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.

Read CNN's full coverage of the Cleve Foster stay of execution
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  1. Jean

    The death penalty doesn't repear a crime. Jail for life without parol with no possibility of contact does. It is no necessary to kill. I will recommand to make feel the crime in an isolated area for life with very minimum supplies.
    Once die, the crime is not paid because taken away from it.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry Hussein Ofail

      OK, now in Engrisch, preeze

      April 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Larry

    Seems to me that comuting the death sentence of a convicted killer or rapist invalidates our trial by jury principles. We have a system that requires a unanimous decision by 12 jurists before a person is convicted. Sure, it's possible to convict an innocent person, but very unlikely in today's world. The laws are set up to favor the criminal and DNA tests are available now. If you do away with the death penalty for all criminals you do an injustice to all ths victims and their families. And let's be clear about this...the death penalty does prevent crime, because that criminal cannot commit another crime.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. goobernutt

    It looks like this is a job for Mr. Guillotine..Non experimental and has a 100% accuracy rate. Has a low cost, which won't have an impact on the local economy as it only requires a little bit of manpower to operate! No bullets, no misfires, no electrical blackouts, no swallowing of the tongues and no chemical mixture mixups! Mr Guillotine is the perfect execution method tried and tested for over a 500 years.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |

    @former marine......a violent offender put to death is less likely to commit another violent crime genius.....

    April 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bob tower

    The Death Penalty is not a deterrent, it's a punishment for wrongdoing. Apparently prison is not a deterrent, either. Do you Liberal/Socialist/Fascist whiney butts want to abolish prisons? The rate of recidivism for released inmates is the same as Guantanamo. Virtually all of them do "it" again. Take responsibility, you Progressives. Punishment. In fact, kill them the same way they murdered, but 'cane' them first, like your beloved Islamofascist countries do it. Then behead them.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Idiotsabound

      Wow. With a choice between being liberal and being as crazy as you. I'd take liberal. Get some paxil.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. countryboy

    Lets make sure that there guilty before you pull the switch

    April 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gene Brady

    "thou shall not kill" and "vengence is mine" came from GOD himself. Who are these people that go against the word of GOD? I pity those fools because there is a very special place for all of them.....Be very careful what gang you are choosing to follow because you WILL pay...The bottom line is this, and pay very close attention... GOD created man and all things and only GOD can destroy what he has created!!! If you try to get around that, you will pay severely. This goes for the polluters of the planet, the greedy corporations and politicians, Sarah Palin, the hate mongers, the oppressors ....almost everyone.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big~Tuna

      ding ding ding
      Listen up to the glazed over reborn

      April 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • vbscript2

      The Bible does not condemn the death penalty. It would be nice if people would read it before making claims as to what it says. And please don't try to apply "Thou shalt not kill." That is a poor translation. The word used in Hebrew means the unjustified, unlawful killing (murder.) God commanded the Jews to carry out capital punishment for a number of crimes, so obviously that command was not intended to forbid it. While Christians are never commanded to kill anyone, Romans 13 among other scriptures make it clear that God authorizes governments to carry out capital punishment. For nearly 2000 years, virtually no one disputed this. Even now, virtually no actual Biblical scholars do, only people who ignorantly misapply a poor translation without reading the rest of scripture.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry Hussein Ofail

      I phart in your fake god's direction

      April 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • De Sade

      Sorry to ruin your day, but there is no GOD... the belief in your imaginary friend is precisely why the world is in such a sorry state as it is and we are even debating something as moronic as the DEATH PENALTY!

      April 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr. Roy K. Boutwell

    You're one-hundred percent right folks. There is no absolute, definitive proof that capital punishment is a deterent to crime. However, I'll give you another statistic to ponder. Capital punishment sure as hell eliminates repeat offenders-one-hundred percent. of the time, everytime!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. librarian

    Abolish the anachronistic, unjust, absurd, detestable death penalty. This is the XXIth century !

    April 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • thunderbolt

      Yet people still commit murder in the first place.Give me a society where no one is murdered and then I'll agree to do away with the death penality. Your argument is like a dog chasing its tale......

      April 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • rapierpoint

      "anachronistic"? You mean like using roman numerals to designate the century? Besides, you might want to check what the word actually means before throwing it about. ?)

