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Article • August 21, 2017
Mississippi Supreme Court Allows Challenge of Lethal Injection Protocol to Continue; Reverses Lower Court by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On December 15, 2016, a 5-4 ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court revived a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit brought by a death row prisoner who claimed he will suffer cruel ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Nebraska Supreme Court Holds Reporter Can’t See Executed Prisoner’s Drawings by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In August 2015, the Nebraska Supreme Court denied a reporter’s attempt to obtain “graphic” drawings made by infamous executed child-killer John Joubert. Despite the efforts of state prison officials, however, the drawings were eventually ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Filed under: Medication, Death Penalty
Eleventh Circuit Rejects Condemned Prisoner’s Challenge to Lethal Injection Drug by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis On November 2, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit upheld a district court’s denial of death row prisoner Thomas D. Arthur’s challenge to the use of the drug midazolam in the lethal injection protocol used by ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Eighth Circuit Declines to Block Subpoena Requiring Missouri to Disclose Identities of Execution Drug Suppliers by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Richard Jordan and Ricky Chase, on death row in Missouri, challenged lethal injection as an execution method by contending it was cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the ...
Brief • June 22, 2017
1st Amendment Coalition of Arizona v. Ryan, AZ, Settlement, Midazolam Lethal Injection, 2017 Case 2:14-cv-01447-NVW Document 186 Filed 06/21/17 Page 1 of 11 5 JON M. SANDS Federal Public Defender, District of Arizona DALE A. BAICH (OH Bar No. 0025070) dale_baich@fd.org JESSICA L. FELKER (IL Bar No. 6296357) Jessica_felker@fd.org 850 ...
Article • June 14, 2017
Filed under: Medication, Death Penalty
Fifth Circuit Denies Stay in Challenge to Texas Execution Drug by On September 12, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a stay of execution to five Texas death row prisoners challenging the state's failure to retest the execution drugs it use before each use. Jeffery Wood, Rolando Ruiz, ...
Brief • June 14, 2017
1st Amendment Coalition of Arizona v. Ryan, AZ, Amended Complaint, Midazolam Lethal Injection, 2016 Case 2:14-cv-01447-NVW Document 97 Filed 01/29/16 Page 1 of 60 1 JON M. SANDS Federal Public Defender, District of Arizona 2 DALE A. BAICH (OH Bar No. 0025070) dale_baich@fd.org 3 ROBIN C. KONRAD (AL Bar No. ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Filed under: Attorneys, Death Penalty
Texas Lawyer Quits with 0-34 Record of Losses in Death Penalty Cases by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke If you were on trial for your life, you would want the best possible lawyer. That would exclude Houston, Texas attorney Jerry Guerinot, 71, who has a great deal of experience but ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Filed under: Medication, Death Penalty
Feds Impound Illegally Imported Execution Drugs in Arizona, Other States by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Arizona's Department of Corrections (ADC) imported a drug used for executions, but federal agents seized and impounded the illegal shipment at the Phoenix airport before it could be used for lethal injections. The ADC ...
Publication • June 7, 2017
The Justice Institute - Innocence Database Exoneration Report, 2016 2016 INNOCENTS DATABASE EXONERATION REPORT By Hans Sherrer The Justice Institute 2016 Innocents Database Exoneration Report Copyright © 2017 by Hans Sherrer Permission is granted to publish content in this report with the sole proviso that credit for the source must ...
Brief • May 17, 2017
McCollum v. Robeson County, NC, Settlement, Wrongful Conviction Death Sentence, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WESTERN DIVISION ------------------------------------------------------------------------X Docket # 5:15-CV-451-BO HENRY LEE MCCOLLUM and J. DUANE GILLIAM as guardian of the estate LEON BROWN, Plaintiffs, -versusTOWN OF RED SPRINGS, KENNETH ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Filed under: Death Penalty
Delaware Supreme Court Strikes Down Death Penalty, Following Hurst Decision by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna On August 2, 2016, the Delaware Supreme Court, in Rauf v. State of Delaware, struck down the state’s death penalty in a closely-watched decision. Benjamin Rauf was charged with first-degree felony murder, and the ...
Article • May 5, 2017 • from PLN May, 2017
Delaware Supreme Court Declares Death Penalty Retroactively Unconstitutional by On December 15, 2016, Delaware’s Supreme Court issued a unanimous 15-page decision that held the unconstitutionality of the state’s death penalty statute should be applied retroactively to prisoners previously sentenced to death. [Also, see p. 54.] While the ruling only mentioned ...
Brief • May 4, 2017
McCollum v. Robeson County, NC, Amended Complaint, Wrongful Conviction Death Sentence, 2016 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WESTERN DIVISION ------------------------------------------------------------------------X Docket # 5:15-CV-451-BO HENRY LEE MCCOLLUM and GERALDINE BROWN RANSOM, on behalf of and as legal guardian of LEON BROWN, Plaintiffs, -versusROBESON ...
Fields v. City of Chicago, IL, Amended Complaint, Wrongful Conviction, 2010 Case: 1:10-cv-01168 Document #: 105 Filed: 10/27/10 Page 1 of 37 PageID #:646 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION NATHSON E. FIELDS, Plaintiff, ) ) ) v. ) ) CITY OF CHICAGO; ) COUNTY OF ...
Fields v. City of Chicago, IL, Verdict 2, Wrongful Conviction, 2014 VERDICT FORM - Fields v. O'Callaghan, Case No. 10 C 1168 We, the jury, award the plaintiff, Nathson Fields, compensatory damages in the amountof$ f!J oo~, oo ~~ ~W~ d~~ We, the jury, award the plaintiff, Nathson Fields, punitive ...
Fields v. City of Chicago, IL, Verdict, Wrongful Conviction, 2014 VERDICT FORM - Fields v. City of Chicago, et al., Case No. 10 C 1168 We, the jury, find as follows on the claims of the plaintiff, Nathson Fields, against the defendants, the City of Chicago, David O'Callaghan, Joseph Murphy, ...
Article • April 20, 2017
Filed under: Death Penalty
Connecticut Supreme Court Abolishes Death Penalty as Cruel and Unusual Punishment by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In a decision rendered in August 2015, after the filing of numerous amicus briefs by the American Civil Liberties Union and other prisoner rights organizations, the Connecticut Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, ...
PLN Interviews CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou by John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former counterterrorism consultant. He left the CIA in March 2004, later serving as a senior investigator on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior intelligence advisor ...
Article • March 29, 2017
Oklahoma DOC Chief Gets Bullet-Resistant SUV After Botched Execution, Threats by Joe Watson Oklahoma's Department of Corrections director Robert Patton has been provided with a team of bodyguards and a bullet-resistant SUV in the wake of purported death threats following the botched execution of a death row prisoner. Threatening emails ...
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