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11 -  General Death Penalty / High Profile Death Penalty Cases! / Re: Tsarnaev Formally Sentenced to Death

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: June 25, 2015, 11:47:07 AM

Boston bomber apologizes, gets death sentence


By Ann O'Neill, Aaron Cooper and Ray Sanchez, CNN

Updated 9:05 AM ET, Thu June 25, 2015

Boston (CNN)—Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended his long silence on Wednesday, apologizing for the pain and suffering he caused his victims before a judge formally imposed his death sentence.

"If there is any lingering doubt, let there be no more. I did it, along with my brother," Tsarnaev said, referring to the bombings carried out by him and older brother Tamerlan. "I ask Allah to have mercy on me, my brother and my family."

Tsarnaev, 21, bowed his head and clasped his hands in front as he stood at the defense table. Speaking in a low, slightly accented voice, he expressed remorse but never turned to face his victims.

He said he had come to know their names, faces and ages during his trial, but he did not address any of them by name. Two dozen victims had given powerful victim impact statements earlier in the day.

"Now, I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, for the damage that I've done. Irreparable damage," Tsarnaev said.

"Allah said in the Quran that no soul is burdened with more than it can bear, and you told us just how unbearable it was, how horrendous it was, this thing I put you through," he said. "I also wish that far more people had a chance to get up there (and speak), but I took them from you."

Addressing the survivors who packed the courtroom, Tsarnaev said he prayed for Allah "to bestow his mercy upon the deceased, those affected in the bombing and their families. I pray for your relief, for your healing, for your well-being, for your strength."

Judge George O'Toole told Tsarnaev he had embraced a cruel God, heeded the jihadist "siren song" and engaged in "monstrous self-deception" to carry out the bombings. The judge quoted works by Shakespeare and Verdi as he formally imposed the death sentence -- a decision already made by a federal jury.

"Whenever your name is mentioned, what will be remembered is the evil you have done," O'Toole said. "No one will remember that your teachers were fond of you. No one will mention that your friends found you funny and fun to be with. No one will say you were a talented athlete or that you displayed compassion in being a Best Buddy or that you showed more respect to your women friends than your male peers did.

"What will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people and that you did it willfully and intentionally. You did it on purpose."

O'Toole recalled Verdi's opera "Otello" and the evil character Iago, who tries to justify his malice by saying he believes in a cruel God.

"Surely someone who believes that God smiles on and rewards the deliberate killing and maiming of innocents believes in a cruel God," the judge said. "That is not, it cannot be, the God of Islam. Anyone who has been led to believe otherwise has been maliciously and willfully deceived."

After the sentencing, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said she was more struck by what Tsanaev didn't say, particularly his failure to denounce terrorism and Islamic extremism.

Survivor Lynn Julian told reporters outside court that Tsarnaev's "Oscar-worthy" speech lacked sincerity.

"I regret ever wanting to hear him speak," she said.

But another survivor, Henry Borgard, 23, said he accepted the apology. He added that when he locked eyes briefly with Tsarnaev in court, he saw a boy.

"I do know that I believe in second chances," Borgard said. "The man, the boy who planted that bomb that blew up in front of me is younger than I am."

Tsarnaev is the first person to be handed a death sentence in a federal terrorism case since the September 11, 2001, attacks. He and older brother Tamerlan, who died while fleeing police, set off two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

Two women and an 8-year-old boy were killed and more than 260 other people were injured. The blasts left 17 people -- all active, outdoorsy people -- amputees. A fourth person, an MIT police officer, was killed during the hunt for the Tsarnaevs.

It was the day of final reckoning for Tsarnaev, one also set aside for emotional impact statements from victims. With the sentence a foregone conclusion, the only lingering question had been whether Tsarnaev would break his long silence.

For most of the hearing, the families of the victims and the survivors did all the talking, leaving the 11 jurors and three alternates who attended in tears.

"I know life is hard, but the choices that you made were despicable," said Patricia Campbell, the mother of victim Krystle Campbell. She stood with her husband, William, and her son and brother as she spoke directly to Tsarnaev in court.

"You will never know why she is so desperately missed by those of us who loved her," Karen McWatters, a friend of Campbell's, told Tsarnaev, who was facing in the direction of the speakers but not directly looking at them.

Tsarnaev instead often looked down, as he did during most of his long trial.

Rebekah Gregory, who lost a leg, said she was not giving a victim impact statement.

