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September 14, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Attorneys for Juan Raul Garza, who is scheduled to be the first person executed under federal death penalty laws in 37 years, filed papers Wednesday asking President Clinton to commute the sentence to life without possibility of parole. Garza, who was convicted seven years ago of three drug-related murders in Texas, is scheduled to die by injection Dec. 12 at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. "The process by which Mr.
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June 20, 2001 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Asking forgiveness, convicted murderer and drug lord Juan Raul Garza on Tuesday morning became the second man in eight days to die at the hands of the federal government, which had not carried out any executions in nearly four decades. "I just want to say that I'm sorry and I apologize for all the pain and grief that I have caused," he said, uttering his last words after he was strapped onto the gurney in the execution chamber at the U.S. prison in Terre Haute, Ind.
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December 8, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Clinton granted a six-month reprieve Thursday night to a Mexican American inmate from Texas who was just five days away from becoming the first federal prisoner executed since 1963. The president said he ordered the reprieve for Juan Raul Garza to give the Justice Department time to study "racial and geographic disparities in the federal death penalty system."
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June 18, 2001 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juan Raul Garza most likely will follow Timothy J. McVeigh in death, but his path to the new federal execution chamber could not have been more different. Twice married, five times a father, he was not a self-proclaimed revolutionary; he was no crusading ideologue. Garza's cause was his own: drugs and money. His murder victims were not scores of strangers in a federal office building but rather three members of his own marijuana smuggling operation.
NEWS
June 18, 2001 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juan Raul Garza most likely will follow Timothy J. McVeigh in death, but his path to the new federal execution chamber could not have been more different. Twice married, five times a father, he was not a self-proclaimed revolutionary; he was no crusading ideologue. Garza's cause was his own: drugs and money. His murder victims were not scores of strangers in a federal office building but rather three members of his own marijuana smuggling operation.
NEWS
June 20, 2001 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Asking forgiveness, convicted murderer and drug lord Juan Raul Garza on Tuesday morning became the second man in eight days to die at the hands of the federal government, which had not carried out any executions in nearly four decades. "I just want to say that I'm sorry and I apologize for all the pain and grief that I have caused," he said, uttering his last words after he was strapped onto the gurney in the execution chamber at the U.S. prison in Terre Haute, Ind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2000
I am relieved that the state did not kill Juan Raul Garza ("Clinton Stays Execution for Racial Study," Dec. 8). As a citizen and taxpayer, I am complicit in what the federal government does (just as I am complicit in the murders of those we kill here in California). However, I am deeply grieved that President Clinton neatly sidestepped his responsibility when he delayed Garza's execution. Rather than accepting the role of the president who oversaw the restarting of federal executions, he pushed it off on the next president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Anti-death-penalty activists plan a two-stage protest in Santa Ana today against the scheduled execution of Juan Raul Garza, who could become the second convicted murderer executed by federal authorities in eight days after a hiatus of more than 35 years. The protest is to begin at 5 p.m. outside the Ronald Reagan Federal Building, then move at 6 p.m. to the corner of Main Street and Town and Country Road outside the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana.
NEWS
July 7, 2000 | From the Washington Post
President Clinton may postpone next month's scheduled execution of a convicted murderer--which would be the first federal execution in nearly four decades--because the White House is awaiting new guidelines on clemency procedures from the Justice Department, an administration spokesman said Thursday night.
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December 16, 2002 | From Associated Press
The number of death-row prisoners dropped last year for the first time since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, the Justice Department reported Sunday. The decline was part of a trend that has seen fewer people sentenced to die in recent years. The death-row population fell from 3,601 in 2000 to 3,581 in 2001, the first year-to-year decrease in 25 years. Last year's total of 155 was the lowest number sentenced to die and put on death row since 1973.
NEWS
December 8, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Clinton granted a six-month reprieve Thursday night to a Mexican American inmate from Texas who was just five days away from becoming the first federal prisoner executed since 1963. The president said he ordered the reprieve for Juan Raul Garza to give the Justice Department time to study "racial and geographic disparities in the federal death penalty system."
NEWS
September 14, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Attorneys for Juan Raul Garza, who is scheduled to be the first person executed under federal death penalty laws in 37 years, filed papers Wednesday asking President Clinton to commute the sentence to life without possibility of parole. Garza, who was convicted seven years ago of three drug-related murders in Texas, is scheduled to die by injection Dec. 12 at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. "The process by which Mr.
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September 10, 2000 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Richard A. Serrano is a Staff Writer in The Times' Washington bureau. He last wrote for the magazine about the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, which was also the subject of his book, "One of Ours," published in 1998 by W.W. Norton
Rain always frightened him, and on the night he was hanged in a military prison in Kansas, a rolling prairie thunderstorm was kicking up outside. That was four decades ago. Pvt. John Bennett had just turned 26. He went to his death perhaps more terrified of the thunder and lightning than of the gaunt hangman waiting upon the gallows. News of the hanging scarcely made the papers. Executions then, like today, were commonplace, so much so that his story has never been told.
NEWS
December 6, 2000 | From Reuters
Death penalty opponents seeking to stop the first federal execution since 1963 said Tuesday that they had stepped up their campaign urging President Clinton to block the condemned man's death by lethal injection next week. Clinton is considering a clemency petition from Juan Raul Garza, who is scheduled to be executed at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., next Tuesday on a 1993 conviction for ordering three murders to control a Texas-based marijuana-smuggling organization.
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