Juan Ignacio Blanco  


  MALE murderers

index by country

index by name   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

  FEMALE murderers

index by country

index by name   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z




Murderpedia has thousands of hours of work behind it. To keep creating new content, we kindly appreciate any donation you can give to help the Murderpedia project stay alive. We have many
plans and enthusiasm to keep expanding and making Murderpedia a better site, but we really
need your help for this. Thank you very much in advance.




Ralph BAZE Jr.





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: To avoid arrest
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: January 30, 1992
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: July 1, 1955
Victims profile: Sheriff Steven Bennett and Deputy Sheriff Arthur Briscoe
Method of murder: Shooting (SKS assault rifle)
Location: Rowan County, Kentucky, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 4, 1994

Baze v. Rees, 553 U.S. ___ (2008), was a United States Supreme Court case. The court agreed to hear the appeal of two men, Ralph Baze and Thomas Bowling, who were sentenced to death in Kentucky. The men argue that executing them by lethal injection would violate the 8th Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Under court precedent, lethal injection must not inflict "unnecessary pain". The men's attorneys argued that the chemicals used to kill them carried an unnecessary risk of inflicting pain during the process. The case had nationwide implications because specific "cocktail" used for lethal injections in Kentucky is the same that virtually all states use for lethal injection. An effective moratorium on executions in the United States had taken place since certiorari was granted in this case.

The Court heard oral arguments on January 7, 2008. On April 16, the Court rejected the challenge thereby upholding Kentucky's method of lethal injection by a vote of 7-2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter dissented.


Supreme Court of the United States


BAZE v. REES (No. 07-5439)
217 S. W. 3d 207, affirmed.

syllabus opinion (roberts)
concurrence (alito) concurrence (stevens)
concurrence (scalia) concurrence (thomas)
concurrence (breyer) dissent (ginsburg)

Briefs and Documents

Docket: 07-5439

Argument Transcript

AFFIRMED in a judgment of Court announced by Chief Justice Roberts.

Merits briefs

Amicus briefs

Certiorari filings



home last updates contact