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11 -  General Death Penalty / Stays of Execution / Re: Henry Watkins "Hank" Skinner - TX - 11/09/2011

Started by Jeff1857 - Last post by Kevin R.Hirschkorn on: July 23, 2014, 10:38:31 PM

O I think he ran is mouth and got in trouble and had his tv or what ever taken away. But let just they are doing as he says, I could care less. The Mofo should be worm food.

Why do I not believe 99% of what the whiny, waste of air, POS writes.


12 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Joseph Rudolph Wood III - AZ - 07/23/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by phlebbb on: July 23, 2014, 08:30:31 PM

Execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, Arizona inmate, takes 2 hours
Published July 23, 2014Associated PressFacebook93 Twitter140
This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood.AP/Arizona Department of Correction
FLORENCE, Ariz. –  A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started.

Wood's lawyers had filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court while the execution was underway, demanding that it be stopped. The appeal said Wood was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour."

Gov. Jan Brewer said later that she's ordering a full review of the state's execution process, saying she's concerned by how long it took for the administered drug protocol to kill Wood.

An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution saw Wood start gasping shortly after a sedative and a pain killer were injected into his veins. He gasped more than 600 times over the next hour and 40 minutes.

An administrator checked on Wood a half dozen times. His breathing slowed as a deacon said a prayer while holding a rosary. The 55-year-old finally stopped breathing and was pronounced dead 12 minutes later.

Defense lawyer Dale Baich called it a botched execution that should have taken 10 minutes.

"Arizona appears to have joined several other states who have been responsible for an entirely preventable horror — a bungled execution," Baich said. "The public should hold its officials responsible and demand to make this process more transparent."

Family members of Wood's victims said they had no problems with the way the execution was carried out.

"This man conducted a horrific murder and you guys are going, let's worry about the drugs," said Richard Brown, the brother-in-law of Debbie Dietz, who was 29 when she was killed in 1989. "Why didn't they give him a bullet, why didn't we give him Drano?"

Wood looked at the family members as he delivered his final words, saying he was thankful for Jesus Christ as his savior. At one point, he smiled at them, which angered the family.

"I take comfort knowing today my pain stops, and I said a prayer that on this or any other day you may find peace in all of your hearts and may God forgive you all," Wood said.

The case has highlighted scrutiny surrounding lethal injections after two controversial ones. An Ohio inmate executed in January snorted and gasped during the 26 minutes it took him to die. In Oklahoma, an inmate died of a heart attack in April, minutes after prison officials halted his execution because the drugs weren't being administered properly.

Arizona uses the same drugs — the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone — that were used in the Ohio execution. A different drug combination was used in the Oklahoma case.

"States have been scrambling over the past many months to find new sources of drugs. They have been experimenting," said Megan McCracken, of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law's Death Penalty Clinic. "These procedures are unreliable and the consequences are horrific."

States have refused to reveal details such as which pharmacies are supplying lethal injection drugs and who is administering them, because of concerns over harassment.

Woods filed several appeals that were denied by the U.S. Supreme Court, including one that said his First Amendment rights were violated when the state refused to reveal such details.

Wood argued he and the public have a right to know details about the state's method for lethal injections, the qualifications of the executioner and who makes the drugs. Such demands for greater transparency have become a new legal tactic in death penalty cases.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had put the execution on hold, saying the state must reveal the information. But the Supreme Court has not been receptive to the tactic, ruling against death penalty lawyers on the argument each time it has been before justices.

Deborah Denno, professor of criminal law and criminal procedure at Fordham Law School, said it may be up to Legislatures or the public to bring any change.

"I think every time one of these botches happens, it leads to questioning the death penalty even more," she said. "It will reach a point where the public will question the value of these execution procedures generally, and perhaps the death penalty itself."

The governor said medical and eyewitness accounts indicated that Wood did not suffer and he died in a lawful manner in which justice was served.

Wood's execution was Arizona's third since October and the state's 36th since 1992.

He was convicted of fatally shooting Dietz and her father, 55-year-old Gene Dietz, at their auto repair shop in Tucson.

Wood and Debbie Dietz had a tumultuous relationship during which he repeatedly assaulted her. She tried to end their relationship and got an order of protection against Wood.

On the day of the shooting, Wood went to the auto shop and waited for Gene Dietz, who disapproved of his daughter's relationship with Wood, to get off the phone. Once the father hung up, Wood pulled out a revolver, shot him in the chest and then smiled.

Wood then turned his attention toward Debbie Dietz, who was trying to telephone for help. Wood grabbed her by the neck and put his gun to her chest. She pleaded with him to spare her life. An employee heard Wood say, "I told you I was going to do it. I have to kill you." He then called her an expletive and fired two shots in her chest.

Perhaps my favorite method should be given more attention.Nitrogen asphyxiation, to my mind, is the way to go. No issues with availability, short time from beginning of execution to T.O.D. fool proof  application of the nitrogen. We shall see....

