After a federal judge granted a brief stay of execution to evaluate Middleton’s compentency to be executed, an appeals court has overturned it. In essence, the court ruled, Middleton failed to pursue the compentency issue at state level, and it’s too late.
John Middleton will die whether he is competent or not, whether he is innocent or not. He will lose his life to a due process that is concerned with process to the exclusion, too often, of real justice.
Evidence proving he could not have committed the crime has been thoroughly disregarded by State and courts. In other words, by men who should be supremely interested in anything that would prevent the kind of tragedy that takes place tonight–that would not need to take place, if those who guarded the law would keep the open minds and ears they are meant to keep. This is a fail for all of us.
Rest in peace, John. May you go gently.
Missouri, we are not proud of you.