Romell Broom - Ohio - 9/22/09

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June 08, 2007, 04:10:36 AM Last Edit: February 22, 2010, 08:10:08 PM by Jeff1857
Mother's wait for justice nearing an end


Bessye Middleton has waited 23 years to see justice for her daughter, Tryna.

The 14-year-old girl was raped and murdered by Romell Broom. He grabbed her while she walked home with friends from a Shaw High School football game in September of 1984.

"Today, when she said we have a date, I just figured time is running out for Romell," Bessye says of a call her received Wednesday.

The state has set the execution date for October 18th. Broom has sat on death row since 1985, the second longest stretch waiting for execution for an Ohio inmate.

"I'll probably feel, 'He's finally gone, he finally got what he deserved,'" Bessye says of receiving the date. "He's fighting to stay alive but look what he did to Tryna. At least he's 50-something. She was only 14."

Broom is now 51-years-old. Tryna would be 37. Her mother says she thinks every day of her happy, fun-loving little girl. Now, she waits for October 18th.

"I will be thinking of her and I will say that justice has finally come for him."


Jeff1857

Federal judge grants execution delay for inmate who joined lawsuit


COLUMBUS - A federal judge has delayed the October execution of a death row inmate who joined a lawsuit challenging lethal injection as unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.

Judge Gregory Frost of U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, ordered the Oct. 18 execution of Romell Broom halted while the lawsuit proceeds.

Broom, who raped and stabbed to death a 14-year-old girl, is one of 15 Ohio inmates claiming the procedure may cause prisoners to suffer during an execution.

Another death row inmate asked Frost on Friday for permission to join the lawsuit. Michael Turner, 48, killed his estranged wife, Jennifer Lyles Turner, and her boyfriend, Ronald Seggerman, at her apartment in suburban Columbus on June 12, 2001.

Broom, 51, abducted Tryna Middleton in Cleveland at knifepoint on Sept. 21, 1984, while the girl was walking with friends. He then raped her and stabbed her seven times, according to the attorney general's office.

The state opposes the lawsuit, arguing that the inmates missed a deadline for filing such a complaint.

Earlier this year, an appeals court ordered the lawsuit dismissed over the missed deadline but delayed its order to allow an appeal of that issue to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ohio is waiting for the high court's decision and its impact on the entire lawsuit and so won't appeal the decision to delay Broom's execution.

"We're not going to do this piecemeal," said Leo Jennings, a spokesman for Attorney General Marc Dann. "It's not the best use of our resources."

In Delaware, a federal judge in February allowed all inmates on death row to join that state's similar injection lawsuit, while similar suits in California and Missouri have put all executions on hold. A federal lawsuit is also pending in Maryland where executions are on hold after a state appeals court said the state didn't properly adopt new injection procedures.

Frost said there is increasing evidence of "an unacceptable and unnecessary risk that Broom will be irreparably harmed" without the delay, according to his Sept. 5 order to halt the execution.

At the same time, as he has said before, Frost said problems with Ohio's injection process seem easy to fix.

In June, Frost also delayed death row inmate Clarence Carter's July 10 execution.

In Ohio and elsewhere, states use three chemicals: sodium pentothal, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. The first drug is a painkiller, which death penalty opponents have argued can wear off too soon. The second drug paralyzes the inmate, and the third causes a fatal heart attack.

Death row inmate Richard Cooey, sentenced to die for raping and killing two female University of Akron students in 1986, brought Ohio's original complaint in 2004. He alleged the current procedure would amount to him being tortured to death.

Jeff1857

Death row killer Romell Broom's lawyers focus on rape victim's character


The Ohio Parole Board will tell Gov. Ted Strickland by Friday whether it believes Cleveland death row inmate Romell Broom should live.

During a clemency hearing last Friday, Broom's attorneys set out to sully the reputation of the 14-year-old girl he was convicted of raping and murdering to make their claim that Broom doesn't deserve to die.

It was a risky move that for different reasons upset the families of Broom and Trina Middleton, the victim. It also drew pointed questions from Parole Board members.

Broom, 51, is one of about a dozen condemned prisoners in a lawsuit challenging Ohio's lethal-injection procedures.

And though his Oct. 18 execution has been delayed during the suit, the case has unraveled for the inmates and now hinges on an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has not decided whether to hear the case. That makes clemency a crucial backup plan, said Broom's attorney Tim Sweeney.

Middleton was killed Sept. 21, 1984, after she was abducted at knifepoint about 11:30 p.m. in East Cleveland, where she lived, while two 13-year-old girls she was walking with ran for help.

