BREAKING: Less than 20 minutes before he was to be put to death, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution of Mississippi death row inmate Earl Wesley Berry today, the latest in a series of executions halted by the nation’s highest court since the justices agreed to consider whether a three-drug injection cocktail used in Kentucky and other states is unconstitutional in Baze v. Rees. More on the Berry case here from Reuters.
The stay of execution for Berry was granted over the dissents of Justices Antonin Scalia an Samuel Alito. SCOTUSBlog has the order here. The stay will remain in effect until the Court either denies the petition for writ of certiorari or hands down a decision in the case.