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Legal Notes on Georgia and The South

Alderman Stay, Fuller Recused

Posted by Maggie on October 19, 2007

If you follow death penalty news at all, you’ve probably already heard about the stay granted by the Georgia Supreme Court for Jack Alderman, who was scheduled to be executed today.  The Supreme Court actually refused a stay earlier in the week, but changed their minds after Wednesday’s stay by the Supreme Court of a Virginia man scheduled for execution on Thursday.

I was surprised that the Court didn’t hold off earlier in the week given that other states have been being cautious about it while the Lethal Injection case was pending before the Supreme Court.  I’m glad they corrected their mistake.

 FYI, I’m working on a big Nichols summary entry as requested by Mark Bennett.  I’ve been planning on doing it for a while and finally have the little nudge I need.  The Judge in the Nichols case actually recused himself from a contempt hearing set for Monday.  He didn’t give a reason but it appears it may be because he could be a witness.

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