Judge throws out federal death senten...

Judge throws out federal death sentence for Iowa woman convicted of killing 5 people in 1993

There are 39 comments on the Star Tribune story from Mar 23, 2012, titled Judge throws out federal death sentence for Iowa woman convicted of killing 5 people in 1993. In it, Star Tribune reports that:

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A judge removed one of the two women on federal death row Friday, saying lawyers for the Iowa woman convicted in the 1993 execution-style murders of five people failed to present evidence about her troubled mental state that could have spared her from capital punishment.

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Since: Apr 08

Mission Viejo, CA

#1 Mar 23, 2012
Nope, she should get the death penalty. Sometimes liberal justices go too far in capital cases.
T Gorge

United States

#2 Mar 23, 2012
typical left wing judge

“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#3 Mar 23, 2012
"During the penalty phase of Johnson's trial, Bennett said defense lawyers failed to present expert testimony about her mental health at the time of the murders that could have helped explain her involvement to jurors. He said they should have presented evidence about the impact of serious brain impairments, personality disorders and her prior methamphetamine use.

Bennett said defense lawyers also failed to present evidence that could have undercut the prosecution's claim that she participated in DeGeus' killing out of revenge, because of their prior relationship's abusive nature. He said they should have had experts argue she was suffering from battered woman's syndrome and wouldn't have wanted him dead."
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interesting omission on the part of the defense in this case.
Justice Denied

Aledo, IL

#5 Mar 23, 2012
What a whacked out Judge! He Said," I'm happy she's going to get a new shot at things, because she deserves it." What the Hell do her victims deserve? Justice denied? These whacky judges get so wrapped up in the legalize of these cases that they forget there were real victims of her murderous Rage, but they get no standing in the process.
torch

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Mar 23, 2012
Mental status is bullllllshiiiiiit

Let them live with the judge
TSA Director

Chesapeake, VA

#7 Mar 23, 2012
And why wouldnt he? It wasnt his family member that was killed. Jusges have too much power and cant handle it.
Christsharian Deelite

Wilmington, DE

#8 Mar 23, 2012
You cretins wouldn't understand the importance of due process...wait, unless you were accused. Then you'd want to make sure the prosecutors and defense did every single thing by the letter.
Christsharian Deelite

Wilmington, DE

#9 Mar 23, 2012
TSA Director wrote:
And why wouldnt he? It wasnt his family member that was killed. Jusges have too much power and cant handle it.
You didn't use a racist slur in your post? Not yourself tonight?
TSA Director

Chesapeake, VA

#11 Mar 23, 2012
Christsharian Deelite wrote:
You cretins wouldn't understand the importance of due process...wait, unless you were accused. Then you'd want to make sure the prosecutors and defense did every single thing by the letter.
Spoken like a true criminal.
David Christman

Mentor, OH

#13 Mar 24, 2012
Christsharian Deelite wrote:
You cretins wouldn't understand the importance of due process...wait, unless you were accused. Then you'd want to make sure the prosecutors and defense did every single thing by the letter.
She had plenty of due process. I understand what due process is in death penalty cases: and excuse to get murderers back on the street.
Romney s Airtight Crate

Wilmington, DE

#14 Mar 24, 2012
David Christman wrote:
<quoted text> She had plenty of due process. I understand what due process is in death penalty cases: and excuse to get murderers back on the street.
No, whatever you think of her release or re trial or whatever happens, we KNOW from the facts that the prosecution illegally withhold evidence that would have yielded a different result.

Prosecutors are supposedly not permitted to break the law like this. And it's not under dispute that the prosecutor did here.

We also KNOW from DNA evidence how many people executed on death row were actually innocent.

The simplest way to summarize this is: You're a fcking mongoloid. There's really nothing more to it than that.

Since: May 09

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#15 Mar 24, 2012
Romney s Airtight Crate wrote:
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No,...
We also KNOW from DNA evidence how many people executed on death row were actually innocent.
....
Please tell us all about those who have been executed who were PROVEN innocent by DNA.

I'll save your time, you cannot because it has not happened!
Aspirin Between My Legos

Wilmington, DE

#16 Mar 24, 2012
Bill----- wrote:
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Please tell us all about those who have been executed who were PROVEN innocent by DNA.
I'll save your time, you cannot because it has not happened!
Hey cretin, as you lying, Tea Bagging constapo know full well, the Innocence Project has gotten people who were finally convicted and on death row awaiting execution released. That is not under dispute.

The Innocence Project has also shown that innocent people have been executed...prior to the forensic use of DNA to show wrongful convictions. Right wingers do contest this regularly, but I don't know if it's total ignorance or if it's some web site or drug addict radio bloviater who tells them lies which they believe.

Maybe the problem is that right wingers don't "believe in" DNA since all of us good fundie talibangelicals know dinosaurs walked the earth 8000 years ago with their human friends. Such people can't begin to explain what DNA means, let alone accept it's findings as proof of anything. After all, science is a liberal plot!

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#17 Mar 25, 2012
Aspirin Between My Legos wrote:
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Hey cretin, as you lying, Tea Bagging constapo know full well, the Innocence Project has gotten people who were finally convicted and on death row awaiting execution released. That is not under dispute.
The Innocence Project has also shown that innocent people have been executed...prior to the forensic use of DNA to show wrongful convictions. Right wingers do contest this regularly, but I don't know if it's total ignorance or if it's some web site or drug addict radio bloviater who tells them lies which they believe.
Maybe the problem is that right wingers don't "believe in" DNA since all of us good fundie talibangelicals know dinosaurs walked the earth 8000 years ago with their human friends. Such people can't begin to explain what DNA means, let alone accept it's findings as proof of anything. After all, science is a liberal plot!
Interesting comments from one who has no idea what he/she is talking about.

