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Monday, October 02, 2006

CNN.com - Death row log records final hours of the condemned - Oct 2, 2006

"Logs document final days

Through a public-records request, The Associated Press obtained copies of the logs to more fully examine how the state carries out the death penalty. The request was filed after one execution was delayed because of problems finding a vein for the injection.

Peppered with intimate details yet deliberately emotionless in tone, the logs' exhaustive entries sweep up the mundane and the moving in the sparsest and at times coldest of diaries. The log keepers offer no opinion, attempt no creative flourishes.

'Scott is sleeping (snoring),' says the log for Jay D. Scott at 5:02 a.m. on June 14, 2001, five hours before he would be executed for killing a man in a robbery.

At 1:32 p.m. on April 28, 2003, David Brewer is talking about visiting hours as he awaits execution for choking and stabbing a woman to death.

Nine minutes later, Brewer offers a reflection, the log records: 'States it was hard coming down this morning because the sun was shining and he saw a lot of new cars for the first time in eighteen years.'" (more) CNN.com - Death row log records final hours of the condemned - Oct 2, 2006

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