In September 2013, 2 1/2 weeks after being released from custody, Debra Milke had a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court.
february 9, 2014
Phoenix – An Arizona judge rejected a bid by the lawyers of Jodi Arias, the woman convicted last year in the death of Travis Alexander, to spare her from the death penalty. As reported by Reuters, court papers related to the judge’s ruling were released on Friday.
Maricopa Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens stated in her ruling that the claim by defense attorneys that a state law permitting a second penalty phase for Arias was unconstitutional and represented cruel and unusual punishment was wrong.
Alexander was found dead in his Phoenix home in 2008 after being stabbed and shot. Arias was convicted of murder in May 2013, but a jury deadlocked in trying to determine her sentencing. A new jury is set to reconvene on March 17 for the trial’s second penalty phase.
Stephens is quoted by Reuters as writing in part of her three-page ruling, “Defendant has not been ‘acquitted’ of the death sentence by the jury’s failure to reach a verdict, and thus there is no constitutional bar to retrying the penalty phase.”
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Robert Henry Moorman received bypass surgery three months before he was executed.
Lynette Barrett’s eyes well up with tears when she talks about her husband, Murray, and his struggle to survive.
“Nine years ago last December,” Barrett said is when she discovered Murray had liver failure. “He needs a new liver,” she said.
Unable to work and with no health insurance, the Barretts found themselves under a mountain of debt and with an even larger bill on the horizon.
“He’s had three hospital stays in the last year and each of them has been over $50,000. Without insurance, we had to have $100,000 up front before they’d even consider a transplant,” said Barrett.
Since 2010, the state indigent healthcare system has purged more than 100,000 people from its rolls. Families like the Barretts no longer qualify for state aid.
State leaders say helping them is a luxury they just can’t afford. But a CBS 5 investigation found cases where state dollars have gone to lifesaving operations in one of the unlikeliest places.
That place is death row.
Every inmate here is awaiting execution and in a strange quirk of the law, some of these condemned inmates are receiving the kind of state-funded medical care being denied to law-abiding citizens who don’t have health insurance.
In 1984, Robert Moorman murdered his adoptive mother and chopped her up into pieces. But in November of last year, Moorman received a quintuple heart bypass surgery at the taxpayers’ expense. He was executed three months later.
Why does the state pay for healthcare for prison inmates?
“Because there’s no choice,” said Daniel Pachoda, who is the legal director for the Phoenix office of the ACLU.
He said he can’t explain what happened to Robert Moorman, but the requirements of the death penalty may help explain it.
“That is a quirk in the law that people have to be medically and physically competent before they’re allowed to be executed,” said Pachoda.
But according to Pachoda, it would be a mistake to think that all inmates get the same treatment.
The ACLU recently sued the state, citing dozens of cases where basic medical treatment or antibiotics would have saved the lives of inmates or spared them from serious illness.
Lynette Barrett says the Moorman case does not make any sense to her.
“It’s really hard to see somebody they’re going to execute in three months…what was the point of the bypass?” she asked.
Department of Corrections officials could not discuss any specific inmate medical questions, but they did say medical professionals are the ones who make the decisions about healthcare for inmates. And they insist that all inmates receive the same constitutionally required medical care.
A York County, Pa., man who was wrongly convicted of murder is now off death row and Monday night he talked about his experience with the students of Albright College.
Ray Krone spent a decade in prison and when he was released he said maybe it’s not about the 10 years he lost but what he does with the next 10 years.
“I’m just thankful they didn’t execute me before I had a chance and my family had a chance to bring me home again,” said Krone.
Ray Krone said prior to being convicted in 1992 for murdering a bar manager in Phoenix, Ariz., he didn’t have a criminal record and never questioned the criminal justice system.
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- Ray’s Story – wrongfully convicted (claimyourinnocence.wordpress.com)
- 10 years after DNA cleared York County man, death penalty still debated (claimyourinnocence.wordpress.com)