[Deathpenalty]death penalty news-----TEXAS, US MIL., FLA.
rhalperi at mail.smu.edu
Tue Jan 24 22:53:09 CST 2006
TEXAS----new execution date
Marvin Wilson has received an execution date for April 26, 2006; it should
be seen as serious.
(sources: Texas Department of Criminal Justice & Rick Halperin)
US may use Guantanamo for military executions
New US military rules mean that executions of condemned "war on terror"
detainees could be carried out at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in
Cuba, the US Army said.
The new rules authorize the army to set the location for executions
"imposed by military courts-martial or military tribunals and authorized
by the president of the United States."
"Enemy combatants could be affected by this regulation," said Sheldon
Smith, a spokesman for the US Army.
Only 10 war-on-terror detainees have so far been charged and referred to
special military commissions for trial, and the United States is not
seeking the death penalty in any of those cases.
But the United States has not ruled out the death penalty for
war-on-terror detainees, and the issue has long been a sore point for some
US allies with nationals detained at Guantanamo.
The army said the changes in the regulations allow executions to be
conducted at locations other than Fort Leavenworth, previously the only
authorized site for military executions.
Currently, 7 military inmates are on death row at Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas. No dates have been set for their execution.
The last time the military executed a prisoner was April 19, 1961, when it
put to death John A. Bennet for rape and attempted murder.
The order signed January 17 by General Peter Schoomaker, the army chief of
staff, said the changes were a "major revision" of the regulations, which
apply to all the services, not just the army.
The regulations were last revised in 1999.
Death penalty opponents said the measure appeared to be a "technical
"I don't think there is anything imminent but eventually there might be,"
said Richard Deiter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information
Center in Washington.
"I suspect it is aimed at the military tribunals in Guantanamo. They don't
want to bring people from Guantanamo and put them on US soil," he said.
Under the regulations, only the president has the power to approve and
order an execution.
The secretary of the army then approves the location for the execution.
The secretary must set a date for it within 60 days of the president's
If there is a stay of execution, it would be conducted 14 to 30 days after
the stay is lifted.
The regulations stipulate that executions must be carried out by lethal
injection administered by medical personnel or other persons who are
qualified to administer intravenous injections.
Media interviews with the condemned prisoner are forbidden.
But at least two media representatives would be chosen from a pool to
witness the execution, along with military officials, a chaplain, family
members of the condemned and relatives of the victim.
"The condemned prisoner will be placed on the execution table and
restrained by means of appropriate fasteners to ensure safety and security
of the prisoner and EWT (execution watch team) personnel," the regulations
"Once the prisoner is secured to the bale, the execution team will insert
a large-bore intravenous channel into an appropriate vein, assure the flow
of a normal saline solution, and connect the condemned prisoner to the
electrocardiograph machine," it says.
The senior military officer in charge would then read aloud the charges,
the finding of the court, the sentence and the execution orders before
giving the order to commence the execution.
(source: Agence France Presse)
FLORIDA----stay of impending execution
Supreme Court steps in to block Florida execution
The Supreme Court issued a last-minute stay late today to a Florida death
row inmate who claimed he was mentally retarded and should not be executed
for killing a police officer.
Florida prison officials had put off the execution of Clarence Hill, who
also wants to challenge the drugs that would be used, before word came
from the court.
It was not clear if the court's intervention would only briefly delay
Hill's execution, which had been scheduled for 6 p.m. EST. Justices were
reviewing a pair of Hill appeals, and Justice Anthony Kennedy filed
paperwork that said the execution should be delayed.
Earlier, Hill had lost appeals at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
in Atlanta. He was scheduled to die at Florida State Prison for the Oct.
19, 1982, slaying of a Pensacola police officer and the wounding of his
The court could still lift the stay and allow Florida to move ahead with
Hill was to be the 61st inmate executed in Florida since 1976, when
executions resumed after a 12-year moratorium, and the 257th since 1924,
when the state took that duty from individual counties.
He first asked the court for a stay last week.
Hill did not request a final meal, and refused the late-morning meal
served to other inmates at Florida State Prison, Department of Corrections
spokeswoman Debbie Buchanan said Tuesday.
Lawyers grill attorney of death-row inmate
In Taveres, appellate lawyers grilled death-row inmate Fred Anderson's
trial attorney for nearly 4 hours today, hoping to win him a sentence of
life in prison.
Anderson, 37, was sentenced to death for killing Heather Young, 39, and
paralyzing Marishia Scott, 32, during a robbery of the Mount Dora branch
of United Southern Bank on March 20, 1999. Both women were tellers.
Anderson's lawyers, Eric Pinkard and David Gemmer of Capital Collateral
Regional Counsel, challenged the strategy and decisions of his trial
lawyer, William Stone, chief assistant public defender in the 5th Judicial
(source for both: Associated Press)
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