Growing Old on Death Row v Getting there at a “Ripe Old Age”

The matter of serial killer Joseph Naso being sentenced to death at age 79 caught my eye:

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/north_bay&id=9336285

There is an age requirement at the lower end:

The Constitution forbids the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes, ending a practice used in 19 states.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/7051296/#.UpSxVR4o7rc

There is no upper end and little relief.

A terminally ill death row inmate who had less than a year to live was executed Tuesday evening in Oklahoma, sparking a new debate over whether sick inmates should be put to death or allowed to die of natural causes

http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3319056

Reportedly, the oldest person executed was Joe Lee at the age 83 in 1916. And since then, John B. Nixon, Sr. at the age of 77 in 2005.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Nixon

71-year-old Edward Harold Schad Jr. was executed last month, 35 years after he was charged with murder. His last words were:

“Well, after 34 years I’m free to fly away home. Thank you, warden. Those are my last words.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/09/edward-harold-schad-execution_n_4072303.html

Leroy Nash at the age of 94 was the oldest person on death row; he died of natural causes on February 12, 2010:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Nash

The longest-serving death row inmate, Gary Alvord, died of a brain tumor at the age of 66:

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20130531/taylor-man-longest-serving-inmate-on-death-row-in-the-country-dies-in-prison

Guinness World Records holder?

77-year-old Japanese prisoner Iwao Hakamada has been certified as being the world’s longest-serving death row inmate, serving his 44th year

http://japandailypress.com/japanese-man-is-guinness-record-holder-for-longest-time-on-death-row-0926673/

Naso, the oldest person sentenced to death, if executed (and unsuccessful in appeals and/or does not die of natural — or unnatural — causes) looks to break the record of the oldest person executed.

Roy

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