Calif. Calls Off Execution After Court Setbacks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California officials on Wednesday called off the scheduled execution of a convicted murder after setbacks in federal and state courts.

Judge To Determine Whether California’s Lethal Injection Plan Is Constitutional, KNX 1070’S Ron Kilgore Reports.

The attorney general’s office said in a court filing that it can no longer to proceed with the lethal injection of Albert Greenwood Brown at 9 p.m. Thursday.

It would’ve been California’s first since 2006.

The announcement came a day after a federal judge blocked the execution, saying he needed more time to evaluate the state’s newly adopted lethal injection procedures.

The state tried to appeal that decision. But after another unfavorable ruling by the California Supreme Court, it conceded the execution can’t happen as planned.

The soonest officials could execute Brown would be Friday. But by then, the state’s entire supply of a drug used during lethal injections would have expired.

“I’m relieved,” said John Grele, one of Brown’s attorneys. “This was a hastily designed plan.”

The attorney general’s office notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it was unable to execute Brown.

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  • FFL

    This is a making law from the bench. More liberals in charge of everything and overruling the will of the people REPEATEDLY-the tar is warming, feathers being gathered and pitchforks sharpened!

    • Karen

      FFL – we can VOTE on judges in California. Let’s remember for the future.

  • don

    FFL has the answer: who needs a lethal injection drug, we can go forward with the execution with tar, feathers and pitchforks. It would be good practice too for future applications.

  • Burn

    Anyone up for toast?

  • JET

    Make it humane… use a firing squad… the guy will be dead before he even knows it… besides I am sure 7 bullets are alot cheaper then the lethal injection drugs are…

    • Matt Woods

      Now that is a damn good idea, a firing squad is legal and convienant.

  • Give us justice

    Ridiculous! Brown didn’t delay killing who he killed! I’m so sick of hearing about humane death. Was it humane how he killed? These animals need to be put down just the same way they kill their victims! DOWN WITH BROWN!

  • Karen

    It’s a telling comment how hard Jerry Brown pushed when his staff member tells the press that he’s relieved. Very telling. Here is another example of how Brown likes to do whatever he wants despite what we believe.

  • april

    @ Karen…it`s albert browns attorney who was relieved not Jerry Brown. But I am in agreement. Knock his ass out the ole fashion way and call his family and tell him he won`t be coming home. What a sleaze bag.

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