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Mississippi Executions Moving Faster

Post  Jennie on Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:35 pm

If condemned inmate Dale Leo Bishop is executed as planned this month, it will be the swiftest a death penalty has been carried out in Mississippi since the days of the gas chamber.

Bishop was sentenced to death in 2000 for the fatal beating of a 19-year-old man. He is scheduled for execution on July 23.

The last 5 men executed in Mississippi spent an average of about 19 years appealing their cases, much longer than the eight years since Bishop's conviction.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says several changes in state and federal regulations in recent years were aimed at expediting inmate appeals.

Death penalty opponents say a lengthy appeal allows time for new evidence to emerge and ensures that innocent people are not put to death. Others say years of legal wrangling torments victims' families and costs taxpayers millions.

There are various reasons that death row appeals can last for decades. One prisoner has been on death row in Mississippi since 1977. If a sentence or conviction is overturned and then later reinstated, the appeals process starts over.

(source: WTOK News)

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