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Update: Morales Execution Delayed - (CDC Official Calls Morales 'Upbeat' and 'Cooperative’)
CBS 5 San Francisco ^ | 2-20-06 | local cbs

Posted on 02/20/2006 9:39:36 PM PST by doug from upland

Edited on 02/21/2006 1:53:21 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

UPDATE: CDC OFFICIAL CALLS MORALES 'UPBEAT' AND 'COOPERATIVE' 02/20/06 8:55 PST SAN QUENTIN (BCN)

In the hours before his execution at San Quentin State Prison, condemned inmate Michael Morales met only with his legal team and has been described by a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation official as "upbeat'' and "cooperative.''

Morales, 46, was moved into what is known as the death watch cell at 6 p.m. today, according to CDC spokeswoman Elaine Jennings.

The move came just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Morales' final two appeals.

Jennings said Morales has been described as "upbeat'' and "very positive.'' He has also been "very cooperative'' with prison staff, she said.

He did not meet with family members or a spiritual adviser today.

Morales picked a last meal; however, details about the meal, as well as his last words, will be disclosed by the prison's warden after the execution.

Morales is scheduled to be executed Tuesday morning by lethal injection for the 1981 murder of 17-year-old Terri Winchell of Lodi.

Then 21, Morales strangled Winchell with a belt, beat her over the head with a hammer, then pulled her body into a vineyard where he raped her and stabbed her to death.

As part of a federal judge's order, an anesthesiologist will be present in the execution chamber to ensure that Morales is unconscious before his final drugs are administered, according to Jennings.

The anesthesiologist will not be identified and may choose to hide his identity, possibly using a surgical mask, Jennings said. An alternate anesthesiologist will be just outside the chamber.

Jennings said the drug cocktail -- 5 grams of sodium pentothal to stop muscle movement, 50 cc of pancuronium bromide to stop breathing and 50 cc of potassium chloride to stop the heart -- will remain the same during Tuesday's execution.

"This is our protocol,'' Jennings said, adding that her agency believes the lethal injection process is "humane'' and "painless.''

Five of Winchell's family members will be present during the execution. Morales has designated two witnesses, according to Jennings.

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Update: Morales Execution Delayed

Feb 21, 2006 1:19 am US/Pacific

(BCN) SAN FRANCISCO The execution of condemned inmate Michael Morales has been delayed for at least one hour while the execution team reviews its roles during the process, according to San Quentin spokesman Vernell Crittendon.

San Quentin State Prison Warden Steven Ornoski wants to go over additional training for some of the new members of the execution team, which includes two anesthesiologists, Crittendon said.

Crittendon announced the delay at 11:30 p.m.

As part of a Federal Judge's recent order an anesthesiologist will be present in the execution chamber to insure Morales is unconscious before the final drugs are administered. An alternate anesthesiologist will be just outside the chamber.

Morales was scheduled to be executed today by lethal injection for the 1981 murder of 17-year-old Terri Winchell of Lodi.

Crittendon said Morales had not been notified of the delay. He said the execution warrant is good for 24 hours.

"There is no need for us to rush into this if the warden is not completely comfortable with the process," he said.

This is not the first execution to experience delays.

(Bay City News)

Morales Execution Delayed



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Gee, he would really be in trouble if he became uncooperative. The man deserves hell for what he did to Terri and her family.
1 posted on 02/20/2006 9:39:40 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

I'm upbeat, positive and cooperative. Let's kill him tonight!


2 posted on 02/20/2006 9:42:14 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Di'ver'si'ty (adj.): A compound word derived from the root words: division; perversion; adversity.)
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To: doug from upland
Hopefully he'll be seeing Tookie in a couple of hours.
3 posted on 02/20/2006 9:42:55 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Pat Buchanan lost a family member in the holocaust. The man fell out of a guard tower.)
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To: doug from upland

4 posted on 02/20/2006 9:43:53 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: doug from upland
He got the anesthesiologist he said he wanted, now he needs to grow a backbone and take his rightful punishment like a man.

I feel so sorry for the family of his victim that they have to put up with all this MSM coddling of this criminal.

5 posted on 02/20/2006 9:44:22 PM PST by Tamar1973 ("There are some things for which we should display no tolerance." Queen Margrethe II of Denmark)
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To: doug from upland
Over 22 fricking years to see justice done.