Her body was found 3 hours later in a nearby parking lot. She had been stabbed 7 times and sexually assaulted.

Broom was convicted a year later based largely on the eyewitness accounts of the two other girls. The crime happened 5 months after he had been released from a nine-year prison lock-up for raping a 12-year-old girl in 1975.

Broom maintains he did not kill Middleton. During Friday's hearing, his legal team didn't go so far as to say he was innocent of murder, but they seemed to question whether there really had been an abduction and rape -- criminal circumstances that triggered the death sentence for the slaying.

They introduced dozens of police reports of interviews with other teenagers who knew Middleton that were not disclosed by police or prosecutors during Broom's trial.

The reports portrayed Middleton and her two friends that night as being drunk on beer and high on marijuana. Middleton was also said to be sexually active and along with her girlfriends was known to accept rides from strangers.

"Romell Brown did not receive a fair trial," Sweeney, of Cleveland, told the board. "If all the evidence was known, he may have still been convicted, but he would have escaped the death sentence."

Sweeney was joined by attorneys Adele Shank and Alan Rossman. Rossman was one of Broom's original attorneys.

Prosecutors weren't buying it and told the Parole Board that Broom is a cold-blooded killer who has never expressed remorse.

"Whatever they were doing, experimenting with their sexuality, they were still innocent of this crime. They were still three little girls," argued Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Jon Oebker, who was assisted by an assistant Ohio attorney general.

Oebker blamed the suppression of those reports on East Cleveland police. But he said the documents probably would not have been admissible anyway since many of the claims were based on hearsay and didn't factor in Broom's defense that he wasn't with the girls.

Broom's brother, Ray Broom, addressed the board and took issue with prosecutors for withholding the evidence. He said it further solidified his belief that his brother is innocent.

Middleton's mother, Bessye, said that Friday was the first she heard of the police reports disparaging her daughter and called the claims "lies." She said Broom's sentence is appropriate.

Several members of the seven-person Parole Board questioned Sweeney for bringing up the girl's moral character. But others wondered why the information wasn't available to the defense in 1985 and whether it would have mattered for Broom.

(source: Plain Dealer)

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I find it interesting in this article talkin about the case concerning LI unraveling for the inmates. If Supremes decline to hear it......executions x 11 or 12 or until the next smoke screen pops up.

Granny B

More sleazy scumbag lawyers who don't care how they get a murderer off death row as long as they do it.  To make mincemeat of a raped and murdered little 14 year old girl's reputation for the benefit of raping murdering scumbag is just so low a snake would have to stoop to spit on those scumyers!!! >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
" Closure? Closure is a misused word in the English language.  There is no such thing as closure for the family of a murder victim.  There will never be any closure for the death of our loved ones until we are dead ourselves.  The families have a lifetime sentence of anguish and sadness." 
Susan Levy

ScoopD (aka: Pam)

Did ya'll read the news headlines today about NY's death penalty and the lone inmate we have remaining on death row?

http://off2dr.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=398
<br /><br />If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. -Thomas Paine<br /><br />My reason for supporting capital punishment: My cousin 16 yr. old Amanda Greenwell was murdered in March of 2004 at the hands of serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones.

Jeff1857

A new execution date has been set:

OHIO----new execution date

1987-1674. State v. Broom.


Cuyahoga App. No. 51237. On renewed motion to set execution date. Motion granted.

Pfeifer, J., dissents.

It is ordered that appellant's sentence be carried into execution by the Warden of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility or, in his absence, by the Deputy Warden on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, in accordance with the statutes so provided.

It is further ordered that a certified copy of this entry and a warrant under the seal of this court be duly certified to the Warden of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility and that said Warden shall make due return thereof to the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County.


Jeff1857

COLUMBUS: The Ohio Supreme Court has set a September execution date for a man who raped and stabbed a 14-year-old girl more than two decades ago.

The court ruled 6-1 today that Romell Broom of Cleveland should be put to death Sept. 15 for the death of Tryna Middleton.

Broom was convicted of abducting the girl at knifepoint on Sept. 21, 1984, raping her and stabbing her seven times.

Other Ohio inmates are scheduled to die in June, July and August.

The court's announcement comes one day after a federal judge ruled that Ohio's lethal injection process is flawed but constitutional.

http://www.ohio.com/news/ohiocentric/43432677.html


JeffB

To make mincemeat of a raped and murdered little 14 year old girl's reputation for the benefit of raping murdering scumbag is just so low a snake would have to stoop to spit on those scumyers!!!

