Missouri Inmate Granted Stay Of Execution

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A Missouri inmate scheduled to die by lethal injection last night has received a stay of execution.  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued the order halting the execution of Russell Bucklew.  The order was issued shortly after the full 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay of execution granted hours earlier by a three judge panel of that court.  The panel had issued the stay over concerns that Bucklew’s rare medical condition could cause him undue suffering.  Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says the execution warrant is valid thru midnight tonight meaning if the stay is lifted, the execution could be carried out any time today.

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