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April 3, 1990 | MARK STEIN and MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Days had melted down to hours Monday, and next to the symbolic mock coffin burned one last candle--marking the last day before California might get back into the business of capital punishment. A few dozen death penalty foes, some of whom had helped keep a vigil at San Quentin prison for several weeks, paced anxiously under an unseasonably warm sun, waiting as the day crept by and wondering: Why had the U.S.
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September 20, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A former Dallas-area car wash employee on death row for killing two co-workers after he was fired in 2000 failed to get the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution Thursday. Robert Wayne Harris, 40, is to die at 6 p.m., Texas corrections officials said. He originally confessed to fatally shooting five people at the Mi-T-Fine car wash in Irving. He was charged in connection with all five deaths but tried in only two. His attorney argued in two petitions to the Supreme Court that Harris should not be executed because he is mentally impaired and did not receive a fair trial.
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NEWS
October 27, 1999 | From Reuters
A federal judge issued a stay of execution Tuesday for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther and radio journalist who was scheduled to die Dec. 2 for killing a Philadelphia policeman 18 years ago. U.S. District Judge William Yohn Jr. granted the indefinite stay, 13 days after Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas J. Ridge signed Abu-Jamal's death warrant, according to a statement from Leonard Weinglass, the lead attorney for Abu-Jamal's defense team.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A former Dallas-area car wash employee who was convicted of killing two co-workers a week after he was fired in 2000 appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to stay his execution. Robert Wayne Harris, 40, was due to be executed as of 6 p.m. Central time. Harris had originally confessed to fatally shooting five people at the Mi-T-Fine car wash in Irving, Texas, was charged in connection with all five but tried in two of the deaths. His attorneys argue Harris should not be executed because he is mentally retarded and did not receive a fair trial.
NEWS
December 11, 1998 | From Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court delayed Thursday night's scheduled execution of a Canadian convicted of murder, saying it needed more time to consider the condemned man's claims. The stay came 30 minutes before Joseph Stanley Faulder, 61, was to be sent to the Texas death chamber for the 1975 murder of the matriarch of a wealthy Texas oil family. Supreme Court spokesman Ed Turner said the court would not act on the appeal Thursday.
NEWS
August 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Judges granted stays of execution in two controversial Southern cases that were due to move to the death chamber this week. The execution by injection of a Florida murderer, Dan Patrick Hauser, 30, who has said he wants to die, was put on hold, at least temporarily, after a federal judge said he needed more time to review newly filed documents in the case. Hauser has a history of mental illness and has repeatedly tried to commit suicide.
NEWS
December 4, 1998 | RICHARD MAROSI and SARAH YANG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A federal judge Thursday cleared the way for the execution of Jaturun "Jay" Siripongs as early as February, but the convicted double murderer will have one more chance to seek clemency. At a hearing in San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney declined to extend a stay of execution that she had granted in November, just a few hours before Siripongs was scheduled to die by lethal injection.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Joe Flint
This post has been corrected. See below for details. ABC News executives are breathing a sigh of relief that "Nightline" wasn't canceled outright even though the network is moving Jimmy Kimmel into its time slot However, it is probably only a stay of execution for the venerable newsmagazine show. In January, ABC is shifting "Nightline" from its longtime home of 11:35 p.m. to an hour later, at 12:35 a.m., so "Jimmy Kimmel Live" -- which had started at midnight -- can compete head-to-head with CBS' David Letterman and NBC's Jay Leno.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A former Dallas-area car wash employee on death row for killing two co-workers after he was fired in 2000 failed to get the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution Thursday. Robert Wayne Harris, 40, is to die at 6 p.m., Texas corrections officials said. He originally confessed to fatally shooting five people at the Mi-T-Fine car wash in Irving. He was charged in connection with all five deaths but tried in only two. His attorney argued in two petitions to the Supreme Court that Harris should not be executed because he is mentally impaired and did not receive a fair trial.
