The person who maintained his innocence until his dying minute.
The person who has had an intellectual disability that was disregarded when he was put to death.
The person who asked for a DNA test which was denied to him despite his claims of innocence.
The person who was convicted and condemned to death when his presiding trial judge was having an affair with the prosecutor - and all lawyers, but the first one (who was drunk) and the last one, were afraid to raise the issue of the judge's affair with the prosecutor, choosing to rather cause their client to be killed by the State of Arkansas than jeopardize their own careers.
And this is the Governor's spokesman who is patiently waiting - outside of the death chamber - until Ledell Lee is killed of and "justice is served", or, rather, until the State of Arkansas uses the last chance to kill Ledell Lee before the drugs the State deceptively bought to kill him, while claiming they are purchased for another purpose, expire.
I wonder why he wouldn't watch "the process".
I saw in reports mentioning that it was the newly appointed judge Neil Gorsuch who delivered the death blow and whose vote broke the tie and resulted in Ledell Lee's death.
That's the same Neil Gorsuch who, citing to St Augustine and Aristotle, preached in his book about right to life, to the point of denying people who want and choose to die the right to die with dignity, of their own free will.
I also saw mentioned that the presiding judge in Ledell Lee's trial and the prosecutor had an affair and later married.
What I did not see were the names and faces of that judge and that prosecutor.
The press was somehow too shy to mention them.
Yet, those names were mentioned in Ledell Lee's request for relief filed with federal courts, the request that was denied by the federal court - and I wonder whether the denial was based on the merit, or based on the increasing backlash in the American courts against criticism and critics of judicial misconduct, no matter how fair and how much it is based on uncontroverted evidence.
The presiding judge over Ledell Lee's trial who had an affair with the prosecutor at that time, but did not disclose it - and neither did the prosecutor - is #JudgeChrisPiazza.
He is still a judge, is still a licensed attorney, and is still called "Honorable".
And, the press is still afraid to mention his name in connection with Ledell Lee's murder.
Of course, Judge Piazza's only "notable ruling" is pronouncement of the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Nobody mentions sending a man to death without a DNA test while sleeping with the prosecutor, preventing appointment of a non-conflicted counsel and instead appointment of a counsel who was drunk at the trial.
And, these are the only two lawyers who, in addition to the drunk lawyer, raised the issue of the affair between the judge and the prosecutor at a capital murder trial:
Other "competent counsel" during the years and years of appeals and habeas petitions, failed to mention it. I wonder, why. I actually don't wonder why, because we all know, why. They threw their client under the bus - no, literally, into the death chamber - in order to save their own hides and licenses.
Because the judge they were duty-bound to criticize was still on the bench, and very much in power.
The prosecutor participating in an affair with the judge presiding over a capital murder trial was #MelodyLaRue who was portrayed in the press as a "confident prosecutor" who claimed she "believes in what she is doing".
I guess, she believed in having an affair with the presiding judge and not disclosing it to the defendant or his attorney.
It took a subpoena of the judge's ex-wife to testify regarding the affair, but only after the conviction and death sentence of Ledell Lee, and after the state death machine was put into motion.
Now the former prosecutor is the judge's wife and a law partner in a private law firm.
Here is Ms. LaRue's/Mrs. Piazza's work history, from her own attorney advertisement:
Look what else Mr. Johnson is arguing:
Moreover, repeating one of the reasons why an innocent may be executed that a federal judge recently asserted in his blog, untimeliness, Mr. Johnson pushes that untimeliness as No. 1 reason why a potentially innocent person should be executed, immediately.
And, it was Ledell Lee's fault that attorneys who the same state that killed him, assigned to him, knew nothing about DNA testing:
- once had a hung jury on an alibi issue;
- who never received effective assistance of counsel at trial or in post-trial proceedings;
- who never had an impartial prosecutor, as he was entitled by law;
- who never had an impartial judge, as he was entitled by law - where the judge actually slept with the prosecutor instead, without disclosing it to Mr. Ledell.
Ledell Lee, a person killed for criticizing a judge for sleeping with a prosecutor during a capital murder trial.
Attorney Melody Piazza
- still has her license, is now married to judge Chris Piazza, and uses in her attorney advertisement the career promotion she received after sleeping with the presiding judge during a capital murder trial and thus helping her office "win" the trial.
- he was a son of a powerful Arkansas state legislator and a son and grandson of lawyers;
- he was a law clerk to two SCOTUS justices (White and Kennedy, where Kennedy is still on the court and whom Gorsuch now joined in a majority to kill Mr. Ledell); and, OF COURSE,
- Gorsuch fished with Scalia - that's his main credential
And, nobody can hold them accountable, they are there for life.
I wrote recently about yet another death of a critic of a judge - attorney Patrick Massud in California. That death was claimed to be a suicide. In state custody, awaiting trial where he was likely going to testify about judicial misconduct. To kill him off was the most "efficient" way to shut him up.
And about other whistleblowers who were given the ultimate gag.
Now Ledell Lee joins their ranks.