Lawyer: Inmate Could Be First Executed on Tie Vote

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A lawyer for a Mississippi death row inmate says his client could become the first person executed in
the United States based on a tie vote of judges, if the execution occurs Tuesday as scheduled.

Jan Michael Brawner is scheduled to die by injection Tuesday at 6 p.m. for the 2001 shooting deaths of his 3-year-old daughter, his ex-wife and her parents.

The Mississippi Supreme Court voted 4-4 last week to deny a rehearing in the case.

In court procedures, a tie vote usually means an earlier ruling stands.

Brawner's lawyer, David Calder, argued Monday in a court filing that the court action was a new decision, not the upholding of a lower court ruling.

Calder also says court precedent in Mississippi
dictates that tie votes favor inmates in death penalty cases.


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  • by pulldaswiitch on Jun 13, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    oh here we go on the the race card... that is so ignorant.... U do the crime your do the time lr in this case an eye for an eye an a tooth for a tooth... why cant yall leave race out of things
  • by Minnieme on Jun 12, 2012 at 02:35 PM
    Ok, only 5 comments if he were a different race it would be full... just remember this smiling face the next time you want to point fingers at others.
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      by Rick T. on Jun 14, 2012 at 02:29 PM in reply to Minnieme
      Not much to comment on. He killed his family and now he's going to die for it.
  • by pulldaswitch on Jun 12, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    You mean there are four ignorant judges voted against putting man to sleep for killing child wife an in laws...
    This ain't wackyfornia ya know what I mean?bet all four are Liberals
  • by PATRIOTIC Location: MIDWEST on Jun 12, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    I BET YOUR NOT SMILIN NOW ...YOU JUST REMEMBER YOUR 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WHEN THEY SHOVE THAT NEEDLE IN YOUR ARM YOU PIECE OF TRASH
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Jun 11, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    lets see.... covicted, been sitting there how long?.... fry him. (or whatever we do)
  • by Randy on Jun 11, 2012 at 03:30 PM
    24hours30minutes left dude
  • by theda Location: meridian on Jun 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM
    shoot him!
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