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October 18, 2007

Georgia Supreme Court stays execution scheduled for this week

Providing still more evidence that the Supreme Court has helped create a de facto moratorium on executions, the Georgia Supreme Court has now blocked the scheduled execution of condemned defendant Jack Alderman, which was to take place tomorrow. This local article provides more details:

Alderman was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Friday, but 27 hours earlier the Georgia Supreme Court issued a stay.  The justices wrote in their order that their reasoning was based on the U.S. Supreme Court decision last month to hear a Kentucky inmate's challenge to the three-drug lethal injection method, and then a decision by that same court on Wednesday to stop an execution that was scheduled in Virginia.

"It certainly seems a [national] moratorium is now in place on lethal injections and all executions until the [U.S.] Supreme Court issues an opinion in the Kentucky case," said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington. "The pattern seems clear. Lower courts and state courts have gotten that message."

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What cowards--I guess the victims' families mean nothing.

The Supreme Court has shown its utter irresponsibility with respect to its supervision of capital punishment. It has allowed the Ninth Circuit to run wild for far too long; it has countenanced stays for late-filed appeals, despite its unanimous decision in Hill; it has jerked the rug out from under the State of Texas in appallingly poorly reasoned cases.

And to think that these Solons believe that they should be running a war.

Posted by: federalist | Oct 18, 2007 8:36:12 PM

sean:

chill dude, you are about to stroke out.

Posted by: anon | Oct 18, 2007 9:02:40 PM

That's not likely to happen, although I appreciate the concern for my health . . . .

The victims' families have every right to be very ticked off about this. And I stand by my view that the Supreme Court has been irresponsible.

Posted by: federalist | Oct 18, 2007 10:02:08 PM

Why is this even a story? Local court issues ruling. Why does the national media care? And how perverse is this country, where NOT killing a person is more newsworthy than killing him?

Posted by: Anon | Oct 18, 2007 11:59:52 PM

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