Post by SoulTrainOz on Jul 26, 2006 20:30:42 GMT -5
constitutionality of lethal injection
A convicted ax murderer's reprieve from the death chamber will last at least another 2 months.
Following a brief telephone conference with attorneys, Today, Chief District Judge Sue L. Robinson ordered state officials to respond to a lawsuit filed by attorneys for inmate Robert W. Jackson III within the next 60 days.
During that time, and likely until the case is resolved, Jackson's execution will remain on hold, according to attorneys.
Jackson was originally scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on May 19 for the 1992 ax murder of 47-year-old Elizabeth Girardi during a burglary of her Hockessin home.
Since Jackson's federal case raises questions about how Delaware carries out the death penalty, no other executions will likely go forward until the case is resolved.
Attorneys for Jackson contend that how Delaware carries out lethal injection amounts to unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.