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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 17, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a lethal-injection execution process won't lead to immediate changes in Maryland's de facto death-penalty moratorium. In a brief written statement, Gov. Martin O'Malley, who favors abolishing the death penalty, said he first needs to review the seven written opinions in the Supreme Court's 7-2 vote in support of Kentucky's lethal-injection protocol. Noting that the Maryland General Assembly approved a commission to study the death penalty, the governor said, "We will follow the law in both cases.
NEWS
September 24, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge cleared the way Friday for California's first execution since 2006, citing the state's efforts to revise its lethal injection procedure amid court concerns that it had amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel said in his ruling the execution of convicted killer and rapist Albert Greenwood Brown could proceed Wednesday. Brown's execution would be the first in the state since Fogel placed a de facto moratorium on capital punishment in California and ordered prison officials to overhaul the process.
NEWS
May 23, 2008
ANNAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley, an opponent of capital punishment, said Thursday he will "sadly" move forward with getting Maryland's execution protocol approved, a step required by the state's highest court before another execution can take place. The Court of Appeals ruled in late 2006 that the state could not hold another lethal injection until a legislative committee gave proper approval to the rules about how executions are carried out. O'Malley has backed a repeal of capital punishment, but legislation to replace a death sentence with life in prison without possibility of parole has failed for two consecutive years in the Maryland General Assembly.
NEWS
September 29, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California officials on Wednesday called off the scheduled execution of a convicted murderer after setbacks in federal and state courts. The attorney general's office said in a court filing that it can no longer proceed with the lethal injection of Albert Greenwood Brown at 9 p.m. Thursday. It would've been California's execution since 2006. "I'm relieved," said John Grele, one of Brown's attorneys. "This was a hastily designed plan. " The announcement came a day after a federal judge blocked the execution, saying he needed more time to evaluate the state's newly adopted lethal injection procedures.
NEWS
August 4, 2006
This week, attorneys for Brandon Morris, accused in the January shooting death of Correctional Officer Jeffery Wroten, filed about 50 motions in the case, including a challenge to Maryland's method of execution as "cruel and unusual punishment. " Maryland uses a combination of three chemicals to create a lethal injection. There have been challenges to lethal injection in other states, where opponents have said that, far from being a quiet death, it can be painful and terrifying for the subject.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 14, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - House Republicans on Thursday renewed their push to keep Maryland's death penalty and for Gov. Martin O'Malley to remove an obstacle so it may be carried out. Shortly before a death-penalty repeal bill was heard in a House committee, Republicans called on O'Malley, a Democrat, to fix a technical problem that prevents Maryland from actually executing anyone sentenced to die. The state has effectively had a death-penalty moratorium for...
NEWS
By DON AINES | December 1, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Ten years after he killed two people in Chambersburg, Michael B. Singley has requested that his appeals be dropped so the state can "perform it's (sic) duty and Execute me by way of Lethal Injection as soon as legally possible. " Singley last week filed a motion in Franklin County Court to withdraw his Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) petition, which included his request that he be executed for the 1998 killings of his cousin's wife and her next-door neighbor on Elder Street.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | August 3, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Calling Maryland's death penalty by lethal injection "cruel and unusual punishment," Brandon Morris' attorneys asked Friday that the court strike the death penalty as a sentencing option if their client is convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a correctional officer. The motion and related motions to strike the death penalty were filed Friday among about 50 motions by Michael Morrissette and Eric Reed, public defenders representing Morris, who faces the death penalty if he is convicted of any of three first-degree murder counts in the Jan. 27 death of Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten.
NEWS
By DON AINES | September 22, 2000
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Douglas W. Herman on Friday established a "cooling-off" period in the death penalty case of Michael Brandon Singley, ordering the penalty phase to be continued until the January trial term. "The judge said a cooling-off period would be appropriate considering the extensive publicity" from a degree of guilt hearing held Tuesday, said Public Defender Robert J. Trambley, who is representing Singley with co-counsel Michael Toms.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | August 15, 2006
Brandon Morris' defense attorneys' contention that the Maryland death penalty method by lethal injection is "cruel and unusual punishment" is a "premature" argument, Washington County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong said in a response to one of about 50 motions defense attorneys filed in late July. Prosecutors on Friday filed responses to the motions filed July 28 by defense attorneys for Brandon Morris, 20, an inmate who faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the Jan. 26 shooting of Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten.
