Last night Virginia was set to execute their 2nd person in 2011 with the lethal injection of Anthony Juniper, who was convicted of killing four people in Norfolk in 2004. Juniper had already been taken from his cell on death row at Sussex I prison to the death watch cell at Greensville Correctional Center where the death chamber is located before receiving a 90-day stay from a federal judge.
According to an article in The Virginian-Pilot, “Juniper’s lawyers asked U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. for a stay while they argue constitutional issues. The judge issued a 90-day stay, but this round of appeals will likely take months longer….Having exhausted their state-level appeals, Juniper’s lawyers took the unusual step of petitioning directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Typically, death penalty cases move first to a federal district court and work their way up.”