The U.S. Supreme Court vacated two stays of execution Wednesday morning for convicted murderer Joseph Paul Franklin, clearing the way for Missouri to put him to death.
A 63-year-old death row inmate who targeted blacks and Jews was granted a stay of execution Tuesday evening, just hours away from his scheduled death via lethal injection.
The St. Louis Press-Dispatch reported that Franklin’s request was granted by U.S. District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey, thus allowing for the resolution of a lawsuit filed by him and 20 other inmates against the state Department of Corrections for changing the formula used in the injection.
The state had planned to use pentobarbital, a drug commonly used to euthanize animals, after European drug manufacturers declared they would stop supplying U.S. prisons with anesthetic profofol. Laughrey criticized the state in her ruling for not identifying the compounding pharmacy providing it with the pentobarbital, saying that the American Veterinary Medical Association had recommended against using it because of a risk of contamination.
Franklin was scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for shooting and killing 42-year-old Gerald Gordon outside a St. Louis synagogue in 1977. Franklin was convicted of seven other murders and is blamed for committing 20 killings between 1977 and 1980.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling about 5 a.m., and Franklin was put to death a short time later.
“I think it was a terrible thing to do and a terrible crime to commit against some people at a house of worship,” Franklin told KTVI-TV in an interview filmed last week. “I’ve got no excuse for it. All I can say is, I was mentally ill. It was just a really bad thing to do to somebody.”
Watch KTVI’s report on the stay of execution for Franklin, aired on Tuesday, below.
‘It’s treachery if not treason’: Harvard’s Laurence Tribe destroys Trump’s claim he’s above the law
Legendary constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe explained the legality of President Donald Trump's claim to be above the law during a Thursday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
The host played a notorious clip of Trump.
"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters. Okay? It’s like incredible," Trump argued.
"And now he has gone beyond that," O'Donnell noted. "Now the president is sayin, 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I cannot be prosecuted for that crime. Or any crime.'"
Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.
Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.
Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.
WATCH: GOP congressman hides in an elevator as veterans try to confront him about his support for Trump
On Thursday, Common Defense, an activist group of combat veterans, followed Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) through a hallway and demanded to know why he isn't doing something about President Donald Trump's lawless conduct.
Crenshaw — himself a former Navy SEAL — tried to shoo them away, and eventually ducked into an elevator to get away from them.
"How can you let a criminal like Donald Trump run roughshod over our democracy and shred everything that you and I fought for?" demanded one of the protesters on a video uploaded by the group. "Like c'mon man. Like how can you just sit there idly by and not do your duty? We need your leadership right now. You cannot be complicit in this man's crimes. It is immoral. It's laid out clearly in the Mueller report."