New appeal denied: Is Utah inmate Ron Lafferty months away from a firing squad?

Death row inmate Ron Lafferty in 2011.
Utah Department of Corrections
Ron Yengich, left, works with his client Ron Lafferty in 4th District Court in Provo on Sept. 25, 2002.
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The man convicted of committing one of Utah’s most infamous double murders has lost his latest round of appeals, putting him another step closer to a firing squad execution.

Ronald Lafferty, 78, was seeking a certificate that would allow him to make an appeal to another court. On Monday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver denied that request.

“This is effectively the end of the habeas case, other than motions,” said Andrew Peterson, with the Utah Attorney General’s Office, meaning Lafferty’s challenges to his conviction and sentence are over.

At this point, Peterson said Lafferty can ask the 10th Circuit to reconsider its decision, ask the full 10th Circuit to consider his case rather than a panel of judges, or ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case. Peterson believes it’s “exceedingly unlikely” that the nation’s highest court would hear Lafferty’s case.

Because of Monday’s decision, Peterson …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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