Johnny Frank Garrett of Texas ... The flawed case is explored in a 2008 Documentary "The Last Word".
Wayne Felker, a convicted rapist, is also claimed by some observers to have been an innocent victim of execution.
Thomas and Meeks Griffin were executed in 1915 for the murder of a man involved in an interracial affair two years before but were pardoned 94 years after execution. It is thought that they were arrested and charged because they were not wealthy enough to hire competent legal counsel and get an acquittal.
Timothy Evans in the United Kingdom, was tried and executed in 1950 for the murder of his baby daughter Geraldine. An official inquiry conducted 16 years later determined that it was Evans's fellow tenant, serial killer John Reginald Halliday Christie... Evans was pardoned posthumously following this, in 1966. The case prompted the abolition of capital punishment in the UK in 1965.
Derek Bentley was a mentally challenged young man who was executed in 1953, also in the United Kingdom. He was convicted of the murder of a police officer during an attempted robbery despite the fact that it was his accomplice who fired the gun, and Bentley was under arrest at the time of the shooting. The accomplice who actually fired the fatal shot could not be executed due to his young age.
Chipita Rodriguez was hanged in San Patricio County, Texas in 1863 for murdering a horse trader, and 122 years later, the Texas Legislature passed a resolution exonerating her.
Crank up old Sparky.
There should be an express lane for some of these murderers. Someone like manson should have been killed a LONG time ago.
The system is broke....fix it and crank up the electricity!!
Shiner & ricky just remember "everyone" is innocent in prison....Death penalty should be enforced on everyday that ends with a Y. Might make an impression that going to prison isn't free room and meals, especially on death row!
I like they way the death penalty the Russians used in the movie citizen x (based on a true story).
I see quite a few who believe the death penalty is inhumane or not a solution to the problem. Top shelf obviously believes it is ineffective. I ask any if not all of you. How would you feel if you came home to find your loved one murdered and raped ? If they caught the individual that commit such a crime. Do you really believe they deserve to continue on with cable T.V. and 3 hots and a bed to lay their tired head ? Honestly ask yourself, how some of these victims families feel knowing that MURDERERS are still alive. It makes me sick knowing people think these worthless individuals deserve compassion.
"I am not here to Judge them, I am here to make sure they get to the Judge"
By the looks at these comments, we should be heading towards a justice system that puts China, Iran, Cuba and other countries to shame. Wait, I think we are already there!
Kill 'em all! That's what Jesus would do!
no dont just kill them thats such a waste. they should be used for medical research and have their organs harvested. seems like the only real way they can repay society.
I smell corrections officers union..always follow the money
"The resources that go into a death penalty case are enormous. The pursuit of execution adds millions at each phase of the process, from trial, to appeal, and habeas proceedings. For example, a death penalty trial costs counties at least $1.1 million more than a conventional murder trial. The state spends at least an additional $117 million a year on capital punishment, about half of it on prison expenses that exceed the usual costs of housing inmates and the rest on arguing and judging death penalty appeals.
The costs mount because death penalty trials and appeals take far longer than others, involve more lawyers, investigators and expert witnesses, and displace other cases from courtrooms. In contrast, adopting a maximum penalty of life without possibility of parole (for which there is growing sentiment) would incur only a fraction of the death penalty costs, including prison expenses."
Texas is awesome! Hang em in front of the other inmates.
Then watch what happens to the repeat offender stats.
This shouldnt be about cost,It should be
I would vote in favor of a one year tax increase of 1/4% to install an Express Lane Death Penalty, with a maximum of one appeal reviewed at the Supreme Court. Max on Death Row to be five years.
Never in history has executed killer re-offened!
"That is why I never go to jury duty..."
Oh man...I could say a lot about that...
Represent people...without accepting RESPONSIBILITY.
What is wrong with some people?
I don't understand how locking someone up for life, without the possibility of parole, will save money. Surely the convicted person would still be able to lodge appeals against his or her sentence, so wouldn't some of that expense continue? If you add the cost of even limited appeals to that of lifetime incarceration, I'll bet the total wouldn't be that different from the present situation. On the other hand, I think the death penalty is a totally barbaric practice. I was a small kid in the UK during the Evans and Bentley cases that Shiner mentioned, and I can still remember the uproar that they created. Topping people does not act as a deterrent, and it certainly doesn't bring the murdered person back from the dead. And the trial process can be flawed, as the O.J. Simpson case showed.
While some crimes warrant death, there should never be a DP sentence on flimsy or unreliable evidence. The burden of proof should be higher than it is. Too many have been sentenced to death on circumstantial evidence. The fact some DR inmates have been released because of exoneration should people reason to pause. I don't agree it should be eliminated, just used sparingly. The last time the DP was eliminated in California, some inmates managed to reach the parole board. If they do it this time, lets make sure all are kept in there.
re-post but appropriate:
In Bali indonesia, when you step off the plane, there is a sign that states quite simply:
The Penalty for illegal drugs in Bali is death.
If you get caught stealing in indonesia:
Your hand gets cut off.
No drug problem and ZERO theft.....go figure.
Also, they cut off your right hand (greeting hand) which forces you to use your left hand (wiping hand...VERY DISRESPECTFUL) to greet others. Of course a missing hand is like a tatoo saying im a criminal. The laws regarding the abuse of criminals are far more lax....
this realy is all about government jobs and union jobs. more prisoners more union guards,more appeals more DA,s, judges on and on. And in another article $700,000 yr prison surgen!
I say a group killing would solve the whole problem in 1 day....All done,nuff said....
For drvmustangs: A long time ago I read a short story. Here are the basics. A woman was brutally attacked by a man and left for dead. She recovered but was terribly traumatized. When she was well enough to travel, her husband took her on a train trip to get her mind off of things. As they approached a station she saw a man standing on the platform and said "That's him." The husband slipped off the train and killed the man. He let his wife know that it was all over and she needn't worry about being attacked ever again by him. She was relieved. They continued on their trip, and as they approached the next station she saw a man standing on the platform and said "That's him."
Yes, I'd feel horrible if someone I loved were killed. I'd feel worse if we killed another innocent person.
WWJD? Hang em'? Shoot em'? Cut their hands off? Hate them? Eye for an eye? I remember reading about a plank and a splinter in eyes once. I remember something about thou shalt not kill... USA! USA! USA! One nation under god when it is convenient.
I feel that we should make a decision to either use the death penalty or repeal it, the added cost of keeping a person on death row with no intention of ever putting them to death is too costly . I also feel that we should follow Joe Arpio's(sorry Joe if I got the spelling wrong ) model and stop treating criminals as "guest of the State" and start treating them like the scumbags that they are. If you make prison a place no one would feel at home in you would deter more crime that threatening the death penalty which they all know is a joke. Hard labor and baloney sandwiches for life is a good start, no TV, no nothing, just sit your rump down and think about what you did to get there.
Thats a storyline from "The Twilight Zone", and hardly applicable.