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March 27, 2018

Texas completed fourth execution on 2018

As reported here, a "man dubbed Lubbock’s 'suitcase killer' was executed Tuesday evening, one day after his 38th birthday." Here is more:

Rosendo Rodriguez was sentenced to death in the 2005 murder and sexual assault of Summer Baldwin, a newly pregnant prostitute, according to court records. Baldwin’s body was found folded inside a suitcase at the city’s landfill. Rodriguez was also implicated in the 2004 murder of 16-year-old Joanna Rogers, whose body was also found in a suitcase in the landfill after Baldwin was discovered.

Just minutes before his execution was scheduled at 6 p.m., the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeal, and the process to put Rodriguez to death began on time. He was placed on a gurney, connected to an IV, and uttered his last words while his family and the parents of Baldwin and Rogers watched on through a glass pane. In his final statement, Rodriguez called for an investigation into the Lubbock County district attorney and medical examiner, saying they were involved in thousands of wrongful convictions. He also called for a boycott of Texas businesses until the death penalty is stopped....

He died at 6:46 p.m., 22 minutes after a lethal dose of pentobarbital was injected into his veins. He was the fourth person executed in Texas this year and the seventh in the nation.

March 27, 2018 at 09:02 PM | Permalink

Comments

Outside of the death appellate bar and its employment interest, this case has no importance whatsoever. The death penalty is yet another lawyer practice that is a total abortion. The profession is an expensive, hideous prank on the public (see the 2005 date of the murder).

Sentencing academia should look at the base of the pyramid, affecting tens of millions of middle class people, summary offenses. The Rules of the Road are completely ignored in law school. Yet they are 1000's of times more important than the death penalty. It is the area where millions come to contempt for the law, and its quackery regulations and petty tyrannies.

Stupidity mated to cupidity spawn a business plan for the lawyer profession that sucks.

Posted by: David Behar | Mar 28, 2018 5:49:04 AM

The death penalty, while it continues to exist, must be of vital interest to academia because the sentence, if carried out, is irreversible with a loss of life resulting. See this story and tell me the case was of no importance -
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/43563116/exonerated-chicago-man-gets-old-job-back-23-years-on

Posted by: peter | Mar 28, 2018 9:39:32 AM

The capital justice system is flawed enough that it's quite possible to find a problem in each case, but this on face value looks like one of the more mundane executions. There was reason to judge him as particularly heinous and relatively speaking doesn't look like any major problem. Again, I don't know w/o looking closely at it.

But, such cases do allow us to look at the problems with the system as a whole & think they would make a good case study to show -- even here -- why capital punishment is bad public policy, beyond its constitutional problems.

Posted by: Joe | Mar 28, 2018 11:16:23 AM

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