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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

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 with roots in the harsh doctrines of the 1630’s.…

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.

“But this guy is innocent,”…

Gov. Chiles Halts Execution After Witness Recants

Miami, June 16- The imminent execution of the killer they call “Crazy Joe” Spaziano, sentenced to death 20 years ago based on the testimony of a hypnotized witness, was halted by Gov. Lawton Chiles (D) this week after the crucial witness claimed he…

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

The raid by federal investigators on Cavendish lawyer William A. Hunter’s home and office has raised troubling questions for many in the state’s legal community about the sanctity of their offices and how much they are expected to know about the…

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

A Vermont lawyer whose newspaper essay helped win a stay of execution for convicted killer Joseph Spaziano is back on the case, objecting to plans to give the key witness a lie-detector test.

Michael Mello, who represented Spaziano for a decade…

Outlaw case testimony not flawed, lawyer says

TALLAHASSEE— A state lawyer says he can’t find anything wrong with the testimony of a man that proved vital in convicting a former motorcycle outlaw who tortured and murdered an 18-year-old woman 22 years ago.

Gov. Lawton Chiles on Thursday…

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 me that what she wrote was the absolute…

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

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

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…

'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 court…

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

Tallahassee --- Satisfied with a confidential investigation into one of Florida’s longest-run-ing death row cases, Gov. Law-ton Chiles on Thursday signed a new death warrant for “Crazy Joe” Spaziano.     The protracted, 20-year trek to Old Sparky was…

Governor signs another death warrant for Spaziano

TALLAHASSEE- After a two-month investigation, Gov. Lawton Chiles had no doubts Thursday in signing another death warrant for Joseph “Crazy Joe” Spaziano, condemned for a mutilation-murder 22 years ago.

Spaziano, 49, had been scheduled to die in…

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…