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Michael A. Mello Papers, Series 1 News Clippings, Binder 3, 1995

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Michael A. Mello Papers, Series 1 News Clippings, Binder 3, 1995

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Connecticut's Death Penalty Bills Open the Door to More Executions

New York Times
New York, Monday, April 10, 1995
Connecticut’s Death Penalty Bills Open the Door to More Executions By Kirk Johnson Hartford, April 7 – The State of Connecticut has put six murderers on death row in recent years under a penal code…

Closing the door on innocence

Closing the door on innocence
A reporter once found Public Defender Bob Jagger pacing his office floor as nervously as if he were the defendant about to go on trial. I asked Jagger why he was so anxious, since it was hardly his first murder case.…

Gov. Chiles Halts Execution After Witness Recants

Gov. Chiles Halts Execution After Witness Recants
Florida Case of ‘Crazy Joe’ Spaziano, Which Hinged on Hypnosis Spurs Death Penalty Debate
By: William Booth
Washington Post Staff Writer
Miami, June 16- The imminent execution of the killer they…

A death penalty mistake

A death penalty mistake

On June 27, Joseph Robert Spaziano is scheduled to die in Florida’s electric chair.

A powerful case can be made for why he shouldn’t.

Spaziano, as his former attorney describes him, is no boy scout. He was a member of…

Raid raises questions about law privileges

Raid Raises Questions About Law Privileges

Pensacolian halts man's execution Item #172

A Pensacola man who recanted 20-year-old testimony that put a man on death row said that he's been overwhelmed in the past week by media and criminal investigators intent on hearing his story.
But Anthony Dilisio, an upholsterer and car restorer…

Too much doubt in Spaziano case

Gov. Lawton Chiles was right to stay the execution of Joseph Robert Spaziano. The convicted murderer may actually be a victim of unreliable testimony, inept legal representation and questionable police work.
Spaziano, 49, had been scheduled to die…

Essay-writing lawyer rejoins killer's case

Essay-writing lawyer rejoins killer’s case

Michael Mello, who previously represented Joseph Spaziano, opposes giving a key witness a lie-detector test.

By: Beth Taylor

A Vermont lawyer whose newspaper essay helped win a stay of…

Outlaw case testimony not flawed, lawyer says

THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 1995 7B
Outlaw case testimony not flawed, lawyer says
The Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE— A state lawyer says he can’t find anything wrong with the testimony of a man that proved vital…

Stop the bad rap on hypnosis

[[title]] Stop the bad rap on hypnosis

Re Herald staff writer Lori Rozsa’s June 16 article, A case built on hypnosis crumbles: I made it up, witness now says: I was upset to see my profession once again being put down. Ms. Rozsa, on June 16, told…

Clemency sought in death case

Tallahassee- The Key witness against a motorcycle gang member sentenced to death in a 1973 murder case joined the condemned man Wednesday in asking Gov. Lawton Chiles for clemency.
However, attorneys for Joseph Spaziano are losing hope that a…

Spaziano asks to be set free

TALLAHASSEE - Joseph "Crazy Joe" Spaziano, convicted of the torture-murder of an Orlando woman and the rape of another, asked Florida's cabinet on Wednesday to set him free. Spaziano's lawyer faxed a request for a clemency hearing to Gov. Lawton…

Spaziano asks Chiles, Cabinet for clemency hearing

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The Orlando Sentinel, Thursday, June 29, 1995
Spaziano asks Chiles, Cabinet for clemency Hearing
A key witness in the Joseph Spaziano murder and rape cases now doubts his own hypnosis enhanced testimony, his lawyer said.
By Michael…

Governor asked to free 'Crazy Joe'

ORLANDO - As his attorney makes a plea for clemency, investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are deepening their investigation into the 22-year-old murder case against condemned pris-oner Joseph “Crazy Joe” Spaziano. Gov. Lawton…

Killer requests clemency hearing

TALLAHASSEE - Joseph "Crazy Joe" Spaziano, convicted of the torture-murder of an 18-year-old Orlando woman and the rape of another, has asked to be set free because the main evidence against him is being questioned.

Spaziano's attorney asked Gov.…

Murder charge reduced in Allen case

Prosecutors in the Jeffrey Allen murder case lowered the charges to second-degree murder this week because of concern about proving premeditation in the trial that starts Monday.
White River Junction District Court Judge Shireen Avis Fisher granted…

'Crazy Joe' appeal request on hold

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Supreme Court has put on hold "Crazy Joe" Spaziano's latest appeal to overturn his death sentence until Gov. Lawton Chiles decides whether the convicted killer should be granted clemency.
In an order Thursday, the…

'Crazy Joe' is guilty, must die, Chiles says

Florida’s Largest Newspaper THE MIAMI HEARLD State Edition CONTENTS COPYRIGHT 1995 THE MIAMI HEARLD FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 1995 PRICE MAY VARY ACCORDING TO REGION 25 CENTS ‘Crazy Joe’ is guilty, must die, Chiles says Governor cities secret report By Lori…

Governor signs another death warrant for Spaziano

The Gainesville Sun
Friday, August 25, 1995
The Associated Press
Governor Signs Another Death Warrant for Spaziano

The execution is scheduled for Sept. 21.
TALLAHASSEE- After a two-month investigation, Gov. Lawton Chiles had no doubts Thursday…

Joe Spaziano gets fifth death warrant

Tallahasse- Gov. Lawton Chiles signed a fifth death warrant Thursday for Joseph Robert "Crazy Joe" Spaziano, the Outlaws motorcycle gang member who was condemned to die for the 1973 rape and murder of an Orlando hospital clerk.

Chiles based his…