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September 20, 2012

After "quiet" summer season, a busy execution fall gets started today

There has not been any executions in the US for almost six weeks now, and there were only a total of five executions in the summer months.  But, as reported in local article here and here, there are executions scheduled today in both Ohio and Texas.

This DPIC page shows that an additional 15 serious execution dates are on the calendar for the remainder of 2012 (eight of which are in Texas).  If all these scheduled executions are if fact carried out this year (which seems somewhat unlikely), then there would be a very slight uptick (from 43 to 44) of the total number of executions this year compared to last year.  However, if even a few of these scheduled executions get postponed, 2012 could be the third straight year with a decline in the total number of executions in the US.

UPDATE This AP story reports that Ohio's execution was completed this morning.  The AP piece starts this way:

An Ohio death-row inmate used his last words Thursday to repeatedly apologize to the family members of his two victims and tell them that he hopes they can let their pain die with him.  Donald Palmer, 47, was executed by lethal injection at the state prison in Lucasville in southern Ohio about 23 years after he shot and killed two men he didn't know along a rural road.

ANOTHER UPDATE: This AP story reports that Texas's execution was completed late Thursday. This AP piece starts this way:

An ex-convict who confessed to killing five people at a Dallas-area car wash a week after he was fired from his job there 12 years ago was executed Thursday evening. Robert Wayne Harris, 40, received lethal injection less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused appeals to halt his punishment.

Harris expressed love to his brother and three friends who were watching through a window. "I'm going home. I'm going home," Harris said. "Don't worry about me. I'll be alright. God bless, and the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers."

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in 1999 executions were 98

Posted by: Claudio GiustiI | Sep 20, 2012 1:09:30 PM

Lets hope in October the SCOTUS dismisses dozens of pending appeals. That should lead to another 8-10 execution dates. TX has only had 7 execution; MS:6; AZ:5; OK:4; OH and FL:2 ea. We need to send a message to CA and the ANTI-dP cowards: Stop the slip n fall lawyers and get these executions back on track.

Posted by: DeanO | Sep 20, 2012 1:42:20 PM

Claudio --

In 1969 executions were 0.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 21, 2012 1:11:11 AM

Dear Claudio,

It's truly amazing that, after all these years of posting here, you haven't picked up more English. To wit, you should've written: "In 1999, there were 98 executions."

Now, here's what I'd like you to do: I want you to find a language school and start attending an English course. 90-hour courses are underway now and finish up in May or June. So, next summer, after improving your English, do come back to this site and start posting again. You'll see that people will take you far more seriously once your English has become less Chico Marxian.

Have fun hitting the books!

All the best,


Posted by: alpino | Sep 21, 2012 3:28:53 AM

Otis, in ten years they will be again zero

Posted by: Claudio GiustiI | Sep 21, 2012 9:35:43 AM

Alpino --

Claudio may not be much with an English book, but he's great with a cystal ball.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 21, 2012 10:11:23 AM

We'll see what happens once North Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas and, possibly, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and (maybe just maybe) California get back into the execution business. Claudio may end up wearing out the exclamation-point key on his keyboard.

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