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Washington-Virginia Governor Mark Warner halted the execution of a convicted murderer who would have been the 1000th person put to death in the US since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Warner said he commuted Robin Lovitt's sentance to life in prison without parole because a court clerk had destroyed evidence during the appeals process in violation of the state law.

He said Virginia "must ensure that every time this ultimate sanction is carried out is done fairly".

Warner , a Democrat considering a run for the US presidency in 2008, had denied all 11 previous clemency petitions that came before him. The death penalty has proven a divisive issue in past presidential campaigns.

"No case has been more troubling," Warner said. " Rest asured there is no case I have spent more time thinking about, praying about and reflecting on than this case."

Lovitt had been scheduled to die by lethal injection in a state prison today.

Since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty almost 30 years ago, 999 people have been executed in the US, most recently earlier yesterday in Ohio.

Lovitt's case has attracted worldwide attention. A Warner spokesman said the Governor had received roughly 1500 calls, letters and e-mails from across the US and several foreign countries, almost all urging clemency.

Prominent conservatives have said the case could undermine public support for the death penalty. Former special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who investigated then-President Bill Clinton's extramartial affair with Monica Lewinsky, argued Lovitt's case at an appeals-court hearing in February.

Lovitt was sentenced to death in 1999 for killing a night manager in a pool hall in 1998. He claimed another man commited the murder and his lawyers argued he could have proved his innocence if a pair of bloody scissors submitted as evidence at his trial had not been illegally destroyed.

Kenneth Boyd , scheduled to die on Saturday in North Carolina, could be the 1000th execution since the end of what amounted to a decade-long moratorium on executions as the Supreme Court wrestled with the issue.

Shawn Humphries could become the 1001th if he is executed later on the same day as Boyd in South Carolina.

One activist who had lead efforts to relieved by Warner's decision. "We knew this execution shouldn't go ahead, but we knew clemency issues are frequently dictated by politics," said Jack Payden-Travers of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

The death penaltyhas loomed large for Democratic presidential candidates. Massachusetts GovernorMichael Dukakis was widely criticised as "soft on crime" in the 1988 election after he said during a dedate that he would not support the death penalty for someone who raped and murdered his wife.

It is widely belived Clinton's credentials were boosted when he interupted his campaign in 1992 to oversee the execution of a mentatally retarded man in Arkanas, where he served as Governor.


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Number 999

John Hicks

Executed by the state of Ohio yesterday. Died aged 49 after an injection of lethal chemicals.

Strangled his mother-in-law Maxine Armstrong and suffocated his 5-year-old stepdaughter Brandy Green after a cocaine binge 20 years ago. Was the 18th person executed in Ohio since the state resumed capital punishment in 1999. Granted a meal of his choice the evening before his execution, he asked for two steaks, a baked potatoe, salad, bread a soft drink and potatoe chips.


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Scheduled 1000th

but spared Robin Lovitt

Virginia Governor Mark Warner halted Lovitt's execution by lethal injection because DNA evidence was destroyed during an appeal. Warner a Democrat considering a run for the presidency in 2008, had denied all 11 pervious clemency petitions that came before him.

Lovitt, 41,was sentanced to death in 1999 for killing Clayton Dicks, a manager in a pool hall, in 1998. Lawyers argued he could have proved his innocence if a pair of bloody scissors sumitted as evidence had not been destroyed.


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Kenneth Lee Boyd

Boyd is scheduled to die on Saturday in North Carolina. The 57-year-old Vietnam veteran was sentanced to death for the murders of his estranged wife, Julie Boyd, and her father, Thomas Dillard, in March 1988.

Campaigners at Amenesty International say Boyd's low IQ-77_ means he is close to being classified as mentally retarded, and the state the normal cutoff is about 75. The US Supreme court ruled in 2002 that the execution of those with mental retardation is unlawful.


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The death penalty in the US.

scoping.gif The number of people sentenced to death and put to death in the US has been falling. Last year , 59 prisoners were executed, six fewer than in 2003.

scoping.gif A Gallup poll last month showed 64 per cent of Americans favoured the death penalty, the lowest level in 27 years, down from a high of 80 per cent in 1994.

scoping.gif Texas, Virginia and Oklahoma account for more than half of the executions performed since 1977. Texas alone carried out 355.

