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January 5, 2010

Quite a death penalty start: many executions scheduled to kick off 2010

As detailed on this upcoming executions page at the Death Penalty Information Center, the new year and the new decade is due to get off to a fast and potent start when it comes to executions.  Specifically, three defendants are right now scheduled to be executed in three different states on Thursday, January 7.  And because the three states in which these executions are scheduled — Louisiana, Ohio and Texas — are not strangers to the death penalty, there is likely a good chance that none of the executions will be stayed.

In addition, South Carolina has an execution scheduled for January 8, and both Oklahoma and Texas have additional executions slated for next week. If all these executions go forward, 2010 will start on a record pace for the total number of executions in a calender year in the United States. It appears, however, that only about a half-dozen executions are currently scheduled for the rest of the winter. Thus, it is much too early to predict if 2010 will mark a year in which the the number of executions came roaring back to life.

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So far, Stay in South Carolina: http://www.thestate.com/breaking/story/1096946.html

Posted by: Joachim | Jan 5, 2010 7:01:04 PM

5 others scheduled so far this year in TX. However, despite the fact that TX is no stranger to the death penalty, that doesn't mean we don't often see execution stays - frequently after a benchslapping by the federal courts.

Posted by: Gritsforbreakfast | Jan 5, 2010 8:45:58 PM

Wake me up when the pace reaches 30 a day. That is likely the sweet spot on the dose-response curve to really decrease crime.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jan 5, 2010 8:58:45 PM

Doug:

Six in a January isn't that fast of a pace considering there are usually no executions in the second half of December.

Posted by: karl | Jan 5, 2010 10:09:31 PM

If all these executions go forward, 2010 will start on a record pace for the total number of executions in a calender year in the United States.

Posted by: Term Papers | Jan 6, 2010 5:02:57 AM

Doug,
Louisiana is a stranger to the death penalty. This execution is voluntary therefore technically does not interpret the states eagerness to carry the death penalty out. Louisiana has not carried out an execution in about 8 years and definitely has gone soft since the 1980's when they had a quite busy death chamber.

Posted by: DaveP | Jan 6, 2010 8:22:26 PM

i wasn't aware of this.. thanks for sharing

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