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Supreme Court grants 11th hour execution stay

Just before Duane Edward Buck was set to be executed in Texas Thursday night for a double murder, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution while the justice decide whether to take up his case.

Justice Antonin Scalia granted the order on the Court’s behalf, the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog reported. Buck claims that testimony during the sentencing phase of his trial that he is likely to be more violent because he is black impacted his sentence.

Buck had already eaten his last meal when the stay order was issued.

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