Last Modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 7:23 PM
The state Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that public funds cannot be used to hire outside counsel for Jason Reeves.
Reeves, convicted of first-degree murder in 2004 for raping and killing 4-year-old Mary Jean Thigpen in 2001, is to be put to death by lethal injection.
Reeves is represented by the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana.
Attorneys for Reeves, 38, attempted to hire Alan M. Freedman, an attorney with the Midwest Center for Justice in Evanston, Ill., in June to serve as outside counsel.
Fourteenth Judicial District Court Judge Mike Canaday would not allow Freedman to enroll as counsel, saying Reeves does not have a constitutional right to choose his own counsel, thus Freedman should not be paid with public funds.
Reeves’ attorneys took a writ to the Supreme Court, which denied the writ on Friday.
In June, Gary Clements, head of the Capital Post-Conviction Project, said Freedman was hired because the group was short of attorneys.
Canaday said there were “inside mechanisms” to remedy the problem rather than using public funds to hire an outside attorney.
Prosecutor Carla Sigler said the Louisiana Supreme Court had ruled that defendants do not have a constitutional right to two post-conviction attorneys.
Reeves, incarcerated in Angola State Penitentiary, was scheduled to be put to death Aug. 15, 2012, but was granted a stay of execution as his attorneys sought post-conviction relief.
Reeves’ attorneys have requested a hearing to determine whether he is mentally disabled, which would prohibit the state from executing him.
A date for the hearing has not been set.
Attorneys with the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana could not be reached for comment.
Posted By: Justice should be Served On: 9/19/2013
Title: What has our Nation come to ??
I am In total agreeance with "No Faith in Justice"...... What if this was one of my Little Girls???? I would want justice to
be served. This monster will never be able to be rehabilitated...... Maybe if the sentence handed down was quickly carried out... just maybe there would be less of this heinous crime committed. Only God can hlep us !!
Posted By: anonymous On: 9/19/2013
he deserves to die.... this should have never of happened to that poor innocent little girl.
Posted By: Anoynmous On: 9/19/2013
Posted By: No Faith in Justice On: 9/19/2013
Title: What a Shame!
And we wonder why our society is the way it is. The judicial system caters to the rights of criminals more than those of the victims. Reeves attorneys now want to try and prove he's mentally disabled after 12-years of having committed this heinous crime? That's only to save him from a justified execution that should have already been carried out. Here's the truth; he raped and murdered a 4-year old girl! YES, he's a mental case! But he deserves to serve the sentence already handed down, not have the privilege of getting another taxed payer paid trial for competence.