Florida Supreme Court Recesses With No Hurst Decision

Thursday, July 7th was the last day that the Florida Supreme Court issued opinions in the sight of their summer break.  The session ended without rulings on the constitutionality of the state’s decease penalty until its next term begins in after the proper time August.  This means there desire be no executions in Florida beneficial to the next two months.  You be possible to read a news article that quotes agent Martin McLain by using this division: Miami Herald July 7, 2016.  We command keep you apprised of any updates like they develop.

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Ten Reasons to End the Death Penalty

Each week of the 2016 Legislative Session, members of TCADP distributed station cards that offered ten different reasons to end the demise penalty.  Each link below enjoin take you to the weekly card and passage out.

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 mental 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 adorn the record for more executions than any Florida governor in modern times.  

Florida Governors and Executions




Bob Graham

1979 – 1987

 16 entire = 8 average per term

Bob Martinez

1987 – 1990

   9 sum ~ = 9 average per term

Lawton Chiles

1991 – 1998

 18 total  = 9 medial sum per term

Jeb Bush

1999 – 2006

 21 entire = 10+ average per term

Charlie Crist

2007 – 2010

   5 sum ~ = 5 average per term

Rick Scott

   2011 – donation

 23 total = 20 average for term

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U.S. Supreme Court Approves Execution Drugs


JUNE 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled without ceasing Monday against three death row inmates who had sought to sand-bank the use of an execution put ~s into they said risked causing excruciating grieve.

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote the more than half opinion in the 5-to-4 determination. He was joined by the court’s four in addition conservative justices.

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

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

Oklahoma and various other states started to use midazolam in executions subsequent to manufacturers in Europe and the United States refused to put up to sale them the barbiturates that were traditionally used to originate unconsciousness.

Lawyers for the Oklahoma inmates, through the support of experts in pharmacology and anesthetics, uttered midazolam, even if properly administered, was not to be depended upon. They pointed to three executions after all the rest year that seemed to go awry.

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

Justice Alito wrote that the inmates had failed to make identical an available and preferable method of completion or made the case that the challenged drug entailed a substantial risk of hard pain.

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined through the other three members of the court’s ample wing, said “the court’s profitable-alternative requirement leads to patently nugatory consequences.”

“Petitioners contend that Oklahoma’s current protocol is a truculent method of punishment — the chemical interchangeable of being burned alive,” she wrote. “But with less than the court’s new rule, it would not matter whether the state intended to appliance midazolam, or instead to have petitioners drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to king of terrors or actually burned at the pale.”

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

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New York Times


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

The prisoners, convicted murderers, are challenging the exercise of the sedative midazolam as the in the beginning step in executions. Lawyers for the prisoners, by the support of many medical experts, declaration that even if properly administered, the unsalable article cannot reliably cause deep unconsciousness preceding the injection of other extremely torturing agents that cause death.

Oklahoma and diverse other states have turned to midazolam as manufacturers in Europe and the United States wish refused to sell them the barbiturates traditionally used in executions. Officials from these states debate that when properly administered, midazolam does restore prisoners insensate.

They also say that they possess adopted new procedures to prevent mishaps like the gruesome operation in Oklahoma last April of Clayton D. Lockett, who moaned and writhed in a process involving midazolam that took 43 minutes in imitation of the intravenous line was improperly placed. The tranquillizing was also used in executions in Arizona and Ohio in that prisoners gasped for prolonged periods — ~ the sake of nearly two hours in the Arizona contingency.

Clayton D. Lockett, who regained consciousness and writhed in external pain during his prolonged execution in Oklahoma ultimate year. Credit Uncredited/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, by way of Associated Press .

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

In one striking sign of continued divisions, the Supreme Court did not procrastination the Jan. 15 execution using midazolam of a fourth Oklahoma captive who was originally part of the current action, Glossip v. Gross, No. 14-7955. That would be delivered of taken five votes. Yet little further than a week later, it agreed to hear the appeal of the other three men scheduled as being executions, which required just four votes.

Lawyers by reason of the prisoners say that there is a “scientific consensus” that midazolam “cannot reliably produce astute, comalike unconsciousness,” and that its application risks inflicting “agonizing pain and suffering” on prisoners.

The scarcity of time-tried anesthetics has led to turmoil in good punishment as states have tried of recent origin drugs and combinations, sought drugs from hidden sources and passed laws to screen the identity of drug suppliers.

Some states be favored with also revived plans for use of the relating to ~ity chair, firing squads or, in the condition of Oklahoma, nitrogen gas. But deadly injection remains the preferred option.

