In this photo released of Benjamin Vaughn, lower right, with his great uncle Clarence Ray Allen, lower left, and Allenâ€™s son Roger Allen, upper left, and his wife, Dell Ray Allen, upper right, inside San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, Calif., Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, before the execution of Allen. Allen, 76, was sentenced to death for ordering the slaying of three people at a Fresno, Calif., market while he was behind bars in 1980 for another murder. The last California execution.
Executions in California may resume by the end of the year — with one inmate being put to death by lethal injection each month — as a result of today’s Supreme Court ruling, a high-level state prosecutor said.
Chief Assistant Atty. Gen. Dane Gillette, who has defended the state’s lethal injection procedures against a federal court challenge, said he believes it is “certainly feasible” to resume executions by the end of the year.
U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel in San Jose had ordered a temporary halt to executions in California after finding the state’s lethal injection procedures were unconstitutional. A decision by Fogel on whether a new execution protocol by the state meets constitutional requirements is pending.
A hearing in the case has been set for June, but Gillette said it may be moved up as a result of today’s high court ruling. The state plans to ask Fogel to lift his court order and permit executions to resume.
Even if Fogel rules quickly for the state, another legal challenge pending in a California appellate court will prevent the state from executing inmates immediately. Gillette said the state would press for a quick resolution in that case, which was unaffected by the Supreme Court decision.
Resuming executions this year “means a lot of things falling our way, but I think that is entirely possible,” Gillette said.
Federal Judge Jeremy Fogel’s ruling was CRAP and now the Supremes have overturned a bogus attempt to end capital punishment by lethal injection in this country.
The San Quentin “OLD” execution chamber has been remodeled and an updated execution protocol will be adjusted in accordance with today’s U.S. Supreme Court holdings.
Michale Morales has been in prison for over twenty-seven years for the brutal murder by claw-hammer and knife of Terri Lyn Winchell. Morales raped her in the dirt after hitting her in the head 23 times with a claw hammer. He then stabbled her four times to make sure she was dead.
This bastard has been duly convicted of his crimes in a California court of law and the sentence imposed by the court is death.
Morales will be the next to die for his crimes.
Time for justice for Terri Lynn Winchell.
“I will continue to defend the death penalty and the will of the people, and I am confident that California’s lethal injection protocol will be upheld,” Schwarzenegger said.
Governor, it is time for your office to enforce the law of California as voted into law by the people of California in 1978.