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Stay Denied for Spisak

The US Supreme Court has denied a stay to Ohio murderer (and neo-Nazi) Frank Spisak.  The order reads, "The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Kagan and by her referred to the Court is denied. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied." 

No dissent is noted.  The referral part is standard operating procedure.  The order does not say Justice Kagan took no part, as it usually does in cases where the decision not to file an amicus brief for the United States was made during her SG watch.  (Not that it matters; just curious.)

The Supreme Court's prior opinion in the case, Jan. 12, 2010, is here.  There were no dissents then, either.

Joe Guillen of the Cleveland Plain Dealer had this story earlier today.

Update:  Andrew Welsh-Huggins has this post-stay-denied story for AP:

Cora Warford, whose son Brian Warford was just 17 when Spisak shot him in the head on Aug. 30, 1982, says she's making an exception to her opposition to capital punishment after much thought and discussion with her pastor. She said Spisak's latest attempts to avoid execution by pleading mental illness were the final straw.

"Justice has to be done, that's all," said Warford, 75, now retired in Cincinnati. "He didn't care about the lives he took, and now it's time for him to go to rest."


The crime took place in 1982--it is now 2011. That's unconscionable. This execution should have been carried out years ago.

It always makes me angry when I see how elderly the parents of these victims are. I just hope the parents of Terri Winchell are still around to see Michael Morales executed.

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