February 21, 2010 |
The Autobiography of an Execution David R. Dow Twelve: 274 pp., $24.99 You support the death penalty -- almost two-thirds of the country did, in a 20096 Gallup Poll. You may consider it retributive justice or perhaps a deterrent. You do not find racial disparities or irregularities in its application overly troubling. You believe most attorneys and judges act dispassionately and in accord with the dictates of law and the Constitution. Still, there is the Texas problem.
December 14, 2005
Re "Tookie Williams Is Executed," Dec. 13 We can hope Stanley Tookie Williams' execution sends a clear message: Some murders are so heinous that you will die if you commit this type of action. If an execution prevents this type of murder, a greater good is served. It is not enough to avoid murder. Preventing possible future murder is the purpose. It is just a matter of making sure all executions are carried out without bias. MICHAEL L. STEMPEL Chatsworth Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1998
The 12 Baha'i communities in Ventura County received with sorrowful hearts information of the execution by hanging in Iran of a Baha'i named Ruhullah Rawhani on July 21. Mr. Rawhani was 52 years old and arrested last September, accused of converting a young woman from Islam to the Baha'i faith. The woman denied that she had converted, explaining that her mother was a Baha'i and that she herself had been raised as a Baha'i. The execution causes grave concern that the Baha'i community of Iran remains unprotected and officials can continue the persecution of the Baha'is at will and with impunity.
May 28, 2008
Re "Inmate is denied DNA test," May 23 As an attorney with the public defender's office in Los Angeles for the last 23 years, I find it difficult to understand how the state Supreme Court could deny a DNA test to an inmate who faces execution. The test requested was not available at the time of inmate Charles Keith Richardson's trial. Shouldn't we be absolutely sure that a person is guilty before we subject him or her to the absolute and irrevocable penalty of death? The cost to our society of executing an innocent person far exceeds whatever costs and delays are involved in testing.
August 4, 2008 |
The state is set to defy the World Court and anger Mexico by executing a Mexican national who was not informed of his right to consular services after his arrest. Jose Medellin received a death sentence for the 1993 rape and murder of 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena in Houston. The World Court last month ordered the U.S. to "take all measures necessary" to halt the execution of five Mexicans until it makes a final judgment in the dispute. Medellin is the first of those scheduled to die. Alison Castle, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, said he would probably make his decision Tuesday.
December 2, 1992 |
A man who sought to be put to death after being convicted of killing three boys will be executed Jan. 5, a judge has ruled. Westley Allan Dodd, 31, repeated his wish to skip appeals and be executed during a hearing Monday before Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Harris. He also chose hanging instead of death by injection. "I don't believe the state has any choice but to carry out my execution," Dodd told the judge.
July 18, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- Texas officials Wednesday were preparing for the state's first single-drug lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the appeals of death row inmate Yokamon Hearn. The justices refused Hearn's appeals hours before he was scheduled to be executed for the 1998 murder of Frank Meziere, a stockbroker shot after a carjacking at a Dallas car wash. Hearn's execution, which could start any time after 6 p.m. Central time, will be the sixth in Texas this year -- for a total of 482 since the state began executing inmates by lethal injection in December 1982, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.
April 6, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas man scheduled to be put to death Tuesday received a stay of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court. It was granted after assertions that inmate Cleve Foster's state-appointed lawyers were ineffective and prevented him from raising claims of innocence. "I'm thrilled that the Supreme Court stayed Mr. Foster's execution and that they will be looking at the important issues raised," said Maurie Levin, Foster's attorney. Texas, which executes more inmates than any other state, has 30 days to respond to Foster's petition for a rehearing.
September 23, 2011
A deadly mistake Re "Georgia puts convict to death despite protest," Sept. 22 The reason I am against the death penalty is perfectly exemplified by Troy Davis' execution Wednesday night. In case no one noticed, people are fallible. We make mistakes; we fail to take all circumstances into account; we are led by preconceptions; we have some personal quirks, such as the desire to "close the case. " We also are loathe to consider that all the facts are not necessarily at our disposal.