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The death penalty worldwide.

scoping.gif The death penatly ended more lives in 2004 than at nearly any time in the last 25 years, with China accounting for most.

scoping.gif Bhutan, Greece , Samoa, Senegal and Turkey abolished the death penalty last year, taking the total number to 120.

scoping.gif More than 3797 people were executed in 2004. Amnesty International said. That was the second-highest figure the organisation has recorded since its monitoring began 25 years ago. In 1996, 4272 were executed, Amnesty said.

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scoping.gif Singapore has the highest execution rate in the world relative to population. About 420 poeple were hanged in Singapore 1991-2004.

scoping.gif Amnesty said at least 7395 people recieved fresh death sentences in 64 countries last year, the highest rate recorded since 1996.



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When G.W. Bush was the Governor of Texas he set a record for having 150 criminals, who were on death row, put to death.

His kind (species) seem to thrive on killing (sacrifice).

I've read that they feed on the energy released from our adrenal glands and endorphines etc. that are fired up during the traumatic execution and the suspenseful build up to it.




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Over 380 towns around the world joined forces to condemn the death penalty, as Singapore plans to hang an Australian drug smuggler and the United States prepares for its 1,000th execution since reinstating capital punishment 30 years ago.

Rome's Colosseum, Brussels' Atomium, Madrid's Santa Ana Square, Buenos Aires' Obelisk and the Moneda Palace in Santiago were being lit up as part of the "Cities for Life" initiative, according to the organiser, the Catholic Sant'Egidio Community in Rome.

Many of the other towns and cities that have signed up to the initiative - around half of them in Italy - were hosting vigils or rallies to mark the day.

"Capital punishment supports a culture of death instead of fighting it, and puts the state on the same level as those who kill," said Sant'Egidio spokesman Mario Marazziti.

The date of November 30 was chosen to commemorate the abolition of the death penalty in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1786.

This year it looked set to coincide with the scheduled execution in Singapore of Melbourne man Nguyen Tuong Van, 25, and in Virginia of Robin Lovitt, who would have been the 1,000th person put to death in the US since 1976.

The execution was stopped by Virginia's governor because DNA evidence in Lovitt's trial had been illegally destroyed - but the milestone is almost certain to be reached on Friday, when two other death row inmates are scheduled to be executed.

"This is not a record that we are proud of. It's an 'eye for an eye' kind of mentality," said Dave Atwood of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, in Rome.

About 100 people demonstrated outside the US embassy in the Italian capital on Wednesday, holding candles and anti-death penalty banners.

Opponents say that support for capital punishment is weakening around the world. According to Amnesty International, five countries abolished the death penalty last year, bringing the total to 120.

Even so, the death penalty ended more lives in 2004 than at nearly any time in the last 25 years, Amnesty said.


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I was reading my Dominion Post this morning and another one is being Executed 11 am my time in Singapore today.

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Nguyen Tuong Van aged 25 is to be hanged.

Singapore bowed to pressure last nite and allowed Nguyen Tuong Van's mother to touch her condemned son.

But in a macabre compromise , it denied her and Nguyen's brother a final hug before the 25 year-old Australian heroin smuggler is taken to the gallows.

Singapore said the family could only hold hands.

It is not clear how the final touch would take place, but a Singapore lawyer with experience in death penalty cases said it would likely be done through a small hole in the wall.

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Former Crips gand leader Staneley "Tookie" Williams
was executed by lethal injection in California last night for killing four people during robberies in 1979.

The United States Supreme Court rejected a request for stay of execution just hours before Williams, 51, was killed at San Quentin State Prison.

Californa Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also denied clemency.'Williams' case started a national debate on the possibility of redemption on death row , with Hollywood stars and capital punishment foes arguing that he made amends by writing children's books about the dangers of gangs.

But hours before the execution Mr Schwarzenegger suggested Williams' change of heart was not genuine, nothing that he had not owned up to his crimes, or shown real remorse for the "Crips" countless killings.

" WITHOUT AN APOLOGY AND ATONEMENT, THERE CAN BE NO REDEMPTION"

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The execution by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco followed a frenzied but failed effort to reopen the case by supporters of Williams, who repudiated gang life during his 24 years on Death Row.

Supporters said such efforts showed the inmate had changed fundamentally in the half of his life he has spent in prison. But Schwarzenegger and others said his continued protestations of innocence negated any claim that he had redeemed himself.

"Stanley Williams insists he is innocent, and that he will not and should not apologize or otherwise atone for the murders of the four victims in this case," Schwarzenegger wrote on Monday in denying clemency.

