Florida criminal defense attorney Terry Lenamon uses this blog to provide information and analysis on capital litigation and violent crimes. With over 15 years experience and more than 100 jury trials under his belt, he shares his experience as one of Florida’s most respected criminal defense lawyers.
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Yesterday, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland used his executive power of clemency and stopped the execution of Ohio Death Row inmate Kevin Keith. In his statement, Governor Strickland states (read it in full here) (emphasis added): Yet, despite the evidence supporting his guilt and the...
Yesterday, without comment, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition filed by Georgia Death Row inmate Jamie Ryan Weis. This is shocking. This is very bad news. We've written about the Weis case before, including links to the amicus brief filed by a stellar list of...
Over in Lee County, Robert Dunn has been arrested for the crime of shooting and killing his wife, Christine Lozier-Dunn, inside of a Cape Coral, Florida, daycare center, Bobbie Noonan's Child Care, on January 25, 2008. He's facing trial for first-degree murder,...
WIll A Law Firm Missing a Deadline Fail to Stop the Execution of Alabama Death Row's Cory R. Maples?
New York Times columnist Adam Liptak once again does us all a great service by bringing the national media spotlight to bear upon the crisis facing Cory R. Maples, who sets today on Alabama's Death Row. Sullivan & Cromwell Missed the Deadline to Appeal Maples' case currently awaits...
Several New, Excellent Law Review Articles on Death Penalty Issues Available Online For Your Consideration
One of the great things about the internet is its ability to educate and inform, and here's yet another example of that: several excellent articles discussing aspects of the death penalty, and specifically, death penalty defense, have appeared this month. All, available for free,...
New Book: The Death Penalty Indigent Defense Crisis: Representing the Poor When the State Wants to Kill Them and It's Paying Your Bill
Written by Terence Lenamon and Reba Kennedy, this short ebook (30,000 word count) is offered to anyone interested in the American criminal justice system, particularly in the areas of capital punishment and the right to counsel provided the poor under federal constitutional mandate as well...
1. Larry Ray Swearingen, Texas Death Row Larry Swearingen maintains his innocence and his attorneys are fighting to have some tribunal hear what they are arguing is new evidence, uncovered since his trial, that proves Larry Swearingen is innocent of the killing of a Texas coed, Melissa...
Many have come to know about the AEDPA (Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 ) because of the Troy Davis case (read our earlier post here). The AEDPA, however, impacts many, many capital punishment cases here in the United States, since it ties the hands of federal...
Cantero and Schlakman Op-Ed on Unanimous Juries in Death Penalty Cases - Need for Florida Legislation
This week, the Miami Herald published the opinion piece written by Raoul Cantero, former Florida Supreme Court justice, and Mark R. Schlakman, senior program director for the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights at Florida State University. Mr Schlakman also participated in the American...
Florida's Execution Schedule has tomorrow, February 15, 2012, as the day that Robert Brian Waterhouse will die for the murder of Deborah Kammerer back in September 1980. Yes, if you do the math you'll find that it has been over 30 years since Waterhouse was convicted of this crime and this...