Texas & Florida Governors-Go on Execution Marathon (Including recent execution of a “mentally disabled” man)

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
In TALLAHASSEE — Not since any time in recorded history have any two Governors Together Texas Governors Rick Perry and his Florida counterpart Rick Scott been so adamant at hastening the pace of signing death warrants. Both in Florida and Texas the lining up three executions over the past few weeks, the most in such a brief time, in more than two decades. While, in both states use of Capital punishment, has become extremely questionable. There is a wealth of mounting evidence that corroborates this fact.
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Both Together Texas Governors Rick Perry and his FLORIDA Rick Scott counterpart been so adamant at hastening the pace of signing death warrants.
Together Texas Governors Rick Perry and his Florida counterpart Rick Scott have been responsible for a U.S. record at hastening the pace of signing death warrants.
 According to research by many organizations including this recent report by Amnesty International-The death penalty, both in the U.S. and around the world is discriminatory and is used disproportionately against the poor, minorities and members of racial, ethnic and religious communities.
In Florida Governor Scott has been so eager to use the death penalty. The state also leads the nation with 24 cases of death row exoneration‘s, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. Since taking office in January 2011, Governor Scott has endorsed eleven death warrants, and 13 more inmates face the impending issuance of a death warrant.
It appears that every 10 days, Gov. Scott is signing a death warrant." Said Martin McClain, a lawyer who has defended many Florida death row inmates.
It appears that every 10 days, Gov. Scott is signing a death warrant.” Said Martin McClain
Governor Rick Scott has accelerated the pace of signing death warrants in Florida at one point recently by lining up three executions over the in a matter of weeks, the largest in such a brief period, in more than two decades. “It appears that every 10 days, Gov. Scott is signing a death warrant.” Said Martin McClain, a lawyer who has defended many Florida death row inmates.
No one knows, the reasoning for the timing of death warrant signings, and that information has long been shrouded in mystery in Florida, and it has been the subject of consternation among lawyers who represent death row inmates. Inmates are entitled to appeal their convictions in both the state and federal courts, and every case undergoes an inquiry by the Florida Parole Commission before the governor can sign a death warrant.


Again, Scott not long ago signed three death warrants in succession, for sentenced murderers Elmer Leon Carroll, William Van Poyck and Marshall Lee Gore. All three have been on death row for greater than 20 years, A historical record.
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No one knows, the reasoning for the timing of death warrant signings, and which inmates are chosen, has long been shrouded in mystery, in Florida, and has been the subject of consternation among lawyers who represent death row inmates

  

Unfortunately, Florida is one of 33 states that has the death penalty, and it has 405 inmates on death row, more than any other state except California. The state has executed 75 people since 1976.
USA 2013 ExecutionsScott’s stream of death warrant signings likewise parallels the Legislature’s recent passage of a bill aimed at speeding up the death penalty appeals process-dubbed the Timely Justice Act by legislators, the bill (HB 7083) passed both chambers by wide margins. Death penalty abolitionists released a current Columbia Law School “studyindicating to show massiveerror rates.” 
Ramiro Hernandez Llanas had been evaluated as having an IQ in the 50s or 60s. He suffers from severe adaptive functioning deficits: academic, conceptual, social, work and domestic
Ramiro Hernandez Llanas had been evaluated as having an IQ in the 50s or 60s. He suffered from severe adaptive functioning deficits: academic, conceptual, social, work and domestic


In TEXAS- Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday April 9, 2013-executed Ramiro Hernández Llanas, a Mexican national with a mental disability, with research conducted by Amnesty International. Ramiro Hernandez Llanas  had a final hope for mercy a reprieve from the state governor because the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency.

There have been 15 executions in the USA this year, five of them in Texas. Since Judicial Killing resumed in the USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have happened during Governor Perry’s time in office.

In the Hernandez Llanas  case, the state had relied upon racial stereotyping and the views of discredited “expertise” to secure his death sentencenow carried out shortly after 6pm, local time, on 9 April.

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USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have occurred during Governor Perry’s time in office.

“This case cried out for Governor Perry to use his power of reprieve. He must have recognized that the state has relied upon shoddyexperttestimony to get Ramiro Hernández Llanas to the death chamber,” said Rob Freer, Amnesty International’s researcher on the USA.

At the 2000 trial, the prosecution turned to the testimony of a discredited psychiatrist, Dr. James Grigson, to rebut the opinions of mental health experts retained by the defense. Grigson, who had never examined the defendant, declared that Ramiro Hernández Llanas would likely commit future acts of criminal violence because he was a sociopath who lacked a conscience. James Grigson persuading the jury that the defendant will be a “future danger” to society, even in prison, reprimanded and although Grigson was expelled from the American Psychiatric Association because of his resort to such unscientific testimony in capital trials,” said Rob Freer. 

Being supportive of Hernández Llanas-The Mexican government filed a brief in the US Supreme Court in January condemning thedefamatory stereotyping of the functional abilities of persons raised in Mr. Hernandez’s low socio-economic, Mexican culture.”

Given that which came nextwas psychiatric testimony tainted by racial stereotyping – this case stood out starkly as one more Texas injustice that turned into continuity in the lethal injection chamber.
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Texas is no stranger to injustice when it comes to the death penalty,” said Rob Freer.
“Here it is again, Texas carried out a death sentence against someone whose mental disability called the constitutionality of his execution into serious question. Governor Perry  did not act as a matter of urgency.”

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, founded in 1876, together with The Arc of the United States, the USA’s largest community-based association working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, also urged the Court to intervene. It refused to do so.

Last week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issuedprecautionary measures,” calling on the USA not to go ahead with the execution so that the Commission could have time to consider a petition before it. Today, the Commission stressed that for the USA to allow the execution to go ahead in these circumstances would “seriously contravenes its international legal obligations.”
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Background information on Hernandez Llanas 

Ramiro Hernandez Llanas was sentenced to death in February 2000 for the murder of his employer, Glen Lich, who was bludgeoned to death at his ranch in Kerr County on 14 October 1997. 

Hernández Llanas  only knew severe poverty in Mexico, as a child with his family living in a cardboard shack next to a scavenge dump. In tests conducted over the past decade, Ramiro Hernandez Llanas has been evaluated as having an IQ in the 50s or 60s. He suffered from severe adaptive functioning deficits across a range of skill areas including linguistic, academic, conceptual, social, work and domestic.
There have been 15 executions in the USA this year, five of them in Texas. Since judicial killing resumed in the USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have occurred during Governor Perry’s time in office(glg)
“Constitutional protections must not be lost to expediency.”

 Can the state, which represents the whole of society and has the duty of protecting society, fulfill that duty by lowering itself to the level of the murderer, and treating him as he treated others? The forfeiture of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict it on another, even when backed by legal process. And I believe that future generations, throughout the world, will come to agree.

Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and Secretary General of the United Nations 1997 -2007.

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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Greer is the Founder/Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at Contact: one1worldtoday@gmail.com.

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One thought on “Texas & Florida Governors-Go on Execution Marathon (Including recent execution of a “mentally disabled” man)

    Michael said:
    April 14, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Start educating young people start at h home before trying to save the world. Black people what to blame everyone but they don’t want to take responsibility. That’s why black kids underachieve at the rate they do and that’s why black kids can’t read write or do math. If you spent more time wirh black kids then they wouldn’t be in these situations that cause them to be put in this position of getting executed. Where was the support when they were one two three years old?

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