      April 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leah

    tom hit the nail on the head

    April 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tttt

    If you're gonna kill 'em just be sure. Like the idiot in Tucson. I'm against the death penalty but I wish granny had picked up the clip, loaded it and emptied it in him. Then that story would be over and we could move on.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jhn

      Yes – it sounds like you are strongly against death penalties.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arick

      You can be against the death penalty and support self defense. I'm against the death penalty, but if the lives of my family were on the line, I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scarf

      How's this for an idea. Each state sets up a dozen Supreme Court test execution methods listed in priority trumped only by any preference request by condemned. Each method remains prepared to use until condemned is pronounced dead. This will obliterate any appeal attempt based on method. Then those that oppose the death penalty can keep the condemned alive if they fund all costs to keep condemned incarcerated for life. That would include all related costs such as healthcare of any kind and any legal fees or proceedings relating to such condemned.

      Death penalty opponents usually cite the "civilized" arguments on their high horse as long as someone else is paying 50K per year to keep this trash alive. With this alternative, they would then have to put their money where their mouth is.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gutharius

      And you assume he is trash because?

      April 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • NM

      I agree. I am against the dealth penalty as an organized government carried out process that is used unfairly and is terribly flawed and biased. HOWEVER, if that woman had of gone and shot and killed that fool in AZ, more power to her. There was NO question he was guilty. There was NO question people's lives were immediately in danger.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scarf

      Gutharius – "trash" in this context is defined as "convicted murderer".

      April 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolenative

      You are a complete and utter fool. Gain some knowledge on the subject before you speak or in this case type. The costs associated with executing a prisoner far exceed the cost of housing and feeding a prisoner for the remainder of their life. Every death penalty case gets an automatic appeal. This process that can take upwards of 10 years and frequently costs the courts millions of dollars. The statistics are clear your intelligence is not.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scarf

      NM – I just love those with the weak argument that our justice system is "flawed and unfair" when anyone with an IQ above wine cellar temperature knows with certainty that our justice system is the least flawed and fairest of any country in the history of the planet. Virtually all the flaws and unfairness is flushed out eventually via an endless appeals process. It is rare for anyone convicted of a capital offense to be executed within 10 years of conviction. In California, it's more like 20 years. It is also rare for someone erroneously convicted and sentenced to death to actually be executed.

      Furthermore, how much more are we going to spend for a perfect system? Perfection is an unattainable delusion. Additionally, money can be spent many ways to mitigate tragic loss of life. If we spend ridiculous addition funds in pursuit of legal system perfection, every additional life saved from unfair punishment means multiple tragic lives lost elsewhere will certainly occur. Does it make sense to spend money to save one tragic death when the same money could save 5 tragic deaths elsewhere? Of course not but again, most opponents of the death penalty have no clue as to who pays and how allocating scarce resources for the "best bang for buck" works.

      April 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scarf

      Nolenative – You're just another clown who thinks he is smart.

      The only reason it may cost more to execute someone is due to the endless appeals opponents of the death penalty exhaust in attempt to stop it. Even if that argument held any water, which it does not, the convicted will still pursue endless appeals to get out of the can.

      Anytime, anywhere you want to debate this issue for 10 grand, let me know and make sure you bring cash. I'll send a cab.

      April 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. texas

    Lethal injection is too good for this guy!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. natalie

    My God Texas is full of a bunch of backwoods rednecks.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      Foster being one of them I presume.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • chase

      Indeed we are...a sad thing to be a Texan sometimes

      April 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • dirtyangus

      Not true until all the imports from up north showed up.

      April 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Oh, it's full of 'em alright. And of the most noteable ones was elected to the White House. Twice! Texas – it's like a whole other country. You just don't wanna go there!

