No Execution Stay in Nevada

34-year old William Castillo could be the 13th-inmate executed in Nevada on Monday. He says he remains firm on his decision to not reinstate court appeals which would stop the process.

The state of Nevada has no plans to stop the process either--that's despite the fact the Supreme Court is looking into the issue of lethal injection, and whether or not that constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

Ed Bronson Profesor Emeritus in Political Science from Chico State is considered a national expert on Criminal Law specifically when it comes to change of venue and dealth penalty cases.

" If the supreme court rules under the 8th amendment that the current method of execution is unconstitutional inflicting unnecessary pain and suffering, legally there is probably not much that can happen. It just from a moral point of view it is simply outrageous because of impatience to execute somebody unconstitutionally because you didn't want to wait."

Across the country defense attorneys have asked state appeals courts to stay executions until the Supreme Court makes its decision sometime next year. That opinion one way or the other will provide definitive guidance to states who use three drugs during execution--a sedative, a muscle paralyzing agent, and a drug that causes the heart to stop. In the appeal before the supreme court, if the first drug fails to knock the inmate unconscious he would experience "excruciating pain and torture" during the delivery of the second and third drug.

Nevada's governor would be responsible for placing a moritorium on all executions here until the Supreme Court decision. A spokesperson for the governor says he has no plans to do that. Just because 12 states have ceased executions temporarily the spokesman says, that doesn't mean Nevada has to follow.

Today an anti-death group based out of Chicago sent a letter to Governor Gibbons asking to call off the execution. They asked the exeuction be halted until the Supreme Court has weighed in on the constituionality of current protocls used in executing prisoners.

The governor's office says they will continue with executions in this state and upon the Supreme COurt's decision will review protocols based upon that decision.


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