Death Penalty loophole could possibly set convicted murderers free. Lawmakers in New Jersey are currently drafting legislation to abolish the death penalty as reported in an AP story by Beth DeFalco. In accordance with the new law, nine NJ death row inmates, including sex offenders and cop killers, would have to be re-sentenced under the laws which existed at the time they committed their crimes; many of which do not carry life without the possibility of parole sentences.
Death Row inmate Michael Anthony Rodriguez wishes to drop all appeals and expedite his execution as soon as possible. Rodriguez, 44, is one of the 7 inmates who escaped from a Texas prison, committed a string of robberies and killed a police officer on Christmas Eve in 2000. According to an AP story, after being ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation, Rodriguez expressed his plans to move forward with the process and gratitude to the court for respecting his constitutional right.