I would agree GoB..  Usually I defend these guys as having a very tough job, but trashing a little girl who was raped and murdered is over the line..  One can mount a defense without having to resort to such tactics..
"SO SUCK IT YOU "BLUE COOLER" DOPE!"  -  Sylar24

Jacques


"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." Albert Einstein

Harold1253

I just read through the comments posted by readers of the Cleveland news paper (refer the link from Jeff1857).  90% of the comments look like they came right off this site.  There's some verrry PO'ed folks in Cleveland. (and a couple of anti's and a few sick-o racists, of both shades ::))  Hmmmmm...somebody should start a pro DP website! ;D

Jacques

Here is a face for this scumbag



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Jacques

"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." Albert Einstein

Jeff1857

Romell Broom, scheduled for execution in September for 1985 murder, may use public records as basis to seek new trial, appellate court decides


A death row inmate scheduled for execution in September will get a chance to convince a judge that information discovered after his conviction could have exonerated him.

Romell Broom, 53, was sentenced to death in 1985 for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Tryna Middleton. Tryna, a 9th-grader at Shaw High School in East Cleveland, had been walking home with friends from a Friday night football game when she was abducted at knife point and forced into his car.

The 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that 165 pages of records from the East Cleveland Police Department can be presented to the original trial court as possible grounds for a new trial.

However, it will be up to Broom's legal team to argue in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court that the information could have changed the outcome of his case.

The records, which Broom collected through a public records request in 1994, reveal that Tryna and her two friends had been under the influence of drugs on the night of the murder. They also suggest that the three girls had a habit of taking car rides with strange men and that the person to whom the victim's friends reported the abduction did not initially believe the girls.

Broom had asked state and federal courts 6 times to consider the exculpatory value of the public records. He first filed a petition for post-conviction relief in 1990 and requested the state court stay his case while he tried to collect the information.

He finally obtained the records in 1994. But several months later the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a defendant who is seeking a retrial cannot use information obtained through public records requests because he or she would then have more information than prosecutors would be required to share at trial.

State and federal appellate courts repeatedly denied Broom's petitions on these grounds and because Broom failed to file in a timely fashion.

Thursday, the appellate court ruled that Broom can use the public records because the law allowed their use at the time he received them.

A spokesman for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said the prosecutor's office intends to appeal the case to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Broom's attorney, S. Adele Shank, could not be reached for comment.

Broom is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Sept. 15. His execution -- originally set for October 2007 -- was delayed because he was 1 of 20 inmates who challenged the constitutionality of the state's lethal-injection procedures. In April, a federal judge ruled that the process is flawed but constitutional.

After Broom's clemency hearing in 2007, the parole board said in its 16-page report, that it was "persuaded by the argument of state's counsel that the suppressed' evidence is too speculative to support any reasonable probability that the jury's verdict would have been different."

Tryna's body was found about two hours after her abduction and 3 miles away in Forest Hill Park. She had been stabbed seven times and sexually assaulted.

Prosecutors say semen in her body came from Broom, though his attorneys say DNA tests were inconclusive.

Tryna's friends picked Broom from a police lineup and later identified the car he used in the abduction.

Broom said it was a case of mistaken identity and has maintained his innocence.

(source: Cleveland Plain Dealer)


Jacques

The reasons for clemency are listed below along with the link to the petition.

Broom's trial was constitutionally ineffective since it failed to conduct a thorough investigation into his dysfunctional and traumatic childhood, which included:
Parental drug and alcohol abuse; exposure to violence.
Dropping out of the 10th grade to care for his siblings and the shooting death of one of his brothers.

Oh my dear ............ let this Monster free, because this reason is very important!

The anti DPs are so sick!  >:(

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Jacques

"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." Albert Einstein

JeffB


The reasons for clemency are listed below along with the link to the petition.

Broom's trial was constitutionally ineffective since it failed to conduct a thorough investigation into his dysfunctional and traumatic childhood, which included:
Parental drug and alcohol abuse; exposure to violence.
Dropping out of the 10th grade to care for his siblings and the shooting death of one of his brothers.

Oh my dear ............ let this Monster free, because this reason is very important!

The anti DPs are so sick!  >:(

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Jacques



Exactly Jacques...  In fact, not only should they let him go, but maybe they should give him a couple-a-hundred bucks for his troubles...  "Here ya go pal...  Sorry for the mix up..  No hard feelins..."..   ::)
"SO SUCK IT YOU "BLUE COOLER" DOPE!"  -  Sylar24

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