Thursday, 1 November 2007


Sarah Lundy Sentinel Staff Writer
October 31, 2007

It's not clear how the ruling will play out in Florida, which is next in line to put a prisoner to death.

Mark Dean Schwab, 48, convicted of rape and murder in the death of a Brevard County boy, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 15.

Legal experts say the Mississippi decision will make it easier for the Florida Supreme Court to align itself with the high court and postpone injecting Schwab with the lethal, three-drug cocktail.

Tuesday's ruling takes the political pressure to go ahead with the execution off of Florida, said Elisabeth Semel, the director of the death-penalty clinic at the University of California-Berkeley law school.

The Florida Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether to delay the execution.

"This is not the time to be rushing to execution," said Deborah Denno, a law professor at Fordham University in New York.

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