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High court affirms: Danny Lee Hill can be executed



Published: Wed, August 26, 2009 @ 5:55 p.m.

WARREN — The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to review a decision by a visiting common pleas court judge, who has ruled that Danny Lee Hill is eligible for the death penalty.

The top court said Wednesday in a 5-2 vote that it agreed with Judge Thomas P. Curran of Cuyahoga County, sitting on assignment in Trumbull County, that Hill is not mentally retarded.

That decision exhausts Hill’s state appeals and sends Hill’s case back to the federal court system, said LuWayne Annos, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor.

Hill’s appeal of his death sentence was at the federal court level when the U.S. Supreme Court said in 2002 that it is inhumane to execute the mentally retarded. That sent Hill’s case back to Trumbull County for a determination of whether he is retarded.

Annos declined to estimate how much longer it might take for the federal courts to review Hill’s case so that an execution date can be set.

Hill, 42, of Warren, was sentenced to death in 1986 at age 19 for the 1985 torture and murder of Raymond Fife, 12, who was beaten, raped, impaled, strangled and burned.


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

"Annos declined to estimate how much longer it might take for the federal courts to review Hill’s case so that an execution date can be set."

Danny Lee Hill may very well die in prison of old age .

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2TB(1167 comments)posted 5 years ago

interesting...the judicial system was devised by our founding fathers. i guess that makes you unAmerican.

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3borylie(790 comments)posted 5 years ago

Pro,
Very good post.

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4woolyd(579 comments)posted 5 years ago

wellmr hill will receive an execution date for next year as all his appeals have been decided

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Many months down the road and our poster boy for doing what you like is still contributing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere .

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6BillyRay(1 comment)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time, run on for a long time
Sooner or later God'll cut you down
Sooner or later God'll cut you down

Go tell that long tongue liar, go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

Well, my goodness gracious let me tell you the news
My head's been wet with the midnight dew
I've been down on bended knee
Talkin' to the man from Galilee

He spoke to me in the voice so sweet
I thought, I heard the shuffle of the angel's feet
He called my name and my heart stood still
When he said, "John, go do my will"

Go tell that long tongue liar, go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time, run on for a long time
Sooner or later God'll cut you down
Sooner or later God'll cut you down

Well, you may throw your rock and hide your hand
Workin' in the dark against your fellow man
But as sure as God made black and white
What's down in the dark will be brought to the light

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time, run on for a long time
Sooner or later God'll cut you down
Sooner or later God'll cut you down

Go tell that long tongue liar, go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down~JOHNNY CASH

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7Westsider(222 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I well remember the crimes for which Danny Lee Hill was convicted - it is unconscionable that nearly 30 years later he has not been executed for his vicious and heinous acts. Keep pushing LuWayne --

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