RIP Terri

In this undated photo released by the California Attorney General's Office Terri Winchell is shown. Michael Morales, 46, of Stockton, was convicted in 1983 of murdering 17-year-old Terri Winchell, who was found beaten and stabbed in a secluded vineyard. (AP Photo/California Attorney General's Office, HO)

6 posted on 02/20/2006 9:44:38 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

You sound too anxious. They can't do it tonight. It is 12:01 tomorrow morning.


7 posted on 02/20/2006 9:44:48 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: doug from upland

After what he did to that poor girl he sure didn't deserve to live this long. California really needs to change their appeals procedure.


8 posted on 02/20/2006 9:45:51 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: doug from upland
INNOCENT VICTIM DIED BEING BEATEN WITH A HAMMER

MUDERING THUG DIES BY LETHAL INJECTION PROCESS WHICH IS "HUMANE" AND "PAINLESS."

THIS WORLD HAS GONE MAD!!!!

9 posted on 02/20/2006 9:47:16 PM PST by SweetCaroline (It's because I love you that I make your life so miserable....)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
UNTIL 12:01 AM, PERHAPS YOU CAN HAVE FUN SINGING THIS
10 posted on 02/20/2006 9:47:36 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: doug from upland

Hey Morales...give my regards to Tookie.


11 posted on 02/20/2006 9:48:05 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: doug from upland
"---San Quentin State Prison condemned inmate Michael Morales----been described by a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation official as "upbeat'' and "cooperative.''

Morales is scheduled to be executed Tuesday morning----for the 1981 murder of 17-year-old Terri Winchell of Lodi. (He)strangled Winchell with a belt, beat her over the head with a hammer, then pulled her body into a vineyard where he raped her and stabbed her to death."

Why do they think anybody cares about this guy's emotional state?

12 posted on 02/20/2006 9:48:06 PM PST by TheCrusader ("The frenzy of the mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" Pope Urban II ~ 1097A.D.)
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To: doug from upland



I just might have to stay up tonight until 2:05AM my time.


13 posted on 02/20/2006 9:48:22 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: NormsRevenge


I think I'll try to stand by tonight on the death watch.

Any last minute stays anticipated?


14 posted on 02/20/2006 9:50:03 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: doug from upland

2 hours, no?


15 posted on 02/20/2006 9:50:52 PM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: onyx

Supreme Court said no today. He is out of appeals. The only thing that can stop it now is if Mike Farrell goes running into the execution chamber and takes the needle in his own arm. That would be find. They can do Morales the next day.


16 posted on 02/20/2006 9:51:52 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: BunnySlippers

Two hours, 8 minutes, but who's counting?


17 posted on 02/20/2006 9:52:31 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: doug from upland

Mike, I hope you truly have made your peace with God, or else it's really just gonna suck for you.


18 posted on 02/20/2006 9:52:31 PM PST by RichInOC (On my darker days, the death-penalty appeals system in "The Stand" starts to sound really good.)
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To: doug from upland

I always liked Wayne Rogers better anyway.


19 posted on 02/20/2006 9:53:16 PM PST by RichInOC (On my darker days, the death-penalty appeals system in "The Stand" starts to sound really good.)
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To: doug from upland
"CDC OFFICIAL CALLS MORALES 'UPBEAT' AND 'COOPERATIVE'

After midnight they'll call him a deadbeat and a stiff.

20 posted on 02/20/2006 9:53:51 PM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: doug from upland


SCOTUS said no today?


21 posted on 02/20/2006 9:54:59 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: doug from upland

the lethal injection process is "humane'' and "painless.''




I would sure hate for the jerk to be subjected to any pain, especially since he didn't care about his victim suffering the same!

BTW, who pays for BOTH Anesthesiologists? I used to work for one and they aren't cheap!


******


an anesthesiologist will be present in the execution chamber to ensure that Morales is unconscious before his final drugs are administered.


An alternate anesthesiologist will be just outside the chamber.


22 posted on 02/20/2006 9:55:18 PM PST by kcvl
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To: doug from upland
excuse my language but this asshole should be injected with chicken sh## and the chicken should have the bird flu.
23 posted on 02/20/2006 9:56:53 PM PST by fish hawk (creatio ex nihilo)
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To: onyx

Yep, SCOTUS denied.


24 posted on 02/20/2006 9:58:08 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: ncountylee

I wish I would have thought of that. Instead of HELLO GOODBYE, I might have done GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY (Tookie).


