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October 4, 2007

Georgia schedules two executions for later this month

I had expected that Texas would be the state battling to go forward with executions while the Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of lethal injections in Baze.  But now, as detailed in articles here and here from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia now appears poised to test whether the Baze case is in fact going to result in a de facto national moratorium on executions.  As the AJC articles details, two death warrants have now been signed by county judges setting up execution dates for later in October.

My initial thought is that these scheduled Georgia executions will end up stayed, but I would not make book on such a prediction.  Notably, as detailed in this story, last week the "Georgia attorney general said he will continue pushing death penalty cases until a court tells him to stop."

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