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High court to look at death row inmate with low IQ

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

I say if you’re smart enough to kill your smart enough to die. 

They say a youth should not be executed.

Again I say you’re old enough to kill your old enough to kill.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven years after the Supreme Court barred states from executing mentally disabled inmates, the justices said Monday they will take up a Florida case over how authorities determine who is eligible to be put to death.

The outcome could answer a question left unresolved by the court’s 6-3 decision in Atkins v. Virginia, the 2002 case that spares the mentally disabled from the death penalty. The ruling essentially left it to states to decide whether an inmate is mentally disabled.

The case under review is an appeal of a Florida Supreme Court ruling that upheld the death sentence for Freddie Lee Hall, who scored just above the state’s cutoff for mental disability as measured by IQ tests.

Hall was sentenced to death for killing Karol Hurst, a 21-year-old pregnant woman who was abducted leaving a grocery store in 1978.

Florida law prohibits anyone with an IQ of 70 or higher from being classified as mentally disabled, regardless of other evidence to the contrary. Hall’s scores on three IQ tests ranged from 71 to 80.

Florida is one of nine death penalty states with a strict IQ limit, said Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente. The others are: Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.

Pariente voted with the majority to uphold Hall’s sentence, but noted there is no national consensus on how to determine mental disability.

Hall’s case has bounced around the Florida courts for decades. In 1989, the Florida Supreme Court threw out Hall’s original death penalty and ordered a new sentencing hearing. A judge then resentenced Hall to death, but declared he was mentally disabled. That took place before the 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said executing a mentally disabled inmate violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and before Florida passed a law setting the IQ limit.

When Hall later filed another appeal, the same judge ruled he was not mentally disabled because his scores on IQ tests topped 70.

Hall has been in prison more than 35 years, almost all of it under a death sentence. He and another man, Mack Ruffin, were prosecuted for forcing Hurst to drive from a Pantry Pride parking lot in central Florida’s Leesburg to a wooded area, where she was sexually assaulted and shot to death. The pair also were convicted of killing a sheriff’s deputy. Ruffin also initially was sentenced to death, but his penalty later was changed to life in prison.

The case will be argued early next year.

The case is Hall v. Florida, 12-10882.

 

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Ind. woman sentenced to die at 16 to be released

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This is from Yahoo News.

Only in America can a black woman stab a white woman

33 times and your supporters cry Racism.

How long will it be before this spawn of Satan kill again?

She should have been executed of at least die in prison.

What about Ruth Pelkes  the victim?

What about her right to life?

 

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman put on death row at age 16 for killing an elderly Bible school teacher is scheduled to be released Monday after serving a prison term that was shortened after the state Supreme Court intervened.

Paula Cooper‘s death sentence at such a young age sparked international protests and a plea for clemency from Pope John Paul II. Now 43 years old, Cooper is being given a second chance at her life.

Cooper was 15 when she and three other teenage girls showed up at Ruth Pelke’s house on May 14, 1985, with plans of robbing the 78-year-old Bible school teacher. Pelke let Cooper and two of the teen’s companions into her Gary home after they told her they were interested in Bible lessons.

As the fourth teen waited outside as a lookout, Cooper stabbed Pelke 33 times with a butcher knife. Then she and the other girls ransacked the house. The four girls fled with Pelke’s car and $10.

Cooper’s three accomplices were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 25 to 60 years. But Cooper, who confessed to Pelke’s slaying, was convicted of murder and sentenced to die in the electric chair. At the time — in 1986 — she was the youngest death row inmate in the U.S.

Some people believed Cooper deserved to die, but the punishment enraged human rights activists and death penalty opponents around the world, including those who viewed the teen as a victim of a racist criminal justice system.

Pope John Paul II urged that Cooper be granted clemency in 1987, and in 1988 a priest brought a petition to Indianapolis with more than 2 million signatures protesting Cooper’s sentence.

The Indiana Supreme Court set Cooper’s death sentence aside in 1988 and ordered her to serve 60 years in prison after state legislators passed a law raising Indiana’s minimum age limit for execution from 10 to 16. The state’s high court also cited a 1988 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court barring the execution of juveniles younger than 16 at the time of the crime.

