Saturday, September 29, 2007
The Supreme Court has ordered a halt to an impending execution in Texas, having accepted on cert review a case involving a prisoner challenging how lethal injection is implemented in the state. Texas officials have declared that executions will go on regardless. We are nothing if not an ornery and stubborn people. As the NY Times article makes clear, it is likely that lawyers for the inmante scheduled to die next will apppeal the sentence also on the lethal injection issue, forcing the Supreme Court to grant cert in an effort to bring about a de facto moratorium on the death penalty in the U.S.