SCOTUS Decision to Lift Execution Stay Prompts Dissent from Court's Minority - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 12, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court has lifted a stay that blocked the execution of an Alabama man, a decision which prompted a dissent by the court’s liberals, who criticized the “middle of the night” decision that didn’t allow for discussion Friday morning, The ABA Journal reports. The Supreme Court lifted the stay after inmate Christopher Lee Price’s execution warrant expired, which means that the execution will be delayed while the state seeks a new execution warrant. "To proceed in this way calls into question the basic principles of fairness that should underlie our criminal justice system,” Breyer wrote. “To proceed in this matter in the middle of the night without giving all members of the court the opportunity for discussion tomorrow morning is, I believe, unfortunate.”