US Supreme Court denies stay of execution

According to ABC news, the US Supreme Court has denied the stay of execution of a man who is set to die Wednesday at 6 p.m. by lethal injection.

Robert Brian Waterhouse, 65, was convicted of raping a 29-year-old mother and leaving her to drown in Tampa Bay, Florida more than three decades ago.

Waterhouse was convicted of killing Deborah Kammerer of St. Petersburg in 1980. Kammerer was raped, beaten and dragged into the surf. Waterhouse was seen leaving a bar with Kammerer, and blood, hair and fibers found in Waterhouse’s car linked him to the murder.

Waterhouse has been on death row for more than 31 years- longer than any death row inmate executed in Florida.

I think 31 or so years of waiting on death row is punishment enough. In fact, that is cruel and unusual punishment to have to wait with death looming over your head for so long. I am not saying that what Waterhouse did was OK or that he should not have been sentenced to death. But I am saying that the death penalty over 30 years later is cruel. He should just live the remainder of his days in prison because waiting on death row for that long is punishment enough.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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