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February 12, 2003 | Michelle Munn, Special to The Times
Sixteen men wait for Donna Woll's college-level psychology class to begin in classroom No. 7. Some glance at the walls, decorated with construction paper cutouts that proclaim: "No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something," and "Cuando es mi fecha de salida?" (When is my release date?) The students wear slate blue uniforms. Teachers must pass two security checkpoints before entering, and guards occasionally look in.
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November 29, 2006 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
California's procedures for executing prisoners by lethal injection fall short of standards set by the veterinary profession for animal euthanasia and were formulated with less care than methods in China, the world leader in capital punishment, according to a brief filed Tuesday in San Jose federal court by attorneys for a death row inmate.
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March 27, 2001 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Lee Massie, a convicted killer who spent two separate stints on death row and gained notoriety while pursuing his own demise for more than 30 years, was executed by the State of California early this morning. Massie, who killed in 1965 and again in 1979, was pronounced dead at San Quentin State Prison. A combination of drugs was injected into the 59-year-old murderer's veins, first rendering him unconscious, and then killing him by stopping his heart and lungs.
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October 12, 1991 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County Superior Court judge has scheduled Dec. 6 as the execution date for Theodore Frank, who tortured and murdered 2 1/2-year-old Amy Sue Seitz of Camarillo 13 years ago. Judge John J. Ryan issued the death warrant Friday morning, decreeing that Frank should die in the gas chamber at San Quentin state prison. "We got the execution date set, and what that means in a nutshell is that he's a step closer to the execution," said Assistant Dist. Atty. Colleen (Toy) White.
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March 31, 2006 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
In a highly unusual move, a federal judge on Thursday personally examined the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison as part of a legal challenge to the state's lethal injection procedure. U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, whose rulings on the lethal injection challenge triggered an 11th-hour halt to Michael A. Morales' execution in February, told attorneys who accompanied him that the tour was "very useful to me."
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November 17, 1998 | ESTHER SCHRADER and RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal judge unexpectedly halted the execution of a former Buddhist monk Monday night, less than six hours before he was to die by lethal injection for robbing and murdering a Garden Grove market owner and a clerk in 1981. Prosecutors immediately filed an appeal in hopes of overturning the judge's stay, allowing the execution to occur on schedule. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 vote, denied the state's request to lift the stay of execution late Monday night.
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July 14, 1998 | ERIC BAILEY ESTHER SCHRADER and THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Thomas Thompson's long battle to avoid execution ended early today when the state put him to death for the 1981 rape and murder of an Orange County woman, crimes he insisted to the end that he did not commit. Thompson died at 12:06 a.m. after he received a lethal injection as he lay strapped to a padded table inside the converted gas chamber at San Quentin prison. He is the fifth death row inmate to be executed in California this decade.
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May 8, 1994 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lucky ones got two hugs and two kisses for each day of their visit here. The lucky ones got to hold hands with their sons, share lunch from a vending machine, have a guard snap a Polaroid picture to take home--woman and child in Death Row visiting room, Mother's Day weekend, 1994. On Saturday, the lucky ones got to telegraph again the message they can so rarely say in person: I love you anyway. You were convicted of raping and setting a woman on fire, but I love you anyway.
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June 8, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A federal judge Friday rejected a television station's unprecedented bid to film executions in California, holding that authorities may bar cameras from the gas chamber as a risk to prison security. But U.S. District Judge Robert H. Schnacke, ruling in a closely watched test of media rights, struck down a recently imposed ban on all news personnel at executions. After long being permitted to attend, reporters cannot now suddenly be barred, the judge said.
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