Death Penalty - States

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

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

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.

Today,

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

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

Under

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.
  • Indiana

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

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

Terence Lenamon was victorious in his fight against capital punishment for Markeith Loyd (see our earlier posts for details about the case).  What was the jury thinking when jurors returned to the courtroom, announcing a decision against the death penalty?

Death Penalty Closing Argument by Terence Lenamon (Result: Jury Nixes Death Penalty)

Here’s the defense