"To do that," she said, "I would have to be someone's victim. I'm definitely not yours, or your brother's."

Tsarnaev's actions served only to bring people together, she said. Soon, people will forget him as well as his brother.

"It's so funny to me that you smirk and flip off the camera because that is what I feel we do to you every day we continue to succeed, fake limbs or not," she said, referring to the infamous image of the defendant raising his middle finger to a surveillance video in his cell.

"We are 'Boston Strong,' " she told Tsarnaev, who did not look at her. "We are America strong."

Survivor Jennifer Kauffman said her life was forever altered but told Tsarnaev, "I forgive you and your brother."

"My hope is someday soon you will be brave enough to take complete responsibility for your actions," she said.

Heather Abbott, a dancer who lost her left leg below the knee, wondered if Tsarnaev considered the stories of agonizing pain and suffering "success stories."

"I would like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to know that he did not break me," she said.

Jennifer Rogers, sister of MIT officer Sean Collier, who was shot to death by the fleeing brothers, said her life is forever changed.

"There is an emptiness that I cannot manage to fill," she said. "When I'm angry I am furious, when I'm sad it is debilitating."

Moving on without her brother means starting over, she added.

"I will toast whiskey in his honor and I will cry with grown men," she said. With her father standing beside her, she said she has accepted that her family will never again be happy or whole.

Bill Richard, father of 8-year-old bomb victim Martin Richard, said Tsarnaev could have changed his mind that April morning and "walked away with a minimal sense of humanity." But he didn't.

"He chose to do nothing to prevent all of this from happening," he said. "He chose hate. He chose destruction. He chose death. This is all on him," he said. "We choose love. We choose kindness. We choose peace."

The Richard family had urged prosecutors to drop the death penalty as a punishment option because of the anguish it will likely cause for them to go through the lengthy appeals process. Bill Richard said the family would have preferred that Tsarnaev spend the rest of his life contemplating what he has done. That time now may be shortened by the death sentence.

"Until the day he has come to recognize what he has done, there can be no reconciliation." he said. "On the day he meets his maker, may he understand what he has done, and may justice and peace be found.

Another survivor, Jeanne-Marie Parker, said: "My only hope is that you own this grief for the rest of your natural life."

Marathon runner Meaghan Zipin said: "I'm the one who is alive, the defendant is already dead."

Prosecutors say the Tsarnaev brothers set off their homemade bombs -- containing fireworks, BBs, nails and metal shards packed inside pressure cookers -- to become martyrs to the cause of jihad. They also sought to punish Americans for the deaths of Muslims overseas.

Until Wednesday, Tsarnaev's only public words of explanation existed in a rambling "manifesto" scrawled with a pencil on the sides of a boat while he hid for 18 hours before surrendering to police. The message was punctuated by bullet holes and streaked with blood.

At the defense table during the trial, Tsarnaev fiddled with his bushy beard and tangle of curls, betraying no emotion as survivors and families of the dead told their heartrending stories. His face was blank as horrific images of the devastation he caused filled the screens inside the courtroom.

The only flicker of emotion came when he appeared to wipe a tear from his eye while an elderly aunt, brought from Russia by the defense, dissolved into tears and gasping sobs on the witness stand.

"He said it emphatically," she told jurors, quoting Tsarnaev as saying, "Nobody deserves to suffer like they did."

Defense attorney Judy Clarke chose her words carefully when she spoke during the trial about whether Tsarnaev felt remorse. She stopped short of telling jurors in her closing argument that he was sorry. All she'd say was he'd shown signs of "maturity" and was on the road to someday being remorseful.

In the end, only two of the 12 jurors found any glimmer of remorse.

Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 counts, and the jury determined that six specific crimes merited the death penalty. They involved the deaths of Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old graduate student from China, and Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy. The two were killed by the bomb Tsarnaev set off in front of the Forum, a restaurant near the marathon finish line on Boylston Street. It literally tore them apart.

The jury did not find that he should be punished by the death penalty for the death of Campbell, who was killed by the bomb set off by his brother near Marathon Sports. And they did not condemn him to die for the shooting of Collier, the MIT police officer, a few days later. Those crimes will be punished by the only other alternative: life in prison without parole.

The U.S. Marshal's Service will maintain custody of Tsarnaev until his appeals are exhausted, the judge ordered Wednesday.

Tsarnaev's case is likely to result in years of appeals, and no one can say with any certainty when he might be executed, if ever.