Since then, the U.S. Supreme Court has found it unconstitutional to execute anyone younger than 18.

“People still know about this case,” Indianapolis attorney Jack Crawford, who was the Lake County prosecutor during Cooper’s murder trial, told The Indianapolis Star. “The name Paula Cooper still resonates, and she’s going to attract some attention when she is released.”

But, he said, Cooper has done her time and may yet contribute to society. Crawford said he has come to oppose the death penalty since Cooper’s conviction.

Cooper’s sister, Rhonda Labroi, said she hopes people will see Paula as more than a killer. After getting in trouble 23 times during her time in prison, Paula Cooper turned to education, earning a bachelor’s degree in 2001.

“She was just a child at the time that happened, and now she is an adult and people should wait and see and give her a chance,” Labroi said. “Give her an opportunity. Maybe she’ll do some wonderful things for children who are growing up and aren’t so fortunate, like she was.

“There are second chances,” she said. “It seems like God has given her another chance. I think if people give her a second chance, she’ll do fine.”

 

New Pope Francis Called Abortion the “Death Penalty for the Unborn”

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This is from LifeNews.

I say Bravo to Pope Francis and his stance on abortion.

I agree with his Holiness abortion is murder.

In Proverbs 6:16-17,God condemns the shedding of innocent blood.

Proverbs 6:16-17

King James Version (KJV)

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood

There is no more innocent blood than that of a child.

The archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergogliohas been selected to become the next Pope, leading the Catholic Church. Like his predecessors, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II, he is a staunch pro-life advocate when it comes to abortion.

Last year, then-Cardinal Bergoglio stated, “Abortion is never a solution. We listen, support and understanding from our place to save two lives: respect the human being small and helpless, they can take steps to preserve your life, allow birth and then be creative in the search for ways to bring it to its full development.”

He once called abortion a “death sentence” for unborn children, during a 2007 speech and likening opposition to abortion to opposition to the death penalty.

In an October 2, 2007 speech Bergoglio said that “we aren’t in agreement with the death penalty,” but “in Argentina we have the death penalty.  A child conceived by the rape of a mentally ill or retarded woman can be condemned to death.”

The remarks came during the presentation of a document called the Aparecida Document, a joint statement of the bishops of Latin America.

The document, which the new Pope presented on behalf of his colleagues at the time and signed of on, referred to abortion and communion, said “we should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence’, that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortion, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated.  This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”

Archbishop Bergoglio said then that “the most mentioned word in the Aparecida Document is ‘life’, because the Church is very conscious of the fact that the cheapest thing in Latin America, the thing with the lowest price, is life.”

The new pontiff also denounced euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling it a “culture of discarding” the elderly.

“In Argentina there is clandestine euthanasia.  Social services pay up to a certain point; if you pass it, ‘die, you are very old’.  Today, elderly people are discarded when, in reality, they are the seat of wisdom of the society,” he said “The right to life means allowing people to live and not killing, allowing them to grow, to eat, to be educated, to be healed, and to be permitted to die with dignity.”

Meanwhile, he made the following comments to his priests last year: “In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today’s hypocrites… Those who separate the people of God from salvation. And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it’s baptized!”

 

Texas woman who killed neighbor to die in rare execution

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This is from Yahoo News.

Yahoo News reporter’s kickers are in a knot over this execution,

I say good riddance to bad rubbish.

More states need to start using their death chambers.

Texas knows how to take out the trash.

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Texas on Tuesday, the first woman to be put to death in the United States in more than two years, for the stabbing murder of her neighbor in 1997.

Women are rarely executed in the United States. Only 12 female inmates were put to death since capital punishment was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The last woman executed was Teresa Lewis in Virginia on September 23, 2010, the information center said.

“Although women commit about 10 percent of murders, capital cases also require some aggravating factor like rape, robbery, or physical abuse,” said Richard Dieter, executive director of the information center, adding that women usually have not committed a long list of prior felonies.

“It’s unclear whether jurors or prosecutors may be more lenient in potential prosecutions of women, since there are relatively few,” said Dieter.

McCarthy, 51, was convicted of entering the Lancaster, Texas home of her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, on July 21, 1997, under the pretense of borrowing some sugar. She then stabbed Booth five times, according to the Texas attorney general‘s summary of the case.

