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Skinner Execution Stayed

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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Hank Skinner.  John Schwartz has this story in the NYT:

His lawyers had not requested DNA testing on all the evidence available at trial out of fears that the results would go against him. After the state enacted a broad postconviction DNA testing law in 2001, Mr. Skinner began a string of appeals that reached the United States Supreme Court. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday cited recent changes in Texas law on DNA testing, and said it would be "prudent" to "fully review the changes in the statute as they pertain to this case."

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Schwartz' blurb mentions the decision of Skinner's lawyers to forego testing. That balance is to be commended.

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