Robert Dunham said he expects Tsarnaev's appeals to last a decade or more.

"One can't predict the likelihood that any given death sentence will be carried out," Dunham said. "Statistically, in both federal and state death penalty cases, it is more likely that a sentence will be overturned than that it will be carried out."

He added it was difficult to predict the success of any appeal because of the secretive way in which the case was argued.

"Many of the pretrial proceedings took place under seal, and some of the sidebars were under seal," Dunham said. "We will not know until those transcripts are unsealed what other issues may be present in the case."

Just 75 people have received federal death sentences since modern death penalty laws went into force in 1988.

Few federal inmates on death row have been executed

Only three federal death sentences have been carried out:

• Timothy McVeigh was executed in June 2001 for the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

• Juan Raul Garza, a marijuana trafficker convicted of murdering three drug dealers in Texas, also was executed in June 2001.

• Louis Jones, a decorated Gulf War veteran, was executed in March 2003 for the kidnapping and murder of a young female soldier in Texas.

www.cnn.com

12 -  General Death Penalty / Ohio Death Penalty News / Re: Ohio Death Penalty News

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: June 25, 2015, 06:53:57 AM

And another one in Ohio chokes himself...that makes five in the last two years.

Local killer commits suicide

Michael Hensley found dead in penitentiary

Last updated: June 24. 2015 6:21PM By Melanie Speicher mspeicher@civitasmedia.com

YOUNGSTOWN — The man who took the lives of three Shelby County teenagers and his Bible study teacher in 1999 and a fellow inmate two years ago is now dead.

Lawrence Michael “Mike” Hensley, an inmate at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, apparently committed suicide Sunday morning, June 21.

“I can confirm that Lawrence Michael Hensley died Sunday at the prison,” said Jo Ellen Smith, of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections communications department. “It is being investigated as a suicide.

“Because this is an ongoing investigation, that’s all the details I can provide you,” she said.

According to the intital report of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, “an inmate was found deceased and hanging in his cell at the Ohio State Penitentiary. A suicide note was found in the cell. The body was removed from the facility by the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office.”

Hensley’s body was found in his cell Sunday morning at 5:27 a.m. His body was taken to the Mahoning County coroner for an autopsy.

Both the prison and the OHP will be conducting separate investigations into the alleged suicide

www.limaohio.com

In response to the suicide ODC has mandated that inmates must wear a belt at all times.

13 -  Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Re: The Bible-- The Old and New Testaments support the Death Penalty

Started by Granny B - Last post by anna on: June 25, 2015, 01:37:22 AM

Jesus' parable of the vineyard is in my opinion almost overwhelming evidence that Jesus did support or accept the death penalty at least in some cases! It would be very strange and contradictory for an anti to use such a parable with the death penalty being so self-evident as a punishment! In at least one other of Christ's parable the death penalty is mentioned in a matter of fact manner as it is here.. 
http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/mark/mark12.htm Quote;

Chapter 12
 
1 He ( Jesus ) began to speak to them in parables. "A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey.
2
At the proper time he sent a servant to the tenants to obtain from them some of the produce of the vineyard.
3
But they seized him, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.
4
Again he sent them another servant. And that one they beat over the head and treated shamefully.
5
He sent yet another whom they killed. So, too, many others; some they beat, others they killed.
6
He had one other to send, a beloved son. He sent him to them last of all, thinking, 'They will respect my son.'
7
But those tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
8
So they seized him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9
   What (then) will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come, put the tenants to death, and give the vineyard to others.

14 -  Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Re: Humor, Jokes, Cartoons

Started by zankuto - Last post by anna on: June 25, 2015, 01:29:24 AM


15 -  Off Topic / Off Topic - Anything / Re: Humor, Jokes, Cartoons

Started by zankuto - Last post by anna on: June 25, 2015, 01:28:23 AM


16 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: David Zink - MO - 7/14/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by BoscoBob on: June 24, 2015, 09:12:23 PM

If this dipshat is going to use the "legally insane" defense, I would counter that there are no grounds. The definition of Criminally Insane is as follows:

"The insanity defense reflects the generally accepted notion that persons who cannot appreciate the consequences of their actions should not be punished for criminal acts.
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Criminally+insane

So, Mr. Brilliant here, goes driving drunk and hits another car. He knows that the legal consequences of that action would send him back to prison.

Bazinga!

I am getting fed up with the "rough childhood", "severe neglect" B.S. these dipshats put forward as a "defense". I, personally, have brain damage, EEG anomalies and scar tissue in my brain from my horrible childhood and being knocked unconscious by my "Sperm Donor" and Foster father on a regular basis.

I spent my life in Social Work, Medicine and Training others to be their best.

The past is whatever you want to make of it, as long as you don't make it an excuse.

17 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: David Zink - MO - 7/14/15

Started by Grinning Grim Reaper - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: June 24, 2015, 02:44:36 PM

Death row inmates turn to neuroscience to bolster their appeals

Subtitle:  Or how the ANTIs will do anything to keep these murderous animals from justice.

Cody Lohse/Missourian 

In less than a month, David Zink is scheduled to be put to death for the 2001 murder of a 19-year-old girl near Stafford, Missouri.

The details of the case are brutal — he kidnapped, raped and mutilated her. In his trial, psychologists testified that Zink suffers from antisocial, narcissistic and paranoid personality disorders. His attorneys argued that these mental disorders precluded clear, premeditated planning of the girl's murder.

His attorneys asked for life in prison. The jury chose the death penalty.

Zink appealed. This time, a positron emission tomography (PET) scan of Zink's brain was introduced as evidence. The scan showed irregularities in his brain — the result of meningitis and mumps as a child, according to his attorneys.  ;D

They asked the Missouri Supreme Court for a new trial, saying this “hard science” should be heard by a jury. The appeal was denied, and an execution date was set for July 14.

Despite Zink's lack of success to date, his case points to a development in the defense of death row inmates. To avoid execution, they are turning to sophisticated new neuroscience research and brain-imaging techniques to persuade judges and juries that their crimes stem from neurological problems — not the cold calculations of a criminal mind.  ;D

Science and the criminal mind

The PET scan of Zink’s brain revealed an abnormality in a portion of the brain known as the amygdala. Neuroscience has shown that the amygdala controls emotions, including fear and aggression.  ;D

Anxiety, autism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions may be linked to abnormalities in the amygdala. Among psychopaths, recent brain studies have pointed to deformities in the amygdala.

"The amygdala is the seat of emotion. Psychopaths lack emotion. They lack empathy, remorse, guilt," said Adrian Raine, chair of the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, in 2011 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science..

Zink's brain scan also revealed excessive activity in his frontal lobe, a critical area of the brain responsible for problem-solving, decision-making and impulse control.  ;D

Frontal lobe damage was also found in a brain scan of Cecil Clayton, a Missouri inmate executed in March for the 1997 murder of Barry County sheriff’s deputy Christopher Castetter.

In 1972, Clayton was working in a sawmill when a piece of wood splintered off a saw and pierced his forehead, resulting in the loss of 20 percent of his frontal lobe. The accident changed his behavior and led to years of psychiatric and behavioral problems, including depression, memory loss and dementia, according to family testimony at his trial.

By the time of his execution, the brain injury had left the 74-year-old with the cognitive skills of someone with early Alzheimer’s disease, said Kansas City attorney Cyndy Short, who handled Clayton’s failed clemency application to Gov. Jay Nixon. The application included the brain scan.

He was like “that grumpy old man with dementia at the nursing home,” Short said.  ;D

Mental illness defense

In Missouri, death-row inmates often have long histories of diagnosed mental illnesses, said Rita Linhardt, board chair of the Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, which opposes capital punishment.  ;D

“Of the past 15 (inmates executed), I would say it’s played a prominent role in at least half of them,” Linhardt said.  ;D

Marilyn Hutchinson, a Kansas City criminal psychologist who has evaluated the mental health and histories of Missouri inmates for 30 years, estimated that “about 95 percent” were suffering from genetic mental illness or traumatic childhoods that affected their emotional and intellectual development.  ;D

For the last 30 years, the Supreme Court has recognized that the death penalty should not apply to inmates with severely diminished mental abilities.

In 1986, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Ford v. Wainwright that executing the mentally insane constituted "cruel and unusual punishment" under the Eighth Amendment. In Atkins v. Virginia in 2002, the court extended the exemption to those with "mental retardation" — later rephrased as “intellectually disabled” — and with Roper v. Simmons in 2005, the death penalty was abolished for those under 18, after research established that frontal lobes do not fully develop until the mid-20s.

