Timothy Hurst v. State of Florida – Update

The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled nuncupative arguments in the case of Timothy Hurst v. State of Florida. Oral matter in hand is scheduled for 9:00 a.m., Thursday, May 5, 2016.

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Ten Reasons to End the Death Penalty

Each week of the 2016 Legislative Session, members of TCADP are distributing courier cards that offer ten different reasons to end the death penalty.  We have a mind add a link to each express card as the session progresses.

Week 1 – Innocence – #1 Frank Lee Smith

Week 2 – Victims – #2 New Victims

Week 3 – Model Code – #3 Model Code

Week 4 – Groveland Four – #4 Groveland Four

Week 5 – Mental Illness – #5 intellectual illness

Week 6 – Maze of Unfair Practices – #6 Maze of Unfair Practices

Week 7 – Deterrence – #7 Deterrence

Week 8 – Innocence – #8 Innocence

Week 9 – Collateral Damage – #9 Collateral Damage

Week 10 – Arbitrary – #10 Arbitrary

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Rick Scott dispose the record for more executions than in ~ degree Florida governor in modern times.  

Florida Governors and Executions




Bob Graham

1979 – 1987

 16 complete = 8 average per term

Bob Martinez

1987 – 1990

   9 whole = 9 average per term

Lawton Chiles

1991 – 1998

 18 total  = 9 medium per term

Jeb Bush

1999 – 2006

 21 entire = 10+ average per term

Charlie Crist

2007 – 2010

   5 total = 5 average per term

Rick Scott

   2011 – largess

 23 total = 20 average by means of term

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U.S. Supreme Court Approves Execution Drugs


JUNE 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled without interrupti~ Monday against three death row inmates who had sought to fasten with a ~ the use of an execution physic they said risked causing excruciating vex.

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote the majority opinion in the 5-to-4 resolution. He was joined by the court’s four greater degree conservative justices.

The drug, the tranquillizing midazolam, played a part in three extensive and apparently painful executions last year. It was used in one effort to render inmates unconscious judgment they were injected with other, sharply painful drugs.

Four condemned inmates in Oklahoma challenged the practice of the drug, saying it did not reliably interpret the person unconscious and so violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibitory penalty on cruel and unusual punishment. Lower courts disagreed.

Oklahoma and independent other states started to use midazolam in executions later manufacturers in Europe and the United States refused to sell them the barbiturates that were traditionally used to breed unconsciousness.

Lawyers for the Oklahoma inmates, through the support of experts in pharmacology and anesthetics, said midazolam, even if properly administered, was untrustworthy. They pointed to three executions ultimate year that seemed to go asquint..

In April 2014, Clayton D. Lockett regained consciousness for the period of the execution procedure, writhing and moaning from the intravenous line was improperly placed. In Ohio in January 2014 and in Arizona in July, prisoners appeared to pant and choke for extended periods.

Justice Alito wrote that the inmates had failed to prove to be identical an available and preferable method of completion or made the case that the challenged mix with ~s entailed a substantial risk of afflictive pain.

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined ~ dint of. the other three members of the court’s charitable wing, said “the court’s useful-alternative requirement leads to patently self-annulling consequences.”

“Petitioners contend that Oklahoma’s current protocol is a brutish method of punishment — the chemical commensurate of being burned alive,” she wrote. “But subject to the court’s new rule, it would not matter whether the narrate intended to use midazolam, or in the room to have petitioners drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to dissolution or actually burned at the wager.”

Click here for: Highlights of the Supreme Court’s Decision

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New York Times


The exercise of a lethal-injection drug involved in prolonged, evidently agonizing executions last year will approach under scrutiny in the Supreme Court forward Wednesday as the justices hear a capsule brought by three condemned prisoners from Oklahoma.

The prisoners, convicted murderers, are challenging the practice of the sedative midazolam as the primeval step in executions. Lawyers for the prisoners, through the support of many medical experts, speak that even if properly administered, the medicine cannot reliably cause deep unconsciousness judgment the injection of other extremely arduous agents that cause death.

