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U.S. District Judge  E. Richard Webber ordered Missouri to sentence 39-year-old David Barnett to life in prison without parole, unless prosecutors decide  to pursue another death sentence within 180 days. The Judge ruled Barnett’s attorneys failed to adequately investigate and present evidence relating to mitigation issues, such as subjection to pervasive physical and sexual abuse, history of childhood suicide attempts, and  mental health problems.  According to press reports, mitigation work would have revealed that Barnett’s “real father” was  “a violent alcoholic” and that “Barnett’s mother drank heavily and took diet pills after he was born.  She abandoned him multiple times, once giving him to a suicidal prostitute.”
Judge Weber observed that “at least one juror would have determined the balance of aggravating and mitigating circumstances did not warrant death in Mr. Barnett’s case.”  Attorneys indicate that Barnett suffers from bipolar disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  See St. Louis Today, August 18, 2015.
August 20, 2015

Federal Court Overturns Missouri Death Sentence Over Failures of Counsel

U.S. District Judge  E. Richard Webber ordered Missouri to sentence 39-year-old David Barnett to life in prison without parole, unless prosecutors decide  to pursue another death sentence […]
August 13, 2015

CT Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional

Another state, namely Connecticut,  has acknowledged the fact that the death penalty fails to serve any legitimate purpose and does not comport with contemporary standards of decency.  According […]
July 17, 2015

Court Rules DOC Must Reveal the Pharmacy Supplying Death Penalty Drugs

According to CBS, “A Missouri circuit county judge ruled that the Department of Corrections violated the law by refusing to disclose records about pharmacies that compound […]
July 16, 2015

“Shameful” New Evidence of Racial and Geographic Arbitrariness of Missouri Executions

In response to new research released today by Political Science Professor Frank Baumgartner revealing significant racial, gender, and geographic disparities with regards to who is executed […]