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Supreme Court grants death row inmate third stay

For the second time in as many weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a Texas inmate.

Just days after halting the execution of Duane Edward Buck just hours before he was to be executed, the Court yesterday once again granted  stay in the case of Cleve Foster, who was sentenced for a the rape and murder of a woman he met in a bar. Buck claims he received ineffective representation from his attorney.

This is the third time the Court granted a stay in Foster’s case, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog. “Three stays in one year by the Supreme Court is extraordinary,” University of Texas Law School professor Maurie Levin, who represents Foster on appeal, told the Law Blog.

In its brief, the Texas Attorney General’s Office called Foster’s claim “frivolous.”

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