Supreme Court halts Texas execution
The Supreme Court issued a stay of execution hours before Cleve Foster was slated to die by lethal injection.
April 5th, 2011
02:42 PM ET

Supreme Court halts Texas execution

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday morning halting the execution of Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster.

The  justices issued an order granting a stay of execution for Cleve Foster about eight hours before his scheduled lethal injection.

The Gulf War veteran was convicted along with another man of the 2002 murder of  Nyanuer  "Mary" Pal, a Sudanese immigrant he met at a Fort Worth  bar.

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  1. Canadian

    I am thankful that we do not have death penalty in Canada. Many innocent people would have died otherwise.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Canadian

      And yes I have had friends murdered I would rather see the people rot in jail.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big~Tuna

      "many" ~ you are stupid.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      How am i stupid i know what goes on in canada and yeah i could give you a list of MANY innocent people who were proven innocent after the fact. Before YOU call call someone stupid check your facts!

      April 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jimmy

    Hang um all

    April 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. jon

    Was this the case where almost all of the "witnesses" recanted their stories? Nice. I think I would have stopped the execution as well.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Liberal with her facts straight

    Actually, the average cost of keeping a convict in jail for life is less than the average cost of an execution. Life in prison also makes more sense to me as a "penalty." Hard to learn a lesson when you're dead.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • War919

      So, a madman kills a small child after taking him/her from their home and you are worried about him learning something from the experience of incarceration? You are an idiot. Some people have no place in a civilized society, as demonstrated by their own actions, and must be removed. It is not the duty of society to bear the burden of caring for such a beast but it is its duty to remove such a threat to its other members.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helena

      Shes an idiot because her point makes sense? everyone's views on this are going to be different. Name calling and stereotyping is not necessary.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      If inmates didn't get cable TV and three square meals a day, things that aren't even guaranteed to all members of the US population, you might actually be right.... What happened to hard labor?

      April 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SkyKIng

    Comedian Ron White jokes about Texas having an Express Lane for the execution chamber.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Nostradamus

    Nuke the entire planet and get it over with.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Harry Hussein Ofailure

      Right on Brother! Let's bathe the world in liquid fire and let nature start least all the guilty would fry...small sacrifices must be made by all!!

      April 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. St. Paul

    There is absolutely NO correlation between the number of executions and the murder rate. It is not a deterrent. Murderers do not think about the possible consequences while murdering another person. Most modern, industrialized democracies have ended the barbaric practice of capital punishment. Humans are not capable of administering it in a fair and just way. I'm glad that my state, Illinois, recently banned executions!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Nate

    Bring back public executions. That should help lower the crime rate. Ever see Hang 'Em High?

    As for the people saying this man is innocent or that we here in Texas have executed innocent people, please show me proof of this. And no – articles from left-leaning sites discussing the POSSIBLE innocence of executed inmates do not count.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Skip

      The State of Texas has refused to provide DNA from people they have executed to outside innocence projects for fear of the truth of innocent people being executed being exposed.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Show me these cases and the evidence that was used to convict the accused. Assertions don't cut it.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nostradamus

      You probably work for or own a business that hires illegals? Is this true Nate?

      April 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Nope. I work for a perfectly legitimate engineering firm.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lady Rancher

      Bravo, Nate!!! Hold your ground. Even if there has been an executed innocent individual, which is extremely unfortunate, don't back down. And, I don't mean to sound cold or crass. But, mistakes happen, and TX is not the only state to have executed an innocent individual...if it has happened. As I said in a reply to another post, the legal system is ultimately at fault and needs to be redone, both nationally and on a state level. But, even so, the system is NEVER going to be perfect or fool proof. And, I'll say it here.....I hate the over use of the term "alleged". If an individual is seen by multiple witnesses commiting a crime, it IS NOT alleged!!! Example: How can the Ft. Hood shooter be called "alleged" when there is/was NO doubt that he was the shooter?

      April 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. stevie

    Texas is the biggest joke of our country. They love to kill, rewrite history, have lots of crazy "christians", and who knows
    what other idiotic qualities they posses. Please secede, the sooner, the better.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nate

      Yet the Texas economy is doing better than anyone else. Yeah. We're dumb alright...

      April 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nostradamus

      Amen Stevie consider this George W, George H.W., Lyndon Johnson, Dwight D Eisenhower = Major wars. All Texans!

      April 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      What do wars have to do with upholding state laws?

      April 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nostradamus

      Shut up Nate! Texas is in the hole too! Why do you think the state cut funding to every school district between 15-25% across the board? Dumas.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Not nearly as bad as most other states. At least we're actually cutting spending. Blue states are incapable of that. They're too busy catering to criminals instead of punishing/executing them.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nostradamus

      Maybe the other states didn't want costly wars that oil and rednecks love?

      April 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      I ask you again – what do wars have to do with state laws and criminal justice? And you just missed my point. I said Texas is doing BETTER than blue states. If you chalk our being in the hole up to wars (a nonsensical assertion), how do you explain California's financial problems? Or Florida's?

      April 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      "forget the alamo"!!!!!!

      April 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      hahaha.... @Nostradamus

      Were you trying to call him a "dumb-ass" and instead used "Dumas" the last name of the French author of The Three Musketeers. When you can't even spell the insult correctly, it loses its sting.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lady Rancher

      Again.....Bravo, Nate!!! Texan class and intelligence is showing!!! I had not realized that the hatred of Texans such as us was so strong, or that we're so misunderstood. What's so hard to understand about honesty, intelligence, and HISTORY!!! I'm really beginning to wish we would secede, although I do know it's not really a reasonable solution, but.........

      April 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?


      Woodrow Wilson was president at the start of WWI; FDR was the president at the start of WW2....and Eisenhower actually took over the Korean War from Truman....

      Just thought I'd point this out... you are skewing facts to serve your own purpose. Lame.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jimmy

    Victim didn't have an extra minute to keep living, why should this load. Drag the POS thru town by a rope

    April 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. sparkie951

    He doesn't want to use the new drug. No problem use the very old one. Texas has plenty. LEAD injected at high velocity.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Skip

    Texas joins places like Iran and Saudi Arabia in the number of executions... Just what we need to do , copy the actions of two of the world's most repressive Islamic nations!! Had can we fight Muslim extremism if we become like them?

    April 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nate

      All the while, lawlessness remains on the rise in states that don't use the death penalty. The death penalty may be old-fashioned, but it works.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lady Rancher

      Nate, I'm really learning to like and appreciate you quite a lot!!! Intelligence.....get the point across intelligently with an even temper (I can't do that).... I'm PROUD to call myself YOUR fellow Texan!!!

      April 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Erik

    II'm all for the death penalty, but the facts of the case do not implicate Foster in the murder of this woman there is no mens rea to warrant capital punishment

    April 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lady Rancher

      Thank you, Erik, for not smashing Texas and for stating an obvious and realiistic reason for a stay in this case, which I've not read and researched myself.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. keith

    Just kill him – he committed a crime and he needs to be given his punishment. if they don't like how an execution is handled, then they should have thought about that before they committed their crime. I'm tired of these people talking about how cruel and unjust their punishment is....what about their victim and how unjust and cruel it was for the person they killed while committing another crime? Victims seem to have less rights than the criminals that commit the crimes do – there is obviously something wrong with that

    April 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jimmy


      April 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'll push the botton, Geez

      Finally someone who makes sense!! I agree 100%!!!

      April 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. zippo


    April 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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