More breaking news on the possible first post-Baze execution. Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog has this post, with the pleadings, on Georgia murderer William Lynd's certiorari petition and request for stay to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The state's opposition notes that the Georgia Supreme Court's decision rests on the independent state ground that Lynd has already had a state habeas petition and is not entitled to another one. Lynd's reply says that the mere fact that the state court requested merits briefing means its decision was on the merits, not procedural default, and the Supreme Court therefore has jurisdiction. Nope. We slew that dragon 17 years ago. See Coleman v. Thompson, 501 U.S. 722, 744 (1991).
Update: Lyle reports that the Court denied the stay and certiorari at 7:01 ET.
Update 2: "William Earl Lynd was pronounced dead at 7:51 p.m. EDT, Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Mallie McCord told The Associated Press," Shannon McCaffrey reports.