Charles Rhines

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In The Moment ... November 6, 2019 Show 695 Hour 2

From the latest execution in South Dakota to the state legislature's efforts to hold the South Dakota Department of Education accountable for improving student test scores, the Dakota Political Junkies have much to discuss.

Mike Card, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of South Dakota, and Jon Schaff, Professor of Political Science at Northern State University, make up this week's panel.

"Stop Killing" sign on the grass in front of the state penitentiary.
John Nguyen

Death row inmate Charles Russell Rhines was executed by lethal injection at 7:39 Monday night.  There was a six hour delay waiting for the US Supreme Court to consider three appeals.   Once the appeals were denied it took 37 minutes from Rhines leaving his holding cell to being pronounced dead.  

 

News: Oct 26 - Nov 1

Nov 1, 2019
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An update on the Keystone XL pipeline.

A warrant of execution of Charles Rhines has been issued for the first week of November.

The CEO of R-CALF USA tells us why America is losing its ranches.

Dan Ahlers has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. 

USD's Tim Schorn tells us what al-Baghdadi's death means.

State Senator Cammack talks the upcoming SD legislative session.

All this & more on your weekly ITM news podcast.

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In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 2

Dennis Davis is a spokesman for South Dakotans for an Alternative to the Death Penalty. Davis visits with SDPB's Cara Hetland to explain his groups position with respect to the planned execution of Charles Rhines during the first week of November.

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In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 2

The Cornell Death Penalty Project is dedicated to neutral examinations of how the death penalty operates. Every year, Project staff produce a number of articles related to the death penalty. Areas of particular interest to the Project include race and the death penalty, mental impairment and the death penalty, and the law of federal habeas corpus.

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In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 2

Neil Fulton was a federal public defender when his office represented Charles Rhines who, in 1993, was convicted of fatally stabbing Donnivan Schaeffer during a robbery in Rapid City.

Fulton is now the dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law.

Victoria Wicks Leads Up To Rhines Execution

Oct 28, 2019
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In The Moment ... October 28, 2019 Show 688 Hour 2

South Dakota death row inmate Charles Rhines has exhausted his direct appeals in court and is scheduled to die sometime in the first week of November. But his attorneys are still working on a couple of potential legal roadblocks. Rhines goes to court Tuesday in Sioux Falls to challenge drug protocols. And an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals panel says he still can plead for leniency from Governor Kristi Noem.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks visits with In The Moment guest host Cara Hetland.

SD Department of Corrections

Death-row inmate Charles Rhines has exhausted his direct appeals in court and is scheduled to die sometime in the first week of November.

But his attorneys are still working on a couple of potential legal roadblocks.

Rhines goes to court on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Sioux Falls to challenge drug protocols.

And an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals panel says he can still plead for leniency from the governor.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

SD Department of Corrections

The execution date for South Dakota inmate Charles Rhines is set for the week of Nov. 3. The warden will announce an exact day and time 48 hours ahead of time.

Rhines is seeking clemency from the governor and wants mental health experts to examine him to bolster his case. The prison warden has refused to allow it, and a federal circuit court upheld the warden's position.

Rhines took the issue to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Thursday, Sept. 26.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

The family of murder victim Donnivan Schaeffer has waited 27 years for justice. Schaeffer was killed in March 1992 when he walked into his Rapid City workplace and found Charles Rhines burglarizing the donut shop.

Now a Seventh Circuit judge has issued a warrant for Rhines' execution to occur in early November.

After the warrant hearing held Tuesday, June 25, Donnivan's mother, Peggy Schaeffer, talked about her son and what his loss has meant to the family.

file photo John Murphy

Charles Rhines is one of two inmates on death row in South Dakota, and if his last appeals fail, he will die in November.

In a short hearing in Rapid City on Tuesday, June 25, a judge granted a warrant of execution while Rhines watched by a videoconference hookup from prison.

Rhines was sentenced to death in 1993 for murdering 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer, an employee of the donut shop Rhines was robbing.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has more of this report.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says convicted murderer Charles Rhines won't get a second chance with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rhines' case was heard by three judges who issued an opinion in August that he is not entitled to have his conviction overturned. Rhines then asked that all active judges in the Eighth Circuit reconsider that outcome.

Jackley says the Eighth Circuit has rejected that request, and Rhines can now appeal his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.