Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Arizona Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution on behalf of Samuel Villegas Lopez just one day before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection. Lopez claims he has denied a chance at a fair clemency hearing. His greater misfortune is that he is in a state where the results of fair clemency hearings are routinely ignored by Governor Jan Brewer. Because of Brewer some of the current members of the state clemency board have not received a mandated four-week training course. See story here.