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Alamo Pictures: UK Professor Vivien Miller Discusses Death Penalty in America
Mannie Ponoc of UK’s Alamo Pictures shared this recent documentary podcast with us where Professor Vivien Miller of the University of Nottingham discusses the history of capital punishment in America, using visuals from the BBC’s “Life and Death Row – The Mass Execution” as she delves into various aspects of the death penalty in our…
Left and Right Share the Same Perspective on the Death Penalty: The Nation and The National Review
The Nation describes itself as “progressive” while the National Review claims to “define the modern conservative movement” in this country. In the past few weeks, both have published articles discussing executions and how the death penalty is being carried out in this country.
The two publications do not discuss the same…
Paul Hildwin Trial Results in Plea Deal and Freedom After 28 Years on Death Row
This week, Terence Lenamon was scheduled to begin a two-to-three week trial in the capital defense case of Paul Hildwin, having been appointed to handle the penalty phase of the retrial back in 2017.
However, things changed early this morning when Paul Hildwin was set free after spending 28 years on Florida’s Death Row.
Markeith Loyd Notice of Intent to Rely on Insanity Defense Filed by Terence Lenamon
On March 2, 2020, Terence Lenamon filed a Rule 3.216 Notice of Intent to Rely on Insanity in the Markeith Loyd death penalty case. A pdf of this filing is shared in Terry’s Online Library as a public service.
Markeith Loyd Insanity Defense
From the Notice:
“Defendant, Markeith Loyd, by and through the undersigned…
Lenamon Defends Vampire Cult Leader Rod Ferrell in Sentencing Appeal Based Upon SCOTUS Ruling in Miller
In 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States published its opinion in Miller v. Alabama, 132 S. Ct. 2455, 567 U.S. 460, 183 L. Ed. 2d 407 (2012). It is a landmark case dealing with juvenile offenders in the criminal justice system.
Miller: Rare Juvenile Offender Whose Crime Reflects Irreparable Corruption
Poole: Florida Supreme Court Reverses Hurst
Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court reversed its opinion in Hurst v. State ruling that Florida does not require a jury to be unanimous when someone is being sentenced to death. You can read the per curiam opinion in the case of State of Florida v. Poole by clicking on the image shown below:
DPIC Year End Report: the Death Penalty in 2019
The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) has released its annual summary of how the death penalty fared in this country during the preceding year. The full report is available online here.
Hallmarks from 2019 include the following:
- New Hampshire became the 21st state to abolish capital punishment.
- California put all executions on hold.
More Argument for Ending the Death Penalty
1. Inequality in Results: Unequal Outcomes in Capital Cases
Recently the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board changed the paper’s official stance on the death penalty in Florida in an editorial entitled “It’s time for Florida to get rid of the death penalty,” and published on November 22, 2019.
Part of their argument includes a…
Terence Lenamon Defends Rod Ferrell in Resentencing Hearing: the Vampire Clan Case
This week, Terence Lenamon and Melissa Ortiz are defending Rod Ferrell in his resentencing hearing in Lake County, Florida.
Rod Ferrell Defense Begins Tomorrow
Today, the State rested. Over the next two days or so, the defense will present their experts and civilian witnesses in the State of Florida vs. Roderick Ferrell, Case No. 1996-CF-1913…