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One Mother’s Long Wait For Justice

October 7, 2009

Romell Broom, Pedophile, Rapist and Murder

Romell Broom--pedophile, rapist and murderer

Twenty-five years ago, Romell Broom, a pedophile who had previously served time for the savage rape of a 12-year-old girl, abducted 14-year-old Tyra Middleton on the street at knifepoint, brutally raped her, and then stabbed her to death. Her body was found in a nearby abandoned parking lot.

At his trial, Broom received the death penalty, and has spent the time since doggedly fighting to have his death sentence overturned. His defense team has recently begun to employ a “blame-the-victim” strategy, portraying the young girl as having had a “sexually active lifestyle.”

The appallingly insensitive tactics employed by Broom’s defense team in portraying the young victim of his crime as somehow deserving of being brutally raped and stabbed to death led Tyra’s exasperated mother to exclaim:

If you had a daughter, would you want me to belittle her as you have my daughter? I know you are an attorney and you have a job to do, but I do not appreciate it.

Broom was scheduled to die in October 2007. At that time, he received a stay of execution by joining another inmate’s challenge of the constitutionality of Ohio’s legal injection method. As that stay was subsequently dismissed, his new execution date was scheduled last month on September 15.

Without any mention of a victim, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! gave an artful Marxian analysis of what happened on that day:

In Ohio, four executions have now been postponed as the state revises its lethal injection procedures. The review began after a failed execution on September 15, when the state attempted to kill Romell Broom. Broom’s execution was put off after technicians spent over two hours trying to maintain an intravenous connection in order to inject him with lethal drugs.

The state, as Goodman put it, failed in its attempt to “kill” Romell Broom, and so, once again, at the 11th hour, Broom had escaped punishment for his crime.

Not only that, Broom’s attorneys have now asked Ohio’s supreme court to cancel the execution altogether, arguing that:

It was obviously a flawed process. He survived this execution attempt, and they really can’t do it again. It was cruel and unusual punishment. Romell Broom is still recovering from Tuesday’s prolonged execution attempt and is physically and emotionally traumatized.

Bessye Middleton, Tyra’s mother, who has waited 25 years to see her daughter get justice, urged the state of Ohio to “get on with it.”

It’s time for him to go. That’s all I got to say. He’s got to go.

For the Middleton Family, the wheels of justice, as they say, are moving exceedingly slow.

  1. Sam Deakins permalink
    October 7, 2009 2:09 am

    This looks like a guy Marc Lamont Heel would like.

  2. Kevroc permalink
    October 7, 2009 3:34 am

    I heard he wrote a couple screenplays in the clink. I say we let him go!!!

  3. Fred from Canuckistan . . . permalink
    October 7, 2009 5:03 am

    Ahhh the Polanski Defense Gambit.

    Nice move.

  4. October 7, 2009 8:47 am

    It’s times like this I agree with George Carlin: We need to bring back public executions. It would be great for TV, would stimulate the economy for sure. I half-way joke, of course.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 7, 2009 1:03 pm

      NO JOKE !

      Good idea….

      Public executions… hangings preferably….

      Let’s get corporate sponsors for them, & sell advertising at them, with the proceeds to go into a fund for the victims & their families.

    • Joseph Cottrell permalink
      October 8, 2009 1:02 pm

      Judges should be issued 12-gauge shotguns so that when a jury comes back with a “guilty” verdict in a death penalty case the sentence can be carried out immediately.

      • Swemson permalink
        October 8, 2009 1:13 pm

        Too messy…

        I prefer the old trap door under the defendant’s chair trick…

  5. john permalink
    October 7, 2009 2:56 pm

    This guy needs to have his skin peeled off, then honey poured on him, then the ants, fire ants.
    The problem with public executions is that the system is flawed, for enough money you can get anyone killed, framed, for enough money most people will do anything and not care.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 7, 2009 3:45 pm


      I agree that he deserves that and worse, but our only legitimate objective is to remove people like this permanently from society, and if doing so publicly will help discourage others from doing the same things, then I’m all for it…

      But unlike the ancient Romans, I’d get no pleasure out of watching these people being torn apart by lions.

      • JIM KENNETT permalink
        October 8, 2009 1:33 am

        i would but then as a 6 year old i was gang raped by a 4 of them so i am very hard nosed on this subject

  6. JIM KENNETT permalink
    October 8, 2009 1:31 am

    perverts like this creep should be executed with a guillotine it works and theres no problem it iv lines

  7. "gunner" permalink
    October 8, 2009 6:10 am

    why is this swine still stealing air? “ready left, ready right, lock and load, stand and fire!”