She also cut off Booth’s left ring finger in order to take her diamond ring, which she later pawned.

McCarthy also was believed to be responsible for the murders of two other elderly women, one using a meat tenderizer as a weapon and another using a claw hammer, according to the Attorney General’s summary.

McCarthy was found guilty in 1998 by a Dallas County jury of murdering Booth and sentenced to death. Her conviction was overturned by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2001 because no attorney was present when she was questioned after the crime even though she had requested a lawyer, court documents show. She was tried a second time in 2002, was again found guilty by a Dallas County jury, and again sentenced to death.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2004 agreed with the second conviction.

McCarthy would be the second person executed in the United States so far this year. Forty-three inmates were put to death in 2012.

Liberals Are Hiders and Hypocrites

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This is from Godfather Politics.

Liberals say they oppose the death penalty .

But they remain silent when it comes to murdering babies.

Liberals say whales trees owls need saving as they are defenseless.

Yet the look at helpless babies as some thing that needs to be destroyed.

 

 

I was reading an ongoing discourse between several commenters to an article posted on Last Resistance.  The article in question dealt with a school bus driver who bullied a 12 year old boy because he was a Romney supporter.  When the boy told the bus driver that Obama supported abortion, the bus driver told him that his mother should have aborted him.

One of the commenters was a pro-abortion flaming liberal who aroused the ire of a pro-life commenter.  What the pro-lifer wrote in one of his/her replies caught my attention and I thought I might elaborate on it a bit.  Here is the response (with some editorial corrections) along with my comments:

“Liberals are hiders.  They hide behind things.  In the west we call them Back Shooters and are regarded as low as a snake..  Examples: Liberals will openly oppose Capital Punishment because the Condemned MIGHT be Innocent..  Liberals will oppose Capital punishment because it is CRUEL and UNUSUAL…  BUT…  When Liberals want to KILL 3000+ Babies a day who did nothing to no one, didn’t break any laws, don’t have a right to an attorney, aren’t charged with anything, aren’t found guilty in a trial, were not convicted by anyone except a woman that didn’t keep her legs closed and those who support her right to pronounce judgment upon him or her..  And instead of calling it MURDER they both hide behind the feels good warm and fuzzy name of Abortion..”

I have found this to be so true.  I’ve tried to show them the hypocrisy of their views, but they never fail to see it themselves.  One tried to argue that a criminal is a living human being and a foetus is just a hunk of tissue.  I immediately seized on that and asked when does the hunk of tissue become a living human being?  They told me when they are born.  So I asked them if a child delivered earlier in development than another child, for instance a premature birth, is that child not a living human, and if so, then why isn’t a child who is more developed but still in the womb?  The liberal was so consumed by their pro-abortion rhetorical views that they could not comprehend the point I was making.  They did everything they could to hide behind the notion that until a child is a born, it’s not human, just a hunk of tissue.

“Now for the method of execution. While still alive the baby will be torn apart in pieces until they can no longer move away from the probing tool killing them and die..  OR in late stage ‘Abortion’, they will be dragged down the birth canal feet first until just the head is still in the birth canal, then a sharp instrument will be shoved into the base of the skull and the brains scrambled and or sucked out..  So tell me you idiot, who is backwards?  People who are Pro-Life or you idiots who foam at the mouth demanding the RIGHT to kill 3000+ kids each and every day of the year just to make someone comfortable in THEIR life?”

Ultrasounds have proven that a baby still in the womb experiences pain and joy.  They have been seen to smile and they have been seen to pull away and react to pain or something unpleasant.  I’d like to a see a hunk of tissue smile or react to pain.  Now imagine how you would feel to be ripped apart limb by limb without anything to kill the pain.

I once got into a discussion with a Jewish man who supported abortion and explained to him what the unborn babies go through in the abortion process.  I then asked him what the difference was between these abortion procedures and what the German Nazi’s did to Jews in the concentration camps during World War II.  The man’s eyes welled up and told me that his grandparents and about twenty other relatives had been killed in the concentration camps.  Through the tears, he told me that he had never thought about abortion that way before, but now that I had put it that way to him, he understood what I was saying and admitted that he could never support abortion again.

