The Cleveland Plain Dealer has this story by Michael McIntyre on Dawn McCreery, Wendy Offredo, and their families. The two college girls were murdered a little over 22 years ago. Richard Cooey has lived longer on death row than Dawn and Wendy's entire lives, but that is scheduled to end tomorrow.
"Yeah, I did kidnappings, robberies and other stuff in my case," Cooey said recently in an interview from death row at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown. "I didn't do no murders in my case. And they know I didn't do the murders in my case."
The "other stuff" was a three-hour ordeal of torture and rape, more than sufficient to make death a just punishment in this case, even if one of Cooey's accomplices committed the actual killings.
According to the Sixth Circuit's ECF system, counsel for Cooey filed 8 appeals on a single day, September 24, and 10 within the space of 8 days. After this is over, this might be a good case to examine for sanctionable misconduct in filing frivolous pleadings. I don't have the actual documents at this point, so I won't make an accusation, but from the sheer volume it seems likely. We need some courts to take a stand that vigorous advocacy does not include burying courts in paper, and, no, death is not different in this respect.
Update: As federalist notes in the comments, the AP reports that the Supreme Court has rejected Cooey's petition.