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Posted on 09/15/2011 7:05:17 PM PDT by smoothsailing
September 15, 2011
HUNTSVILLE, Texas The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution Thursday of a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago after his lawyers contended his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial.
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Sometimes the truth hurts. If his guilt is not in doubt it's time for him to take that walk down the hall to the stretcher. Texas taxpayers have supported him and his appeals long enough.
It was probably a single SC justice who ordered the delay. I cannot see how the full SC panel would not allow it.
His black victims are still dead...
The Sun is more likely to rise in the East than the West but I guess that wouldn’t be allowed in a trial either.
It looks like they granted cert or are close to it.
If so, it will be in a proceeding that is kept sterile of racial references.
That’s what I wondered. I thought I had heard that a single Justice can stay an execution if an appeal goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.
I wonder if one of the liberal bloc did this???
Each justice is assigned a specific Circuit and stays of execution can be granted by the single justice administering that Circuit.
HOWEVER, the justice's decision CAN be appealed to the FULL Court and the majority opinion [if in opposition] CAN overturn the original stay ...
The article makes it sound like more than one justice was involved.
..was spared from lethal injection when the justices, without extensive comment, said they would review an appeal in his case.
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I’ve often thought that perps who laugh at their victims should be denied the right to a last meal and a final statement. Just get a volunteer guard to walk into their cell at 6 a.m. every morning for a week or so and cold cock the bastard. One day, there will be a live round in the chamber, but the perp will never know when.
May God Bless Texas, the one state that truly values the sanctity of life by unabashedly eliminating the scum that wantonly take it.
...a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago after his lawyers contended his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial.His lawyers should also be executed -- but to make sure there's no technicality bullsh!t about their executions, they should be executed without trial.
None of these evil people deserve any such liberal treatment. There should be no last meal and no final statement allowed from these scum.
A vote of four can grant cert. Doubtless the liberal four all signed on, and it’s possible that Kennedy or Thomas went off the reservation.
If America is serious about being race blind, a new sentencing hearing for this killer is a small price to pay for it.
Good luck getting that ensconced in law anywhere, even Texas.
How about unabashedly walling out the influx of a demographic group — illegales from Latin America — that is disproportionately involved in killings in Texas and other states?
“the one state”.........One of the states. Tennessee still carries capital punishment as well as many others.
...and he still killed them both.
This was just a stay pending consideration of his appeal. They have not granted cert yet. The stay was issued without comment or recorded dissents.
What's unfair is the double-murder and the two children witnessing it.
This is just postponing the inevitable.
“Delaying the inevitable.”
Absolutely correct. There was precedence set with five other cases because an “expert witness” brought in racism.
The facts remain the same. I don’t believe a new sentencing jury will find any other verdict.
The only thing I am confused about is that the news reported it was the Texas SC..not the US SC.
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US Supreme Court stops the execution of a convicted murderer, where there is no doubt of his guilt, but they won’t take up Obamacare’s constitutionality, which impacts the entire US population.
I would say their priorities are not right.
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Seems I read a while back that that’s how some Russian prisons handled death row inmates.
“His lawyers should also be executed — but to make sure there’s no technicality bullsh!t about their executions, they should be executed without trial.”
There is no room among decent human beings for that kind of remark. Such a remark is particularly out of place among thoughtful conservatives who have a reverence for human life.
The lawyers have almost certainly done nothing illegal or immoral. In light of the fact that the execution was stayed, it even appears the lawyers might well have committed malpractice if they had not sought the stay.
Fair is not an electric chair; fair is electric BLEACHERS.
His lawyers should also be executed but to make sure theres no technicality bullsh!t about their executions, they should be executed without trial.
Apparently Associate Justice Antonin Scalia ordered the temporary stay of execution. I suppose you also think he should be executed.
Apparently Associate Justice Antonin Scalia ordered the temporary stay of execution.
I’ve always advocated that if a person is sentenced to death than the penalty should be carried out in the same manner as the original crime. I volunteer for the duty.
“Apparently Associate Justice Antonin Scalia ordered the temporary stay of execution. I suppose you also think he should be executed.”
Why not? Italians are more likely to be in the mafia. /s
“If America is serious about being race blind, a new sentencing hearing for this killer is a small price to pay for it.”
It’s that kind of thinking that got us an Obama.
“If America is serious about being race blind, we should
elect this worthless jackass black guy (Obama)over the just
as worthless jackass white guy (McCain)”
You’re correct, it was Scalia who granted it. Admit it, you didn’t see that one coming.
No, this is a stay pending the certification of the writ of a priori. It only takes one justice to stay the execution, but at least 4 members to grant the writ. If the writ is granted then the execution remains in suspension until and if the high court affirms the lower court by a majority vote. If not, the execution is back on.
Scalia stayed the execution btw.
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Maybe add a blank round to it once in a while to make things interesting. But I like the Iraqi methode. One quick appeal and then off to the necktie party. No delays. I want the victim’s body still warm when the perpetual joins him.
No, that's not the same kind of thinking that got us an Obama. In this case, in order to impose the death penalty, Texas jurors must find that the defendant will likely commit future violent crimes. Race is (or should be) irrelevant to that determination, because the issue is whether one particular defendant will commit future crimes, not whether blacks as a race are likely to commit future crimes. So, allowing race to be a consideration is improper, and not at all race-blind.
In the case of Obama, his election was the precise opposite of race-blind. America didn't elect Obama with no consideration of his race, America elected Obama because of his race.
Better safe than sorry, no matter how stupid the reason.
McCain himself was much to blame for the perception that the presidential race in 2008 was tweedledee vs. tweedledum. But even then your comment would not be accurate. A “race blind” choice between the two would mean throwing dice in the voting booth. Not an “affirmative action” move. Let me repeat: Court proceedings should be kept sterile of racial bias, not affirmative-action biased. A new hearing sterile of racial bias would achieve this.
I think the definite lesson in this case is that the prosecution, in future, should avoid making a case based on race.
Possibly, but only after squandering more taxpayer money on his defense, the prosecution, and feeding and housing him.
If his guilt is not in question then what's the problem ? Just slip the noose around his neck.
Texas should carry out the execution as planned in defiance of the self anointed Federal Dictators in black-robes. He is either guilty or innocent his race ain’t got nothing to do with his actions. This man has been lawfully found guilty.
A ‘wise latina’ perhaps?