Tennessee May Revive Electric Chair: The Tennessee House has adopted a bill that will allow use of the electric chair as an alternative execution method if lethal injection drugs are unavailable.
The Associated Press reports that the bill would keep lethal injection as the preferred method of execution, but will allow the electric chair if execution drugs are not available or executions are delayed by legal challenges to the protocol.
Last week the state Senate passed similar bill. Tennessee is currently holding 76 condemned murderers on death row. The state has not carried out an execution since 2009.
Kentucky State Representative David Floyd of Bardstown, who claims to be a ‘conservative,’ is opposed to Kentucky’s lawwhich allows juries to consider the death penalty for the worst, aggravated murders in Kentucky. In a recent article in the Louisville Courier Journal, he says as much, and then, in an attempt to bolster his position, makes the bold-faced claim that “. . . with the death penalty, innocent people can and have been executed.”
That claim is simply wrong, and is the stuff of soap operas and TV dramas. There is NOT a single validated case of an innocent person executed in the “modern” era of capital punishment (post GREGG and FUHRMAN Cases 1973-76). Unlike real life, these television programs portray forensics as always definitive, defense lawyers as never wrong, and innocent people convicted, imprisoned and executed, as claimed by Rep. Floyd.
So what is Rep. Floyd’s proof to support his claim that “innocent people have been executed?”
Is he referring to ROGER COLEMAN?
Convicted killer Roger Coleman made the cover of Time Magazine on May 18, 1992 with the caption “This Man Might Be Innocent: This Man Is Due To Die.” 14 years after being executed DNA evidence proved that Coleman was, in fact, guilty of murdering his sister-in-law.
It couldn’t be Roger Coleman, Rep. Floyd was referring to because he wasn’t innocent.
Or is he referring to RICKY McGINN.
Does Rep. Floyd claim he was innocent when he was executed.
The June 12, 2000 cover of Newsweek Magazine featured death row inmate Ricky McGinn. Again, the suggestion was that an innocent man was about to be executed. McGinn stated that DNA testing would prove that he didn’t rape and murder his 12-year-old step-daughter. Under intense media pressure then Texas Governor George Bush ordered a 30-day reprieve in order for the requested DNA testing to occur.
DNA testing proved that McGinn was guilty beyond any doubt and he was finally executed. So, it couldn’t be Ricky McGinn that Rep. Floyd was referring to as an “innocent” person who has been executed.
Maybe he was referring to the Texas case of CAMERON TODD WILLINGHAM.
He was the arsonist who was executed in 2003 for torching his three young daughters in 1991. A jury, after hearing the evidence, convicted Willingham and sentenced him to death. Appeal after appeal affirmed his conviction. No DNA evidence existed in this case, as in most criminal cases, hence is impossible to verify his claims. But clearly no proof that he was innocent. As a result, it seems to me that it would be irresponsible to make an unsupported claim that Willingham was “innocent.”
However, now that Rep. Floyd has brought the subject up, maybe he would like to know that at the end of 2009 there were 1,613,740 prisoners under state and federal jurisdiction, yet the total number of DNA exonerations for any kind of felony is less than 300. That is .000018% of those criminal convictions and speaks well of the appellate process .
Furthermore, despite years of parading remorseless killers as innocent victims, the anti-death penalty gang and other death row apologists cannot definitively demonstrate that any innocent man has been executed.
So, Rep. Floyd, prosecutors in Kentucky and across America are anxious for you to identify the innocent people who were executed.
FRANKFORT, KY. — The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal in the long-running case of an escaped inmate from an Oklahoma prison facing a death sentence in the slaying of a Kentucky distillery worker.
The justices will hear the case of 56-year-old Michael Dale St. Clair on Feb. 13 in Frankfort. St. Clair is appealing the conviction and sentence out of Bullitt County in the 1991 shooting death of Francis “Frank” Brady of Bardstown.
St. Clair has also been sentenced to death in Hardin County on a charge of capital kidnapping stemming from Brady’s disappearance from a rest stop along Interstate 65. Click here to read the full story on www.Courier-Journal.com
Caudill Immediately After the Jury Returned a Sentence of Death
Caudill’s Prison Photo While She is on Kentucky’s Death Row
Virginia Caudill and Jonathan Goforth brutally robbed and murdered 73-year-old Lonetta White here in Lexington in 1998. They then put her in the trunk of her own car, took it into the country and torched it, burning Ms. White’s body beyond recognition.
First, of course, they say “not me” it was the other one. Next, of course, they say, “well it was my lawyer’s fault, not mine, I was sentenced to death. “Next they will say, of course, but the way condemned murderers are executued is “painful – it hurts, and I shouldn’t have to through that pain. “Then who knows what the will say – next.
Obviously the jury didn’t buy it. Both Caudill and Goforth were sentenced to death by a Fayette County jury.
OF COURSE THERE WAS NO MENTION OF THE PAIN AND MISERY AND SUFFERING THE VICTIMS ENDURED AT THE HANDS OF THESE MURDERERS. THESE ARTICLES ONLY MENTION DISCOMFORT OF THE BRUTAL KILLERS AS THE SENTENCE OF A JURY WAS FINALLY CARRIED OUT.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Oklahoma has no plans to review its lethal injection protocol even though two inmates executed this month complained as the drugs began to flow through their bodies.
Michael Lee Wilson, who was executed Jan. 9, said he felt his “whole body burning” within 20 seconds of receiving the injection.
Kenneth Eugene Hogan, who was executed Thursday, complained of a metallic taste in his mouth seconds after his injection.
