The ACLU stopped a killer's execution, 90 minutes before he was set to die amid arguments from death penalty opponents that the state should wait until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of lethal injections. Was it lethal injection or the last minute stay that was cruel and unusal?
The ACLU won't speak up for the unborn nor the comatose. But if you've beaten an old lady to death with a tire tool, their voice is deafening. "All-Death, All-the-time", ceases to be their slogan when it comes to the capital punishment of convicted killers.
CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) -- A killer's execution was halted 90 minutes before he was set to die amid arguments from death penalty opponents that the state should wait until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of lethal injections.The same organization works relentlesly to keep America free of any symbols of higher moral authority other than the ACLU. Killers are not the threat but killing the killers is.
The Nevada Supreme Court issued the last-minute stay Monday for William Castillo, who beat an elderly woman to death with a tire iron.
Castillo, 34, had declined to file appeals of his own and prison officials have said he was ready to die. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada appealed to halt any executions in the state.
Lee Rowland, one of the ACLU lawyers who argued the case Monday before the Supreme Court, welcomed the decision, which was signed by all seven justices.Whether the ACLU admits it or not, lethal injection is not cruel and unusual; stays of execution 90 minutes before a convicted killer is ready to die are.
"Clearly, this was the right thing to do, legally and morally," she said. "We are heartened that this decision will bring Nevada in line with the rest of the country, which has decided to await guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court."
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