Daily Archives: September 16, 2011

Supreme Court Stays Texas Man’s Execution

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Yesterday evening, shortly before Texas was to execute Duane Edward Buck, the United States Supreme Court issued a stay of execution.

The court stayed the execution so it could consider a Supreme Court appeal Buck lodged yesterday. Buck claims his death sentence was marred by trial testimony that he was more likely to be violent in the future because he is black.

The court’s order did not address the merits of Buck’s claim and indicated the stay would be lifted if the court ultimately declined to hear Buck’s appeal.

Buck had already eaten his last meal of apples, French fries, fried chicken, fried fish, jalapeño peppers, and salad when he got word that the Supreme Court stayed the execution.

After receiving the news, Buck began to pray. “Praise the Lord,” he said. “God is worthy of praise. God’s mercy trumps judgment. I feel good.”

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Khmer Rouge Tribunal Judges Reassigned

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Following requests from the President of the Trial Chamber and the Supreme Court Chamber in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni has reassigned Cambodian judges in the Trial Chamber and Supreme Court Chamber.

Judge You Ottara has been appointed as a regular judge of the Trial Chamber, replacing Judge Thou Mony, who has been appointed as a reserve judge of the Trial Chamber. Judge Mong Monichariya has been appointed as a regular judge of the Supreme Court Chamber, replacing Judge Sin Rith, who has been appointed as a reserve judge of the Supreme Court Chamber.

Via ECCC.

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Perry’s “Ponzi Scheme” Comments Hurt Him with Independents

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According to a new Gallup poll, Texas Governor and Presidential candidate Rick Perry‘s comments on Social Security, which include calling it a “Ponzi scheme,” are a non-issue for Republicans, but they could cost him support with independents should he win the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.

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