Death Trip: The American Way of Execution (Part II)

Death Trip: The American Way of Execution - Part II THE NATION

January 8, 2001

Death Trip: The American Way of Execution


Part 2 of 2

The Supreme Court's Dismaying Muddle

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death. For more than 20 years I have endeavored...along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural and substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor. Rather than continue to coddle the Court's delusion that the

Questions of Innocence: Legal Roadblocks Thwart New Evidence on Appeal

Questions of innocence CHICAGO TRIBUNE December 18, 2000

Questions of innocence
Legal roadblocks thwart new evidence on appeal

Tribune Staff Writers

Last of two parts.

JACKSONVILLE—By the time Leo Jones was executed in Florida's electric chair in March 1998 for the sniper killing of a police officer, the case that had sent him to Death Row 16 years before had slowly but unmistakably come apart.

The main witness against him had recanted. Two key officers in the case had left the Police Department under a cloud, and allegations that one

State's Record in Death Cases Cause for Study

State's record in death cases cause for study The Tallahassee Democrat

State's record in death cases cause for study

December 14, 2001

If an automaker led the industry in recalls, then spun the bad news as proof of excellent self-regulation, consumers would be skeptical. The automaker might deserve kudos for its efforts to rectify problems, but the high recall rate still would indicate a serious problem. A responsible company would identify the deficiency before so many recalls were required.

That's why it's so difficult to understand the reasoning

Justices' Review of Death Penalty Met with Shock

Justices' review of death penalty met with shock

Orlando Sentinel 2/7/02
Feb. 7, 2002

The architects of Florida's death-penalty law were caught by surprise when the U.S. Supreme Court stalled executions in the state Tuesday while the justices determine if laws here and in 8 other states are unconstitutional.

Florida and the other states affected -- Arizona, Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Montana and Nebraska -- allow a judge, rather than a jury, to decide if a criminal is put to death.

Ruling Could Force Florida to Commute Execution

Ruling could force Florida to commute execution

Miami Herald
Tue, Feb. 12, 2002

Some of Florida's most notorious murderers could see their sentences commuted to life in prison -- and many could even apply for parole -- depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a murder case out of Arizona. In its most far-reaching capital punishment case since the 1970s, the court will decide whether it is constitutional for a judge, rather than a jury, to sentence convicted killers to death. Judges make the final decisions in Florida, Arizona and seven other states.

Appeal Imperils Florida Death Penalty

Appeal imperils Florida death penalty

Miami Herald
Feb. 7, 2002

An Arizona death penalty case could have profound ramifications for nine states -- including Florida, with its 372 Death Row inmates -- and might lead to major changes in how sentences in first-degree murder trials are meted out.

Already within the last two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has postponed two Florida executions, the latest one Tuesday.

At the root of the issue: Ring v. Arizona, a 1994 trial of an armored van robber who was convicted of murder by a jury and sentenced

Supreme Court Intervenes in Death Penalty Cases

Supreme Court Intervenes in Death Penalty Cases

Editorial, Miami Herald, editorial
Feb. 7, 2002

On the weighty question of whether an execution passes constitutional muster, both advocates and foes of the death penalty are in rare agreement: Let the courts decide.

Thus Gov. Jeb Bush halted today's scheduled execution of Robert Trease shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the execution of another Florida inmate, Linroy Bottoson.

Both the Supreme Court and the governor made the right call. Gov. Bush, a strong supporter of capital punishment, said he made

Speech given by Former Florida Chief Justice Gerald Kogan



Amnesty International Southern Regional Conference

Orlando, Florida

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