Saturday, November 14, 2015

California presented Death Row inmates a copy of new list of execution drugs

Photo by Brian Baer

The day it was published, Nov. 6 2015, Sacramento sent representatives to San Quentin and Central CA Women's Facility to present each Condemned with their own copy of the 149 page Notice of Change to Regulations, Title 15. This section (3349.0 - 3349.9) deals with executions, which have not occurred in California since 2006, they have been at a standstill, basically waiting for better drugs to use.
The effective date is to be determined. 
This fact was not made clear to those on the Rows, and a suicide watch was implemented.

The proposed regulation gives details on the protocol once a condemned person is scheduled for execution, from where they will be housed, to who will stand watch over them, their last meal, and which new drugs the prison has a choice of.

California may be ready to try a single drug "cocktail" to kill their citizens with, the choices are ; Amobarbital, Pentobarbital, Secobarbital, Thiopental. "The San Quentin Warden shall determine which chemical shall be utilized to perform the execution," (p. 11, Subchapter 4. General Institution Regulations. 3349. Method of Execution.) 
The condemned do have a choice of ways to go; either lethal injection strapped to a table, or lethal gas alone in a chamber.  Dan Morain stated it well, "... death at the hands of the People for crimes against the People, in full view of strangers, is most ignoble." [Witness to the Execution: A Macabre, Surreal Event

An article in the Sacramento Bee said, “The newest regulations are the latest attempt by the state to resume executions and come as the result of a lawsuit filed last year by the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation on behalf of family members of murder victims." They quoted Kent Scheidegger, of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in Sacramento, a pro-death penalty organization, "This sets in motion the process by which we can actually resume executions in California,”  “I think it’s going to happen. I am very optimistic.”[Will California begin executions again under new method? Christopher Cadelago and Sam Stanton]

There are about 16 men in line for execution, one is Kevin Cooper. Judge William Fletcher published 101 page dissent when the 9th Circuit turned down Cooper's appeal. Judge Fletcher stated that they have evidence the prosecutor and law enforcement falsified and destroyed evidence in Cooper's case, among other major issues in the case. 

Further progress towards resuming State killings in CA occurred Nov. 12, 2015:

“In a unanimous ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a federal judge's sweeping decision last year finding California's death penalty system unconstitutional because of decades-long delays in the handling of death row inmates' appeals.” [California death penalty: legal obstacle to executions removed By Howard Mintz]

The last execution in CA, Jan. 17, 2006 :

Clarence Ray Allen, of Choctaw heritage, was legally killed by lethal chemicals a short time after his 76th birthday, the second oldest person executed by the U.S. after 1776. Mr. Allen was also disabled, "Allen, who turns 76 on Jan. 16, uses a wheel chair. An advanced case of diabetes has left him legally blind."  [After Williams, a new dilemma for governor / Next: Gravely ill and blind man, 75, scheduled to die. Jim Doyle, Chronicle Staff Writer, December 14, 2005]

 "Allen received the first of three lethal injections at 12:20 a.m. He then was given an extra dose of potassium chloride, the lethal chemical that stops the heart, at 12:35 a.m.," [By Stephen Smith AP January, 2006. Clarence Allen, 76, Executed]

Sacramento Bee:

Will CA Begin Executions? :
Clarence Ray Allen:
Execution of  Robert Alton Harris:

Link to the proposed execution changes:

Monday, August 17, 2015

Visit: August 15/16, 2015

Adam's 1st time meeting his aunt Kerry in person. We had fantastic visits! The work to Free Kerry Lyn continues. We love you Kerry!!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Kerry Lyn Dalton— Nebraska Repeals The Death Penalty!

    Another wonderful visit with my beloved sister, Kerry Lyn Dalton. 
May 17, 2015. 
Victoria Thorpe, Kerry Lyn Dalton, Raymond Reyes. 
We want to bring her home before 2015 is over!

Nebraska Repeals the Death Penalty Today!
As I lay back in a dental chair this afternoon, voices debating who should be killed, and who should not kill, filled my left ear. The Nebraska Senate would soon be voting whether or not to override the governor’s veto of their approval to repeal the death penalty.
Bright overhead lights were blurring the figure looming over me as she gently said “You’ll feel a little pinch.”
 I focused my eyes to see the syringe coming at me clearly. It struck me how much alike the dental chair was to an execution table. Our executions are orchestrated quite like a visit to the dentist; sterile syringes and all.
No matter how we dress it up, it’s still comes out the same; our country still practices killing to prove that killing is wrong.
For that moment I closed my eyes and made myself imagine what it might be like to be strapped onto an execution table – waiting to be killed, listening to the bustle of those doing their job, knowing an audience would watch silently as life was drained from my body. Suddenly it felt too real in that dental chair listening to the angry voices flood my ear describing bloody murders, passionate statements for compassion, or dull voices asking for justice.
Which side knew what justice meant?
“How’s that feeling?” the dentist sat close on my right side.
“aam yus fi,” was all I could mutter with a mouthful of rubber stretched across my teeth.
Then the drill began so I turned up the sound on my phone and focused on the debate.
Senator Ernie Chambers lead the discussion to override the governor’s veto of the Nebraska legislative approval to abolish the death penalty. Repeal was approved with a two-thirds vote on three occasions before going to governor Pete Ricketts’ desk. He promised he would veto it – and he did so promptly.
Today after over 2 hours of senate testimonies the vote was 30 to 19 in favor of repeal of Capital Punishment. They had what it took to override the veto.
The facts shared in support of repeal covered the very real possibility of executing the innocent; 152 people have been exonerated from U.S. death rows since 1973, the arbitrariness of its use, the disproportionate racial representation, the much higher cost than life without parole (LWOP), there is no data supporting it provides deterrence, and the fact we know the system is fallible and humans are fallible. Examples were given of cases where blatant misconduct lead to wrongful convictions.
The counter statements offered to uphold the death penalty were in regards to retribution, honoring the governor’s decision, and religion demanding the death penalty.
Words from Genesis to the book of Romans, even the passages leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus, and references to Christianity were included throughout the debate.
At one point a Senator called-out Chambers as an atheist and wondered how then he could support life and why should they take his opinion seriously.
Another interesting point was made by a Senator who reminded us who the other countries are that kill their own citizens; Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia.
There are 142 countries which have abolished the death penalty. This Senator’s point was no one should kill, and especially not the state.
 When all was said and done, just after 2:00 pm Pacific time (4:00 pm in Nebraska) the vote was called and the death penalty was taken off the table.
This is the 19th state to abolish the death penalty. How about Washington becoming the 20th?
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

150 people exonerated from U.S. Death Rows - Wishing Death Row Residents Peace Today

Our family in 1965, I lovingly dedicate this song to my family, especially to Kerry Lyn. Merry Christmas Kerry! I love you!

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