Amnesty International has released its annual report on the status of capital punishment around the world.  Entitled "Amnesty International Global Report: Death Sentences and Executions 2017," you can read it online in its pdf format.   2017 Report: Numbers Have to Be Higher than Reported The 48-page report covers "the judicial use of the death penalty" as best it can.  As we’ve discussed earlier, some countries — like China — consider state executions to be "state secrets" and there is no way to confirm the number of death penalty sentences carried out by these governments. View Full Post
Two more petitions for a writ of certiorari were denied on Monday by the Supreme Court of the United States in capital cases coming out of Florida.  They are dealing with review of current Florida Death Row inmates’ sentences where they were sentenced to die under a statutory scheme deemed unconstitutional by the High Court.  Florida Death Row Sentences Under Unconstitutional System Denied SCOTUS Review Without more, let us all consider the words of Justice Sotomayor in her dissent published in the cases of Guardado v. View Full Post
This week, the State of Oklahoma announced that it is forgetting all about lethal injections because it has not been able to get the necessary toxic drugs to use for executions. Gas Chamber in Oklahoma Oklahoma’s going back to nitrogen.  That’s right.  The gas chamber will be the method of execution in the State of Oklahoma from now on. View Full Post
It’s Monday morning, and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has issued its orders of the day.  Included among them, denial of the Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Hidalgo v. Arizona.   For background, read our earlier posts: Hidalgo v Arizona SCOTUS Update: Is No News Good News? View Full Post
The State of Florida wants the death penalty for 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who has already confessed to being the shooter in the Valentine’s Day tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. For those that follow the blog, you know Terry Lenamon’s son is a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, present on the day of the shooting but thankfully unharmed.  Read, "Terence Lenamon’s Son At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting." While many of the victim’s families did not want capital punishment in this case, it appears that the Broward County prosecutors have made their own decision here.  See, "Prosecutors to seek death penalty for Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz," written by Paula McMahon and Rafael Olmeda and published by the Sun Sentinel on March 13, 2018.  Notice of Intent to Seek the Death Penalty for Nikolas Cruz The State of Florida filed its Notice of Intent today.  You can read the complete Notice of Intent here. View Full Post
 Tomorrow morning in Orlando, Terry Lenamon will be joined by his friend Rick Kammen at the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ 24th annual "Death is Different" seminar. Lenamon and Kammen Speaking at "Death is Different" Seminar Their presentation, entitled "Psycho Drama," begins at 10:30 a.m and concludes at noon. View Full Post
There are times when you are tested, when circumstances reveal your integrity or the lack thereof.  That came last week for noted Death Penalty Defense Attorney Terence Lenamon, as his son Jude Lenamon was among the students attending Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on the Valentine’s Day Shooting. View Full Post
 The American Bar Association has adopted a formal resolution regarding the Death Penalty as well as publishing its report in support of the resolution. You can read the full report here.   The 2018 ABA Resolution on Death Penalty Here is the full text of the resolution here, drafted by the ABA’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Section: RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association, without taking a position supporting or opposing the death penalty, urges each jurisdiction that imposes capital punishment to prohibit the imposition of a death sentence on or execution of any individual who was 21 years old or younger at the time of the offense. View Full Post