"Based on the cumulative weight of the evidence, there is no reason to second guess the jury's decision of guilt or raise significant doubts or serious reservations about Williams' convictions and death sentence." Civil rights leader Rev Jesse Jackson said he broke the news on Monday afternoon that Schwarzenegger had denied clemency as Williams met several supporters in prison.

"He said 'Don't cry, let's remain strong,"' Jackson said "He smiled, you know, with a certain strength, a certain resolve." "I think he feels a comfort in his new legacy as a social transformer," Jackson said.

"I am not the kind of person to sit around and worry about being executed," Williams said. "I have faith and if it doesn't go my way, it doesn't go my way."

Williams was convicted in 1981 of killing Albert Owens as he lay facing downward on the floor of a 7-Eleven convenience store in a $120 robbery. Two weeks later, Williams shot dead an elderly Taiwanese immigrant couple running a motel, as well as their visiting daughter.

"In this case, the one thing that would be the clearest indication of complete remorse and full redemption is the one thing Williams will not do," Schwarzenegger wrote.

In a rare coincidence in death penalty cases, Williams has said he met Schwarzenegger at a Los Angeles-area gym in the 1970s when both men were enthusiastic bodybuilders.

A prison spokesman described Williams as quiet and cooperative and said he did not request any special final meal after eating oatmeal and drinking milk earlier in the day.

Some 2000 opponents of the death penalty gathered outside the gates of San Quentin, where Jesse Jackson addressed the crowd and folk singer Joan Baez sang spirituals.

Some brought small children despite the late hour.

"I wanted to show them we oppose the death penalty even if you are a murderer," said Christina Williams, 23, who held hands with her two young children and wore a "Save Tookie" button on his jacket. "He changed his life and deserves a second chance." The nation's top courts disagreed.

On Monday, the US Supreme Court as well as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected final appeals to reconsider the case. Pondering their fifth habeas corpus petition on the case over the past quarter century, the state Supreme Court also rejected the petition on Sunday night.

The case has drawn wide attention to a large extent because of the long dedication of a former journalist, Barbara Becnel, who edited his anti-gang books and served as a co-producer of a film staring Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx about Williams.

The relatively rare execution in the nation's most populous state comes just over a week after a double murderer became the 1000th prisoner to be executed in the United States since the 1976 reimposition of capital punishment.


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Last appeal rejected for California's oldest death row inmate

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SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a 76-year-old convicted killer who argued that he was too old and feeble to be executed.

The ruling cleared the way for Clarence Ray Allen -- legally blind, nearly deaf and in a wheelchair -- to be executed by injection early Tuesday for a triple murder he ordered from behind bars to silence witnesses to another killing.

Allen, whose birthday was Monday, stood to become the oldest person executed in California -- and the second-oldest put to death nationally -- since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976.

He raised two claims never before endorsed by the high court: that executing a frail old man would violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and that the 23 years he spent on death row were unconstitutionally cruel as well.

The high court rejected all three of his requests for a stay of execution, about 10 hours before he was to be put to death.

On one of those orders, Justice Stephen Breyer filed a dissent, saying: "Petitioner is 76 years old, blind, suffers from diabetes and is confined to a wheelchair, and has been on death row for 23 years. I believe that in the circumstances he raises a significant question as to whether his execution would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. I would grant the application for stay."

The Supreme Court has never set an upper age limit for executions or created an exception for physical infirmity.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Supreme Court and a federal appeals court previously refused to spare Allen's life.

Allen went to prison for having his teenage son's 17-year-old girlfriend murdered for fear she would tell police about a grocery-store burglary. While behind bars, he tried to have witnesses in the case wiped out, prosecutors said. He was sentenced to death in 1982 for hiring a hit man who killed a witness and two bystanders.

Allen's heart stopped in September, but doctors revived him and returned him to San Quentin Prison's death row.

Before Allen, the oldest person executed in California since the reinstatement of the death penalty was a 62-year-old man put to death last January. He had spent 21 years on death row.

Last month in Mississippi, John B. Nixon, 77, became the oldest person executed in the United States since capital punishment resumed. He did not pursue an appeal based on his age.

Over the years, some justices on the Supreme Court have expressed interest in deciding whether a long stay on death row can be unconstitutionally cruel.

In 2002, Breyer said in the case of a Florida inmate who spent 27 years in prison: "It is fairly asked whether such punishment is both unusual and cruel."

Justice Clarence Thomas disagreed, writing that the inmate "could long ago have ended his anxieties and uncertainties by submitting to what the people of Florida have deemed him to deserve: execution."

