June 18, 2014
Georgia and Missouri complete uneventful executions, Florida up next
As reported in this AP article, "Within an hour, Georgia, then Missouri carried out the nation’s first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April raised new concerns about capital punishment." Here is more:
Neither execution had any noticeable complications. Another execution, the third in a 24-hour span, is scheduled Wednesday evening in Florida.
Georgia inmate Marcus Wellons, 59, who was convicted of the 1989 rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, received a single-drug injection late Tuesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his late appeals. His sentence was carried out about an hour before John Winfield, who was convicted of the 1996 killing two women, was executed early Wednesday in Bonne Terre, Missouri.
Looks like at least two states have their machineries of death up and running smoothly again.
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Thus explaining the handful of orders to SCOTUS. One got support from Sotomayor:
13A1231 WINFIELD, JOHN E. V. LOMBARDI ... anyone know the claim here?
Posted by: Joe | Jun 18, 2014 11:10:26 AM
I think Sotomayor dissented on the Baze / access claim; not the clemency intereference claim that got the stay in the district court at the CA8 panel before being vacated CA8 en banc.
Posted by: SashokJD | Jun 18, 2014 2:13:24 PM
Missouri, Georgia and Florida have been "up and running smoothly"
with no incidents occuring. Ohio and Oklahoma have been the problem.
Posted by: DaveP | Jun 19, 2014 6:20:26 PM
For the time being. Eventually one of those states will have some issue.
Posted by: Joe | Jun 19, 2014 9:09:24 PM