  8. jac mills permalink
    October 8, 2009 6:15 am

    I am an immigrant, a U.S. citizen and feel privileged to be so. But I have a few gripes about some of this country’s laws, one being the execution(no pun) of the death penalty for capital crimes. I cringe when I read of a lawyer who, like the above, can argue that the convicted, is “physically and emotionally traumatized,” etc. Many Americans will immediately spout “The Constitution, Human Rights, the Wrongly Convicted,” and all the other arguments of the U.S. being a humane country, with laws to protect everyone, which I appreciate and honor. But in cases WHERE THERE IS NO DOUBT about the guilt of the convicted, the law should be that sentence be imposed within, say, one week. If we applied a “quick execution” law, we would rid the world of scum who have desecrated the rights of life of others, and eliminate the extension of life by technicality for these monsters.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 8, 2009 9:27 am


      The problem is, that the entire system is run by lawyers.

      If you just executed the bastard straight off, it would deprive those lawyers of years and years of income from all the work involved with appeals etc…

      Once their clients are dead, the cash stops flowing in.

    • JIM KENNETT permalink
      October 10, 2009 9:54 pm

      But in cases WHERE THERE IS NO DOUBT about the guilt of the convicted, the law should be that sentence be imposed within, say, one week.

      jac the problem is that there have been cases were there was no doubt because eyewitnesses claimed they identified the tight guy but when dna testing came along it was proved that the accused was not the person that should have been sent to death row i personalty know of one man who spent 11 years on death row and twice was in the gas chamber and less than 2 minuets from death when he was reprieved it took dna testing to finally be used to prove he could not have committed the rape/murder he was sentenced to die for but if caught in the act and dna proves it then execute them

  9. Stanley Yuzuk permalink
    October 8, 2009 6:27 am

    About 20 years ago, I read a “Justice story” in the NY Daily News. In this story a young man met a girl in Brooklyn. One Sunday he and two friends took her for a ride to Long Island. The three of them raped and killed her. Within 6 months all three of them were “fried” in the electric chair. This took place in 1945. What has happened to our justice system? Murderers live in prison 10, 20, 25, or more years. These animals who have inflicted the “death penalty” on their victim have too many rights. Please join my crusade and vote against ALL incumbents!! Zoo animals with pea brains, could not inflict more damage to our country than the a$$holes in office now!! We have to let them know we are not happy with the direction they are leading this nation!!

  10. Isabel Isherwood permalink
    October 8, 2009 8:06 am

    This is the same scum that stand outside of prisons with lighted candles and placards begging for the life of a dirtbag that is rightfully being given justice via a needle who will stand outside of a pro-life rally demanding the right of abortion. A baby’s life vs a scumbag’s life. Now, there’s a trade that only those with bankrupt values can get behind.

  11. Stanley Yuzuk permalink
    October 8, 2009 8:22 am

    Isabel you are absolutely correct!! Anti death penalty and pro abortion?! What a paradox!! Join my crusade and vote against ALL incumbents!!

  12. jac mills permalink
    October 8, 2009 9:53 am

    SWEMSON: You are so right, and I would add that the whole bloody country is run by lawyers, and that surely is the problem, my friend. But I always take heart when I recall what Bill Shakespeare wrote about lawyers, don’t you?

    • Swemson permalink
      October 8, 2009 10:14 am



      There’s a more contemporary comment that I also like.

      On an old 60 Minutes show, going back to the time to when our trade imbalance with JAPAN was our big economy problem, Andy Rooney did a piece about Japan, in which he wondered why America had more than 20 times as many lawyers per capita than Japan did…. So his suggestion for solving the trade imbalance was that for every Toyota they send us, we should send them one lawyer

    • JIM KENNETT permalink
      October 10, 2009 11:00 pm

      ya he did say kill all the lawyers jac but they do do some good like the ones fighting the bigger crooks than them the insurance company’s , but i do admit im biased as i have one fighting the INSURANCE CO. OF BC right now to get me a decent settlement after some jerk ran myself and my wheelchair down in broad daylight, icbc tried to blow it off and say my spinal injury was pre existing but for my shyster they might have got away with it so while most are crooks it can take a crook like a lawyer to fight a crook like the insurance company’s

      • JIM KENNETT permalink
        October 10, 2009 11:22 pm

        ops did not finish my comment
        defense lawyers that defend perves like child molesters imo are as bad as the pervs
        unlike the ones fighting insurance co.s

        • Swemson permalink
          October 11, 2009 12:13 pm

          Not ALL accused are guilty…

          Years ago, a friend’s daughter had a crush on her 8th grade history teacher.. & in her teenage mind, she thought he liked her the same way.. When she found out that he didn’t she accused him of rape, & the poor guy when through a horrible ideal.

