Los Angeles Times: Killer’s Execution Is Postponed Indefinitely
Death row inmate Michael Morales’ execution was postponed this afternoon until at least May, after prison officials said they were unable to put the defendant to death under a new court-ordered lethal injection procedure.
This has been a CIRCUS from the start. And a set-up by the anti-death penalty biased federal judge, Jeremy Fogel. The judge set up a strawman and he was blown down after almost 25 years since the commission of this heinous murder.
Is the judge flaunting the will of California voters who voted to reinstate the California death penalty in 1978.
But Fogel has lifetime tenure on the federal bench and is impervious to removal by impeachment.
U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel then said prison officials could proceed without the doctors, but would have to execute Morales with an overdose of sedatives, rather than the usual three-chemical lethal injection “cocktail,” which had been challenged as excessively painful.
The judge also ordered that a licensed technician deliver the dose from the execution chamber; the cocktail had usually been administered by an “unseen hand” through an extended intravenous tube leading into another room.
Deputy Atty. Gen. Dane Gillette late today told the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which was considering Morales’ appeal of the new procedures, that his office would be unable to comply with the conditions.
Fogel will hold an evidentiary hearing on the new protocol, now scheduled for May 1.
This case will now drag on for months and maybe years – the death warrant expires at 12:01 AM Wednesday.
NO JUSTICE for Terri Lynn Winchell.