“You hug trees, save Whales and Puppies, demand the cruelty to animals stop but get your rocks off killing kids, even regard it as another birth control method..”

On more than one occasion I’ve seen pro-abortion bumper stickers on cars alongside stickers to save the whales, seals, and Mother Earth.  I’ve spoken to a number of liberals who support abortion but are against logging, hunting, fishing, even raising animals for food.

I once got into it with a tree-hugging vegan who was against any use of animal products, but who also supported abortion.  They told me that every living thing has the right to life.  I asked them about the carrot they were eating at the time.  Wasn’t the carrot a living thing until someone ripped it from the ground?  They tried to tell me it was different but I kept pressuring them to explain how it was different since they already said that plants were living things and that all living things had the right to life.  Unable to grasp the flawed logic of their own argument, they just kept saying that it was different for plants we use for food, but that same logic did not apply to animals used for food.  Rather than face the truth of what they say and do, they hide behind terms and ideologies that fail their own logical standards.

“Wanting under-age girls [to have] the right to do it [abortion] without Parental notification..”

Abortion advocates like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Planned Parenthood and the United Nations are all pushing to give girls as young as 10-12 years of age access to contraceptives and abortions without parental knowledge or permission.  Parents have to give permission to these kids to take an aspirin to school, but the school, with the help of Planned Parenthood, will provide condoms and abortions without mom and dad knowing.  They are undermining parental authority and the family structure under the name of preventing unwanted pregnancies and children.  In other words, a 13 year old girl can go and have her unborn baby murdered without any consequence, but if she is caught kicking a dog, she and her parents can get into legal trouble.

“You hypocrites…   Proportionately Black Babies are Murdered more than any other race.  Girls are Murdered more than Boys..  Publicly funded Planned Parenthood has been caught on tape helping this to happen..  What is this, your method of gender and race selection?  Who is backwards, those who oppose killing REAL Innocent people or those who Demand the RIGHT to kill Babies..”

Before we know it, our socialist government will use these methods to create a tailored race and gendered society, kind of like Hitler’s master race.

“Any other group who would come here and kill 3000+ of our children PER DAY would find themselves at WAR, we would be so outraged that we would attack them relentlessly.. Yeah it’s a woman’s body, Life is tuff.. Deal with it..  If you don’t want kids get your tubes tied, or don’t fornicate, you are an adult, you know the possible outcome, keep your flippin’ legs closed…  The only way to justify murdering a baby in the womb is if that baby is jeopardizing the mother’s life.   That is self-defense in its simplest form…  In some situations it may be justified in rape and/or incest…  Remember, the resulting baby is guilty of NOTHING, no more than a 1 year old is guilty because his father killed someone while robbing them…  The baby didn’t ask to be part of the situation any more than the mother in a rape or incest situation..  SO WHO ARE  ‘these types of creatures’ that would support killing KIDS ??? That IS what you are doing for whatever fuzzy reasons you hide behind..”

A mother walks into a grade school and starts shooting young kids and the nation is horrified of such an attack on innocent children.  A clinician walks into his abortion clinic and kills several innocent children each and every day, and the liberals say it’s okay because the mother has the right to choose and the clinician is just doing his job.  Please tell me the difference between the two, other than the age of the victims?

Yes, liberals hide behind words, terminology and ideologies that are hypocritical and defy logic.  They trod down the path of conflicting values like a horse wearing blinders, only seeing in one direction.  Once in a while we can get through to a couple of them, but for the most part, they seem completely incapable of understanding their own contradictory values.  And thus we have a population of liberals, mostly Democrats who go about their merry way, completely oblivious to common sense values and morals.  No wonder America is in the condition we are now!

Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/7600/liberals-are-hiders-and-hypocrites/#ixzz29m2zdSse

 

Ohio death row inmate makes case that he’s too obese for execution

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This is from Fox News.

I have a real simple solution to deal with this problem shoot his fat ass.

He murdered a woman in cold blood twenty-nine years ago.

Ronald Post had some thing his victim did not have he lived twenty-nine years.

His victim Helen Vantz was denied twenty-nine years to live.

If his execution causes him mental and physical pain tough.