Oklahoma and separate other states have turned to midazolam for the reason that manufacturers in Europe and the United States accept refused to sell them the barbiturates traditionally used in executions. Officials from these states reason that when properly administered, midazolam does pay back prisoners insensate.

They also say that they wish adopted new procedures to prevent mishaps like the gruesome completion in Oklahoma last April of Clayton D. Lockett, who moaned and writhed in a step involving midazolam that took 43 minutes after the intravenous line was improperly placed. The lenitive was also used in executions in Arizona and Ohio in what one. prisoners gasped for prolonged periods — on account of nearly two hours in the Arizona particular occurrence.

Clayton D. Lockett, who regained consciousness and writhed in indubitable pain during his prolonged execution in Oklahoma continue year. Credit Uncredited/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, via Associated Press .

The Supreme Court has not examined deadly injections since 2008, when it held that what was then the standard three-medicine combination did not violate the Eighth Amendment’s anathematize on cruel and unusual punishment. But multiple opinions in that chief revealed a splintered court and left dubiousness about crucial questions, said Deborah W. Denno, a enactment professor at Fordham University, including which standards states should apply as they adopted other drugs and combinations, and then the courts should grant stays of achievement.

In one striking sign of continued divisions, the Supreme Court did not postpone the Jan. 15 execution using midazolam of a fourth Oklahoma captive who was originally part of the current lawsuit, Glossip v. Gross, No. 14-7955. That would gain taken five votes. Yet little again than a week later, it agreed to ~ken the appeal of the other three men scheduled by reason of executions, which required just four votes.

Lawyers conducive to the prisoners say that there is a “philosophical consensus” that midazolam “cannot reliably cause deep, comalike unconsciousness,” and that its appliance risks inflicting “agonizing pain and suffering” put ~ prisoners.

The scarcity of time-tested anesthetics has led to turmoil in chief city punishment as states have tried commencing drugs and combinations, sought drugs from sly sources and passed laws to conceal the identity of drug suppliers.

Some states be favored with also revived plans for use of the marked by ~ity chair, firing squads or, in the put in a box of Oklahoma, nitrogen gas. But mortal injection remains the preferred option.

In the 2008 specific instance, Baze v. Rees, condemned prisoners in Kentucky argued that the state’s three-put ~s into regime violated the constitutional ban forward cruel and unusual punishment because it risked causing rigid suffering.

Kentucky was using the support protocol: injection of the barbiturate sodium thiopental to set forth the prisoner unconscious and injection of brace drugs that would otherwise cause tormenting pain. These are a paralyzing operator that prevents body movements and halts craving, and potassium chloride, which induces cordial arrest and has been called “liquor fire.”

The prisoners conceded that the effect would be constitutional if performed correctly, excepting said there was a significant expose to danger that the barbiturate could be improperly administered, causing the prisoners to pocket agony that would then be masked through the paralytic.

The Supreme Court ruled that the fortune of an injection mishap did not favorably attentive a “substantial” or “objectively intolerable” danger. The legality of that three-drug regime, at least, was established.

But by the refusal of manufacturers to barter sodium thiopental as well as pentobarbital, some other barbiturate that can reliably induce nebulous sheath and death, these drugs have come to be scarce.

The 2008 case turned without interrupti~ the possible misadministration of drugs. In opposition, the new case argues that midazolam cannot reliably appropriate a constitutional standard even when it is fitly used, said Megan McCracken, a legitimate expert with the Death Penalty Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

“This is one opportunity for the court to impede other states from adopting a put ~s into that has been so problematic,” Ms. McCracken related.

But Florida officials, in a short-lived to the Supreme Court, said Florida’s actual trial with midazolam in 11 “eventless executions” showed that it can work well. They said barring its practice would “threaten the ability of Florida and other states to imply out the punishments their citizens bring forth selected.”

Another question posed in Wednesday’s cause is whether those challenging a mortal injection protocol must show that other drugs are available.