25 posted on 02/20/2006 9:59:56 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: onyx

Any last minute stays anticipated?


No, all means of appeal are exhausted.


26 posted on 02/20/2006 10:00:18 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: doug from upland; NormsRevenge


Thanks. Wouldn't you know, I just found the article that answered my question.

This cretin is worried about feeling PAIN. If only.


27 posted on 02/20/2006 10:01:51 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: Enterprise


LOL!


28 posted on 02/20/2006 10:02:49 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: onyx

It should have been exruciating for him, but it won't. It is what he deserved.


29 posted on 02/20/2006 10:03:05 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: doug from upland


No, no, no, I hate that song. Hello-Goodbye is perfect.


30 posted on 02/20/2006 10:04:20 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: kcvl

"An alternate anesthesiologist WITH A 22 oz. ESTWING HAMMER will be just outside the chamber."


There, fixed it.


31 posted on 02/20/2006 10:06:49 PM PST by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: onyx

Morales' Execution Draws Criticism From Medical Community
Written for the web by Nicole Chavez, Reporter


A federal appeals judge ordered the state to provide anesthesiologists to monitor the scheduled execution of Michael Morales. Some physicians are calling their involvement unethical.

The two anesthesiologists will make sure Morales is fully unconscious before receiving the second and third injections in the three-drug cocktail that constitutes lethal injection. It will be the first time a physician directly assists in California's execution chamber. Until now, only trained prison workers administered lethal injections in California, not medical personnel.

The California Medical Association as well as the American Medical Association calls the action unethical and immoral. Dr. Jack Lewin of the CMA says, "We do not believe it's ethical for doctors to participate in executions. This is not our business. We're not here to terminate people's lives."

Former AMA President Dr. Lonnie Bristow argues that assisted executions violate a code of ethics that doctors serve to heal, not to kill. "It's like bringing a priest to do the execution."

U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel ordered the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to comply with one of two options to minimize any pain or suffering for Morales during the lethal injection procedure. One option was to administer only the sedative sodium thiopental. The five milligram dosage is lethal by itself, but could prolong the execution by 40 to 45 minutes.

The state choose to comply with the second option of having two board-certified, private practice anesthesiologists present. One will serve as the primary doctor with the other as a back-up. The anesthesiologist will monitor whether Morales is rendered unconscious by the sodium thiopental before lethal doses pancouronium bromide and potassium chloride, respectively, are administered.

The three-chemical combination generally takes eight to 10 minutes to cause death.

Attorneys for Morales had appealed to stay their client's execution on the argument lethal injection is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. Fogel made clear he would not block the execution but said evidence from several prior San Quentin executions raised "at least some doubt as to whether protocol actually is functioning as intended."

The anesthesiologists participating in the 12:01 am execution aren't being identified. If they do become known, they could be brought before the medical board for ethical violations.


32 posted on 02/20/2006 10:08:15 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: doug from upland

Democrats and the Left have not been successful in their quest to outlaw executions, but they have succeeded in making executions as peaceful and comfortable as possible and I damn them for it.


Bundy was so afraid to be strapped in old Sparky... he cried and had to have the guards practically drag him into the room. I loved that.


33 posted on 02/20/2006 10:08:53 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: doug from upland


That damn judge (Fogel)is a Clinton appointee, yet we have posters here who have stated they'll vote for Hitlery over Rudy or McCain.


34 posted on 02/20/2006 10:11:30 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: SweetCaroline

Post #9 well said. Death row inmates should suffer the same fate as their victims did, administered by the victim's families.


35 posted on 02/20/2006 10:12:10 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Tagline removed by Moderator)
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To: onyx
 
Deadly Kilowatt  
 
 
Claim:   The governor of Florida asked residents to reduce their electrical usage during Ted Bundy's execution.

Status:   False.

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section of our web site, Inboxer Rebellion, is devoted to categories of items — scams, hoaxes, petitions, charity appeals — that are primarily propagated and disseminated via e-mail. None of these items is unique to e-mail, of course, as they all flourished in the pre-Internet era in different forms: regular mail, photocopies, faxes, bulletin boards postings, etc. (Indeed, way back in the early days of snopes.com, this section was titled 'Faxlore' because fax machines were still the primary means of transmission for most of the material we were writing about.) The recent prolonged power outage throughout much of eastern North America brought to mind a related item which surely would be all over the Internet were it happening today, a hoax based on events very much in the news back in 1986.