          Our legal system has LOTS of flaws, but this isn’t one of them.. Everyone is entitled to a defense.. The system can’t work without that defense lawyer…

          On the other hand, long time top professional defense attorneys who specialize in defending big time professional criminals, are indeed scum IMHO.. but they’re just the price we pay to protect the innocent…

          Worse yet, and the big time ambulance chasers, who, IMHO, are responsible for somewhere between 24 to 40% af the costs of the American health cars system… REMEMBER JOHN EDWARDS ?

  13. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 8, 2009 10:13 am

    Swemson-I agree 100%! It would make great reality t.v. if the legal system is credible and they know without a shadow of a doubt-its a child rapist.

    It should be a requirement for every child rapist.

    I don’t care how they die-gullitine or whatever they choose. From a christian point of view his torment will be 100-1000 times worse than just dying and leaving this world.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 8, 2009 10:28 am

      What relevance does anyone’s religious beliefs have to do with the subject we’re discussing here….?

  14. Judy permalink
    October 8, 2009 10:18 am

    You are on to a good idea. I read 2 years ago in the WSJ that many governor’s were reluctant to sign on to Jessica’s Law because the average pedophile requires the services of a defense lawyer 3.4 times prior to the actual conviction giving a long sentence for child rape/molestation. If they were incarcerated for life after the first conviction, then the defense attorneys would be deprived of the 3.4 other requests for services. Again, the lawyers needs over the lives of children.

    • Swemson permalink
      October 8, 2009 10:32 am

      Why just the children…?

      The lawyer’s needs come before ANY other considerations….

      Always remember that the first thing they teach them in law school is how to spell justice….

      They spell it “JUST – US”

  15. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 8, 2009 10:22 am

    jac mills-I agree! There should be a quick execution law. I’m from here and these criminals really need to do the sentence faster. It gets old seeing the same old nonsense go on like a revolving door.

    After a criminal is convicted without a shadow of a doubt his rights should be zero. What about the victims rights?

  16. DAWOOD permalink
    October 8, 2009 11:55 am

    worse than a terrorist is this guy

  17. Joseph White permalink
    October 8, 2009 6:55 pm

    Instead of lethal injection, how about the electric chair, or barring that, a long rope and a tall tree, or even a bullet in the head?

    These people are evil people and they deserve to die, who cares how they die? Once they are dead, the devil won’t care how they got there, he’ll just have room for them.

    It’s obvious that they didn’t care about how the people they killed died, why do we care about how their last seconds on Earth feel?


  18. Jenn permalink
    October 10, 2009 9:21 pm

    Castration would be good. It goes along with religious beliefs…an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth… genitals for rape. That would satisy the religious right. Liberals also would be satisfied if he were let out of jail…Let him walk around on the streets with no genitals.

  19. JIM KENNETT permalink
    October 10, 2009 10:23 pm

    jenn the no genitals sounds good but dont forget rape is more about rage and power and not sex and some perv who has been cut could still use a strap on if he was that mad at the world over being castrated i still like the guillotine or garrote as a possible way to execute child molesters the garrotes slow as it strangles hanging or the needle is to quick too quick for child molesters let them die slow like there victims did and the garrote would do that

  20. Jenn permalink
    October 10, 2009 10:40 pm

    Castration removes male hormones, i.e., like the difference between a stallion and a gelding. Geldings have no interest in mares.

    • JIM KENNETT permalink
      October 10, 2009 11:16 pm

      ya JENN that makes sense if you have the hormones and the love you can still have the desire i know most paraplegic’s like my self still have the desire and can and do use a a vacuum pump to get hard and rubber ring to stay hard mind you our wives often try and say we are using the vacuum for a different reason (evil grin)
      something along the line of the b/s extends tablets that are sold to insecure men

  21. Marylou permalink
    October 10, 2009 11:28 pm

    You kids are just way tooo much fun! I am liking the GenY bunch. Hope you do not “grow up” too soon. Seems to me like you’re actually there in many ways.

    • October 11, 2009 5:13 am


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