Saturday, 10 November 2007

Alabama Inmate With Cancer Loses Appeal

This undated photo provided by the Alabama Dept. of Corrections Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, shows Daniel Lee Siebert. Siebert, 53, who has been on Alabama's death row for more than 20 years and has terminal pancreatic cancer, was scheduled for execution Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Alabama Dept. of Corrections)

A death row inmate who wants his cancer to kill him before the state can
lost an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, but he still won't be
executed "for months or years," a prosecutor said.

Quadruple murderer Daniel Lee Siebert, 53, has had pancreatic cancer since
at least June, according to court documents; that form of cancer can
spread quickly and cause death within weeks. He has been fighting in court
to die naturally.

Alabama courts had ruled that Siebert missed a deadline for challenging
his conviction at the state level in the 1986 killing of Linda Ann Jarman.
Alabama officials argued the missed deadline barred him from filing a
petition in federal court as well, but the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals sided with Siebert.

In the unsigned decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Siebert was not
entitled to file in the federal courts since he missed the state deadline.
Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.

In a separate case, Siebert came within a day of dying last month for the
strangulation of Jarman's next-door neighbor, Sherri Weathers, and
Weathers' 2 young sons in Talladega on Feb. 19, 1986, the same night
Jarman was killed.

Siebert argued that the chemicals used during an execution could mix with
his pain medication and inflict unnecessary pain. The 11th Circuit ruled
Oct. 24, the day before Siebert was to have been executed, that he could
not be put to death in that case until the Supreme Court resolves a
challenge to Kentucky's lethal injection method, which is similar to the
one used in most states.

Siebert has other appeal options in the Jarman case, so the state won't
immediately seek an execution date, prosecutor Clay Crenshaw said. "The
process could go on for months or years," Crenshaw said.

Siebert's attorney, Tommy Goggans, did not return a message seeking

Esther Brown, executive secretary of Project Hope to Abolish the Death
Penalty, said Siebert has declined treatment, other than taking pain
medication. She said that his cancer is terminal, but that she doesn't
know how much time he might have left.

"He's a very sick man, but I can't spell it out in days or months," she
said Monday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This man is SCUM, he was found guilty of the crime that he did and she not have the right to still be alive. The people the he killed did not have the option to choose when they wanted to die so why in the hell should he. He has had 20 yrs on this earth and the families of the victims that he murdered have been with out their daughters and grandchildren, So please tell me why have we paid to house him and feed him for the past 20 yrs. If you ask me it has been a waste of money and he should have been dead 19 yrs ago.