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When the State of California executed Stanley "Tookie" Williams last month, the news media briefly pulled their heads out of the sand and prompted us to think about the death penalty and the possibility of redemption behind bars.

Then, five minutes later, they went back to reporting on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Apparently, most Americans care more about the sex lives of celebrities than the injustices that are being funded by our tax dollars. Death row inmates aren't as sexy as movie stars, and most don't have Tookie's star power. Unless it's being glamorized on a "Law and Order" episode, the death penalty is simply dismissed as a boring partisan political football.

But the death penalty is not about left vs. right. It's about wrong vs. right. It's about the fact that two wrongs don't make a right. It's about human rights, and it's about human decency. And, while Americans spend their time worrying about what Angelina is doing with Brad, governors across the country keep on signing death warrants.

Because of this apathy, the United States is the only Western democracy that still claims for itself the right to execute its citizens. Each year since 1976, three more nations have added their names to the list of countries that have abolished the death penalty. This worldwide trend towards abolition of the death penalty reflects the growing awareness that there are alternative punishments that are effective and which do not involve state-sponsored killing. But America does not care.

Amnesty International describes the death penalty as "the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights." By retaining the death penalty, the United States finds itself increasingly out of step with the rest of the world, aligned on this issue only with such backward nations as Afghanistan, Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, and Mongolia. Furthermore, as a moral litmus test, it is interesting to note that most major religious denominations in the United States have statements opposing the death penalty. But Brad and Angie are so much more alluring.

So Americans don't waste their time thinking about it. When the subject comes up, they mindlessly parrot the tired old death penalty myths:

Myth #1: An eye for an eye, rah-rah-rah.

Logically, it makes little sense to use execution to condemn killing. Such an act by the state is the mirror image of the criminal's willingness to use physical violence against a victim. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state in the name of "justice". When someone is convicted of rape, we do not turn that person over to an official State Rapist to be treated in kind as punishment. Therefore, it is difficult to understand why some people find it appropriate to kill in order to show that killing is wrong. It offers society not further protection but further brutalization.

Myth #2: It's about justice.

Studies have shown that the death penalty is applied in a discriminatory, arbitrary, and uneven manner, and is used disproportionately against racial minorities and the poor. For example, a recent study of death sentences in Philadelphia found that African-American defendants were almost four times more likely to receive the death penalty than were people of other ethnic origins who committed similar crimes. Where is the justice in that?

Myth #3: It serves as a deterrent.

The death penalty is not a deterrent to violent crime. It is incorrect and naive to assume that people who commit such serious crimes as murder do so after rationally calculating the consequences. Murders are often committed in moments when emotion overcomes reason, or under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or mental illness. Moreover, those who do commit premeditated serious crimes may decide to proceed despite the risks in the belief that they will not be caught. The key to deterrence in such cases is to increase the likelihood of detection, arrest, and conviction. The death penalty is a harsh punishment, but it is not harsh on crime.

Myth #4: It brings closure to victims' families.

Not all families are thirsty for revenge. In fact, so many families oppose the death penalty that some have formed an organization called Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation, through which they actively work to abolish the death penalty.

Murder is always a despicable act and a terrible tragedy. But killing the murderer will not bring the victim back.

A striking example of the growing worldwide public support against the death penalty is the illumination of the Colosseum in Rome whenever a death sentence is suspended or commuted anywhere in the world. It is also illuminated whenever a country establishes a moratorium on executions or abolishes the death penalty. Perhaps someday the Colosseum will light up to celebrate the abolition of the death penalty in the United States, thereby symbolizing American society's newly enlightened approach to criminal justice. In the meantime, we must work to promote justice, not revenge, one case at a time.

Perhaps Mahatma Ghandi said it best: "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."

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California's oldest death row inmate, a blind, partially deaf and wheelchair-bound convicted killer, has been executed minutes after the end of his 76th birthday.

Clarence Allen was put to death by lethal injection early Tuesday after failed efforts to convince Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the US Supreme Court that he was in such poor health that killing him would be cruel.

Frail, diabetic and confined to a wheelchair since he was revived after a near-fatal heart attack in September, Allen was executed in San Quentin Prison across the bay from San Francisco, according to Lt. Thomas Mullen.

The Supreme Court had refused to intervene on Monday, the panel of judges dismissing his claims that the death penalty being imposed on an elderly, sick and legally blind prisoner would constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

The federal Court also rejected Allen's argument that the 23 years he spent on death row was cruel and unusual.

