to the prison is on the left. Media covering the execution will be allowed into the prison’s media staging area beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

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