In February 1986, after a four-year killing spree (during which he murdered at least fourteen women and likely killed dozens more), two jail escapes, multiple trials, two death Reddy Kilowatt sentences, and seven years of appeals, Ted Bundy was awaiting execution in a Florida prison. On 5 February 1986, Florida governor Bob Graham signed a death warrant setting a March 4 date for Bundy's execution by electric chair. As the country buzzed with the news that America's notorious "homicidal maniac" was about to receive his final punishment, a hoaxster went to work behind the scenes and reflected public sentiment through a sardonic joke. After crafting a two-page letter which looked like an official communique from the Office of the Governor at the Florida state capital in Tallahassee, the unknown prankster sent his handiwork to a variety of newspapers throughout the U.S., leading a number of newsmen to shake their heads at the apparent announcement that Governor Graham was calling upon Florida residents to reduce their usage of electricity on the date of Ted Bundy's execution in order to ensure that the convicted criminal would be "executed using the maximum voltage and amperage allowed" — and that a special souvenir medallion of the event would be offered for sale!

The bogus letter read, in part:
Florida Gov. Bob Graham today signed a cooperative agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority for more electricity to be used in the coming execution of convicted killer Theodore Bundy. The power sales contract with TVA will provide ten additional megawatts of energy to Florida Power & Light in order to ensure Bundy is executed using the maximum voltage and amperage allowed.

In addition to the temporary contract for electricity, Graham urged Florida residents to reduce their electrical usage for a five-minute period beginning at 6:57 A.M. EST March 4, 1986. Bundy is scheduled to be executed at 7:00 A.M. on that date.

If citizens of the state can turn off all non-vital air conditioning, televisions, electric dryers and washers during that brief period, we could have as much as five additional megawatts to pump into the chair.

Reddy Communications of Akron, Ohio — owners of the popular Reddy Kilowatt logo — will prepare a special gold medallion for the event with the inscription, 'Die Quicker Electrically.' The medallions will be on sale, [and the] proceeds will help defray the tremendous costs associated with Bundy's prosecution, incarceration, and ultimate execution.
The execution scheduled for 4 March 1986 did not take place as planned. More delays and appeals postponed Ted Bundy's date with the electric chair for another three years, and the macabre hoax was long forgotten by the time Bundy was finally strapped into "Old Sparky" and electrocuted on 24 January 1989.

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36 posted on 02/20/2006 10:12:52 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: onyx

Those voters deserve the same fate as Morales. :)


37 posted on 02/20/2006 10:14:10 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: doug from upland

The California Medical Association as well as the American Medical Association calls the action unethical and immoral. Dr. Jack Lewin of the CMA says, "We do not believe it's ethical for doctors to participate in executions. This is not our business. We're not here to terminate people's lives."

---

Begs the question, why do they not have the same stance re: abortion on demand?

It's that Hypocritic Oath thingy, no doubt.


38 posted on 02/20/2006 10:14:29 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: doug from upland


ROTFLMAO! I hadn't seen that before! Love it.


39 posted on 02/20/2006 10:15:19 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: headstamp

No sense dirtying a decent hammer.

We should export this garbage to here, plenty of room--

http://www.strangecosmos.com/content/item/113820.html


40 posted on 02/20/2006 10:15:52 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: doug from upland


LOL --- banned from FR at the minimum.


41 posted on 02/20/2006 10:16:04 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: onyx

I hadn't seen it either until I just did a search. I almost peed my pants reading it.


42 posted on 02/20/2006 10:16:56 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: All

Schwarzenegger Denies Late Request From Morales
CBS5 ^ | Feb 20, 2006


Posted on 02/20/2006 9:41:49 PM PST by nickcarraway


SAN FRANCISCO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has denied a request by an attorney for condemned inmate Michael Morales that the governor reconsider granting Morales a clemency hearing.

Morales, 46, was convicted of the 1981 sexual assault and murder of 17-year-old Terri Winchell of Lodi, and is scheduled to die by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

Schwarzenegger announced Friday that he had decided not to grant clemency to Morales, stating, "Morales' claim that he is a changed man does not excuse the brutal murder and rape of Terri Winchell."

On Sunday, Kenneth Starr, who is one of the attorneys representing Morales, wrote to the governor asking him to rethink his decision, citing reasons including that the judge who sentenced Morales now opposes his impending execution. Starr sent Schwarzenegger a follow-up letter on the matter today.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. today, Schwarzenegger issued a statement denying Starr's request.

