Supreme Court Stays Mississippi Execution

Capital punishment watchers have been anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court's action on the execution of Earl W. Berry, scheduled for tonight in Mississippi.

With 15 minutes to spare, the Court has stayed the execution. The vote was 7 to 2. Scalia and Alito dissented.

Is this a signal that the Court will find lethal injections to be cruel and unusual punishment when it decides the Kentucky case it has agreed to review?

ABC News has more, as does Capital Defense Weekly and Scotus Blog.

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    " The vote was 7-2" (none / 0) (#1)
    by libertarian soldier on Wed Oct 31, 2007 at 09:00:01 AM EST
    No, it is not known what the vote was (other than at least 5 in favor):
    "Because only five votes are required for a stay of execution, it is not clear whether all the remaining seven justices supported it."