Once again since you obviously cannot read: Please give us the names of all those executed people who have been proven innocent by DNA testing.

I'll help you in the wrong direction. Check out Roger Keith Coleman executed in 1992 after a decade+ of claims of innocence. In 2006 after another 14 years DNA testing was done and it was proven that he was the guilty person.

All it will take is ONE case in modern history where it is PROVEN that an innocent person was executed and the death penalty will become a thing of the past. Better luck next time!
Aspirin Between My Legos

Wilmington, DE

#18 Mar 25, 2012
Bill----- wrote:
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Please give us the names of all those executed people who have been proven innocent by DNA testing.
Naturally you ignored my post.

You chose your metric carefully, since it would stand to reason that most exoneration efforts would focus on those alive.

You don't dispute that people have been removed from death row based on DNA evidence. How else do you think they would have avoided being killed by the government?

Do you think these wrongful convictions found prior to the government killing the defendants _only_ have happened since the advent of DNA testing? Because that would be magical thinking. Of course, that's what you do.

Evidence will never change the minds of blood thirsty, ignorant supporters of capital punishment. That's not the way these things work.

Now, anyone with an open mind can google the following and find plenty of cases. And by the way, DNA evidence is not the only way we can discover wrongful convictions, which happen with shocking frequency given all the supposed safeguards in the system. And the Innocence Project is not the only organization working on these wrongful capital case convictions.

google - innocence project wrongly executed

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#19 Mar 25, 2012
Aspirin Between My Legos wrote:
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Naturally you ignored my post.
You chose your metric carefully, since it would stand to reason that most exoneration efforts would focus on those alive.
You don't dispute that people have been removed from death row based on DNA evidence. How else do you think they would have avoided being killed by the government?
Do you think these wrongful convictions found prior to the government killing the defendants _only_ have happened since the advent of DNA testing? Because that would be magical thinking. Of course, that's what you do.
Evidence will never change the minds of blood thirsty, ignorant supporters of capital punishment. That's not the way these things work.
Now, anyone with an open mind can google the following and find plenty of cases. And by the way, DNA evidence is not the only way we can discover wrongful convictions, which happen with shocking frequency given all the supposed safeguards in the system. And the Innocence Project is not the only organization working on these wrongful capital case convictions.
google - innocence project wrongly executed
Once again you have proven to the entire world that you cannot read and understand even what YOU post!

I agree that the I.P. has found examples of people on death row being innocent, but that IS NOT WHAT YOU HAVE CLAIMED!

Likewise, just because some of the people in Philadelphia are intelligent does not make you intelligent. You are evading a direct answer to my repeated question --- name them.

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#20 Mar 25, 2012
BTW to PROVE your point, you need to submit PROOF, not opinion, as to innocence.

If you pay close attention to the ranting on some of the anti-death penalty groups, you will see that they claim that almost every person executed in innocent, even when in the last words of the murderer he/she confessed and asks for forgiveness for the murder.

Remember that most of the groups make their money by making claims all of these poor innocent people are being killed.
Ex Senator Stillborn

Wilmington, DE

#21 Mar 25, 2012
Bill----- wrote:
If you pay close attention to the ranting on some of the anti-death penalty groups, you will see that they claim that almost every person executed in innocent....
Naturally that is a sick lie. There's no such declaration.

It's your turn to "prove it." Get the comments from the Innocence Project on every single death sentence and show that the group claimed "almost every person executed" was innocent.

List your findings here. Liar.
Ex Senator Stillborn

Wilmington, DE

#22 Mar 25, 2012
Bill----- wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree that the I.P. has found examples of people on death row being innocent, but that IS NOT WHAT YOU HAVE CLAIMED!
Hey mongoloid, I have clearly claimed both.

Start with the first: Innocent people have been taken from death row.

The above alone is proof, since that shows innocent people do wind up on death row. The system sentences innocent people to death. It's proven.

What happened to such people _before_ DNA testing was available? The got executed, since there was no way to establish their innocence.

So your braying metric is false. The DNA testing does not focus on the already dead, because the living who might be innocent are the priority. They could be saved from wrongful execution after their faulty convictions, if applicable.

So that settles the matter of your disingenuous demand for only one particular kind of evidence. There's two situations that prove the fallibility of the capital punishment industry.

As for the second instance - people who were wrongfully executed - there are proven cases. There are cases using DNA and cases using other reconsidered evidence. All anyone would need to do is that google search I supplied.

But it is not necessary. We _know_ innocent people get sentenced to death and wind up on death row all the time.

You are an anti rational, lying, power mad, death wishing, rights trampling blowhard.

“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#23 Mar 25, 2012
what are you guys talking about?
this woman is guilty; that is not in question.
her mental capacity at the time of the crime is in question, and it appears to have been greatly diminished.
she should spend the rest of her days behind bars, but executing a person that is mentally incompetent is wrong on so many levels.
given that Iowa doesn't have the death penalty, it makes sense to change her sentence to life without parole.

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