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Former Greenport Resident Facing Execution in Fla. Takes Case to D.C.

Convicted murderer Robert Waterhouse asks U.S. Supreme Court to review Florida court's decision to deny stay of execution.

Former Greenport resident Robert Waterhouse, who has spent decades on death row at Florida State Prison, was denied a stay of execution by the Florida Supreme Court this past Wednesday and is now taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

Waterhouse is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. Florida governor Rick Scott signed the order of execution — his first of the year — on Jan. 4.

Waterhouse, 65, was sentenced to life in 1967 for the 1966 rape-murder of 77-year-old Greenport resident Ella Carter. While out on lifetime parole in 1980, he raped and killed Deborah Kammerer in St. Petersburg, Fla., and was convicted of first-degree murder.

Waterhouse had been sentenced to death for the 1980 conviction, but a 1985 stay of execution was issued four days before his scheduled execution. A judge ordered that Waterhouse be resentenced in 1988 due to mitigating evidence that his rights were violated during sentencing for the 1967 conviction. Waterhouse was sentenced to death again in 1990 by a unanimous jury vote.

According to the Herald, Waterhouse is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review specifically why the Florida court did not "give weight to his contention that destroyed physical evidence could have exonerated him through current DNA testing."

Damon Rallis February 11, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Happy Valentine's Day Robert! ^^
Erin Schultz February 11, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Kim Sullivan Chilton said on Facebook: "May the justice system finally service justice!!"
Stan Sailor February 12, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Except that in the USA there is no justice system - it is a legal system and it does not come close to doing justice. Some jurisdictions have the death penalty, some don't, it captures poor murderers but rich ones never get executed, if you have a deal to cut you live - no it is a broken legal system and it does not come close to the ideals of the blindfolded woman holding a scale - your symbol of justice. There is no equality under the law and the punishment of death for murder is more of a lottery than a certainty - very few murderers get it. This scum was warehoused for thirty two years and now you are going to make him infamous with a wikiipeadia page memorializing his last words, his last meal with nary a mention of his victims. Good upstanding members of society are not memorialized in this fashion but instead of forgetting about this scum you make him famous. Problem is when you play for all the marbles it costs a lot to get a guy executed because he is fighting for his life. Instead it is better to lock them up for ever and forget about them and have them die forgotten instead. That is what most of the civilized world does because the revenge you realize is not worth the cost of getting it. Killing this scum won't bring back the victims and it is no solace to anyone. I would have put him to hard labor for life to force some measure of restitution to the families of the victims and never let this guy have another headline such as this one.
Justice February 12, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Ditto

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