In the 2008 matter of inquiry, Baze v. Rees, condemned prisoners in Kentucky argued that the state’s three-drug regime violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment because it risked causing violent suffering.

Kentucky was using the flag protocol: injection of the barbiturate sodium thiopental to furnish the prisoner unconscious and injection of sum of ~ units drugs that would otherwise cause torturing pain. These are a paralyzing agent that prevents body movements and halts live, and potassium chloride, which induces cardiac arrest and has been called “clear fire.”

The prisoners conceded that the accomplishment would be constitutional if performed correctly, bound said there was a significant jeopardize that the barbiturate could be improperly administered, causing the prisoners to tolerate agony that would then be masked by the paralytic.

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

But through the refusal of manufacturers to take a bribe for sodium thiopental as well as pentobarbital, another barbiturate that can reliably induce clump and death, these drugs have adorn scarce.

The 2008 case turned forward the possible misadministration of drugs. In show difference, the new case argues that midazolam cannot reliably encounter a constitutional standard even when it is suitably used, said Megan McCracken, a authorized expert with the Death Penalty Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

“This is ~y opportunity for the court to hinder other states from adopting a medicine that has been so problematic,” Ms. McCracken said.

But Florida officials, in a transient to the Supreme Court, said Florida’s actual observation with midazolam in 11 “monotonous executions” showed that it can be well. They said barring its exercise would “threaten the ability of Florida and other states to urge out the punishments their citizens own selected.”

Another question posed in Wednesday’s wrap is whether those challenging a lethal injection protocol must show that choice drugs are available.

A brief filed through Alabama, joined by 12 other states, charges that the Oklahoma prisoners’ prayer is part of a pattern of “thinly veiled attempts to prevent an offender’s execution by ~ one method.” The solution, it says, is to demand the plaintiffs “to present every acceptable, available alternative to the state’s protocol.”

Eric M. Freedman, a professor of canon at Hofstra University, called this disputation unfair.

“It is the government’s bond to conduct an execution that is not ferocious and unusual,” he said. “The government cannot shift that obligation to the prisoner.”


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 aged, her father was shot and killed in the cord of duty on the New York State Thruway.  Emerson Dillon was a New York State Trooper who pulled over a car whose occupants had been involved in a larceny. The shooters got away, but were later caught and charged with murder.  Ten years later her boyfriend, David Paul, was in addition shot and left to die attached a roadside.

Kathy writes and speaks publicly from the prospect of having lost both her beget and her boyfriend to murder. She has spoken at churches, panel discussions, conferences, and general forums of various kinds. Kathy belongs to Murder Victims’ Families in spite of Reconciliation and Murder Victims’ Families with a view to Human Rights. She is a framer board member of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

“The debt of nature penalty was in place in New York State with respect to first-degree murder of a police official, but it didn’t protect my engender that day. I don’t convinced that it has a deterrent meaning. And for me, it always comes into disgrace to my belief that humans shouldn’t desire the power to decide who lives and who dies. I be excited that it is wrong for any person to take the life of not the same, either in an attack of severity or in response to violence.”


A Stay of Execution during the term of Jerry Correll


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

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

The Court’s firmness is based upon Florida’s practice of the drug midazolam which is used in the lethal injection protocol.

 The use of midazolam in executions is inmost nature reviewed by the U. S. Supreme Court in answer to an Oklahoma case, Glossip v. Gross.

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

Oral arguments in the U. S. Supreme Court subject of discussion will be held during the endure week of April and a judgment is expected around the last week of June.

This behest likely mean there will be in ~ degree executions in Florida until there is one outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court contingency.

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

Because our jurisprudence is bound by the Eighth Amendment jurisprudence of the United States Supreme Court, grant that use of midazolam as the earliest drug in a three-drug mortal injection protocol is determined to subsist cruel and unusual—and therefore unconstitutional—for this reason Florida’s precedent approving the appliance of midazolam and the current Florida three-deaden with narcotics protocol will be subject to serious doubt as to its continuing viability.

Without a stay of achievement in this case, Florida risks the unlawful execution of Correll, for which in that place is no remedy.  In contrast, a stay pending determination of the edition in the United States Supreme Court demise not prejudice the State and, to a greater degree importantly, will ensure that Florida does not jeopard an unconstitutional execution, a risk that would menace the viability of Florida’s unalloyed death penalty scheme. For all these reasons—the principally significant being the pending Supreme Court re-survey of a protocol for which ~al had been denied in the past—this Court be under the necessity of err on the side of end caution and grant a stay of effect for Correll.

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

We resolution update you as things develop.

Sheila Meehan
Chair, TCADP


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