From around the web:
- The Maryland Supreme Court stayed the scheduled execution of convicted murderer Vernon Lee Evans Jr., who was scheduled to be put to death this week. Vernon "the death row blogger'" Evan's claims includes questions of the racial composition of who gets life & death in Maryland, as well as, (to no one's surprise) lethal injection.
- In neighboring Delaware Thomas Capano, a former prosecutor and political insider, will not face a new penalty phase proceeding after the state supreme court vacated his sentence on Apprendi/Ring grounds. (more here)
- More confirmation today that Glenn Benner, scheduled to be executed on Tuesday in Ohio, is NOT seeking to challenge his execution based on lethal injection related issues. Benner, despite the real possibility that a stay could issue in such a challenge, purportedly doesn't want to hurt the families of the his victims by putting his execution date in doubt. (More on this, hopefully, in subsequent posts)
- In Virginia the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui began Monday. Acting s crazy as ever, Moussaoui was repeatedly removed from the proceedings. "When a jury is selected, jurors will be asked to decide first whether Moussaoui's acknowledged actions qualify him for the death penalty and then, if so, whether he deserves it. If either answer is no, he will get a life sentence. Once a jury is picked, opening statements are set for March 6. The trial could last one to three months." (more here).