The governor did not make any further comments on the case, except to reiterate that every clemency decision "is made only after consideration of all the circumstances and careful deliberation."

Schwarzenegger's reply to Starr's request has likely sealed Morales' fate, as his legal options appear to have been exhausted.

This afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court denied two requests by attorneys for Morales for a stay of execution.

The appeals involved two different arguments regarding the attorneys' allegations that California's current lethal injection process is unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment, and that a key prosecution witness lied at Morales' 1983 trial.

Morales' attorneys were not available for comment about the Supreme Court's rejection of their appeals.

Nathan Barankin, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office, said he is not aware of any pending legal actions by Morales' attorneys.

"There are no more legal appeals outstanding," Barankin said. Condemned for torturing, raping and murdering the 17-year-old high school student 25 years ago, Morales appealed Monday to the justices to block his looming execution, claiming that the testimony of an inmate used in his conviction is false, and that California's three-drug death cocktail, and the way it is administered, amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Morales and his attorneys complained that the prisoner might feel too much pain if the sedative he is given doesn't make him unconscious before a paralyzing agent and the final heart-stopping drugs begin coursing through his veins.

The Supreme Court has never directly addressed whether death sentences carried out by lethal injection are cruel and unusual punishment. The justices have upheld executions in general despite the pain they might cause inmates, but have left unsettled whether alleged pain in lethal injections is unconstitutionally excessive and can be avoided.

U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel of San Jose recommended that California employ two anesthesiologists -- one to be in the execution chamber with Morales and another nearby -- to ensure the inmate is unconscious before the two remaining drugs are injected.

Fogel issued the order after studying the medical logs of executed inmates and finding that there were "substantial questions" about whether prisoners were conscious and feeling unacceptable levels of pain.

On Sunday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Morales' argument that Fogel's order is not enough, a decision that is being appealed to the Supreme Court.

"In addressing Morales' concerns about the anesthesiologists' monitoring role, the court explicitly clarified that the anesthesiologists will take all medically appropriate steps necessary to ensure that Morales is and remains unconscious," the appeals court ruled.

Although similar versions of the injection method are used in 36 of the 38 states with capital punishment, Morales' lawyers argued the lethal cocktail still amounted to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

"The quick fix suggested by the district court is completely untested, has never been subjected to any comprehensive legal, medical or administrative review, and represents nothing more than a high stakes experiment with Mr. Morales' constitutional rights hanging in the balance," San Francisco attorney John Grele wrote in one appeal.

Dane Gillette, senior assistant attorney general, said Morales' rights would not be violated under the old protocol and won't with the new one.

"Because there is no doubt that he cannot and will not suffer pain if unconscious, the remedy crafted by the district court, though hardly necessary as a constitutional matter, provides Morales with precisely the form of assurance he demanded," Gillette said.

Another petition rejected by the appeals court, the subject of a separate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, had the support of Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles McGrath, who presided over Morales' 1983 trial after it was moved from San Joaquin County.

McGrath said he no longer believed the testimony of jailhouse informant Bruce Samuelson, who testified that Morales boasted of his assault and made obscene references to the victim. Samuelson told investigators that the two men spoke in Spanish, a language Morales said he doesn't speak.

"New information has emerged to show the evidence upon which I relied in sentencing Mr. Morales to death -- Mr. Samuelson's testimony -- is false," McGrath wrote in a statement Morales' lawyers submitted to the appeals court, to the California Supreme Court and in its petition for clemency to Schwarzenegger.

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected that identical challenge without comment. Schwarzenegger, in denying clemency Friday, said ample evidence supported a death sentence despite the judge's concerns.


43 posted on 02/20/2006 10:18:07 PM PST by doug from upland (A dead body means one more chance for Democrats to have another funeral-op)
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To: NormsRevenge



BINGO!
Most excellent, Norm!

Now write a letter to Doctor Lewin of the CMA.


44 posted on 02/20/2006 10:18:20 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: doug from upland

Jack Lewin, M.D. has been the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the 35,000-member California Medical Association (CMA).


Dr. Lewin served as CEO of Hawaii's largest hospital system, was a key implementer of Hawaii's near-universal access system, served as an advisor to President Clinton, and was a practicing primary care physician for 15 years.


