Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SCOTUS stays Missouri execution pending resolution of ineffective counsel allegations

The inmate is 35-year-old Mark Christesen. He was convicted for the 1998 murders of 36-year-old Susan Brouk and her two children near Vichy, a small central-Missouri town about two hours southeast of St. Louis. The AP reports

The appeal to the Supreme Court raised several concerns about legal counsel Christeson has received over the years, including the failure of some of his attorneys to meet a 2005 deadline to file for an appeal hearing before a federal court. It is uncommon for someone to be executed without a federal court appeal hearing.


The high court denied a second appeal challenging the state's planned use of a made-to-order execution drug produced by an unidentified compounding pharmacy.

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