Death Row’s oldest executed

Posted in uwvmwtei on December 29th, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Allen deserves capital punishment because he was already serving a life sentence for murder when he masterminded the murders of three innocent young people and conspired to attack the heart of our criminal justice system,” state prosecutor Ward Campbell said. Allen raised two claims never before endorsed by the high court: that executing a frail old man would violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and that the 23 years he spent on Death Row were unconstitutionally cruel. Allen is legally blind, nearly deaf and uses a wheelchair to get around. His heart stopped in September, but doctors revived him and returned him to San Quentin Prison’s Death Row. Allen requested a do-not-resuscitate order if he had any health problems before the execution, prison spokesman Eric Messick said. “These infirmities are not simply the result of the passage of time or of old age, as some would suggest, but result from prison authorities’ deliberate neglect of his medical needs while in the state’s custody,” said Annette Carnegie, one of Allen’s attorneys. Allen was to become California’s 13th condemned inmate executed since state lawmakers restored capital punishment in 1977 and the third in the last 12 months. The U.S. Supreme Court has said it is cruel and unusual to execute inmates who killed when they were juveniles, the mentally retarded, and those who are so mentally incompetent they do not understand their punishment. But the court has never set an upper age limit for executions or created an exception for physical illness. Justice Stephen Breyer, who in 2002 expressed an interest in deciding whether a long stay on Death Row was unconstitutionally cruel, was the lone dissenter in Allen’s case. “Petitioner is 76 years old, blind, suffers from diabetes and is confined to a wheelchair, and has been on Death Row for 23 years,” Breyer wrote. “I believe that in the circumstances he raises a significant question as to whether his execution would constitute cruel and unusual punishment.” The high court upheld a Sunday decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which concluded that Allen’s age and illness were not grounds for being spared. The San Francisco-based appeals court also said Allen waited too long to address the longevity question. The court insisted Allen should have filed such a claim years ago, not on the eve of his execution – a decision left intact by the Supreme Court. His case generated far less publicity than last month’s execution of Crips co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams, whose case set off a nationwide debate over the possibility of redemption on Death Row, with Hollywood stars and capital punishment foes arguing that Williams had made amends by writing children’s books about the dangers of gangs. There were only about 200 people gathered outside the prison gates before the execution, about one-tenth of the crowd that came out last month for Williams. A large sound system played rap and light rock music as the small crowd milled about. Allen’s final meal was white-meat chicken from KFC, a buffalo steak, whole milk, sugar-free pecan pie and black walnut ice cream. “He described today as a good day and said he had a good time visiting with his family,” Messick said. Allen went to prison for having his teenage son’s 17-year-old girlfriend murdered for fear she would tell police about a Fresno market burglary. While behind bars in 1980, he directed a hit man to kill seven witnesses, including Bryon Schletewitz, whose family owned Fran’s Market. Schletewitz and two clerks – Douglas Scott White and Josephine Rocha – were slain. Two others in the market were injured. The killings landed Allen and hit man Billy Ray Hamilton on Death Row. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN QUENTIN, Calif. – California executed its oldest condemned inmate early today for arranging a triple murder 25 years ago to silence witnesses in another killing. Clarence Ray Allen was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 12:38 a.m. at San Quentin State Prison, less than an hour after his 76th birthday ended at midnight. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Allen’s final appeal Monday. Allen was had been jailed for a triple murder he ordered from behind bars 25 years ago to silence witnesses to another killing. last_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: ST JOHNSTON & CARRIGANS COMMUNITY NOTES

