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SCOTUS Denies Last Minute Stay of Oklahoma Execution:  The AP reports that today's scheduled execution of Oklahoma death row inmate Donald Ray Wackerly will proceed as planned, after the Supreme Court denied his request for stay of execution.  The AP also reports that a federal judge yesterday dismissed Wackerly's lawsuit demanding the presence of a Buddhist monk in the death chamber during his execution, a demand rejected by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections as contrary to its policy.  Wackerly and prison officials allegedly reached an agreement that the monk could enter the chamber after the execution is carried out to perform 15-20 minutes of Buddhist rituals on Wackerly's body.

Death Sentence Recommended in "Baby Lollipops" Murder Trial:  In a 7-5 vote, a Florida jury recommended a death sentence for Maria Cardona, a mother convicted of beating to death her 3-year-old son with a baseball bat in 1990.  The baby's body was found outside Cardona's Florida home, with a lollipop on his bloody t-shirt.  Cardona's original murder conviction was reversed in 2002 by the Florida Supreme Court based on a Brady violation.  Cardona's fate now lies in the hands of the trial judge, who may accept or reject the jury's recommendation.  The AP has this story.

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Wackerly was executed.

Why Friot chose to stay the other execution is beyond me.

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