Supreme Court blocks Oklahoma death row inmate’s execution after support from AG

June 13, 2023

The Supreme Court made the rare decision Friday to block the execution of a death row inmate after Oklahoma‘s attorney general agreed that his life should be spared.

Richard Glossip had been slated to be put to death on May 18 despite support from Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond (R), who said Glossip did not receive a fair trial.

“I am very grateful to the U.S. Supreme Court for their decision to grant a stay of execution. I will continue working to ensure justice prevails in this important case,” Drummond wrote in a press release.

An Oklahoma appeals court upheld Glossip’s conviction after Drummond’s public support, and the state’s pardon and parole board deadlocked on a vote on whether to grant clemency.

The Supreme Court’s decision puts the execution on hold while it reviews the case.

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