Utah death row inmate appeals conviction in federal court

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  • Bryan Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 8, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    If this man is still alive 20+ years after having been sentenced to be executed, there is something wrong with our criminal justice system. "Constitutionally flawed" death penalty law and "deficient council" seem to be the excuses provided by those who have no excuse.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    This man's tragic past life is irrelevant. He knowingly committed these horrific crimes and the evidence points to him as the major perp. Let justice take its course. The counter arguments are based on opposition to the death penalty, not substantive evidence. His defense lawyers are insulting the public. If they oppose capital punishment, let them take it up with the legislature and stop wasting our money.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    He needs to meet his maker and be judged now.

  • eddiethekid Chicago, IL
    Dec. 8, 2012 12:00 a.m.

    Oh, no. I've been following this case closely. I can't believe that they're now going to have another round of appeals. They just stopped his execution that was scheduled for April of 2012, and how this federal appeal will take at least another year, and then he'll find some other way to keep this nonsense going. If this guy is executed by Xmas 2014, 2 years from now, I'll be very surprised.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Dec. 7, 2012 10:44 p.m.

    TWENTY FOUR YEARS later this guy is still breathing and costing taxpayers money for food and lawyers.

    That alone makes this a horrible miscarriage of justice.

    And, I don't care how lousy the killer's childhood was. He had free will and could have stopped any of the numerous criminal acts he committed. But he chose not to, and he chose to kill another person, after unspeakable atrocities. He bears full responsibility for his actions, and it is long past overdue that the legally rendered sentence be carried out.

    Today, our justice system serves only the rights of criminals, not the rights of their victims of law abiding society.