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October 6, 2008

Pace of executions remains slow and not so steady six months after Baze

The Death Penalty Information Center has now posted here its latest accounting of all the executions in the United States since the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Kentucky's lethal injection protocol in Baze v. Rees.  As I have noted before, I find it remarkable not only that we have had roughly four executions per month (all in traditional death penalty states), but also that we have not seen any post-Baze increase in executions even though the Baze case led to a halt of all executions for over six months.

It is also interesting to see from this list of upcoming executions at DPIC that very few states other than Texas seem to be setting serious execution dates.  Also of note from this list is that Ohio is the only state other than Texas with more than one upcoming execution date, even though Ohio has not gone forward with an execution in almost 18 months. 

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Is Mississippi a traditionally death penalty state--not when you look at it in terms of executions--only 8 prior to this year.

Part of the problem is that you have a lot of state litigation--that's preventing executions in NC, AZ and other places. Additionally, Missouri, for example, recently stayed executions over the ability of the murderer's counsel to ferret out mitigation evidence to present to the governor. I think also that in Ohio there are lots of murderers who are still litigating their lethal injection claims in federal court. Cooey's claim was tossed on statute of limitations grounds.

The decisionmakers in some states seem to want to take it slowly when it comes to getting execution dates. For example, Florida has a lot of murderers who are ready to be executed, yet the governor has moved slowly on setting dates.

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