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April 11, 2010

A (record?) 30-years on death row for Nevada killer

Though I am not sure if this marks a record, but this local article notes that a death row defendant in Nevada is marking a notable milestone.  The piece is headlined "Inmate on death row for nearly 30 years," and here is how it begins:

Jim Monahan has been wondering a lot in recent days why Samuel Howard is still alive after almost 30 years on Nevada's death row.

"My mother has died. Most of my dad's friends have died, and he continues to live," Monahan said. "He has outlived almost everyone in my family. It makes no sense financially for the state of Nevada to keep paying for these guys to stay alive."

"Executing Howard will not bring my father back," Monahan said, "but may bring a small amount of closure to me and my family."

March 27 marked the 30th anniversary of the day Las Vegas police arrived at 12-year-old Jim Monahan's door and told him, his sister and mother that his father had been found shot to death in a van parked along Boulder Highway.

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Thanks to that compassionate Ninth Circuit.

Posted by: federalist | Apr 11, 2010 6:19:51 PM

It is not a record. This is a link to a narrative by the co-counsel of Tommy Zigler in Florida who has been on death row for I believe over 32 years.


Posted by: beth | Apr 11, 2010 6:51:46 PM

I don't know if it's compassionate or not but I think it's corrosive to all concerned.

Posted by: Daniel | Apr 11, 2010 7:09:02 PM

I think Gary Alvord in Florida has been on death row the longest in the USA. His case has been inactive for years. I think the Governor and his attorneys have a private agreement between them not to sign a warrant and he won't claim insanity.

Posted by: DaveP | Apr 12, 2010 10:23:53 AM

Let's not lay the blame -- or at least not all of it -- for this lengthy process at the feet of the courts (or, for that matter, defense counsel). Usually in these cases, the State has contributed more than its fair share to the mess by conducting one (or often several) unconstitutional trials.

Posted by: Anon | Apr 12, 2010 11:52:22 AM

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