Tomorrow’s Execution of Paul Howell Stayed

Okay folks, it’s been a confusing day trying to figure out what the heck is going on with tomorrow’s scheduled execution of Paul Howell, but I just saw this tweet from Huffington Post reporter Hunter Stuart:

Earlier today, a Jamaican news site (Howell is Jamaican), reported that there was a stay, writing “one of his attorneys Michael Ufferman revealed this morning that the judge agreed to stay the execution to allow him more time to further appeal his case.”

However, no other media was reporting the ruling and after doing a bit of digging around, I couldn’t find any evidence to support this story.

Then about an hour ago, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP) sent the following update:

“The Northern District Court of Florida has issued a temporary stay of the execution of Paul Howell based on a ‘Certificate of Appealability.’ The state is challenging this. More on this as details come in. Paul had been scheduled for execution on Tuesday, March 26th at 6pm ET. Although his execution on Tuesday is now unlikely, nothing is certain.”

Still, I couldn’t find any court documents confirming this and the court offices had closed.

It wasn’t until just a few moments ago that Mr. Stuart tweeted about the stay, and I expect an article will be forthcoming now The Associated Press is reporting it as well.

According to the AP, “The 11th U.S. District Court of Appeal in Atlanta granted the stay….Howell’s lawyers are appealing a federal judge’s rejection of a last-ditch appeal. Chief U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers, though, certified an appeal to the 11th Circuit.”

According to the latest FADP update, the stay has been extended so that the 11th U.S. District Court of Appeal can schedule and conduct a hearing. As this will take some time, it’s unknown when the execution would take place, meaning tomorrow’s date has been called off.

 

Related Reading: 

Catholic Churches Hold Prayer Vigils Across Florida in Advance of Paul Howell Execution

Tomorrow’s Execution of Paul Howell Raising Questions About Florida’s Death Penalty

Florida Justices Asked to Stay Feb. 26 Execution of Paul Howell

Attorneys Fight to Stall Paul Howell’s Execution

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One thought on “Tomorrow’s Execution of Paul Howell Stayed

  1. lisa k. damico says:

    I would like for someone to tell me why it takes so long, 30+ years that these scumbags get to live, he confessed, should have done him on the spot. There should be NO HEARING, TRIAL OR ANYTHING, our justice system sucks, seems like the victim is forgotten altogether, but the murderer gets to live on. You can best believe if this was done in any other country, he would not have lived an extra moment. Us taxpayers need a break! It’s about time we put a stop to all of this nonsense.

    Upon the arrest their rights should be stripped. We need to start setting examples of these wastes of time and space.

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