13 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Joseph Rudolph Wood III - AZ - 07/23/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Naviator on: July 23, 2014, 04:34:23 PM

Hmmm... He's dead, but since the execution didn't go according to plan and result in a timely death, I would submit it was botched (result notwithstanding)... It seems as more states have hidden behind a cloak of secrecy regarding which drugs, from where, administered by who, etc.. The number of botched lethal injections are on the rise.  Personally, I hate the cloak of secrecy surrounding LI's, and believe that if the state is going to execute a criminal, than be 100% transparent in the procedure.  If they can't be transparent, then man up and switch methods to something they can't screw up.  Botched executions are no small deal, and each mistake arms the anti's with more fodder for their arguments.  States have got to star getting their shit together.  Justice Kozinski even condemned the practice and sees the merit of a firing squad! Amateur hour in Arizona.

14 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Joseph Rudolph Wood III - AZ - 07/23/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Londoner77 on: July 23, 2014, 04:02:35 PM

Joseph wood pronounced dead 3.49 pm

Execution took 1hr 57 minutes

Here come the liberals with their complaints........

Maybe they should look up his crimes first to see why he deserved to die.

16 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Joseph Rudolph Wood III - AZ - 07/23/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Londoner77 on: July 23, 2014, 03:11:42 PM

Azdoc States execution underway

Joseph wood currently unconscious but not yet dead according to sources

17 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Donald Newbury - TX - 02/04/15

Started by kanga - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: July 23, 2014, 01:06:27 PM

The group included the following Texas state prisoners:

Donald Keith Newbury, execution date set

Larry James Harper death via suicide to avoid capture by law enforcement (it worked  8)  )

George Angel Rivas, Jr. group leader, executed
Michael Anthony Rodriguez, executed (volunteer)

Joseph Christopher Garcia, Randy Ethan Halprin and Patrick Henry Murphy are all under sentence of death.

The wheels of justice often turn slowly even in the great state of Texas.

18 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Joseph Rudolph Wood III - AZ - 07/23/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: July 23, 2014, 12:24:48 PM

Arizona Will Execute Joseph Wood After Brief Court-Ordered Stay

Associated Press

Arizona's execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood III will proceed Wednesday after a brief stay of execution, according to the Associated Press. After considering Wood's argument over drug secrecy, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected his appeal and cleared the execution to proceed.

Arizona's Supreme Court granted Joseph Rudolph Wood III a temporary stay of execution earlier Wednesday to give the court time to consider his appeal. Wood's petition argues that he didn't receive adequate representation at his sentencing, and challenges the state's secrecy over its lethal injection drugs.

Wood was convicted of murdering his estranged girlfriend and her father twenty years ago, and was scheduled to be executed at 1 pm EDT on Wednesday, according to Buzzfeed.

Wood filed for an injunction arguing that the state's failure to disclose which chemicals compose the lethal injection violated his First Amendment rights.

And to borrow from GGR: When the secrecy drug card is used by the defense, their clients end up dead.

The ambulance chasers and their dead boyfriends are going out of their way to prove us right Dee!  8)

19 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Joseph Rudolph Wood III - AZ - 07/23/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: July 23, 2014, 11:46:48 AM

And in the that was quick category...

Arizona Supreme Court Allows Execution Of Joseph Wood To Proceed

After legal wrangling over Joseph Wood’s First Amendment claims regarding Arizona’s secrecy surrounding the lethal injection process, the Supreme Court said the execution could proceed on Wednesday.

Arizona Supreme Court issued a stay of execution so it can consider his claim filed with the court Wednesday morning. It later denied the request, allowing the execution to proceed.

The Arizona Supreme Court, after reviewing the request from Joseph Wood, has denied the petition and dissolved the stay of execution. His execution, absent further action, can proceed.  JULY 23, 2014, 2:34 p.m

20 -  General Death Penalty / Scheduled Executions / Re: Joseph Rudolph Wood III - AZ - 07/23/2014

Started by turboprinz - Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper on: July 23, 2014, 11:37:54 AM

Arizona court puts last-minute hold on execution

The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday morning issued a temporary stay of double-murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood's execution so it could consider a last-minute petition for post-conviction relief.

The court's stay was to remain in effect at least until the court could consider arguments by Wood's attorneys at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The warrant for Wood's execution is valid until 10 a.m. Thursday.

Wood, 55, killed two people in 1989.

The latest petition initially was filed in Pima County Superior Court after a federal appellate court's stay was lifted Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court. It argues that Wood had ineffective assistance of counsel during his trial, and also challenges Arizona's lethal-injection protocol and the drug cocktail used in executions.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Lee dismissed Wood's first argument. But he said it was within the state Supreme Court's province to decide if a stay was warranted on the lethal-injection protocol, leading to Wednesday's stay by the state high court.

"I would anticipate there would be some formal ruling, but it may take a few hours,'' Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan said Wednesday morning.

Preparations for Wood's 10 a.m. Wednesday execution at the state prison in Florence were under way when the stay was issued.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld Arizona's veil of secrecy around its lethal-injection drugs, permitting plans for today's execution to proceed.

The high-court ruling knocked down a federal appeals court decision that the execution could not move forward unless the state turned over information about how the execution would be carried out.

Executions are public events. But in recent years, many states that still have capital punishment, including Arizona, have passed or expanded laws that shroud the procedures in secrecy.

The Arizona Department of Corrections plans to use a controversial drug, and it favors a controversial method of administering it, so Wood's attorneys demanded to know the qualifications of the executioners and the origin of the drugs to be used in the execution, claiming that Wood had a First Amendment right to the information.

On Saturday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.

The state appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which lifted the stay without addressing the First Amendment issue.

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