July 28, 1990 |
A killer who stabbed, raped and robbed a woman was executed Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected claims that Florida's electric chair was not working properly. The execution of Anthony Bertolotti, 38, was the first since the chair malfunctioned in May. It was carried out without any sign of problems, Gov. Bob Martinez's office reported. The Supreme Court rejected Bertolotti's last appeal about 30 minutes before he died.
August 17, 2000 |
The government took its time--nearly a year--to tell Brett Bogle that part of the reason he is on death row may be because the FBI Crime Laboratory got it wrong. As far back as last September, the government knew that a key piece of evidence--a single strand of hair--had been misidentified by FBI examiner Michael Malone. But that crucial bit of information was not turned over to Bogle until recently and now he plans to use it to win himself a new trial.
August 29, 1987 |
An inmate serving a life term in Florida State Prison was accidentally electrocuted with an electric drill, prison officials said. Gary Leroy Tucker, 32, was working on a fan in the prison's broom factory Thursday when the accident occurred, the officials said.
April 25, 1998 |
Florida's governor ordered an inquiry into allegations that lawyers for death row inmates made $5 wagers on whether prisoners slated for death would be executed, a state spokeswoman said Friday. Gov. Lawton Chiles asked state investigators and the Florida Bar to determine the truth of allegations against attorneys in the Tampa office of the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel, the state agency that represents death row inmates, a Chiles spokeswoman said.
August 26, 1988
Presidential assailant Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme has been transferred from a high-security unit at the Lexington, Ky., federal correctional prison to a similar unit in Florida, federal prison spokesmen said. Fromme, who is serving a life sentence after attempting to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford in Sacramento in 1975, was transferred last Friday along with four other women to the correctional prison in Marianna, Fla.
November 21, 1989 |
A federal prison inmate suffering from AIDS was on his way to a private hospital Monday after a judge ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons lacks adequate facilities to treat the disease. Lawyers in the case of Leonardo Botero Gomez, 43, said Monday that this is the first time a sentenced federal prisoner has been freed on bond for medical treatment and they are preparing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all federal prisoners with AIDS.