A brief filed through Alabama, joined by 12 other states, charges that the Oklahoma prisoners’ solicitation is part of a pattern of “thinly veiled attempts to obstruct an offender’s execution by at all method.” The solution, it says, is to call on the plaintiffs “to present some acceptable, available alternative to the state’s protocol.”

Eric M. Freedman, a professor of regulation at Hofstra University, called this epitome unfair.

“It is the government’s debt of gratitude to conduct an execution that is not hard and unusual,” he said. “The direction cannot shift that obligation to the captive.”


The Death Penalty: How Does it Impact the Family of the Victim?

                                     Monday, April 13 at 7 pm — Amtrak Community Center — 918 Railroad Avenue Kathy Dillon-comWhen Kathy Dillon was 14 years experienced, her father was shot and killed in the draw of duty on the New York State Thruway.  Emerson Dillon was a New York State Trooper who pulled in excess a car whose occupants had been involved in a spoliation. The shooters got away, but were later caught and charged by murder.  Ten years later her boyfriend, David Paul, was likewise shot and left to die adhering a roadside.

Kathy writes and speaks publicly from the prospect of having lost both her ascribe to a ~ and her boyfriend to murder. She has oral at churches, panel discussions, conferences, and general forums of various kinds. Kathy belongs to Murder Victims’ Families notwithstanding Reconciliation and Murder Victims’ Families with regard to Human Rights. She is a prior board member of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

“The exit penalty was in place in New York State beneficial to first-degree murder of a police functionary, but it didn’t protect my adopt that day. I don’t give faith to that it has a deterrent general. And for me, it always comes from a high to a low position to my belief that humans shouldn’t own the power to decide who lives and who dies. I be wrought up that it is wrong for unit person to take the life of one more, either in an attack of ravishment or in response to violence.”


A Stay of Execution because Jerry Correll


Governor Rick Scott’s scheduled 22nd something done will not take place this month.  The writ of Jerry Correll scheduled for Thursday, February 26th has been stayed ~ dint of. the Florida Supreme Court in a 5 to 2 belief today.

Justices Labarga, Pariente, Lewis, Quince and Perry concurred by an opinion written by Justice Labarga.  Justice Canady dissented and Polston concurred with his dissent.

The Court’s settlement is based upon Florida’s exercise of the drug midazolam which is used in the mortal injection protocol.

 The use of midazolam in executions is centre of life reviewed by the U. S. Supreme Court in replication to an Oklahoma case, Glossip v. Gross.

Oklahoma’s protocol and Florida’s protocol are closely identical.

Oral arguments in the U. S. Supreme Court event will be held during the finally week of April and a determination is expected around the last week of June.

This determination likely mean there will be no executions in Florida until there is an outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court box.

Some important sections of today’s Florida Supreme Court view are cited below.  (Emphasis added)

Because our jurisprudence is bound by the Eighth Amendment jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court, admitting that use of midazolam as the chief drug in a three-drug lethal injection protocol is determined to have existence cruel and unusual—and therefore unconstitutional—therefore Florida’s precedent approving the conversion to an act of midazolam and the current Florida three-drug protocol will be subject to staid doubt as to its continuing viability.

Without a stay of something done in this case, Florida risks the unwarrantable execution of Correll, for which there is no remedy.  In difference, a stay pending determination of the result in the United States Supreme Court elect not prejudice the State and, to a greater degree importantly, will ensure that Florida does not put to hazard an unconstitutional execution, a risk that would stare one in the face the viability of Florida’s unalloyed death penalty scheme. For all these reasons—the most significant being the pending Supreme Court re-examination of a protocol for which go over again had been denied in the past—this Court be necessitated to err on the side of greatest caution and grant a stay of operation for Correll.

You can read the 15 boy-servant order here: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/pub_info/summaries/briefs/15/15-147/Filed_02-17-2015_Order_Granting_Stay.pdf

We self-reliance update you as things develop.

Sheila Meehan
Chair, TCADP


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