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September 29, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California officials on Wednesday called off the scheduled execution of a convicted murderer after setbacks in federal and state courts. The attorney general's office said in a court filing that it can no longer proceed with the lethal injection of Albert Greenwood Brown at 9 p.m. Thursday. It would've been California's execution since 2006. "I'm relieved," said John Grele, one of Brown's attorneys. "This was a hastily designed plan. " The announcement came a day after a federal judge blocked the execution, saying he needed more time to evaluate the state's newly adopted lethal injection procedures.
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NEWS
September 24, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal judge cleared the way Friday for California's first execution since 2006, citing the state's efforts to revise its lethal injection procedure amid court concerns that it had amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel said in his ruling the execution of convicted killer and rapist Albert Greenwood Brown could proceed Wednesday. Brown's execution would be the first in the state since Fogel placed a de facto moratorium on capital punishment in California and ordered prison officials to overhaul the process.
NEWS
By DON AINES | December 1, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Ten years after he killed two people in Chambersburg, Michael B. Singley has requested that his appeals be dropped so the state can "perform it's (sic) duty and Execute me by way of Lethal Injection as soon as legally possible. " Singley last week filed a motion in Franklin County Court to withdraw his Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) petition, which included his request that he be executed for the 1998 killings of his cousin's wife and her next-door neighbor on Elder Street.
NEWS
May 23, 2008
ANNAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley, an opponent of capital punishment, said Thursday he will "sadly" move forward with getting Maryland's execution protocol approved, a step required by the state's highest court before another execution can take place. The Court of Appeals ruled in late 2006 that the state could not hold another lethal injection until a legislative committee gave proper approval to the rules about how executions are carried out. O'Malley has backed a repeal of capital punishment, but legislation to replace a death sentence with life in prison without possibility of parole has failed for two consecutive years in the Maryland General Assembly.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 17, 2008
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a lethal-injection execution process won't lead to immediate changes in Maryland's de facto death-penalty moratorium. In a brief written statement, Gov. Martin O'Malley, who favors abolishing the death penalty, said he first needs to review the seven written opinions in the Supreme Court's 7-2 vote in support of Kentucky's lethal-injection protocol. Noting that the Maryland General Assembly approved a commission to study the death penalty, the governor said, "We will follow the law in both cases.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | March 14, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - House Republicans on Thursday renewed their push to keep Maryland's death penalty and for Gov. Martin O'Malley to remove an obstacle so it may be carried out. Shortly before a death-penalty repeal bill was heard in a House committee, Republicans called on O'Malley, a Democrat, to fix a technical problem that prevents Maryland from actually executing anyone sentenced to die. The state has effectively had a death-penalty moratorium for...
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | August 15, 2006
Brandon Morris' defense attorneys' contention that the Maryland death penalty method by lethal injection is "cruel and unusual punishment" is a "premature" argument, Washington County State's Attorney Charles P. Strong said in a response to one of about 50 motions defense attorneys filed in late July. Prosecutors on Friday filed responses to the motions filed July 28 by defense attorneys for Brandon Morris, 20, an inmate who faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the Jan. 26 shooting of Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten.
NEWS
August 4, 2006
This week, attorneys for Brandon Morris, accused in the January shooting death of Correctional Officer Jeffery Wroten, filed about 50 motions in the case, including a challenge to Maryland's method of execution as "cruel and unusual punishment. " Maryland uses a combination of three chemicals to create a lethal injection. There have been challenges to lethal injection in other states, where opponents have said that, far from being a quiet death, it can be painful and terrifying for the subject.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | August 3, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Calling Maryland's death penalty by lethal injection "cruel and unusual punishment," Brandon Morris' attorneys asked Friday that the court strike the death penalty as a sentencing option if their client is convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a correctional officer. The motion and related motions to strike the death penalty were filed Friday among about 50 motions by Michael Morrissette and Eric Reed, public defenders representing Morris, who faces the death penalty if he is convicted of any of three first-degree murder counts in the Jan. 27 death of Roxbury Correctional Institution Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten.
NEWS
July 17, 2006
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