Tom Horne: "There Is No Rational Reason" For Taking So Long to Execute Robert Moorman

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Attorney General Tom Horne acknowledges "[j]ustice was carried out" today against Brian Moorman, who was executed this morning for chopping up his adoptive mother.

He's also wondering why exactly it took until 2012 to execute a guy who hacked up mom in 1984.

As we've previously noted, Arizona spent an estimated $586,000 in 2010 housing the 24 convicted murderers who've been waiting to be juiced for more than two decades.

After Moorman's execution today, there are still more than 20 inmates with more than 20 years on death row -- at a rate of $66.90 per day to house, feed, and care for a single inmate in the Browning Unit of the Eyman Prison, where death-row inmates are housed, as of the Department of Corrections' most recent report.

"There has never been any doubt as to Moorman's guilt for this heinous crime," Horne says in a statement from his office. "While Moorman was offered a 72 hour compassionate leave to visit his adoptive mother, he bound, gagged, strangled and stabbed her to death. He then dismembered her body and attempted to dispose of the parts by passing them off as animal remains or simply putting them into trash containers. There is no rational reason for justice to have been delayed [28] years."

Per the DOC's 2010 Operating Per Capita Cost Report, that taxpayer cost of $66.90 a day ($24,418 a year) for the death-row inmates applies to all of the 129 convicted murders currently held there, which set the state back an estimated $3.1 million in 2010.

Of course, that cost doesn't include the state's legal fees for what's typically dozens of worthless appeals from inmates who don't want to be executed.

Horne was claiming the need to "the need to reform the death penalty process" the last time this happened, when kid-killing child molester Richard Bible was executed -- after also spending more than 20 years on death row.

Still, Horne says he's working on it.

"We have been working hard to help reform a system in which delays between verdict and execution are so long," he says. "Families need to see justice done in a timely manner."

James King contributed to this report.

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Jason Cox
Jason Cox

"James King contributed to this report" ... tell that high class new york martini sipping ass hat  to keep his kick ass news and witty commentary to his own city! 

:/ we all hope you hate it there and come back JK!

You're cool too matt :P

James King
James King

Yeah, I didn't write that DMX comment -- I was too busy slurpin' martinis and thumbing my nose at all you hillbillies in Sand Land (not really -- it was 17 degrees outside when I woke up this morning. I've left the house once. Kill me now).

Missing the desert.

JK

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

The desert misses you too. As do I and many others.  Matt is holding his own. You can be proud of your baby.

James King
James King

Go suck DMXs big black cock Jason.

Jason Cox
Jason Cox

I would if I could get 5 minutes away from your cougar crayzed momma 

david saint
david saint

agreed maybe...is Horne in a race with Texas to execute more inmates or something? I mean by all accounts he was not only BARELY above the intelligence minimum to be executed, he had suffered strokes, likely making it even lower.  reminds me of a robin williams line on texas..something to the effect of "come on up and sit on santas lap brian..ZAP!" 

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

The death penalty has been politicized and therefore should be abolished. Arizona's Ray Krone was an innocent man who spent 17 years in prison and years on death row who would have been executed by those who use the death penalty for political gain.  If money is the object -- abolish the death penalty and sentence these murderers to life with no parole and never take a chance of executing an innocent person like Governor Rick Perry did or the Georgia Board of Pardons -- Troy Davis -- there was doubt. No man should determine who lives and who dies. Time to end this barbaric practice that has wasted millions of taxpayer $$'s. Two wrongs don't make a right. It is not an eye for an eye. Now the state is guilty of murder with our tax dollars.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

The death penalty has been politicized and therefore should be abolished. Arizona's Ray Krone was an innocent man who spent 17 years in prison and years on death row and would have been executed. If money is the object, abolish the death penalty and sentence these murderers to life with no parole and never take a chance of executing and innocent person like Governor Rick Perry or the Georgia Board of Pardons -- Troy Davis -- there was doubt. 

No man should determine who lies and who dies. Time to end this barbaric practice. Now the state is guilty of murder with our tax dollars.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

delete this comment with typos (replaced with above). Need "delete" button.

maybe368
maybe368

I think that when the prosecutors themselves say that he was just above the mental ability to qualify for the death penalty under AZ law, that, that alone is enough to take time and be sure. Death is pretty permanent. He is a bad example for shortening the process. There are many better examples that are much more clear cut to use as better examples. .  

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