Tuesday, May 27, 2003

More on scheduled execution of Percy Walton from Danville, now stayed by the federal courts

The scheduled execution of Danville's Percy Walton was stayed by Judge Sam Wilson of the W.D. Va. on Sunday and the stay was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit on Monday, as reported here in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The AP has this report on the stay. The Washington Post in this editorial says the execution should be stopped.

The case has drawn some national attention because Walton's lawyers are claiming he is retarded, and that his case falls within the Supreme Court's recent prohibition on the execution of the retarded.

The Danville Register-Bee has these background stories here and here and here.

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