NATIONAL
September 20, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A former Dallas-area car wash employee who was convicted of killing two co-workers a week after he was fired in 2000 appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to stay his execution. Robert Wayne Harris, 40, was due to be executed as of 6 p.m. Central time. Harris had originally confessed to fatally shooting five people at the Mi-T-Fine car wash in Irving, Texas, was charged in connection with all five but tried in two of the deaths. His attorneys argue Harris should not be executed because he is mentally retarded and did not receive a fair trial.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Joe Flint
This post has been corrected. See below for details. ABC News executives are breathing a sigh of relief that "Nightline" wasn't canceled outright even though the network is moving Jimmy Kimmel into its time slot However, it is probably only a stay of execution for the venerable newsmagazine show. In January, ABC is shifting "Nightline" from its longtime home of 11:35 p.m. to an hour later, at 12:35 a.m., so "Jimmy Kimmel Live" -- which had started at midnight -- can compete head-to-head with CBS' David Letterman and NBC's Jay Leno.
NATIONAL
August 19, 2009 | David G. Savage
Newly seated Justice Sonia Sotomayor has cast her first recorded vote on the Supreme Court, joining a dissent by three liberal justices to stop a pending execution in Ohio. The full court turned down the last-minute appeal from lawyers for Jason Getsy late Monday evening by a 5-4 vote. Getsy, 33 and a convicted hit man, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 8 a.m. Pacific time today. In a 1995 murder-for-hire attack, Getsy shot Charles Serafino seven times, though the victim survived.
WORLD
May 3, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
Human rights groups on Saturday condemned Iran for executing a 23-year-old woman who they maintained had received an unfair trial when she was convicted of murder as a juvenile. Delara Darabi was hanged Friday at Rasht Central Prison, according to Human Rights Watch, which said the woman was 17 when she was coerced into pleading guilty to killing her father's cousin. She later recanted, saying her 19-year-old boyfriend had committed the crime.
OPINION
February 3, 2007 | Andrew Cohen, ANDREW COHEN is CBS News' chief legal analyst.
LURKING LARGELY beneath the radar the last few weeks, while media coverage has focused on the perjury and obstruction-of-justice trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and the Bush administration's flip-flop on domestic surveillance, were a series of important legal and political developments in the increasingly muddled world of capital punishment in the United States. Nearly 13 years after U.S.
NATIONAL
September 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A convicted killer who argued that the state's use of lethal injection was cruel and unusual punishment was put to death in Starke after the U.S. Supreme Court denied him a stay. Clarence Hill, 48, was executed for the 1982 murder of a Pensacola police officer in a savings and loan robbery. Hill had argued that the chemicals used in executions -- sodium pentothal, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride -- can cause excruciating pain. The first drug is a painkiller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reaffirmed a previous order that the case of death-row inmate Kevin Cooper be returned to federal District Court in San Diego. After the 9th Circuit's decision last week to stop Cooper's scheduled execution at San Quentin State Prison, the state attorney general's office moved to halt the order. In a 9-2 vote that mirrored the stay-of-execution decision, the appellate court said it would issue a mandate ordering the case to District Court on March 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1992 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER
Child killer Theodore Frank has won a 45-day stay of his death sentence for the 1978 torture-murder of a 2-year-old Camarillo girl, prosecutors said Wednesday. Frank was scheduled to be executed in the gas chamber Friday, though a postponement was expected, said state Deputy Atty. Gen. Jeff Koch, who is prosecuting the case. U. S. District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler granted Frank's request for a stay of execution to allow him to find a lawyer to handle his federal appeal.
NATIONAL
September 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
Newly sworn-in Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan declared Sunday a statewide day of remembrance in honor of the late Gov. Frank O'Bannon, but remained out of the public eye in preparation for the week ahead. Kernan, who was to return today to the Statehouse, faces some pressing problems. He must soon decide whether to extend a 60-day stay of execution O'Bannon ordered in a death-row case, and how to handle the state's $800-million budget deficit.
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