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Steve Hall
Austin, TX
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"Arizona Takes Nearly 2 Hours to Execute Inmate," is the New York Times report by Erik Eckholm. In another unexpectedly prolonged execution using disputed lethal injection drugs, a condemned Arizona prisoner on Wednesday repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
Dale Baich, an attorney representing Joseph Wood, issued the following statement last night: "The Governor of Arizona and the Attorney General have tonight already pronounced that Mr. Wood did not suffer during his two hour execution, during which time the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
"The disturbing lessons of Arizona's un-American execution," is Andrew Cohen's post at the Week. By the time dusk came to the desert, the Arizona attorney general had issued a triumphant press release so negligently drafted that at first it included... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
Here are brief excerpts from each of the media accounts. The Arizona Republic prints,"Reporter describes gruesome scene of Arizona execution," by Michael Kiefer. Wood's attorneys filed motions in state and federal courts expressing concerns over the drugs and the Arizona... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
There is extensive news and commentary regarding yesterday's botched execution in Arizona. I'll be breaking it out over the next few posts. First, items from today's Arizona Republic. "A moratorium on the death penalty is needed," is by the Republic's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The StandDown Texas Project
The following is a statement from Dale Baich, one of Joseph Wood’s attorneys, regarding today’s execution: "The experiment using midazolam combined with hydromorphone to carry out an execution failed today in Arizona. It took Joseph Wood two hours to die,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"ARIZONA INMATE DIES 2 HOURS AFTER EXECUTION BEGAN," is the Associated Press from Arizona. 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... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Arizona Execution Stay Lifted," is the breaking newss from CNN, via KSPR-TV. The Arizona Supreme Court has lifted the stay it had imposed on the execution of convicted murderer Joseph Wood. Wood had asked the court to review his claims... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Ariz. top court halts execution to consider appeal," is from the Arizona Republic, via USA Today. 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... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of an editorial published in today's Charlotte Observer, in North Carolina. Here's teh beginning of this must-read: The death penalty’s flaws have been well-documented. But a new report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General reveals some of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Los Angeles Times Opinion LA blog posts, "Why mask the ugliness of executions? Bring back firing squads, judge says," by Scott Martelle. These killings committed in our names are not pretty. This is brutality, pure and simple, and a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
There are two Supreme Court Orders, Ryan v. Wood, and Wood v. Arizona, issued this evening. The New York Times reports, "Execution in Arizona Is Approved by Justices," by Adam Liptak. The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the execution of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Judge chastises California perpetuating dysfunctional death penalty system," is the editorial published in today's Sacramento Bee. Death penalty opponents might be heartened by a federal judge’s decision declaring California’s capital punishment unconstitutional. But the decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Austin American-Statesman reports, "Eight ex-judges support appeal of death row inmate Rodney Reed." It's by Chuck Lindell. Eight retired federal and state judges on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to accept an appeal by Rodney Reed, who faces... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The 9th Circuit ruling in Wood v. Ryan, with Judge Kozinski's dissent is available in Adobe .pdf format. "ARIZONA EXECUTION DRUG CASE HEADS TO SUPREME COURT," is by Astrid Galvan and Jim Salter of Associated Press. A federal appeals court... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's New York Times publishes the editorial, "A Lifetime on California’s Death Row." In a remarkable ruling overturning the death sentence of Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced in 1995 for the murder of his girlfriend’s mother, Judge Carney, an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
That's the title of an OpEd in the Saturday edition of the Washington Post by Harvard Law's Charles Ogletree. It is syndicated in many papers across the nation. Here's the beginning of this must-read: I have wondered countless times over... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling in Wood v. Ryan is available in Adobe .pdf format. Also available, a dissent in the case and other documents. "Court Delays Execution Over Secrecy With Drugs," is the New... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Justices Unlikely to Smile on Anti-Death Penalty Ruling," is by Marcia Coyle for the National Law Journal. "It doesn’t totally surprise me that every few years a judge will speak honestly about what's going on," said death penalty litigator Bryan... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The Wilmington Star News reports, "Lawmakers move to put N.C. in line with Supreme Court ruling," by Molly Parker . N.C. House Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, is sponsoring a measure that would put North Carolina statute in line with... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
The The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics report, State Government Indigent Defense Expenditures, FY 2008-2012, is available in Adobe .pdf format. "States Spend Less on Legal Defense for the Poor," is the Wall Street Journal Law blog post... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's Oregonian reports, "Is Oregon's death penalty as 'cruel and unusual' as California's?" It's by Bryan Denson. Jeff Ellis, a criminal defense attorney on the board of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, boiled the order down in a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
Today's San Francisco Chronicle publishes the editorial, "Judge was right: California death penalty is flawed." Judge Cormac Carney was precisely right: The death penalty, as applied in California, is so arbitrary and irrational that it amounts to cruel and unusual... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The StandDown Texas Project
"Senate confirms White as federal judge in Missouri," is the AP report, via the Columbia Daily Tribune. A former Missouri Supreme Court judge whose two previous nominations to the federal bench were blocked in Washington was confirmed a U.S. District... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project
"The troubling lessons of California's death penalty ruling," is Andrew Cohen's post at the Week. Here's the beginning of this must-read: U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney isn't the first federal judge in recent memory to declare the death penalty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at The StandDown Texas Project