Executions Scheduled For February, 2012 In U.S
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Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2012
by Joel Hendon
Everyone knows as early as he is able to understand, that all must die in due time. And many have totally different outlooks towards that fact. Some seem to attempt to challenge death in activities where it is only a hairbreadth away. Some criminals seem to have this same lack of concern when they perform a serious breach of the law.
In addition to the U.S. federal government and the U.S. military, there are 34 states who have current death penalty statutes. Those states are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming.
Although there are numerous people who say that the penalty should be equal to the crime, many still oppose the death penalty.
There was only one execution scheduled to take place in the U.S. during this month of February. Michael Webb was convicted of trying to burn down his house in Goshen Township in Clermont County, Ohio to kill his wife and children to collect insurance money and to be with his mistress. Webb's son, Mikey, died of smoke inhalation.
A Death Row inmate’s theory that a mysterious “man in red” could have started the fire that killed his 3-year-old son is “an extraordinary stretch of the imagination,” the state parole board ruled yesterday in unanimously rejecting his plea for mercy.
Without objection from Attorney General Mike DeWine yesterday, U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost halted the execution scheduled for Feb. 22 of Michael Webb of Clermont County. Frost also allowed Webb to join other death-penalty defendants in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s lethal-injection protocol. (The Columbus Dispatch: January 27,2012)
A Death Row inmate’s theory that a mysterious “man in red” could have started the fire that killed his 3-year-old son is “an extraordinary stretch of the imagination,” the state parole board ruled yesterday in unanimously rejecting his plea for mercy. (The Columbus Dispatch: February 2, 2012)
Frost’s ruling will result in a potentially lengthy reprieve for Webb, 63, of Goshen, Ohio, who was convicted and sentenced to death for setting fire to the family home on Nov. 21, 1990, causing the death of his son, Mikey, 3 1/2. Webb says he is not guilty and that someone else ignited the blaze. (Ibid)
So, we can close another month with no executions here in the U.S. But, assuredly, there many yet to come. Stay tuned.
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I believe that if it was 1874 instead of 1974 and Ray M. had witnessed a public hanging he may have thought twice about killing 13 year old Jaylene. I wonder how much money it's cost the tax payer to keep him alive since then.You have that right Jack. thanks for commenting. I knew of a man, locally, who brually raped his 12 year old step dauighter all night and then near day, choked her to death. He spent 30 years on death row, and finally they executed him. I knew the man and I knew without hearing the circumstances, that he had done the deed. Everyone knew it. Yet our system let him live into his 60's. I know we need to be extremely careful not to execute an innocent man, but this type thing is ridiculous.