Sunday, May 10, 2009

John Marek's Appeal Denied - Execution Wednesday

The Miami Herald reports on the upcoming execution of convicted murderer John Marek.

Convicted Broward County killer John Richard Marek has lost an appeal just five days before his scheduled execution.

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday turned down an appeal from Marek's lawyers arguing that his death sentence was unconstitutional since his co-defendant, Raymond Wigley, received only a life sentence.

They also contended that Florida's lethal injection procedures are unconstitutional and that the 25 years he has spent on Death Row constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

Marek, 47, is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Florida State Prison near Starke.

Another interesting element in this case is that not only is the partner in crime serving a life sentence instead of facing the death penalty, he may have been the one to actually kill the woman. Three different cell mates of Raymond Wigley's have testified that he admitted strangling the victim himself.

I maintain there's something very wrong with the government putting its own citizens to death. This feeling was reinforced by looking at the site on called Florida Death Row Inmates. Marek is number 225 of 376, and that's just Florida. You see, we're not talking about an occasional freak or monster. We're talking about a percentage of our population, an ever-increasing percentage.

What's your opinion? Are those guys really like garbage that should be gotten rid of? What do you think about Capital Punishment?

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