All eyes on Texas governor as calls grow to halt execution
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life.But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas justice" — has never confronted such intense pressure to halt a lethal injection like he is facing in the case of Rodney Reed, who is set to die this month for a 1996 killing despite new evidence that even a growing number of Republican legislators say raises serious questions about his guilt.
View Full Version : Condemned Inmate ' s Supporters Seek Clemency . (Montgomery-AP) -- Governor Bob Riley's legal adviser will meet Tuesday with supporters of condemned murderer Michael Eugene Thompson on their bid to halt his scheduled execution.
Clemency is the process by which a governor, president, or administrative board may reduce a defendant’ s sentence or grant a pardon. Clemencies have been granted in death-penalty cases for a variety of reasons.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters of Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman kicked off a clemency campaign on Tuesday amid uncertainty over whether his death sentence will be upheld.
Abdur'Rahman (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) was sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of Patrick Daniels, who was stabbed to death. Norma Jean Norman was also stabbed but survived.
Bexar County inmate dies after taken off life support
An inmate has died after a suicide attempt in the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said. The inmate was identified as 35-year-old Rondell Lee Peterson who was booked on two warrants for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and Trafficking of Persons. BCSO said Peterson tried to hang himself on Saturday, Nov. 2. A deputy, who was passing Peterson's cell, intervened by using his cutting tool to stop the attempt.The medical staff attempted CPR, but Peterson was unresponsive. He was taken to University Hospital where he was put on life support.
Tennessee executions: Haslam weighs new clemency request as AG battles death row offenders' appeal. Haslam is reviewing a clemency petition from Zagorski, the second such request from a death row inmate considered by the governor this year.
A Tennessee inmate is leaving death row eight months before what would have been his execution date, after a judge approved an agreement Friday to convert his death sentence to life in prison. Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman (ah-BOO'-ah-LEE') (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) signed the agreement with.
In August, after 32 years on death row and with Abdur'Rahman’s execution date approaching, Nashville’s district attorney agreed to convert the death sentence to life in prison. The agreement came after the inmate, who is black, raised claims that black potential jurors were excluded from the jury pool at his trial.
Less than a month later, Tennessee’s attorney generalthe agreement. Since both the attorney general and the district attorney represent the State of Tennessee, Abdur’Rahman’s defense attorneys cried foul, arguing that Attorney General Herbert Slatery lacks the power to challenge an agreement with another prosecutor.
While they wait for the courts to resolve the issue, Abdur’Rahman’s supporters must prepare for the possibility that his death sentence will be upheld. He’s currently scheduled to be executed April 16.
The Latest: Judge denies new claim in Georgia execution case
The Latest on a Georgia death penalty case (all times local): 9:05 a.m. A federal judge is denying the most recent appeal of a Georgia man scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening at the state prison in Jackson. U.S. District Judge Mark Treadwell, in an order late Tuesday, rejected new claims of innocence from Ray Jefferson Cromartie.Cromatie was convicted of malice murder and sentenced to death for April 1994’s slaying of Thomasville convenience store clerk Richard Slysz.
Inmates are asking for shortened sentences because of a 2015 U. S . Supreme Court ruling. This screenshot of a public court filing shows a letter that federal inmate Leslie L. Miller sent in November asking about his ability to appeal his conviction under provisions for career offenders.
Inmate Supporters . Victims' Rights. All persons seeking clemency , including the restoration of civil rights, must complete an application and submit it to the Office of Executive Clemency .
Speakers at a “” event at American Baptist College in Nashville on Tuesday included several people who have visited the inmate for years. They said he’s not the same man who went to prison three decades ago.
They spoke about his work over many years to recover from the physical and sexual abuse he suffered as a child and young man and become a peacemaker within the prison. That work included earning a state certification as a mediator.
Ed Miller, an attorney involved in prison ministry through Nashville’s Christ Church Cathedral said that meeting Abdur’Rahman changed his life. He refers to the prisoner as a brother and believes that if Abdur’Rahman had had a better defense attorney he would never have been sentenced to death.
Linda Manning, who is a psychologist as well as Abdur’Rahman’s spiritual adviser, said, “He has turned the horrors of his past into a passionate mission, working to prevent violence and promote healing.”
13 Pennsylvania state prison employees suspended after inmate dies .
Tyrone Briggs, 29, died after an "inmate-on-inmate assault" at the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy on Nov. 11.Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel suspended 13 employees without pay while the department and Pennsylvania State Police investigate the death of Tyrone Briggs, 29, according to a department press release issued Saturday.