Schwarzenegger had denied Allen's request for clemency three days earlier, one month to the day after refusing to halt the execution of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, a reportedly reformed gangster.

Allen was sent to death row in 1982 after being convicted of arranging the 1980 murders of three people from his prison cell in order to silence witnesses in another killing.

He was California's oldest death row inmate and the second oldest prisoner to be put to death in the United States since the US moratorium on the death penalty ended in 1976.

His death comes a month after the highly controversial execution of former gang founder, convicted killer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Tookie Williams, which also took place at San Quentin.

Schwarzenegger weathered a political firestorm then, standing his political ground over the December 13 execution that caused an international stir after music and movie stars joined Nobel winners in a passionate campaign to commute Williams' execution.

On Friday, the celebrity governor made a similar ruling in the Allen case, saying the intervening decades had not reduced the gravity of his crime.

"Allen's crimes are the most dangerous sort because they attack the justice system itself. The passage of time does not excuse Allen from the jury's punishment," he wrote in a statement.

Death penalty opponents, minus the marquee star power, rallied on Allen's behalf, some holding a vigil outside San Quentin late Monday, but the execution has not resonated with the media and public in the same way Williams's death penalty did.

The families of Allen's victims, who were gunned down in a market in the central California town of Fresno, insisted he deserved to die, whatever his state of health.

The execution comes as the debate over imposition of the death penalty in the United States heated up after a DNA test last week confirmed the guilt of a US prisoner executed in 1992 for the 1981 rape and murder of his sister-in-law.

Coal miner Roger Coleman had gone to his death maintaining his innocence, providing fuel for the anti-death penalty movement here.

Polls show that while most Americans still support capital punishment, the margin is dwindling.

A survey conducted late last year by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press showed that 62 percent of Americans were in favour of executing convicted murderers, while 30 percent were against.

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Posted: Feb 21 2006, 11:24 PM
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Killer's execution on indefinite hold
Judge's order on medical role leads to postponement


Wednesday, February 22, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- Michael Morales was not executed as planned Tuesday night after prison officials decided they weren't able to comply with a judge's order that a medical professional administer his lethal injection, a prison spokesman said.

"At this time, San Quentin State Prison is now standing down. There will not be an execution of Michael Morales," Vernell Crittendon told a news conference shortly before Morales was scheduled to die.

The decision to delay the execution was made by the prison warden, Crittendon said. An evidentiary hearing on the constitutionality of California's lethal injection process is scheduled for May 2 or 3.

Asked how Morales responded, Crittendon said, "He was quite relieved to find that he was not going to be executed. He smiled. He nodded. He thanked me." Morales was returned to his cell on death row, he said.

U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel had issued a ruling February 14 stating that Morales should die via a lethal injection of barbiturate, rather than the typical three-drug cocktail that Morales' lawyer claimed constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

Fogel had ordered that the anesthesiologists be present to be sure Morales felt no pain from the trio of drugs -- a powerful sedative, followed by drugs that cause paralysis and heart failure.

Morales, 46, was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, but it was postponed until 7:30 p.m. when two anesthesiologists, citing ethical concerns, refused to participate. The execution was called off about two hours before that.

"Any such intervention would be medically unethical. As a result, we have withdrawn from participation in the current process," the doctors said in a statement released through the prison.

After the anesthesiologists backed out, the state was given permission to kill Morales with a lethal dose of barbiturate.

The expiration of Morales' death warrant at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday requires that another death warrant be issued.

After the execution was canceled, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger condemned the decision and said in a statement that he stood by his decision to deny clemency to a "convicted murderer and rapist."

"The federal court has interjected itself into the details of the state's execution process," Schwarzenegger said. "I am confident that the convictions and sentence were appropriate in this case. I will continue to fight to uphold California's laws."

During the news conference, Crittendon said the warden called off the execution simply because prison officials could not meet Fogel's demands.

"We are unable to have a licensed medical professional to come forward to inject the medications intravenously, causing the life to end," Crittendon said. "We are unable to find a medical professional that would meet those standards that were set by the courts."

Crittendon said the victim's family "took this very hard. We explained to them, though, that the matter is not resolved in the eyes of the state of California."

Morales was convicted for the 1983 rape and murder of 17-year-old Terry Winchell, who was left to die in a remote vineyard near Lodi in central California.

After the initial postponement, Winchell's father, Mack, said, "I just think the whole judicial system went to hell in my book. I cannot understand it."

He added, "It's been a great shock for Barbara and I both."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/02/22/morales....tion/index.html




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