Supreme Court Blocks A Second Execution In Texas

Last week, the Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to Duane Buck in order to hear his case on the merits. Yesterday, the Supreme Court stayed a second execution in Texas, saving 47-year-old Army recruiter Cleve Foster in the final hours before he was scheduled to die. The high court “said it wanted more time to decide whether to hear Foster’s appeal.” Charged with rape and murder, Foster maintains that another man he was with committed the crime. The court has stopped his execution twice this year already over a dispute on the drugs used for the lethal injection. These last-minute stays “came two weeks after Texas Gov. Rick Perry [R] said he was confident that his state had a fair and clear process” for executions.