The U.S. Supreme Court issued a last-minute stay of execution last night for Texas death row prisoner Hank Skinner, stopping his execution just minutes before he was scheduled to receive a lethal injection.
The court’s stay is temporary, however, simply giving the justices more time to decide whether to take on a full review of Skinner’s appeal. If the court decides not to grant a review, the stay will terminate.
Innocence Project Staff Attorney Nina Morrison appeared last night on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to discuss the case, along with Skinner’s wife, North Carolina exoneree Greg Taylor and others.
Read a transcript here
Innocence Project supporters around the world took action in Skinner’s case, helping to raise the level of public awareness about his appeals. As we have reported, Skinner was convicted of a 1993 triple murder — a crime he has always maintained he didn’t commit. For more than a decade, he has been seeking access untested DNA evidence that could prove his innocence or guilt, but the courts have denied his appeals.
U.S. Supreme Court Delays Texas Execution
Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court Stops Execution
Skinner Gets a Stay