Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has granted a temporary stay of execution for convicted double-murderer Duane Buck while the Court weighs granting certiori to Buck’s appeal, on grounds of racial discrimination:
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday halted the execution of a black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago after his lawyers contended his sentence was unfair because of a question asked about race during his trial.
Duane Buck, 48, was spared from lethal injection when the justices, without comment, said they would review an appeal in his case.
Two appeals, both related to a psychologist’s testimony that black people were more likely to commit violence, were before the court. One was granted. The other denied.
“Praise the Lord!” Buck told Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark. “God is worthy to be praised. God’s mercy triumphs over judgment.
“I feel good.”
His lawyers called to tell Buck of the reprieve and the inmate was praying in his cell when Clark approached, Clark said.