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July 9, 2015

Richard Glossip and SCOTUS co-petitioners get new Oklahoma execution dates

As reported in this local piece, headlined "Oklahoma to execute 3 men in September, October," the condemned murderer whose surname will surely conctinue to play a lively role is constitutional capital punishment debates for many years is himself now scheduled to play a lively role on death row for only a few more months. Here are the details why:

Three Oklahoma inmates who lost a legal challenge over a drug used in lethal injections now know when they are to be executed. The state Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday ordered a Sept. 16 lethal injection for Richard Eugene Glossip, 52. Benjamin Robert Cole, 50, is to be put to death Oct. 7. John Marion Grant is to be executed Oct. 28.

“The families of the victims in these three heinous crimes have waited a combined 48 years for justice,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. “With the setting of execution dates, these families now have certainty that justice will finally be served for their loved ones.”

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, last month that the state’s planned use of the sedative midazolam would not violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Another drug paralyzes the condemned man, and a third stops his heart.

“Despite what a thin majority of the Supreme Court said, midazolam cannot maintain anesthesia throughout the execution procedures,” said Dale Baich, an attorney for the men. “That’s clear from both the scientific information about the drug and the botched executions that have resulted from the use of midazolam. Because Oklahoma plans to use a paralytic as part of the drug formula, we will never know if prisoners will suffer during the execution process.”

Terri Watkins, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, said the state has access to the drugs needed to carry out all three executions and will move forward with the dates set by the court....

Glossip was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1997 beating death of Barry Alan Van Treese at a west Oklahoma City motel. A co-defendant confessed to beating Van Treese, but said he did so at Glossip’s direction. Glossip has maintained his innocence.

Grant was sentenced to die for the 1998 stabbing death of Gay Carter, a prison worker at the Dick Connor Correctional Center in Hominy. Prosecutors say Grant dragged Carter into a mop closet and stabbed her 16 times. Cole was convicted of first-degree murder in Rogers County for the December 2002 beating death of his 9-month-old daughter, Brianna Cole.

July 9, 2015 at 05:09 PM | Permalink


Time for some justice.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 9, 2015 7:33:14 PM

Calling Bruce Cunningham. A baby killer is to be put to death. Do your thing, save him.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 9, 2015 10:41:08 PM

"Grant was sentenced to die for the 1998 stabbing death of Gay Carter, a prison worker at the Dick Connor Correctional Center in Hominy. Prosecutors say Grant dragged Carter into a mop closet and stabbed her 16 times."

Pro-criminal lawyer filth, not even human beings, but reptiles, want to give this defendant absolute immunity to kill others in prison in LWOP. You are not even human beings. You filthy lawyer traitors need to be lashed, and tied to a tree outside the court. To deter.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 9, 2015 10:44:31 PM

Although an atheist, I have seen prayer work. I pray that Bruce Cunningham gets kidnapped and tortured by one of his clients, because that is what they do, and to dozens if not hundreds each. He can then report back. To deter.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 9, 2015 10:46:56 PM

more on Glossip: http://balkin.blogspot.com/2015/07/richard-glossip.html

In part: (state court opinion): "The State concedes that the only “direct evidence” connecting Appellant to the murder was Sneed’s trial testimony. No forensic evidence links Appellant to murder and no compelling evidence corroborated Sneed’s testimony that Appellant was the mastermind behind the murder. The evidence at trial tending to corroborate Sneed’s testimony was extremely weak."

The guy who did the actual murder got life for testifying against Glossip. Some raised the idea that ending the death penalty would discourage such testimony. The other side of the coin is that it also puts some significant coercion into the mix and some encouragement to lie in cases of this sort.

Was justice not "served" because a murderer here "only" got a life sentence? If the family of the victims, as they have in various cases, opposed the death penalty would "justice" be served only if their desire for a non-death penalty punishment be respected? Apparently not, since more than once such opposition didn't stop executions.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 9, 2015 11:35:29 PM

Joe. Some law school basics. The prosecution has no relationship nor any duty to the families of victims. His client is The People. His duty is to protect the living, Job One and Job Last of government, now allowing 20 million FBI Index felonies, the traditional common law crimes, not including drug dealing. This represents a massive failure of the government. It should be fired. The sole truly effective single path to end of crime is public self help. The public or the police should kill the violent criminal at the scene, as is now done in lawyer residential areas. These are virtually free of crime, even if only 5 miles from a jungle like super high crime area in a ghetto.

Why can't everyone have what the lawyer reserves for himself at his house, the death penalty at the scene?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 9, 2015 11:49:06 PM

"The prosecution has no relationship nor any duty to the families of victims."

Not true. The fact that the prosecution is doing so on behalf of the state as a whole doesn't mean they have no duty at all to the families or necessarily no relationship.

But, I'm not the one denying that it's "the state" vs. someone, not victims v. someone. Other people, including sometimes around here, continually do seem a bit confused though.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 10, 2015 11:56:31 AM

If a state kills a human then all residents of the state are guilty of killing. Sixth Commandment. No exception for Y'all can.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Jul 11, 2015 5:06:28 PM

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