Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Execution delayed in riot case


Guard, 9 prisoners died in conflict

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Supreme Court on Monday postponed the May execution date set for a prisoner identified as one of the leaders of the 1993 riot at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Carlos Sanders, 30, has exhausted his state appeals, but he still has federal appeals available. The court routinely postpones executions in such cases.

Sanders was sentenced to death in 1996 for his involvement in the 11-day riot in which nine inmates and guard Robert Vallandingham were slain. Vallandingham was strangled on April 15, 1993, by two inmates under orders from Sanders, according to court records.

Sanders, who has changed his name to Siddique Abdullah Hasan, claimed the state bore some responsibility for Vallandingham's death because officials would not negotiate in good faith.

He had blamed the riot in part on the prison administration's intent to vaccinate prisoners against tuberculosis, which drew the objections of some Muslim inmates.

The Supreme Court rejected that argument in 2001. Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, writing for the court, said evidence that administrators may have contributed to the tensions was "utterly irrelevant" to whether Sanders was guilty.




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