Supreme Court Stays Execution of Death Row Inmate

Justices will consider whether to take up challenges to conviction.

The Supreme Court halted the execution of Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip, which was scheduled to take place on May 18. Glossip was originally convicted in 1998 for allegedly hiring a hotel maintenance worker to kill the owner of the hotel. He repeatedly pursued appeals for his case, but none was successful in overturning his death penalty sentence. 

Unusually, Glossip received backing from Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond in April, who had independent investigators review Glossip’s case and found “serious concerns” about his conviction. It was Drummond who asked for the Supreme Court’s intervention in the case, and now that Glossip’s execution is halted the Supreme Court will see if Glossip’s previously submitted appeals are worth their review.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the justices of the Supreme Court as they consider the appeals made by Mr. Glossip.
  • For wisdom for the justices as they determine which cases they will hear.
  • For the justices to be led by the Lord as they draft decisions and issue rulings.

Sources: Reuters, NY Times, CNN


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