Supreme Court halts execution of Missouri man

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The Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to grant a stay of execution for a Missouri man, meaning he will not be executed on Tuesday night.

Russell Bucklew was scheduled to be executed in Missouri on Tuesday for killing his former girlfriend’s boyfriend in 1996.

However, Bucklew’s defense argued that he had a medical condition that could cause immense suffering during his execution.


Bucklew has the rare medical condition cavernous hemangioma, which damages blood vessels and causes tumors. Bucklew said that, because of his condition, the execution process could cause blood-filled tumors to burst inside his head.

In 2014, Buckley came within an hour of being executed before the Supreme Court intervened out of concern that his condition could cause suffering.

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that four justices — including Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch — would have allowed the execution to proceed.

Buckley’s attorney has asked the state governor for clemency.


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