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Article • December 11, 2017
Man Wrongly Imprisoned on Death Row for 28 Years May Sue Ohio by Dale Johnston was convicted of murdering his stepdaughter and her boyfriend and sentenced to death. The decision of a three-judge panel in 1984 was based in part on testimony from a hypnotized witness. He always denied having ...
Article • December 7, 2017
Filed under: Pain, Death Penalty
Eighth Circuit Refuses to Halt Arkansas Execution of Prisoner Who Claimed Lethal Injection Will Cause Him Extreme Pain by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In April 2017, the state of Arkansas decided to fast track the execution of eight prisoners before its supply of lethal injection drugs became unavailable. Soon ...
Article • December 7, 2017
Filed under: Pain, Obesity, Death Penalty
Eighth Circuit Denies Stay of Execution to Arkansas Prisoner Who Claimed His Obesity Created Risk of Severe Pain by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On April 24, 2017, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a series of rulings paving the way for the state of Arkansas to continue ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Louisiana Death Sentence Reversed, Charges Dismissed, Lawsuit Filed by David Reutter by David M. Reutter Following the reversal of his homicide conviction by the Louisiana Supreme Court in November 2016, death row prisoner Rodricus Crawford, 29, was released on $50,000 bond after serving three years in prison. A new prosecutor ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
State Sanctioned Murder: By the Numbers by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Death Penalty Information Center has released a report highlighting significant changes in the number of executions in the United States in 2016. According to the report, there were 20 executions in the U.S. during calendar year 2016 ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Filed under: Death Row
Third Circuit: No Death Row Confinement after Death Sentences Vacated by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled against two Pennsylvania prisoners who were held in solitary confinement on death row for years after their death sentences were vacated. In the course ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Arizona: Mixed Rulings in Challenges to State’s Lethal Injection Protocol by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton A federal judge has held that members of the media and witnesses may view all aspects of executions carried out in Arizona. State prison officials can no longer prohibit journalists from seeing prisoners being ...
State Bar of Texas Pursuing Disciplinary Action against Prosecutor Who Lied about Deals with Jailhouse Informants in Capital Case by Richard Resch by Richard Resch In September 25, 2017, the State Bar of Texas filed a disciplinary action against former Harris County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth A. Exley. She is ...
Article • August 31, 2017
Tenth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Eighth Amendment Lawsuit Over Botched Oklahoma Execution by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On November 15, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the estate of a prisoner who was executed by lethal ...
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 • August 10, 2017
"Intellectual Disabilities" End Decade on Oregon's Death Row; State's "Expert" Sharply Criticized by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson After serving more than ten years on death row, a 60-year old Oregon prisoner had his death sentence vacated and was ruled ineligible for the death penalty, due to an "intellectual disability." ...
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 ...
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