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A guy who raped and killed a teenage girl has been put to death hours after a judge ordered it not to go ahead due to claims of racial discrimination.
Orlando Hall was put to death by lethal injection at 11.47pm on November 19, after being convicted for his role in the gruesome kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Lesa Rene back in 1994..
The Supreme Court overturned US District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s request for the execution to be stopped after claims that Hall, who is Orlando Hall, was racially discriminated against by an all-white jury.
In a ruling hours before the federal execution was scheduled to go ahead, she wrote: “The court is deeply concerned that the government intends to proceed with a method of execution that this court and the Court of Appeals have found violates federal law.”
The 49-year-old was among five men who kidnapped the sister of two drug dealers he suspected had stolen money from him in Texas, US.
The group of cannabis smugglers had gone there to confront her brothers but abducted her at gunpoint to Arkansas where was raped, beaten with a shovel and buried alive.
He was executed at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, becoming the eighth inmate to be put to death after they were reinstated over the summer after 17 years.
A victim impact statement on behalf of Lesa Rene’s family was issued after the execution.
Pearl Rene said: “Today marks the end of a very long and painful chapter in our lives.
“My family and I are very relieved that this is over.”
The 49-year-old’s execution came after the US Supreme Court overturned a previous ruling that blocked it over claims administering sodium pentobarbital without a prescription was illegal.
The court also denied motions to halt the execution by his lawyers.
The lawyers had claimed that racial discrimination played a role in securing an all-white jury to decide his fate.
Orlando Hall was found guilty by an all-white jury, which lawyers claim was the result of racial discrimination.
Three of the men involved in the gruesome murders had agreed a plea deal to testify against Orlando Hall and a fifth man, and have all been released since.
His lawyers also argued they needed more time to prepare a clemency petition due to Covid-19.
MORE READ: CHURCH FORCED TEENAGER TO LISTEN TO AUDIO RECORDING OF WHEN SHE WAS RAPED
A lady who was raped when she was 14 has revealed a church forced her to listen to an audio recording of the assault for about four hours.
The Jehovah’s Witness church in Roy and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society had successfully argued in lower courts that it is not responsible for the incident.
The shocking case involving a lady from Salt Lake City, US has been taken to the Utah Supreme Court.
According to reports from Deseret News, the lady revealed that the male leaders of a Jehovah’s Witness church forced her to listen to an audio recording in 2008 of her being raped as a 14-year-old teenager.
Lower courts had formerly ruled that under the First Amendment, the church was not responsible for the incident which her lawyers argued against.
She said she was shaking and crying while asking for the defendants to stop playing the audio recording of the attack which was carried out by an 18-year-old male member of the church.
Utah Supreme Court heard how the 18-year-old raped her on numerous instances as part of an ongoing bullying campaign involving further sexual harassment.
Kara Porter, an attorney for the church, said the tribunal wanted to find out if the lady had sinned and participated in voluntary s3x with the teenager.
Kara Porter also stated that the government has no place to get involved in church affairs.
The lady’s attorney revealed the shocking results of the rape and the depressing experience of listening to it back for hours.
Her attorney’s said that after the rape, she experienced anxiety, nightmares, emotional issues and low performance in school.
KSL reports that the lady was forced to listen to the tape of her assault for about four hours, according to her lawyers.
The state’s high court is yet to make a ruling but some of the justices revealed their point of view towards the end of the hearing.
Justice Deno Himonas said: “The allegation here is a mental and emotional equivalent of waterboarding. I’ve been a judge for a long time and a lawyer for a long time. I’ve never seen, in court, anything like this that’s alleged,”
“It’s an important and difficult case,” Chief Justice Matthew Durrant said.
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