Arizona performed USA's 26th execution of 2012. Daniel Cook was executed in Arizona on 8 August. The clemency board denied clemency and the US Supreme Court refused to intervene.
According to recently submitted evidence, Daniel Cook was subjected to severe and repeated physical and sexual abuse as a young child and teenager by family members and others. He had been diagnosed as suffering from brain damage and post-traumatic stress disorder. In a sworn statement signed in 2010, the lead prosecutor from the trial said that had he known about this mitigating evidence, including that the childhood abuse Daniel Cook suffered “mirrored the circumstances surrounding the crime”, he “would not have sought the death penalty in this case”. Full background to case can be found by the link.
There have been 26 executions in the USA this year, and 1,303 since judicial killing resumed there in 1977. Arizona accounts for 33 of these executions, five of which have been carried out this year.
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