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February 20, 1988 | BARRY BEARAK, Times Staff Writer
They were character witnesses all right--dubious characters, desperate characters, dangerous characters. Friday, eight shackled murderers--six of them on furlough from Death Row itself--testified here at the resentencing hearing of one of their own, killer James Ernest Hitchcock. "A peacemaker," they called him: "Fair . . . good . . . a help." As nice a guy as ever lived on the Row.
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February 20, 1988 | BARRY BEARAK, Times Staff Writer
They were character witnesses all right--dubious characters, desperate characters, dangerous characters. Friday, eight shackled murderers--six of them on furlough from Death Row itself--testified here at the resentencing hearing of one of their own, killer James Ernest Hitchcock. "A peacemaker," they called him: "Fair . . . good . . . a help." As nice a guy as ever lived on the Row.
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February 23, 1988
Jurors in Orlando, Fla., have recommended that a man whose death sentence was overturned should be resentenced to die, in spite of character witness testimony by eight other Death Row inmates who described him as generous and caring. James Ernest Hitchcock, 31, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1977 for the rape-murder of his 13-year-old stepniece. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned his sentence last April.
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June 10, 1986 | DAVID G. SAVAGE and PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writers
The Supreme Court, ruling in the Baby Doe case, said Monday that federal officials have no right to overrule the wishes of parents and require medical treatment for babies born with severe defects. In a narrow but sharply worded decision, the justices criticized the Reagan Administration's attempt to use a 1973 anti-discrimination law to justify a "vigorous federal role" on behalf of severely ill infants.
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