The court ruled in Atkins that intellectually disabled offenders are less culpable because of “diminished capacities to understand and process information, to communicate, to abstract from mistakes and learn from experience, to engage in logical reasoning, to control impulses, and to understand the reactions of others.”

“Their deficiencies do not warrant an exemption from criminal sanctions, but they do diminish their personal culpability,” Justice John Paul Stevens wrote on behalf of the court in Atkins.

Limited protection

Those with intellectual disabilities who don’t rise to the level of intellectual "retardation" disability or insanity, however, have less protection.

Nationwide, one-third of the 100 inmates executed in the U.S. suffered from “intellectual disability, borderline intellectual functioning or traumatic brain injury,” and the majority had been “diagnosed with or displayed symptoms of a severe mental illness,” according to a 2014 study published by North Carolina and DePaul University law school professors.  ;D

Before abolishing the death penalty in 2012, Connecticut was the only state that explicitly banned executing mentally ill offenders, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a resource for information about capital punishment issues. The law exempted those whose “mental capacity was significantly impaired … but not so impaired as to constitute a defense to prosecution.”

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that executing the severely mentally ill does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Mental illness is also not addressed in the state's capital punishment statutes.

During sentencing, however, a defendant can present evidence that a mental disease or defect influenced his actions for the sake of avoiding the death penalty, which was what Zink hoped to accomplish in a new trial.

Applying neuroscience

The brain's influence on human behavior is likely to have a significant impact on future judicial decisions, neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga told a Columbia Law School audience in 2012.

Gazzaniga, a researcher with the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara, described recent research involving Arizona prisoners that compared images of their brains with those of a control group. He said the comparison showed heightened psychopathology among the prisoners.  ;D

“Their brains are different,” he said. “We’re going to have to deal with tough questions, such as whether punishment is a good idea, or whether we can treat these prisoners.”  ;D

Brain imaging can be a strong tool for defense attorneys, but not all have signed on, said William Logan, a forensic psychologist in Kansas City who has evaluated prison inmates and testified in criminal cases since 1981.

“Defense attorneys have different views on the weight of brain imaging,” he said. “Some think it will sway a jury. Others think it won’t have any impact and don’t pursue it.”

Logan evaluated both Clayton and Zink for post-conviction proceedings and said the usefulness of brain imaging to prove competence and mental disorders “varies from case to case."

He evaluated Clayton three times and concluded he was incompetent. With Zink, however, he and other psychologists found no clear evidence that the brain scan results were tied to his impaired mental condition.

The effect of brain damage on behavior depends on which areas of the brain are compromised, Logan said.

“If it’s in the prefrontal cortex, you may see problems with impulse control and decision-making ability,” he said. “Or if it’s atrophy in the brain, it can cause dementia.”  ;D

Researchers have also linked shrinkage in the hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for memory, to a byproduct of post-traumatic stress disorder, Logan said.  ;D

A complex evaluation

All four Missouri inmates executed so far in 2015 were diagnosed with PTSD, according to case files. Yet, understanding a person’s mental state and culpability requires more than brain scans, Logan said.

“You have people who are severely brain damaged that don’t commit murders … intelligence, coping skills, childhood environment. A lot goes into influencing criminal behavior.”

Childhood trauma can have a significant impact on future behavior, both Logan and Hutchinson said.

On June 9, Missouri inmate Richard Strong was put to death for the murder of an ex-girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter.

Strong wasn’t a cold-blooded killer, said Hutchinson, who evaluated and diagnosed him with major re-occurring depression, PTSD, schizotypal personality disorder and dissociative identity disorder.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

“I’ve done many sad cases, and he’s one of saddest,” said Hutchinson, citing Strong’s childhood growing up in poor areas of St. Louis where he lived 26 different places, was sexually molested twice and was frequently abused by a paranoid schizophrenic mother.  ;D

At trial, another psychologist testified that Strong's brain likely did not develop normally because of childhood trauma.  ;D

When upset as a boy, Strong would occasionally “zone out,” become violent, then have no recollection, said Caryn Tatelli, a criminal social worker who prepared Strong’s failed clemency petition to Nixon. That’s likely what happened during the crime, Tatelli and Hutchinson said.  ;D

“That kind of memory is pretty consistent for those with significant childhood trauma,” Tatelli said, adding Strong has accepted responsibility for the murders even though he doesn’t remember them.

Strong would not agree to a brain scan during his appeal.

