Post by SoulTrainOz on Jul 20, 2006 19:58:06 GMT -5
case against Robinson
Federal prosecutors likely will dismiss their criminal case against convicted serial killer John E. Robinson after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Kansas' death penalty law.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Valenti told U.S. Magistrate Robert Larson on Tuesday that he was 99 percent certain his office would drop the case.
Larson postponed proceedings in the case 2 weeks to give prosecutors time to make a decision.
Robinson was convicted of killing 8 women in Kansas and Missouri over a 15-year period, and a Johnson County, Kan., jury in 2003 sentenced him to death. But when the Kansas Supreme Court ruled the state's capital punishment law was unconstitutional, that sentence was thrown in limbo.
In March, while awaiting an appeal of the Supreme Court's decision, federal prosecutors charged Robinson, 62, with kidnapping resulting in death, which carries a potential federal death sentence.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Kansas death penalty is constitutional.