September 14, 2014 |
Citing the state's need to acquire the drugs required to administer a lethal injection, Gov. Corbett on Friday granted a temporary reprieve for an inmate scheduled for execution this month. Hubert Lester Michael Jr., 58, who pleaded guilty in the 1993 kidnapping, rape, and murder of Trista Eng, 16, in York County and was sentenced to death, had been scheduled for execution Sept. 22. But that had to be put off, the governor's office said, to allow the Department of Corrections to acquire the drugs required by state law for the lethal injection.
September 13, 2014 |
Four news organizations, including The Inquirer, filed a motion in federal court Thursday seeking the name of the firm contracted to provide the drugs Pennsylvania would use in an execution by lethal injection scheduled for this month. The state has said the compounding pharmacy it contracted to supply the drugs would likely refuse to do so if its name were made public, according to the court papers filed in Harrisburg. In the motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, The Inquirer, Guardian US, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Philadelphia City Paper said recent botched executions in other states "have greatly increased the public's interest in lethal injection executions.
May 7, 2014 |
John G. McDougall, 82, whose storied legal career in Delaware County included a 12-year battle that cleared a teenager convicted of murder, died Thursday, May 1, at Kindred Acute Care in Havertown of complications from a fall. Until that fall about a month ago, he worked full time at Minisec Inc., the offender rehabilitation-services company he founded in 1995 with son Sean and daughter Colleen Marsini. Mr. McDougall, who lived most recently in Wallingford, was appointed Delaware County's first public defender in the late 1970s.
November 9, 2012 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Death-row inmate Hubert L. Michael Jr. has been informed that his life has been spared, for at least two weeks, by the U.S. Supreme Court, authorities said. Michael, the convicted murderer of a 16-year-old girl, was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 7 p.m. in a central Pennsylvania prison near State College. But six hours before he was to be executed, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit granted a stay. The state then filed its own appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the execution to continue.
September 13, 2012
Time is running out for Gov. Corbett to commute the sentence of an inmate facing execution on Oct. 3 for murdering the Philadelphia man who sexually abused him as a child. Whether or not a city judge intervenes to halt Pennsylvania's first execution in more than a decade, the course for Corbett is clear: clemency for condemned killer Terrance "Terry" Williams. For their part, pardons officials who will deliberate next week in Harrisburg on Williams' fate should take the next critical step in prompting the governor to act - with a recommendation that Corbett commute Williams' death sentence to life without parole.
July 25, 2012 |
Authorities on Tuesday charged Philadelphia's "Black Madam" with murder for administering a series of fatal silicone buttock injections to a 20-year-old British tourist at an airport hotel last year. Padge Victoria Windslowe, 42, was charged with third-degree murder, conspiracy, reckless endangerment, and other violations in the February 2011 death of Claudia Seye Aderotimi. Windslowe faces up to 44 to 88 years in prison if convicted. She is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 8. The death of Aderotimi, an aspiring dancer from London who traveled to Philadelphia with friends and paid $1,800 for the buttock-enhancement injections, drew international attention and led reporters from the United Kingdom to flock to Philadelphia.
January 16, 2012
DOVER, Del. - The Delaware Board of Pardons recommends that Gov. Jack Markell grant clemency to a man facing execution Friday for the 1990 murder of his former girlfriend. The state is scheduled to execute Robert Gattis, 49, by lethal injection, but the board announced Sunday it had voted, 4-1, to ask Markell to commute the sentence to life in prison without parole provided Gattis agrees to spend the rest of his life in prison and not seek further appeals or pardons. "The governor will consider the board's written decision and carefully review the case," Markell spokeswoman Cathy Rossi said.
November 30, 2011 |
OMAHA, Neb. - A Swiss pharmaceutical company is asking Nebraska officials to return a drug the state plans to use to execute death-row inmates. Earlier this month, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services announced it had obtained a new supply of sodium thiopental, one of three drugs needed to carry out executions by lethal injection, from the Swiss company Naari AG. The drug is no longer manufactured in the United States and is in scarce supply...
September 22, 2011
A GROUP of about 100 gathered in Center City last night, joining an international push against the execution of a Georgia cop- killer whose conviction has been called into question. The group gathered at 15th and Market streets to support Troy Davis, who was slated to be executed yesterday for killing a police officer in Savannah, Ga., in 1989. It was to no avail. CNN reported that Davis was executed at 11:08 p.m., about an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-ditch appeal.
September 22, 2011 |
JACKSON, Ga. - Georgia executed Troy Davis Wednesday night for the murder of an off-duty police officer, a crime he denied committing right to the end as supporters around the world mourned and declared that an innocent man had been put to death. Defiant to the end, he told relatives of Mark MacPhail that his 1989 slaying was not his fault. "I did not have a gun," he insisted. "For those about to take my life," he told prison officials, "may God have mercy on your souls.