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Inmate spared lethal injection -- for now

MOBILE, ALA. --- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a stay of execution for Alabama death row inmate Thomas Arthur, who for the second time since September came within a day of lethal injection.

The 65-year-old was facing lethal injection today, but the high court, in a one-paragraph order, blocked his execution until the court decides whether to review his lethal injection challenge.

That's not expected until the Supreme Court settles a lethal injection challenge in a Kentucky case. A ruling in that case is expected next year, and a stay for Mr. Arthur was expected by both sides.

Mr. Arthur was sentenced to death for the 1982 killing of Troy Wicker, 35, of Muscle Shoals.

His attorney, Suhana Han of New York, had argued for a stay, citing the Kentucky case. Mr. Arthur also had filed a lawsuit challenging lethal injection as cruel and unusual punishment.

The state's attorneys contended that Mr. Arthur had offered no proof of that claim and that he had waited too late to file it in court. Mr. Arthur's suit was rejected by a federal judge in Montgomery and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which led to the Supreme Court petition.

-- Associated Press

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Sarge
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Sarge 12/06/07 - 07:20 am
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I guess the killing that he

I guess the killing that he committed was not cruel!!!

getalife
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getalife 12/06/07 - 09:24 am
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This just shows the criminal

This just shows the criminal has more rights than their victims!! These convicted murderers should be shown no mercy, shoot the juice to them!!

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pofwe 12/06/07 - 09:32 am
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This judicial system of ours

This judicial system of ours is taking the unsuspecting and generally innocent citizenry to hell in a hand basket. The death penalty is fair & needs to be used on a continuing daily basis multiple times until all death rows are empty. Then, perhaps mean people will begin to see & understand that the law is the law.

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paragod112 12/06/07 - 10:20 am
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the problem with the U.S.

the problem with the U.S. today is ACLU, and liberal Democratic nation they citizens have no rights but the criminals do. in the era of scientific evidence and witnnesses if found guilty years of appeals and then file suit saying being put to slpeep is cruel andd unusally campared to me shooting or stabbing or choking tell we which one is cruel

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Art 12/06/07 - 10:40 am
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lethal injection don't sound

lethal injection don't sound like it is cruel as other ways may be.

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