April 28, 2003

11 percent of inmates executed since 1977 have requested early executions

"Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, nearly 100 inmates – from Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh to Florida serial killer Aileen Wuornos – have picked the chamber over prolonged legal maneuvering, according to the Death Penalty Information Center." Paul Dennis Reid claims the government has used advanced scientific technology to make his ears ring and his body parts flicker – tormenting him to the point of wanting to die. He is scheduled to be appear before the judge, to determine if he is "gravely ill ... and not acting rationally," as his sister has alleged in a motion she filed. U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell wants to make sure Reid understands the consequences of dropping his appeals. Paul Dennis Read, a Christian who still maintains his innocence, has said "I believe that when I die, my soul – my spirit – will ascend up to heaven, that I'll face judgment day, that I'll enter the pearly gates of heaven ... and walk the streets of gold."

Posted by Tiger at April 28, 2003 02:23 PM