Attorney General Tom Horne Wants Delay of Executions Reduced by a Decade

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Matthew Hendley
Attorney General Tom Horne


Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is trying to shave about a decade off the delay between verdicts and executions.

It's not exactly Horne's idea, but he's been trying to get the Justice Department to approve Arizona's rules that expedite the post-conviction process in death-penalty cases.

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-Horne: "There Is No Rational Reason" Execution to Take So Long

Horne has made no secret about wanting to speed up the execution pace in Arizona. His office claims the average delay between verdict and execution in capital cases in several Western states is 18 years.

Horne hopes to reduce that delay by as much as a decade.

Years ago, Arizona's capital case procedures were amended so the state could "opt in" to expedite the process under federal law. Letters between Horne and the Justice Department show that the Justice Department is still "engaged in the rulemaking process" for this law.

Horne told the Justice Department earlier this year that he wanted a decision, which hasn't come quick enough for Horne's liking. He's filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department to get it going.

"After waiting four and a half years, I wrote a letter to the Justice Department saying if they did not adopt rules, or approve Arizona without the rules, within 90 days, we would file a law suit," Horne says in a statement. "The 90 days have passed without action and we have proceeded as planned."

There are people on Arizona's death row who have been there for more than two decades. Back in 2010, the Arizona Department of Corrections reported that it cost an estimated $66.90 a day to house one death-row inmate -- for a total of $3.1 million that year.

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WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

How about we speed up the trials and limit appeals for public officials that illegally get and use campaign funds?  I bet Tom HornyBoi and his mistress would love that!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

With Arizona history of imprisoning and almost executing innocent people by the County Attorneys office due to corruption, the last thing Arizona needs to be is in a hurry.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

KILL, KILL KILL....................................................long as it isn't a zygote.


You either respect life, or you don't.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Persons sentenced to death should be immediately taken to the execution chamber and put to sleep.  This includes whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians and every other race.

wtf...
wtf...

As much as i dislike that POS Horney I have to agree with him on this, there is no reason why a person on death-row should be living on 24k a year budget paid by us....heck! a family could live with that much money we're spending jailing these killers.


phxjustice
phxjustice

 "There are people on Arizona's death row who have been there for more than two decades. Back in 2010, the Arizona Department of Corrections reported that it cost an estimated $66.90 a day to house one death-row inmate -- for a total of $3.1 million that year."


Maybe because this seems poorly written, but $66.90 x 365 does not equal $3.1 million.  Instead it equals $24,418.50 per year, per inmate on death row.  Does the author mean that there are 127 inmates awaiting execution in Arizona?

marcy
marcy

@shadeaux14 

Respect life?  How do you feel about stepping on ants?  Smacking a mosquito that is sucking your blood?  Shooting a rabid skunk?

marcy
marcy

@JoeArpaioFan 

Due process of law means nothing to you?

So a bad judge and vindictive prosecutor can whack anyone they want?  

No thanks.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFYBOI, Looks like U"ve had enough dick today, U've skipped UR racist comments. I bet that U went to tent city last night, set up shop at "K" yard, at D portable toilets, for everytime somebody went 2 use the toilets, U shaked that dick and then suck it clean, ah bitch. FUCKING CUNT.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan So, you include the people that are later proved to be innocent.  People on death row have been cleared many times in AZ.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@marcy @shadeaux14 None of those are human.  Or did you BBQ your father and eat him?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @wtf... Ask his wife if she doesn't think he's a piece of shit after his affair with his mistress became common knowledge!

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFY, FUCKING BITCH, U R like 1 of those big stinky turds, that no matter how many times is flushed, it won't go away, Go fuck URself, fucking ANCHOR BITCH..

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@WhoKnows ...............ouch.................that  cut went to the bone. 

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@shadeaux14, Jaffy takes offense because Elmer Horne's dick is one that he services, detailing it.

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