“There was some talk about doing one,” before his trial, Tatelli said, “but he declined. … I don’t think he understood how it could have helped.”

Under scrutiny

State lawmakers in the U.S. are increasingly considering revisions to their capital punishment system, but reform has yet to win majority support in Missouri, which executed 10 people last year, making up nearly one-third of all U.S. executions.

In the U.S., 31 states have laws allowing capital punishment, but the death penalty has been suspended or is not practiced in 15 of those states. In May, Nebraska became the 19th state to abolish executions, while other states are under death penalty moratoriums.

In February, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on executions, saying his state’s death penalty process was “a flawed system that has been proven to be an endless cycle of court proceedings as well as ineffective, unjust and expensive."

Two bipartisan state bills introduced in the Missouri General Assembly last session — House Bill 561 and Senate Bill 393 — would have placed a moratorium on executions until January 2018.

The moratorium was intended to allow time to consider recommendations in the “Missouri Death Penalty Assessment Report,” a 2012 report by the American Bar Association that found problems in the state’s capital punishment system.

The recommendations included a ban on executing those “with a severe mental disorder or disability that significantly impaired the capacity” at the time of the crime. The language is similar to Connecticut’s mental illness exemption under its repealed death penalty statute.

The bills failed to reach a vote, however, leaving few options for attorneys seeking a reprieve for their mentally ill clients.

“Even people who support the death penalty should be concerned” with executing mentally disabled criminals, said Jeff Stack, coordinator for the Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation, a Columbia-based anti-death penalty organization.  ;D

Seeking clemency from the governor is an option that carries a low rate of success. Gov. Nixon has stayed executions but not over mental health concerns.

A look back and ahead

Historically, the fate of mentally ill criminals seems “very arbitrary,” Linhardt said.

In December, Paul Goodwin was executed in Missouri for beating his neighbor to death with a hammer. He had an IQ of 73 and the “mental capabilities of a child,” his sister wrote in a failed petition.  ;D

In April, a U.S. district court stayed the execution of Andre Cole because of concerns he wasn’t mentally competent, which was quickly reversed by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Cole was executed three hours later.

In 1993, Bobby Shaw was granted a stay of execution from then-Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, a Democrat and death penalty supporter. Shaw’s story was similar to Cecil Clayton’s.

Like Clayton, Shaw had a sub-75 IQ, a long history of mental illness and documented brain damage. Also like Clayton, Shaw murdered a Missouri law enforcement official. In Shaw’s case, he slashed an 8-inch-deep wound into the chest of a prison guard using a butcher’s knife.

In commuting Shaw's sentence to life in prison, Carnahan said there was “little doubt that Mr. Shaw is mentally retarded and suffers from varying degrees of mental illness.”

Elizabeth Unger Carlyle, a Kansas City defense attorney who represented both Clayton and Zink in their appeals, said an inmate’s mental illness is becoming more of a consideration for judges and juries in the U.S. despite the failed appeals of Clayton and others in Missouri.

“The American legal system is starting to look closely at the idea that not everyone should be judged alike,” Carlyle said. “Missouri has a long way to go.”

www.columbiamissourian.com

If you got through this without gagging on the bullshit you did better than I.

18 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Licho Escamilla - TX - 10/14/2015

Started by turboprinz - Last post by turboprinz on: June 24, 2015, 08:14:22 AM

Summary of Incident
On 11/25/2001, in Dallas, Escamilla was engaged in a fight in the parking lot of a nightclub. When Dallas City police officers arrived to stop the fight, Escamilla shot an adult white male police officer two times. The officer died en-route to the hospital.

http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/dr_info/escamillalicho.html

19 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Cleveland R. Jackson - OH - 07/20/2016

Started by turboprinz - Last post by turboprinz on: June 23, 2015, 12:33:50 AM

Name:  Cleveland R. Jackson         Inmate Number:  A429404
County:  Allen
Clemency Hearing: TBA
Scheduled Execution:  July 20, 2016

http://www.drc.ohio.gov/public/executionschedule.htm

20 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / William Montgomery - OH - 08/15/2016

Started by turboprinz - Last post by turboprinz on: June 23, 2015, 12:32:22 AM

Name:  William Montgomery         Inmate Number:  A193-871
County:  Lucas
Clemency Hearing: TBA
Scheduled Execution:  August 15, 2016

http://www.drc.ohio.gov/public/executionschedule.htm

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