From this week’s intro:
Leading off this edition is a case missed last week, the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Gregory Bowman. Over objection, the court below permitted the prosecution to present evidence that Mr. Bowman had previously been convicted of murder in Illinois. Those murder convictions, however,had been reversed and vacated prior to trial. “Even if the prosecution’s evidence regarding the underlying facts of Bowman’s two prior murder convictions were properly admissible as non-statutory aggravating prior bad acts, the Court cannot assume that the jury’s weighing process and sense of responsibility were unaffected by its knowledge that Bowman previously had been convicted of two murders. A sentence resting on invalid sentencing factors is invalid.”
In other news is the recent death of Marie Deans, “defender of the condemned.” “To many of the condemned men waiting to be electrocuted or drugged to death in a Virginia prison on charges of capital murder, Marie Deans was known as the “angel of death row.” She preferred the phrase ‘courageous fool’.” The Washington Post has her obituary.
Lethal injection news from around the country includes challenges to how Nebraska scores its chemicals. In Indiana executions are put on hold due to lack of its protocols’ chemicals. Georgia is eying pentobarbital as a replacement drug for sodium thiopental.Arizona officials assert they scored their drugs legally. Nearly two-thirds of the 16 states with active death chambers have switched, or are switching, to an alternative to sodium thiopental. Those 10 states include Oklahoma where the governor recently signed a new protocol bill. Finally, as DPIC notes, a ‘legally questionable swap club,’ of states searching for sodium thiopental has formed in the hopes of scoring drugs to carry out their death sentences.
As always a heartfelt thanks for reading. – k