A federal judge cleared the way Friday for California's first execution in nearly five years, citing the state's efforts to revise its lethal injection procedure and a Supreme Court ruling making it harder for condemned inmates to delay their deaths. Albert Greenwood Brown failed to show "a demonstrated risk of severe pain" as required by a 2008 Court decision, ruled Judge Jeremy Fogel, who gave Brown the option of choosing a one-drug injection of sodium thiopental instead of a three-drug cocktail used by the state.
Federal Judge Clears Way for First Calif. Execution in 5 Years
The Associated Press
September 27, 2010