Federal Officers Refuse to Switch Prisoner to Oklahoma for Execution

Federal Officers Refuse to Switch Prisoner to Oklahoma for Execution
Federal Officers Refuse to Switch Prisoner to Oklahoma for Execution

A federal jail warden has denied an Oklahoma District Lawyer’s request to switch John Fitzgerald Hanson (pictured) to Oklahoma’s custody to be executed, stating that the switch “isn’t within the public’s greatest curiosity.” Hanson is incarcerated at a federal jail in Louisiana.

In 2000, Hanson was sentenced by the federal authorities to life in jail plus 107 years for a collection of armed robberies. He was later sentenced to demise in Tulsa County, Oklahoma for the 1999 murders of Mary Bowles and Jerald Thurman. Hanson’s co-defendant, Victor Miller, was the ringleader of the crime, however Miller’s demise sentence was overturned and he’s now serving a life sentence. Hanson’s demise sentence was additionally overturned, however he was resentenced to demise. Oklahoma has scheduled Hanson’s execution for December 15, 2022.

In August 2022, Tulsa County District Lawyer Stephen A. Kunzweiler requested that Hanson be transferred to state custody so he will be executed. On September 28, Performing Advanced Warden S.R. Grant replied that federal legislation “authorizes the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to switch a prisoner who is needed by a State authority to that State authority’s custody whether it is acceptable, appropriate, and within the public’s greatest curiosity. The Designation and Sentence Computation Middle (DSCC) has denied the request for switch, as it isn’t within the public’s greatest curiosity.”

Kunzweiler sought the intervention of Oklahoma Lawyer Common John O’Connor, who wrote to BOP Regional Director Heriberto Tellez, requesting a response by October 24. O’Connor famous that the switch request was additionally meant to facilitate Hanson’s attendance at his November 9 clemency listening to. Nowhere within the letter did O’Connor problem the BOP’s assertion that Hanson’s switch isn’t within the public’s greatest curiosity. The letter didn’t specify the actions O’Connor would take after the deadline he imposed.

Federal officers didn’t point out whether or not the denial of the switch is expounded to the moratorium on federal executions that was introduced in June 2021. President Biden expressed his opposition to the demise penalty throughout his marketing campaign, and Lawyer Common Merrick Garland introduced
on June 30, 2021 that the administration would put federal executions on maintain to be able to overview insurance policies adopted underneath the Trump administration. One assertion by Garland might doubtlessly clarify the BOP’s motion, as he utilized the rationale of the moratorium to all prisoners within the federal system, saying, “The Division of Justice should be sure that everybody within the federal legal justice system isn’t solely afforded the rights assured by the Structure and legal guidelines of the US, however can also be handled pretty and humanely. That obligation has particular drive in capital circumstances.”

Hanson is one in all 25 individuals for whom the state of Oklahoma set execution dates in July 2022, with the executions set to be carried out over a two-year interval. Hanson’s attorneys say he has a number of psychological diseases, mind harm, and autism.

Sources

Chris Geidner, Oklahoma desires the feds to trans­fer a man in fed­er­al jail to their cus­tody to allow them to kill him, Regulation Dork, October 23, 2022; Kelsy Schlotthauer, Federal inmate set for state exe­cu­tion denied trans­fer to Oklahoma cus­tody, Tulsa World, October 20, 2022; Kristen Weaver, FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS NOT TRANSFERRING CUSTODY OF DEATH ROW INMATE, KOTV, Tulsa, October 132022.

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