The U.S. Supreme Court has assigned Justice Clarence Thomas, a strong supporter of capital punishment, to handle emergency stay requests coming out of the 11th Circuit. Thomas replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, a relative moderate on death penalty issues, who will now handle the 9th Circuit. Given emergency stays' critical importance to death penalty cases and other time-sensitive disputes, Thomas' new appointment is making some criminal defense lawyers nervous.
New Supreme Court Gatekeeper for 11th Circuit
Daily Business Review
February 8, 2006