Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Newton update

Late yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to halt today's scheduled execution.

That means Newton has two remaining venues for relief: the U.S. Supreme Court and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who could accept the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles' recommendation for a stay.

Perry likely will not take action until the U.S. Supreme Court acts. And the U.S. Supreme Court likely will not release its decision until late this afternoon.

This means that we probably will not know the outcome until around the time of Newton's scheduled execution -- 6 p.m. Texas time.

An African American radio network is going a show on Newton's case at noon central time, 1 p.m. east coast time. You can listen over the Internet by going here.

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