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October 5, 2009

Split Sixth Circuit panel stays next scheduled Ohio execution

As I predicted in this recent post after the Ohio Supreme Court refused a stay, this morning the Sixth Circuit has granted a stay of the scheduled October 8 execution date for Ohio death row inmate Lawrence Reynolds.  Not surprisingly, the opinions supporting the stay stress the failed execution attempt in Ohio last month.

The composition of the majority (Judges Cole and Martin) granting the stay in Reynolds v. Strickland, No. 08-4144 (6th Cir. Oct. 5, 2009) (available here), as well as the extended dissent by Judge Sutton, leads me to think that en banc consideration of this matter is a real possibility.  But whether there will be a en banc change of position or subsequent Supreme Court consideration is hard to predict.  Stay tuned.

Some recent related posts on Ohio lethal injection issues:

UPDATE:  The local AP now has this report on the ruling.  In future coverage, I will be interested to see and here how Ohio's Attorney General and other political players react to a ruling that could be, in effect, the imposition of a de facto moratorium on executions in Ohio in the forseeable future.

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It's pretty obvious that Judge Sutton (who already has one Dem judge's scalp) has, by far, the better of the argument.

Posted by: federalist | Oct 5, 2009 2:49:07 PM

Duh. Judge Sutton is a Einstein-level genius and the finest legal mind since Solomon. He also burps flower petals and craps lollipops. Cf. Chuck Norris. Of course he had the best argument.

Posted by: fanboy | Oct 5, 2009 3:13:58 PM

Let's see if we can get yet another Sixth Circuit Shuffle...

Panel goes left...

En banc goes right...

SCOTUS reverses Sutton...

It's the Sixth Circuit Shuffle!

(Sing it to the tune of the "Kansas City Shuffle" in "Lucky Number Slevin" for added fun.)

Posted by: Res ipsa | Oct 5, 2009 4:46:29 PM

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