#NEWS: Florida Supreme Court Stays Execution of Jerry Correll

The Florida Supreme Court granted a stay of execution on Tuesday, 17 February 2015, to Jerry Correll pending the U.S. Supreme Court review of the use of midazolam as a lethal injection drug.

From the Washington Post: “This is the fourth execution that has been delayed due to the Supreme Court’s announcement last month that it will consider lethal injection, but it is the first such postponement outside Oklahoma. The justices said in January that they would hear arguments regarding Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol, a decision that followed three troubled executions last year involving the drug midazolam; they also stayed three upcoming executions in Oklahoma until after they rule in that case, something that Oklahoma’s attorney general had requested.”

Florida uses midazolam as part of its execution protocol, so it is likely that all Florida executions in the state will be stayed until there is a final ruling on Oklahoma’s procedures.

Read more from the Washington Post: http://wapo.st/1EoRqNM

Full stay from the Florida Supreme Court here: http://bit.ly/1FzXhDR

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Source:: National Coalition to End the Death Penalty