News Update 07.01.08
The State has started to present evidence in the trial of Jakiem Wilson, who could face the death penalty if found guilty of first-degree murder. Wilson admits to killing his wife, but asserts that he did so in a fit of rage. Such a crime would constitute second-degree murder. Before opening arguments, the judge suppressed evidence seized from Wilson’s home pursuant to a pathetically insufficient search warrant.
In Texas, prosecutors are opposing DNA testing for Lester Bower. Bower, who maintains his innocence, has an execution date later this month. The State is also refusing to hear evidence from witnesses who say they know that other men committed the quadruple murder for which Bower is on death row.
Florida is set to execute Mark Dean Schwab tonight. It has been 18 months since Florida conducted its last – botched – execution, and many are concerned that the problems with the state’s lethal injection protocol have not been resolved.
The U.S. Military has announced its intention to seek death against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who confessed to having a role in the fatal 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. The CIA has admitted to waterboarding al-Nashiri in 2002, and destroying tapes of the interrogation three years later. Al-Nashiri has said that he only confessed to stop the torture and denies any involvement in al Qaeda. (more here)