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2nd tranche of Arkansas assembly line executions: TODAY, on
Mon Apr 24, 2017 15:16


Disabled Jack Jones and Marcel Williams is scheduled to be executed in Arkansas* on April 24th, 2017

* It’s in the lovely state of Arkansas where Bill Clinton killed a black man to become President
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2nd tranche of Arkansas assembly line executions: TODAY, on April 24th, 2017

Disabled Death Row Inmates Jones, Williams Denied Motions for Preliminary Injunctions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Legal proceedings ahead the remaining scheduled executions are beginning to stir.

District Judge Kristine Baker denied Thursday the motions for preliminary injunctions filed by Inmate Jack Jones and Inmate Marcel Williams in their claims that the drug midazolam will not work on them due to their obesity.

Jones and Williams are both scheduled to be executed Monday, April 24.

The court determined that the evidence presented in the hearings fell short of demonstrating a significant possibility that the Arkansas protocol is ‘sure or very likely’ to cause severe pain and needless suffering. Therefore, the motions were denied.
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… Marcel Wayne Williams

By the time Marcel Williams was nine or ten, he was the victim of sexual abuse. His mother presented him to her adult friend as a sexual partner so that the family could live in her house.[34] By the time he was twelve, Marcel’s “mother was routinely pimping him. . . . in exchange for food stamps, for food, for a place to stay. . . . to women in their twenties, thirties, and forties. He [wa]s twelve, thirteen, fourteen years old.”[35] While serving time in an adult prison as an adolescent, Marcel also was violently gang-raped by three people.[36]

His mother–described by an expert as “catastrophically unfit” to be a parent–also physically abused him in “unrelenting” and “savage” ways.[37] According to Marcel’s sister, his mother beat him “almost every day” and “usually used a belt or switch.”[38] “When it was real bad, she used an extension cord.”[39] One time, according to his cousin, his mother “got a pot and put water in it and put extension cords in it to boil them, then she took them out and went into the room and started to beat Wayne.”[40] His cousins “could hear him screaming, and after a while [] saw him run out of the room and through the house, naked, and out into the backyard [and] [h]e had gashes and he was bleeding.”[41] Another time, she used an electric coil to burn him.[42] He also was stabbed after defeating an older kid in a craps game.[43]

He grew up in crushing poverty. His house was full of roaches and rodents and the utilities were often turned off.[44] At times, Marcel and his sister literally did not have shoes to wear.[45]

A federal judge found this evidence extremely compelling and reversed Marcel’s death sentence after finding that his trial attorneys provided ineffective assistance of counsel because they failed to present this information to a jury. The federal appellate court reinstituted the death sentence, however, finding that for procedural reasons, Marcel should never have received a hearing in the first place.

His execution is scheduled for April 24th.[46]

Jack Jones

Jack Jones suffers from bipolar disorder and depression.[82] His symptoms of serious mental illness date back to his childhood. He endured visual hallucinations where he saw “bugs, ants and spiders in particular, that he believed were going to get him.”[83] These hallucinations were paralyzing. He “thought the only way to be safe from [them] was to hold very still.”[84] Family members described how on other occasions, he would sometimes rock and bang his head against the cupboards.[85] A doctor at the time diagnosed him with ADHD and prescribed Ritalin.[86] In 1980, when Jack was 16, a doctor recommended he receive psychotherapy and family counseling, but the family did not follow through.[87]

In 1989, Jack attempted suicide.[88] He tried again in 1991, when he jumped off a bridge.[89] He was finally admitted for psychiatric attention.[90] Just months prior to the capital murder, Jack voluntarily committed himself to the Pinnacle Pointe Hospital in Little Rock, reporting severe depression and repeated suicidal ideation.[91] He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and prescribed Lithium.[92] He received the bipolar diagnosis again just weeks before the capital murder, in May of 1995.[93]

Jack also experienced physical abuse by his father,[94] and sexual abuse at the hands of three strangers who abducted and raped him.[95]

In a theme that reoccurs in at least five of the cases we examined, the jury heard almost none of this powerful mitigation evidence. His trial lawyers spent a grand total of $6,641.95 preparing his defense, including plane tickets for the witnesses, lodging, and food.[96] They also used an expert at the 1996 trial who had surrendered his medical license in 1993 to enter substance abuse treatment.[97] His license was reinstated in 1994, but he remained under supervision of the Medical Board, which issued an emergency stay in 1997 after a finding that he had “bec[o]me mentally incompetent to practice medicine to such an extent as to endanger the public.”[98] The expert told the jury that he knew that Jack was not bipolar because he was bipolar himself.[99]

Arkansas plans to execute Jack on April 24th.[100]
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Arkansas Republican governor Asa Hutchinson follows in the footsteps of Bill Clinton of the lovely state of Arkansas where Bill Clinton killed mentally disabled African American Ricky Ray Rector to promote his political career

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