Ohio murderer Raymond Tibbetts will get a second chance to avoid execution because one of the jurors from his trial is having second thoughts about his death sentence. Tibbetts, who was scheduled to die Tuesday by lethal injection, got a reprieve from Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Vernon Madison argued that his scheduled execution for killing a police officer should be halted because he was sentenced to death by a judge who overrode a jury’s conclusion that he should serve a life term. Alabama was the last state to allow judges to overrule juries’ decisions in such cases.
Anthony Shore, 55, is a confessed serial rapist and strangler whose murders went unsolved in the 1980s and 1990s. With no pending appeals, his execution was the first under Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, a Democrat who has said she doesn’t see the death penalty as a deterrent to crime.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments on whether Robert McCoy of Louisiana should get a new trial because it is unconstitutional for a lawyer to concede a client’s guilt against the client’s wishes.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said prosecutors could seek the death penalty for a Detroit man for killing two rival gang members. The AG cleared Orlando prosecutors to seek a death sentence for a man charged with killing his estranged wife. DOJ may seek death sentences for a man accused of killing eight by driving a truck onto a bike lane, and for two men in a gang killing of two teenage girls.
The Supreme Court, voting 6 to 3, ordered a lower court review of an appeal by Georgia death row inmate Keith Tharpe because a juror said Tharpe “wasn’t in the ‘good’ black folks category in my book, should get the electric chair for what he did.” Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch said the review was unwarranted and “callously delays justice” for the victim.