Friday, September 19, 2014

ACLU vs. PA over DP Drugs


ACLU sues Pennsylvania for information about lethal injection cocktail
SEPT. 11, 2014
The Pennsylvania chapter of the ACLU, The Guardian, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Philadelphia City Papers are asking state courts to unseal documents that would reveal how, and from whom, the state obtained the drugs it plans to use to execute Hubert Michael, Jr. on September 22.

Hubert L. Michael Jr. pled guilty in October 1994 to kidnapping and first-degree murder for the death of 16-year-old Trista Eng. On July 12, 1993, Eng was walking along Route 15 from her home to her summer job at a restaurant in Dillsburg, York County. Michael stopped and offered the girl a ride to work, which she accepted. Michael drove to state game lands in Warrington Township, York County, where he shot Eng three times with a handgun and then hid her body in the woods.

Michael's execution will not restore Eng's life. Neither is execution necessary to save society from the murderer. Life without parole would accomplish that. Therefore, Michael's execution could only be a revenge killing. If the capital punishment is carried out, then Michael may be subjected to a lengthy, torturous execution using mystery drugs like other condemned people were this year. A state's refusal to release information about execution drugs should necessitate an automatic moratorium.

The last execution in Pennsylvania occurred in July 1999, when Philadelphia torture killer Gary Heidnik was put to death after surrendering his appeals. More information about the history of Pennsylvania executions is available at http://www.cor.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/death_penalty/17351/history/607968

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"Continue to fight this fight" ~Troy Anthony Davis
Anti-DP article by Mary Neal, director of
~Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee
~Dog Justice for Mentally Ill
~Human Rights for Prisoners March
~Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI")

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