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TEXAS EXECUTIONS

Scheduled execution: October 27, 2009 Reginald W. Blanton Black man born June 3, 1981 education Level: 10th grade Occupation: Laborer native of: Alameda County , CA

Twenty-eight year old Regi- nald Blanton was convicted of fatally shoot- ing an acquain- tance and then stealing $79 worth of jew- elry that later sold at a pawn shop.

Reginald Blanton

A Bexar County jury convicted Blan- ton of Capital Murder eight years ago for breaking into 22-year old Carlos Garza's apartment and killing him April 4, 2000.

pawn shop selling two gold necklaces that belonged to Garza.

The execution date was set after both the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court denied his appeals.

Blanton sought to have his convic- tion overturned because, among other claims, he thought his attorney failed to adequately represent him during jury selection. Specifically, Blanton claimed his attorney was ineffective by failing to properly preserve an objection to a prosecution request for a jury shuffle and failing to preserve evidence show- ing the jury shuffle in his case was dis- criminatory.

Three death row inmates from Bexar County have been executed so far this year. Blanton is the only inmate from Bexar County to have an execution date for the remainder of this year.

At his trial, prosecutors said Blanton kicked in Garza's door and shot him twice in his head when he refused to hand over some jewelry.

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Mattie Lou White, Peggy McCauley, Naomi Suire, Helen Cravey-Stallone and Thelma Brown.

Last month we published this 40- year old picture of five Galveston meter maids, but we were unsure of the name of the lady third from left. After talking with several old time Galveston police officers we came up with the name of

We heard from Helen Cravey-Stallone and Peggy McCauley, also pictured, and were told the lady in question is Naomi Suire. We heard from many others too and we thank them all. Here they are again.

Margaret Mickens, but we were wrong.

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specimens for police.

Critics say it’s an open invitation to lawsuits. The first person who comes down with an infection, or worse, HIV or something like that, the city is hold- ing itself out to an enormous amount of liability and the civil rights implications and abuse of power this could lead to should be of concern to everyone.

Houston leads the nation in DWI’s and the test program will soon be underway there.

Locally, Alvin Police Chief Mike Merkel told The Police News, “I am familiar with the current legislation re- garding the legislature’s “no refusal” position on blood draws from a medi- cal professional (which excludes EMS paramedics according to my understand- ing of the law and the DA’s position); however, to have trained police officers trained as phlebotomists is an interest- ing concept.

“I can understand and appreciate the importance of trained law enforcement officers obtaining “evidence” in a more expedient manner, but I would have to research the concept from a legal and objective stand point. My first impres- sion would be how we would manage or respond to a fatality accident or traffic accident with major injuries and EMS was already on the scene treating life threatening injuries. Would the trained phlebotomists be trying to get blood while EMS was working on the suspect- ed intoxicated person, would he hold the scene while waiting for the trained phle- botomists (even if the individual was

ready for transport) and what potential liability do we have if someone claims an injury or challenges the credentials of our trained phlebotomists?

“I would also like to see the proposed training program as compared to medi- cal personnel with similar training and credentials. With medical professionals drawing blood daily, would that cre- ate a standard of comparison and chal- lenge for a law enforcement officer who would only use this medical skill when called upon at a DWI scene or at the PD? I know that we deal with DWI’s way too much to feel completely safe on our streets; however, historically we would not have multiple DWI’s daily to be as consistent with the local hospitals and clinics.”

Galveston’s Police Chief, Charles Wiley commented, “There are a whole host of interesting questions that derive from this proposal. We just don’t know enough about it at this point to draw con- clusions. I have issues with the training associated with such a thing. This may be a case of our going to far. I know of officers that simply don’t want to do this and contend that they really didn’t sign-on for such a thing. Many feel that this is a medical procedure that should be conducted by well trained medical personnel.”

Those in the law enforcement profes- sion with whom we spoke generally were of the opinion that police officers should do the policing and medical pro- cedures should be left to medical pro- fessionals.

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