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June 30, 2010

Texas about to conduct back-to-back executions

As detailed in this AP article, the execution chamber in Texas is due to be busy this week:

Condemned prisoner Jonathan Green faces lethal injection for the abduction, rape and strangling of a 12-year-old girl near Houston 10 years ago. Green is scheduled to die in the Texas death chamber in Huntsville on Wednesday evening. The 42-year-old inmate would be the 14th killer Texas has executed this year and the first of two on consecutive nights in the nation's most active death penalty state.

Assuming these executions are conducted, there will have been already 31 execution in the US in 2010, nearly as many as the number of executions that were conducted in all of 2008.  As revealed by this yearly execution data at DPIC, 2010 may be on pace to have as many or more executions than any other year in nearly a decade.

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Green has been diagnosed as schizophrenic. He is not mentally competent within the meaning of any reasonable interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling of mental incapacity, and even less so under any concept of humanity. On death row, he has already for many years, spent 23 hours or more a day in his cell and given little access to psychiatric care ..... this amounting of itself to cruel and unusual punishment.

Posted by: peter | Jun 30, 2010 2:53:55 PM

Green's execution has been stayed, but the stay makes no sense. How can they claim he was too crazy to understand his actions? He understood enough to deny responsibility, lie about his whereabouts, burn and bury Christina Neal's body and then move it after the police came to his home. Isn't one of the requirements for proving that your client is ineligible for execution proving that he has no consciousness of guilt or understanding the gravity of his actions?

Posted by: MikeinCT | Jun 30, 2010 4:23:30 PM

MikeinCT --

Never doubt the ability of the capital defense bar to rent a shrink to say whatever is needed to get a stay.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Jun 30, 2010 5:21:55 PM

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