In September, death row inmate Anthony Rozelle Banks took several deep breaths as the lethal drugs were injected into his body, then appeared to grimace briefly before he stopped breathing and his body went limp.
Wilson and Hogan’s complaints have some civil liberties groups decrying the drugs used in Oklahoma’s lethal injections – particularly pentobarbital, a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals that is supposed to render a condemned inmate unconscious. The pentobarbital is followed by vecuronium bromide, which stops the inmate’s breathing, then potassium chloride to stop the heart.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections said it will not initiate a review of the state’s execution protocol, and a spokeswoman for Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Oklahoma’s execution method is “in compliance with the law.”
“Our protocol was appropriate, and we have no plans to change it,” DOC spokesman Jerry Massie said. “There had been nothing over the last several weeks that has done anything to change our opinion of that.”
Oklahoma has used this three-drug protocol since 2010, when convicted inmate John David Duty was believed to be the first person in the U.S. whose execution included the use of pentobarbital. Before switching sedatives,
Oklahoma and several other states had relied on the barbiturate sodium thiopental to put an inmate to sleep, but shortages of that drug caused states to look for alternatives.
One such state was Ohio, where on Jan. 16, inmate Dennis McGuire took 26 minutes to die after officials used an untested combination of a sedative and a painkiller.
WHILE MEXICO IS RILED BY TEXAS EXECUTION – MANY ACTUALLY SUPPORT THE DEATH PENALTY.
Recent public opinion surveys shows the national mood swinging in favor of the death penalty in Mexico.
Mexican national Edgar Tamayo was convicted of murdering a Houston police officer. Now his execution’s spurring a death penalty debate in his crime-torn homeland.
Recent opinion surveys show the national mood swinging in favor of capital punishment. One small political party has even run election campaigns on a vow to bring it back here.
Mexico has experienced more than seven years of hyper criminal violence that’s killed an estimated 80,000 and left thousands more missing and presumed dead. That’s driving a new debate about the death penalty.
IT SEEMS OUR MEXICAN NEIGHBORS ARE FED UP WITH THE RAMPANT MURDERS IN THEIR COUNTRY.
Death row inmate Dennis McGuire took 15 minutes to die by the two-drug combination, a method adopted after supplies of the state’s previous drug dried up, and declared that he was going to Heaven before succumbing to the cocktail.
‘I’m going to heaven, I’ll see you there when you come,’ he said in the small, windowless room in the Lucasville correctional facility. He was pronounced dead at 10:53 a.m., after one of the longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.
The 53-year-old’s attorneys had argued against using intravenous doses of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone, claiming the combination would cause ‘air hunger’ – where someone experiences immense terror and agony as they strain for breath during the execution.
N.J. CAR-JACK MURDERERS, OF COURSE, ARE REPEAT OFFENDERS AND WERE STILL ON THE STREETS OF NEW JERSEY.
THEY ALL HAVE RAP SHEETS STRETCHING BACK YEARS THAT INCLUDE MULTIPLE BURGLARY & DRUG CHARGES.
The four thugs accused of savagely killing a young Hoboken lawyer in a New Jersey mall’s parking garage have extensive criminal histories — and one had been released from jail just four days before the slaying.
Dustin Friedland, 30, and his wife had just finished their holiday shopping when they returned to their silver 2012 Range Rover and were confronted by the four carjackers, cops said.
Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, and Kevin Roberts, 33, all of Newark, and Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington, were all busted. Each is being held on $2 million bail.
The four men arrested in the fatal carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills could possibly face the death penalty if charged in federal court, officials say.
THIS KILLER, A RACIST-KILLER, TARGETED BLACKS & JEWS IN A CROSS-COUNTRY KILLIG SPREE FROM 1977 to 1980.
BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Joseph Paul Franklin, 63, a white supremacist who targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing spree from 1977 to 1980, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri, the state’s first execution in nearly three years.
Franklin, 63, was executed at the state prison in Bonne Terre for killing Gerald Gordon in a sniper shooting at a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977. Franklin was convicted of seven other murders across the country and claimed responsibility for up to 20 overall, but the Missouri case was the only one that brought a death sentence.
Mike O’Connell, of the Missouri Department of Corrections, said Franklin was pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m.
The execution was the first in Missouri using a single drug, pentobarbital.
Franklin’s fate was sealed early Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal appeals court ruling that overturned two stays granted Tuesday evening by district court judges in Missouri.
Franklin also admitted to shooting and wounding civil rights leader Vernon Jordan and Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who has been paralyzed from the waist down since the attack in 1978.
Franklin, a paranoid schizophrenic who grew up in Mobile, Ala., was in his mid-20s in 1977 when he began drifting across America, robbing up to 16 banks to fund his travels.
He bombed a synagogue in Chattanooga, Tenn., in July that year. No one was hurt, but the killings began soon after that, many of them sniper shootings.
Franklin had a particular dislike for interracial couples — several of his victims were black men and the white women with them.
He arrived in suburban St. Louis and picked out Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel synagogue from the Yellow Pages. On Oct. 8, 1977, a bar mitzvah ended and guests were in the parking lot when Franklin opened fire from a grassy area nearby, killing Gordon, 42.
The killings continued for three more years. Franklin was finally caught after killing two young black men who were about to go jogging with two teenage white girls in Salt Lake City in August 1980.
Years later, in federal prison, he admitted to the St. Louis County killing. He was sentenced to death in 1997.
Franklin, in the days leading up to the execution, said in several interviews that he was sorry for his crimes and was no longer a racist.