John Errol Ferguson was not executed last night, after receiving a last-minute stay late Tuesday evening. Here’s a rundown of the frantic flurry of appeals that were filed last night:
Monday evening, the U.S. Court of Appeals lifted the District Court’s stay of execution in a divided opinion, clearing the way for Ferguson’s execution to proceed as scheduled at 6 p.m. local time. Ferguson’s attorneys appealed that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court in three different appeals, all of which were denied around 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.
No stay from SCOTUS for FL death row inmate John Ferguson.Lyle has the full story:goo.gl/RrvXS
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) October 23, 2012
Ferguson’s attorneys then filed a new appeal at the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which is the court that lifted the previous stay late Monday night.
Fla execution of mass killer John Ferguson still on hold as yet another appeal winds through federal courts.
— Curt Anderson (@Miamicurt) October 23, 2012
According to CNN’s timeline of events, the Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay around 8:50 p.m.. The state of Florida petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision, but finally around 11:30 p.m., the Supreme Court denied the state’s request to let the execution proceed as planned. It’s unclear now when or if Ferguson will be executed, as the Court considers the latest appeal.
Fast-moving events in Florida capital case of John Ferguson. Just hours after Scotus denied stay of execution, 11th Circuit agrees to it.
— Andrew Cohen (@CBSAndrew) October 24, 2012
Ferguson was being prepared for the execution when he was told about the last minute appeal. He had already had a last meal of a country fried sandwich and sweet tea, according to Florida Department of Corrections press secretary Jo Ellyn Rackleff.
You can read all about the circus-like saga of Ferguson’s execution in these previous posts: