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Supreme Court stays Texas execution

[JURIST] Reuters reports that the US Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution for Delma Banks, scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday. The stay represents a preliminary legal victory for ex-FBI Director William Sessions, several former federal appeals judges and a former US DA for Chicago who had jointly filed an amicus brief [PDF text] with the Court - previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase - asking it to review Banks' case because of "uncured constitutional errors in the process through which he [Banks] was convicted and sentenced" which were "typical of those that have undermined public confidence in the fairness of our capital punishment system." Tonight's stay will give the Court time to consider whether it will actually take the case.

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