Dr. Lewin is also Chairman and founder of MEDePASS, Inc., a high-tech company which provides Internet security, confidentiality, and authentication for healthcare providers.


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Dr. Jack Lewin, chief executive officer of the California Medical Association, said today he and other supporters of Proposition 72 will begin taking what he called "the Wal-Mart challenge" beginning Tuesday.

Lewin promised that supporters of the mandated employer healthcare law will show up at Wal-Mart parking lots and other locales accompanied by former Wal-Mart workers to take up a challenge laid down over the weekend by Wal-Mart executive Bob McAdam.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times published Saturday, McAdam said: "There's no proof that any of our associates are on public assistance. I defy anyone to prove it."


Prop. 72 supporters began airing TV ads over the weekend that cited a UC Berkeley Labor Institute study that estimated California taxpayers spend $32 million a year on healthcare for Wal-Mart employees and their family members who must rely on public programs for their healthcare.

How many former Wal-Mart employees will the Prop. 72 campaign produce? Lewin would say only that it is more than one.


45 posted on 02/20/2006 10:41:54 PM PST by kcvl
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To: doug from upland

The AMA, Ethics and Gun Control

Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D.
Thursday, May 3, 2001

Part I: Full AMA Coffers to Push for Gun Control

The AMA is joining the gun prohibitionist movement in full force.


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while AMA membership remains low, its coffers remain full. The AMA has plenty of money to fund gun control efforts and ingratiate itself with the establishment's media and the liberal left camp, which lately it has joined. Indeed, the AMA's finances are said to be in the best shape that they have been in over 15 years, despite dwindling membership and questionable relevance to health care policy and medical affairs.

In the March/April 1998 issue of the Medical Sentinel, we reported that in 1996, three AMA officers were paid more than $200,000 for their time "playing politics" within organized medicine. AMA reimbursement figures then, according to Physicians Weekly, were:


AMA Officers - Position held in 1996 - Reimbursement Figure

Dr. Lonnie Bristow Immediate Past Pres. $ 229,540


46 posted on 02/20/2006 10:53:35 PM PST by kcvl
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To: SoCalPol


I'm on this 'death watch.'


47 posted on 02/20/2006 10:58:52 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: doug from upland

"One option was to administer only the sedative sodium thiopental. The five milligram dosage is lethal by itself, but could prolong the execution by 40 to 45 minutes."





A commonly used injected barbiturate anesthetic is sodium thiopental, also known as Pentothal. This drug is fat-soluble and acts very quickly. If you receive sodium thiopental and then you are asked to count backward from 100 after the drug is injected, you probably won't remember counting past 95.


Sodium thiopental is a short acting barbiturate which is used widely as an anesthetic and normally causes unconsciousness very quickly if injected into a vein.


In most cases, the prisoner is unconscious about a minute after the Sodium thiopental has been injected and is dead in around 8 minutes, with no obvious signs of physical suffering.


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48 posted on 02/20/2006 10:59:54 PM PST by kcvl
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To: onyx

After 23 blows, Morales carried her, unconscious and dying, out of the car, dragged her to a vineyard, raped her and stabbed her four times.



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The words "cruel and unusual" should be well known to the man who raped and killed 17-year-old Terri Winchell on Jan. 8, 1981.

Morales choked Winchell with a leather belt. He used such force that the belt broke but failed to kill the young woman. Next, he took a hammer and pounded her skull 23 times, fracturing her jaw and cheek bones and shattering the base of her skull.

That still did not kill her, so he raped her and plunged a knife four times into her chest, leaving her to die in a Lodi vineyard.




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Death penalty opponents who gathered outside the prison in the cold Monday evening included retired Episcopal priest Lyle Grosjean of San Francisco, who had led a group of about 15 people on foot across the Golden Gate Bridge.

"We're against any gratuitous violence,'' said Grosjean, who has protested executions at San Quentin since 1959. "The death penalty doesn't have to happen.''

Ruth Enero of Modesto, who accompanied Grosjean, said it was her 12th execution-eve walk. "I know that executing Michael Morales does not do anything to resurrect Terri Winchell,'' she said.


49 posted on 02/20/2006 11:09:29 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

I remember reading about her brutal, gruesome murder. This cretin deserves a slow, painful death, not a peaceful needle, but we're lucky to still have the death penalty in CA.


50 posted on 02/20/2006 11:13:16 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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