death penalty time length

Why Do Death Penalty Cases Take So Long?

I had a client receive a life sentence in January 2008, who had committed a murder in 1990, and was originally sentenced to death in 1993.   A question I often hear is why do death penalty cases take so long to resolve?  I thought I would explain the process. Prior to the 1970s it was possible to have “automatic” death penalty provisions.  …

Mick MickelsenWhy Do Death Penalty Cases Take So Long?

Is Execution by Lethal Injection Painful?

This month the Supreme Court heard arguments with respect to execution by lethal injection constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.   Lethal injection has become the standard method of execution in the United States, Nevada being the only exception by relying on the electric chair.

Mick MickelsenIs Execution by Lethal Injection Painful?

Life Imprisonment Over Death Penalty

  An Attorney’s Journey to Get a Client Free from Death It has been almost six years since a colleague in San Antonio called me to ask if I would handle a death penalty matter. The client, Steve Rodriguez, had killed a woman (Agnes Herden) in the course of a burglary in 1990. He pleaded guilty so the only issue …

Mick MickelsenLife Imprisonment Over Death Penalty