Tennessee death row inmate's last words before execution by electric chair
'Let's rock' were inmates last words after conviction in 1983 double murder
Death row inmate says, ‘Let’s rock,’ before dying on Tennessee electric chair
Edmund Zagorski, the convicted killer who opted for the electric chair instead of lethal injection, was asked if he had any last words before dying and he responded, “Let’s rock."
Tennessee death row inmate dies 3 months before scheduled execution
A Tennessee death row inmate died in prison on Friday, less than three months before his scheduled execution and less than a day after a fellow inmate was executed.
Lessons from death row inmates
What happens before a murder? In looking for ways to reduce death penalty cases, David R. Dow realized that a surprising number of death row inmates had similar biographies. In this talk he proposes a bold plan, one that prevents murders in the first place.
Why a Seventh-day Adventist church made death row inmate, an elder
Members of Riverside Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church want Tennessee's governor to not execute Donnie Johnson. They believe in his ministry work.
Tennessee death row inmate orders bizarre meal before execution
Why Tennessee death row inmates ask for electrocution over lethal injection
Tennessee says court should reject death row inmate's plea
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Attorneys for the state of Tennessee say the courts should reject a plea by condemned inmate David Earl Miller to halt his execution.
Why a Seventh-day Adventist church in Nashville made a Donnie Johnson, a death row inmate, an elder
Members of Riverside Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church do not want the state of Tennessee to execute Donnie Johnson.
Death row inmate says ‘let’s rock’ before being zapped by electric chair
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee used its electric chair for the first time since 2007, executing an inmate Thursday evening for the killings of two other men who had been shot and had their throats sl…
Death row inmate must choose between lethal injection and electric chair, judge rules
Murderer David Earl Miller receives instructions after requesting to be killed by firing squad
Supreme Court Rules for Death Row Inmate With Dementia
The court also issued decisions favoring a criminal defendant whose lawyer would not file an appeal and farmers in India suing over pollution there.
The Amazing Conversion of Death Row Inmate Claude Newman
I had heard of the story of a death row inmate who had converted to Christ’s Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church after having experienced a Marian apparition but, frankly, you hear about these stories all the time and they turn out to be little more than pious tales rather than historically accurate accounts. Having spoken... read more
10 Death Row Inmates Who Might Be Innocent
In his famous Commentaries On The Laws Of England, Sir William Blackstone wrote 'It is better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.' Yet just last year, a Stanford University study extrapolated from past trends to estimate that around 4 percent of death row prisoners will eventually be exonerated. Since there are currently just over 3,000 men and women on death row, that would suggest that roughly 120 Americans are facing death for a crime they didn't commit. Here are…
Death Row Inmates Challenge Post-Conviction Rules
Death row inmates are ill-served by the way states approve attorneys for post-conviction defense teams, 11 Arizona prisoners and the state’s Office of the Federal Public Defender claimed Monday in suing the Department of Justice.
Death row inmate Donnie Johnson forgoes special last meal before execution, asks supporters to...
Tennessee death row inmate Donnie Edward Johnson doesn't want a special last meal before his scheduled execution Thursday.
What Death Row Inmates Say Before They Die
U.S. top court spurns Alabama death row inmate; Sotomayor outraged
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a death row inmate's challenge to Alabama's execution method, prompting liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor to assert that the court should have considered whether the lethal injection procedures amounted to unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.
STUDIES: How Often Are Death Row Inmates Spared Because of Insanity?
In Ford v. Wainwright (1986), the U.S. Supreme Court banned the execution of inmates who were insane. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Rehnquist and Chief Justice Burger warned that the majority decision "offers an invitation to those who have nothing to lose...to advance entirely spurious claims of insanity." A new study has examined cases since 1986 in which death row inmates filed claims of mental incompetence…
Supreme Court rules for Alabama death row inmate
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is ordering a new state court hearing to determine whether an Alabama death row inmate is so affected by dementia that he can't be executed The justices ruled 5-3 on Wednesday in favor of inmate Vernon Madison, who killed a police officer in 1985. His lawyers say he has suffered strokes that have left him with severe dementia. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals in siding with Madison, now 68. The high court ruling…