What about the mental and physical pain of his victim before she died?

What about the mental pain caused to Helen Vantz’s family?

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio –  A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a “torturous and lingering death.”

Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems. He’s also so big that the execution gurney might not hold him, lawyers for Post said in federal court papers filed Friday.

“Indeed, given his unique physical and medical condition there is a substantial risk that any attempt to execute him will result in serious physical and psychological pain to him, as well as an execution involving a torturous and lingering death,” the filing said.

Post, 53, is scheduled to die Jan. 16 for the 1983 shooting death of Helen Vantz in Elyria.

A spokeswoman for the prisons department had no comment on the pending litigation.

Inmates’ weight has come up previously in death penalty cases in Ohio and elsewhere.

In 2008, federal courts rejected arguments by condemned double-killer Richard Cooey that he was too obese to die by injection. Cooey’s attorneys had argued that prison food and limited opportunities to exercise contributed to a weight problem that would make it difficult for the execution team to find a viable vein for lethal injection.

Cooey, who was 5-foot-7 and weighed 267 pounds, was executed Oct. 14, 2008.

In 2007, it took Ohio executioners about two hours to insert IVs into the veins of condemned inmate Christopher Newton, who weighed about 265 pounds. A prison spokeswoman at the time said his size was an issue.

In 1994 in Washington state, a federal judge upheld the conviction of Mitchell Rupe, but agreed with Rupe’s contention that at more than 400 pounds, he was too heavy to hang because of the risk of decapitation. Rupe argued that hanging would constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

After numerous court rulings and a third trial, Rupe was eventually sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 2006.

Ohio executes inmates with a single dose of pentobarbital, usually injected through the arms.

Medical personnel have had a hard time inserting IVs into Post’s arms, according to the court filing. Four years ago, an Ohio State University medical center nurse needed three attempts to insert an IV into Post’s left arm, the lawyers wrote.

Post has tried losing weight, but knee and back problems have made it difficult to exercise, according to his court filing.

Post’s request for gastric bypass surgery has been denied, he’s been encouraged not to walk because he’s at risk for falling, and severe depression has contributed to his inability to limit how much he eats, his filing said.

While at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, Post “used that prison’s exercise bike until it broke under his weight,” according to the filing.

Oregon death row inmate fighting reprieve

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This is from Yahoo News.

Oregon‘s bleeding heart DemocRat Governor knows what is best.

Let this murdering scumbag die he has already killed two people.

He murdered his girlfriend and a fellow inmate.

So it is possible if he continues to live you could kill again.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon death row inmate and the state’s governor are at the center of an unusual legal battle — the governor has granted the twice-convicted murderer a reprieve, even though the inmate did not ask for it and does not want it.

Gov. John Kitzhaber blocked Gary Haugen‘s scheduled execution last fall, saying no executions would be carried out on his watch.

Haugen has sought to reject the governor’s clemency. He’s voluntarily waived legal appeals that could delay his execution for years and has fought to speed his punishment in protest of a criminal justice system that he says is broken.

Their dispute was heard in court on Tuesday.

Oregon voters reinstated the death penalty in 1984, and the state has executed two people since then. Both occurred while Kitzhaber served as governor between 1995 and 2003. Both inmates had volunteered for execution, waiving their appeals.

After Kitzhaber was again elected in 2010, he announced he wouldn’t allow any more executions while he was in office, saying he was haunted by the previous two. The governor has said he has no sympathy for Haugen but opposes capital punishment and believes Oregon’s death penalty laws are “compromised and inequitable.”

Haugen’s attorney argued in court on Tuesday that Kitzhaber’s reprieve places an “onerous condition” on the death row inmate because it leaves Haugen in the dark about whether he will ever be granted his wish to be executed, since a different governor could take a different position.

“It could be a day, could be seven years,” Harrison Latto said of the reprieve. “During that indefinite period of time, they’re saying, ‘sit tight and we’ll tell you at the end of that period whether you’ll be executed or not.”

Latto argued Tuesday that three cases, from 1907, 1918 and 1926, require the subject of a reprieve to agree to it.

“A reprieve is not effective until accepted by the recipient,” Latto said in Marion County Circuit Court. “Mr. Haugen does not accept this reprieve.”