Posted in tivdvyll on December 29th, 2019

first_imgYou can send your local news to info@donegaldaily.com. All submissions welcomed.ST JOHNSTON & CARRIGANS LOCAL NOTESThe St.Johnston and Carrigans Social Services bus outing will be on Saturday June 23rd leaving Carrigans at 12pm and St.Johnston at 12.15pm. If you wish to go, please leave your name in the Resource Centre or ring Sarah on 087-7489181 before Friday 15th June. Karate Classes: Starting on Thursday 5th April from 6 to 7pm. To suit all ages.€5 per session. At the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, St.Johnston. Tel: 00447729732691 for more information.The History Links Project is currently looking for new participants for the St.Johnston, Newtown and Burt group. The group currently meets in Monreagh Heritage Centre on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The group is newly formed and welcomes anyone from the wider area with an interest in local history. Over the coming months there will be trips away and meetings with groups from other areas. Come along and give it a go and get to know more about your area. For more information call Stephen McNamee or Kathleen Bonner at the History Links Projects on 0749141958.Fundraising Table Quiz: The table, Saturday 14th April. Starting at 8.30 pm sharp.Teams of 4, €20 per team. Spot Prizes. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Tea and coffee available.At the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre.For Information call: 074 91 48551.Training for Taxi Drivers: Are you a taxi driver or thinking about setting up a hackney business. St Johnston & Carrigans are offering training and support for drivers to take the Small Public Service Vehicle test. This training will provide the learner with up to date information, legislation, basic rules and regulations required to operate in the Small Public Service Vehicle industry and the area knowledge, routes and fares test. For more information contact: 074 91 48551. Regional Employment Outreach: The Regional Employment Outreach Service can help long term unemployed to get back into fulltime employment, identify training opportunities, prepare CV and fill out application forms and much more. So if you wish to avail of the service: The Outreach Officer will be in attendance in the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, St.Johnston on Wednesday 4th April 2012 from 11am to 1pm. No appointment necessary. For further information contact Helen or Mary on: 074 9128010.This service is supported by DLDC and ICTU and is totally confidential.Upcoming Courses:Dress making for beginners.Occupational First Aid.For more information contact the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on 074 91 48551.Whist Drive: A Whist Drive will be held on Monday 30th April 2012, starting at 8pm sharp. €5 per person, a light supper will be served.Youth Club at the Drop in Centre, Main St., St.Johnston.Wednesday 5th & 6Th Class 6pm – 7.30pmThursday 1st & 2nd Year 6.30 – 8pmThursday 3rd Year & over 8pm – 9.30pmFriday 1st yr & over 6pm – 10pmGuitar Lessons: Every Tuesday in the drop-in centre, €30 per person for 8 lessons. Beginners from, 4pm to 5pm and improvers from 5pm to 7pm. For further information contact the Resource Centre on 9148551.Walk & Talk Group: We meet at the drop-in centre, main street, St Johnston at 7.15pm every Tuesday. Each week we go to different destination which is agreed a week in advance (transport provided or we car share). Why not come and join us and get yourself fit for summer 2012!Irish Dancing classes for fun or for competition age 3 yrs upwards. Fully qualified and experienced teacher with over 20 years experience having trained Ulster, All Ireland and World Champions. On every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, in the St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Ann’s Boxercise Class: Tuesday evening 5.45-6.45pm, Thursday evening 7.30-8.30pm and Friday mornings from 10.00am to 11.00pm. Boxercise is a fantastic all over body workout, which burns between 400-950 calories in 1hr sessions. Classes are always good fun and very addictive! Excellent for increasing fitness levels in weight loss, toning, building stamina and for stress release. Female and is fully qualified as an instructor. Just bring water and mat or big towel.Cost €5. For more information call 086 3238437.Forever Crafts: The Forever Crafts, at the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre every Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm. New members are always welcome.Parent Toddler Group: This group runs every Wednesday from 10am – 12pm in the old playgroup building, at Church Lane, St. Johnston. This group provides a relaxed setting for young children to meet socialise and play with their own age group and for mums/dads/grandparents or carers to have a cuppa and a chat. We look forward to seeing you there.Lunch Club: Are you fifty or over? Are you at a loose end? Would you like to meet and socialise with people of your own age group for lunch, a chat, a bit of craic, enjoy occasional outings, theatre trips, social events, meeting new people and an annual holiday. If you are interested, join us at the Lunch Club in St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre every second Wednesday from 11am-1.30pm. The next Lunch Club will be held on 11th April 2012. New members always welcome! Transport can be provided. For more information contact Teresa McDermott or any of the centre staff at 074 9148551.Jiving Class: Jiving classes have started at the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, every Wednesday from 8.30pm to 10.00pm. Everybody from beginners to experienced is welcome. Cost €5 per Adult. Pilates: Every Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm.Line Dancing: Every Thursday from 9pm to 10pm.Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free and professional and confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call Niki Cross in complete confidence at 087 0569124.Laggan Historical Society: On Thursdays from 10 am—12.30pm, Ulster Scott’s Heritage Centre, Monreagh, Carrigans. Are you interested in Local Knowledge to share? A new informal History group, that’s open to all.Meet like minded folk, listen to guest speakers, and take a field trip somewhere interesting. For more information call: 074 91 40708.Clothes Bank: There is a Clothes Bank at the Family Resource Centre to help raise funds for the Centre. Please donate: Clothes, Sheets, Towels, Blankets, Shoes, and Curtains. Your donations will be much appreciated. The bank can be found at the back of the Centre and is a purple colour. Sorry we cannot accept items such as carpets, ornaments, mats, glass and paper.Swap and drop your old books and magazines: There is a table of free books near the reception area in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please feel free to take a book.Stamps: If you have any used stamps, please cut them out by cutting the envelope and leaving some of the envelope around them. Bring them down to Maureen McLaughlin at the St.Johnston Post Office. These stamps will be used to fund charitable projects. Thank you.Battery Recycling: St.Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre is now accepting your small waste dry batteries! Please dispose of batteries properly!LOCAL NEWS: ST JOHNSTON & CARRIGANS COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: April 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWS: ST JOHNSTON & CARRIGANS COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more