The Jury Talks Back


The Definition of Chutzpah — Capital Punishment edition

Filed under: Uncategorized — aunursa @ 6:09 pm

As I write this, Ronnie Lee Gardner is just hours away from being executed for killing attorney Michael Burdell during an escape attempt from custody in 1985.  (Burdell was not involved in Gardner’s case.)  Gardner was at the courthouse for a pre-trial hearing in the 1984 murder of Salt Lake City bartender Melvyn Otterstrom, who left behind a wife and 3 year-old son.

Gardner’s attorney’s are filing several desperate appeals attempting to delay his date with the firing squad.  One of the appeals is that he has been on death row for too long.  “He asserts that executing him now, after nearly 25 years on death row in Utah, so lacks retributive or deterrent value that it violates the Eighth Amendment,” his attorney explained.

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