‘I took an oath to defend this guy’: A Florida lawyer goes down to the wire on an execution
In Florida, a lawyer feels the grinding machinery of the death penalty
Defense attorney Baya Harrison III had represented convicted killer John Ruthell Henry for 14 years. Now he was down to a last few hours of waiting for the legal process to play out before Henry’s execution.
By Monica Hesse June 19
MONTICELLO, FLA. — The second-to-last appeal — a Hail Mary that the attorney allowed his timid hopes to cling to — had been denied 12 hours before in a call that came after his bedtime and left him uncharacteristically silent. Baya Harrison III thanked the circuit court clerk, mourned for a few minutes, and then forced himself out of bed for his last attack: a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that, in 18 hours, in the execution chamber of the Florida State Prison, John Ruthell Henry should not die…
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