Time is running out for Oba Chandler, whose appeal was denied by the Florida Supreme Court today. There are few options left for Chandler as his Nov. 15 execution date approaches.
“I’m not completely surprised and certainly somewhat disappointed,” defense attorney Baya Harrison III told the St. Petersburg Times. “However, we just have to keep trying. As we speak I am preparing two pleadings.”
Harrison will first seek permission from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to file an appeal on Chandler’s behalf. That option likely will not be successful. Since Chandler already filed one federal appeal four years ago, he must ask permission to file another one and it’s unlikely the court will concede. But Harrison hopes the second option, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn today’s decision by the state Supreme Court, will be more successful.