Top Stories This Week in Criminal Justice Reform on the Justice Newsladder

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The Execution of Angel Nieves Diaz

My daughter is the second chair, defending Angel Diaz. Ironically she was born on May 26th., 1979. That was the day the first man, John Spinkalink, was executed in Florida when the country once again allowed executions.

Angel Diaz is not a nice person and has even committed second degree murder in the past. However, in this case, his conviction is based largely on jail house testimony. Jailhouse testimony is notoriously unreliable. There's a good chance that the trigger man will be watching the proceedings from his cell. He received a life sentence.

The other issue in this case is whether or not lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment.

The combination of drugs used by the state to execute inmates amounts to cruel and unusual punishment because there is evidence the drugs crystallize when mixed, effectively neutralizing the pain killer component, said Greg Meyers, an Ohio public defender in his arguments before the court in the case of Cooey v. Taft.
Angel Diaz's appeal goes before the Supreme Court. I haven't found out if they have ruled because my daughter doesn't even have time to answer the phone. If they uphold the findings of the lower courts, he will be executed today at 6 p. m. Mr. Diaz is prepared to die, but says he is scared. If you believe that capital punishment has no place in a civilized society, could you please send an e-mail to asking him to issue a stay?

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