Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Maura Dolan, The Los Angeles Times

The Supreme Court's decision Monday giving a green light to an execution drug triggered a renewed attempt in California to create a single-drug method of lethal injection for inmates on America's largest death row.

Under a legal settlement reached earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration agreed to propose a new lethal injection method 120 days after the Supreme Court decided a challenge to a lethal injection drug used in Oklahoma.

Howard Mintz, Bay Area News Group

California’s death penalty is back on the clock.

A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reinforced the ability of states to rely on lethal injection to carry out executions, handing down a ruling out of Oklahoma that unlocks California’s long dormant effort to revive the death penalty in this state.

The Supreme Court’s decision triggers what promises to be a tangled, prolonged legal process that could ultimately lead to a resumption of executions in the Golden State — although it could still be years before the doors reopen in San Quentin’s death chamber.

Nina Totenberg, NPR                                                           

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued the last of its opinions for this term — on the death penalty, anti-pollution regulations and the power of independent commissions to draw congressional and state legislative districts. In addition, the court issued a set of orders that set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

By a 5-4 vote, the court upheld the use of the controversial drug midazolam as part of a three-drug cocktail used in carrying out the death penalty.

Sarah Burge, The PressEnterprise

Death penalty supporters say a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday upholding the use of a controversial drug in lethal injections may be the catalyst to resume executions in California as early as next year.

“It’s a great day for justice,” said Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation. “I think it’s an important step forward.”

Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News

San Quentin >> Raynard Cummings says he has been “fighting to live” on California’s death row for nearly three decades.

It’s not just in the courtroom, where the convicted killer of LAPD motor officer Paul Verna hopes to have his death sentence overturned. Cummings, who was raised in Pacoima, says he is also waging a battle of survival within the walls of the notorious San Quentin State Prison.

Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News

NORTH HOLLYWOOD >> Desarie Saravia was a tough little girl who could carry a gallon of milk at the age of 2 and fall out of a bunk bed with hardly a whimper.

But at 5, she died after being sexually assaulted and brutally beaten in 2004 by her mother’s boyfriend in a women’s restroom at Hasley Canyon Park in Castaic. Antonio Rodriguez, who was convicted of numerous charges, including murder, torture and assault on a child causing death, was sentenced to death in 2010 in what a judge called the worst case of torture he had seen in his 37-year career.

Katherine Proctor, Courthouse News

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Ninth Circuit on Friday revived a transgender California inmate's legal action for sexual-reassignment surgery.

The reversal for Mia Rosati, whom California records call her Philip, comes a short three weeks after the federal appeals court held oral arguments in the case.
Rosati filed a 60-page handwritten pro se complaint from San Diego's R.J. Donovan State Prison, where she is serving 80 years to life for murder.


Sam McManis, The Sacramento Bee

IONE- Dad always told me if I didn’t behave – “clean up my act” were his exact words, actually – that I would end up in a place like this. Meaning, reform school. Meaning, I’d get pummeled by some kid whose crimes far exceeded my rap sheet of sassing back and chronic failure to clean my room. Meaning, I would regret how good I once had it at home.

Until recently, I had managed to avoid such a fate.

But when I finally set foot into the Preston Castle, the crumbling yet still regal brick building on a hill looking over this Amador County burg, and heard stories, absolutely hair-curling tales, of life and times of “youthful offenders” in the euphemistically dubbed Preston School of Industry from 1894 to 1960, it certainly made me appreciate that I did, indeed, clean up my act enough to be spared the indignities of forced confinement.

Thor Benson, ATTN

Freddy Negrete is a 58-year-old tattoo artist in Los Angeles, California. He's been involved in tattoo culture for over 40 years. Unlike most tattoo artists, who developed a passion for drawing over the years and eventually decided to apprentice under an artist, Negrete received his initial education in a less traditional manner.

Negrete grew up a troubled youth in a bad neighborhood, and he was a gang member as a kid. When Negrete was 11 or 12-years-old, he ended up in juvenile hall for running away from home. While he was in a cell waiting to be taken to court, the guards brought in a 17-year-old "cholo kid," as he puts it, who had prison tattoos. "I'm sure normally an older kid like that wouldn't have even given me the time of day, but he had all these tattoos--writing and crosses--and I was so impressed with his tattoos," Negrete told ATTN:. Negrete asked how the tattoos were done, and the 17-year-old explained they were done by dipping a needle in ink and poking it into the skin. Negrete was intrigued. The kid also told him he could poke mascara into his skin to do a simple tattoo. That night, Negrete got his sister's mascara and did his first tattoo on himself. It was the first of many tattoos he would produce.