      April 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealTime

      And yet Natalie supports abortion. Typical. Liberals always want to protect murderers,while they support killing babies.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |

      Hey we Texans are more than glad to go back to being a republic. Even we Mexican American Texans. All you Cali's and Eastners' have fun being "PC" and we'll deal with the real problems.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigtimebilly

      don't forget Former Pres. Bush and Former Pres. bush

      April 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOWhining

      Go Back to California where you belong/came from.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Ya, Texas is full of backwards rednecks. forget the fact that Texas is one of the leading states in Technology by having AMD and Intel headquarters in the state, as well as TI, which makes the calculator you or your kids use at school. Not to mention that Texas was one of the states LEAST affected by the recession and that you Cali/AZ/DC/NY/NJ/MICH/OH/IA/WI etc etc cant even figure out how to pay your state employess, not to mention; the lack of energy crisis, the beautiful lakes and busteling cities that 4 of which rank in the top 10 of population or growth. Abundant night life, and SxSW, one of the greatest musical festivals in the US. For a bunch of backwards rednecks, we sure are doing something right...

      April 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou50

      Steve, actually President Johnson was only elected once, not twice as you suggest.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      The bad part is, Red neck never read this

      April 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rushian

      Josh – Intel and AMD may have offices in Texas, but they are NOT not headquarters... not even factories (AMD doesnt own factories anymore) - both headquarters are in CA. I agree with the rest of your post though!

      April 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff in TX

      That is the stupidest comment I have ever heard. Don't you know that Texas over 20 fortune 500 companies in it? Not to mention great universities and schools. Just because we like to get rid of garbage faster, doesn't make us backwoods. You're probably a northern yankee......

      April 5, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • disgusted

      The sad thing, however, is that they truly believe they are smart and know everything.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbundy

      real time....Conservatives are so against abortion yet use war to accomplish the same thing. Conservatives wait until the babies are born before they screw them over. So much for pro-life. Besides if more males would start wearing condoms (responsible MEN already do), the abortion rate would drop significantly. I wonder what could be done to reduce involvement in bogus wars. LOL

      April 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Let's get our facts straight.

      @RealTime: Fetuses are not babies. The way it stands now, which I am in agreement with, is that no fetus can be legally aborted after it is viable as a human being.

      April 5, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • OcTears

      First its dont come into our Country, now dont come into our State, then what dont come into our County, City, Street. What happened to all of U.S. is free to Americans. Who made you guys the owner of Texas. I dont see only Texans fighting in our military to free all of "America." You dont even have the right to take Texas from our Nation because too much blood has been spilt by Americans all across the U.S. from various wars for the freedom of Texas and other States. Please relax, sit down, and comprise a better statement to post here because you make other GOOD Texans look bad.

      April 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lady Rancher

      Lou50, I think Steve meant something different that what you stated and perceived!!! Johnson was never elected to office. He took office after Kennedy's death, then refused a re-election bid. George (GW) Bush was elected to office twice, which is what I think he might have been referring to, but he'd have to clarify that. And, to all you Bush haters out there......................Get a Life and wake up!!!! Do you like the change you voted for? If you do...........shame on you. You're not an AMERICAN!!! I'm not EVEN going to explain that comment. If you understand it, then you're a true American and intelligent individual. If not....your're one that "sells" your vote because you're too stupid to know better, and fall for the hype. I wanted to say it better, more diplomatically, more politically correct, but..............reality is what it is, honesty is what it is.........stupidity is what it is!!!!

      Back to me a President that didn't make mistakes?!!?!?! The main thing I can say about George Bush is that he wanted to protect this country and its citizens beyond all else....period. And, before you start throwing boulders at me, reasearch your facts, PLEASE!!!! Also, can you name any other US President that was handed so many disasters, etc., into his hands so quickly into his administration?!?!? Give the man a break!!! Also, let's talk class. No matter how badly you hated him, George & Laura Bush exhitibed so much personal class that successors can't even dream of exhibiting.................

      Okay, now that I've angered just about everybody, I'll do what so many of you want........shut up. Am I a George & Laura Bush fan...................YES!!! Am I a Barack & Michelle Obama fan......NO!!!

      April 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yanker

      Isn't it though? They want to return to the old days when they had slave labor, cheap grits, and spittoons were the new technology. Bunch of tards and traitors. Death penalty for dumb rednecks!

      April 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patty

    RUN TEXANS!!! The mexicans R coming!!

    Even Mexico does'nt want texas back.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • johntexan

      actually judging by the rapid rise in the mexican population here, it is safe to say that indeed they do want texas back.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      John don't confuse Patty with reality. Liberals view the world they wish was reality so your facts will just cause her to become upset and we wouldn't want that.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |

    Right on Hangman...

    April 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
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