Latto also argued that the reprieve is illegal because it has no specific expiration date — it lasts until the governor leaves office.

Kitzhaber’s attorney, Tim Sylwester, said Haugen can only decline the reprieve if it comes with strings attached. He cited the case of a man who refused to admit guilt as a condition of a commuted sentence. In Haugen’s case, Sylwester said no such conditions apply.

“He has a death sentence he can’t challenge,” Sylwester said. “Right now (with the reprieve) you’re serving a life sentence, it’s unconditional . so you can’t refuse it.”

Nationwide, governors in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee have issued blanket commutations of death sentences, along with those in Illinois, twice, and New Jersey.

Kitzhaber’s action was different. Instead of granting clemency to all death row inmates, he forestalled their executions until he leaves office. The Democrat is eligible for re-election in 2014.

Two previous Oregon governors have issued blanket commutations of all death sentences. Gov. Robert Holmes commuted every death sentence during his 1957-1959 term, and Gov. Mark Hatfield commuted every death sentence after the state abolished them in 1964.

Haugen was sentenced to death five years ago for the killing of a fellow inmate. He was already serving a life sentence for fatally bludgeoning his former girlfriend’s mother, Mary Archer.

Judge Tim Alexander said he will make a ruling within two weeks. If Alexander rules for Haugen, the previous death warrant in the case will move forward unless Kitzhaber’s attorneys appealed.

 

Ohio to Execute Man Who Killed 3 Sleeping Sons

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The story below is from Fox News.
This scumbag should have died years ago.

Ohio was poised Tuesday to end a nearly six-month break in its use of capital punishment by executing a man who fatally shot his three sons while they slept in 1982, shortly after his wife filed for divorce.
State and federal courts have rejected attorneys’ arguments that 66-year-old Reginald Brooks of East Cleveland is not mentally competent and that the government withheld relevant evidence that could have affected Brooks’ case.


The Ohio Supreme Court on Monday rejected Brooks’ request to halt the execution, and he had appeals pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, he visited with his brother, clergy and lawyers and was served the special dinner he requested, including lasagna, garlic bread, ice cream, chocolate cake, root beer and snacks, prisons spokesman Carlo LoParo said.

The defense contends Brooks is a paranoid schizophrenic who suffered from mental illness long before he shot his 11-, 15- and 17-year-old sons in the head as they slept at their East Cleveland home on a Saturday morning. The defense says Brooks believed his co-workers and wife were poisoning him and that he maintains his innocence, offering conspiracy theories about the killings that involve police, his relatives and a look-alike.
Prosecutors acknowledge Brooks is mentally ill but dispute the notions that it caused the murders or makes him incompetent. They say he planned merciless killings, bought a revolver two weeks in advance, confirmed he’d be home alone with the boys, targeted them when they wouldn’t resist and fled on a bus with a suitcase containing a birth certificate and personal items that could help him start a new life.
“It is a travesty that Reginald Brooks has lived so long on death row after cruelly shooting his three boys to death,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said in a statement Monday.
Prosecutors say Brooks’ insistence that he’s innocent is a sign that he knows his rights, not that he’s delusional.
Brooks was found competent for trial, and a three-judge panel convicted him.
Defense attorneys have argued that prosecutors withheld information that would have supported a mental health defense. Former Judge Harry Hanna, one of the three on the panel, told the Ohio Parole Board he would not have voted for the death penalty if he’d had information from police reports that were provided to the defense more recently.
Brooks declined to be interviewed by the parole board.
The board recommended that Gov. John Kasich deny clemency, and he did. Kasich previously granted clemency to two death row inmates and postponed two other executions as a federal judge weighed objections to Ohio’s execution policy.
U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost denied a delay for Brooks last week and ruled in favor of Ohio’s execution rules, saying the state addressed his concerns about the process.
Beverly Brooks, who found her sons dead in bed when she returned from work, told the parole board she believes the killings were an act of revenge for her divorce filing, not the result of mental illness, and she supports the execution. She is among those scheduled to witness it.
Reginald Brooks was taken Monday to the prison in Lucasville, where the execution would happen. He would be the oldest person put to death since Ohio resumed executions in 1999.



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