State supreme court blocks ex-cop's execution date
12:19 PM CST on Wednesday, November 26, 2008
NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana's Supreme Court has blocked the scheduled
Dec. 8 execution of a former police officer convicted of three murders.
Antoinette Frank was convicted and sentenced to death months after
she and an 18-year-old accomplice killed her fellow police officer
and two others during the robbery of a New Orleans restaurant in 1995.
Her first round of appeals lasted 12 years, amid court fights over
whether she had received sufficient expert legal assistance during
the penalty phase of her 1995 trial. In a new round of appeals,
defense attorneys said they have had too little time to reveiew
voluminous documents arising from the case.
The state Supreme Court ruling, made public Wednesday, effectively
cancels a death warrant signed by a state judge in September.
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