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. Stephen Crowley

    State sponsored muder is wrong. Even one falsely executed person, and there have been hundreds if not thousands, is a travesty beyond words and is sufficient reason to put a stop to these barbaric practices.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • danny

      Have you got a spare room, maybe he could move in with you after his sentence is over.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Apu Whopooped

      That's like, your opinion, man. Personally, I'm willing to give up hundreds of people to make sure one murderer gets executed.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Apu "I'm willing to give up hundreds of people"? By give up, you mean murder. Can't you see that you have just demonstrated the exact same cavalier disregard for innocent lives that is the basis of your support for the death penalty? If you are happy to kill innocents in the name of justice, why should you not be held to the same standard? You can't teach people that killing is wrong by killing those that kill. Whether it is by gun in a dark alley or by flipping a switch because someone gave you a piece of paper directing you, murder is murder and murder is wrong.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CosmicC

    @Justin Case – Yes, there have been plenty of studies showing that capital punishment is not a deterrent to crime.
    @Kate – Maybe the reason there are so many criminals in Texas is that the culture, as embodied in law, supports violence as a means of addressing a wrong.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealTime

      @CosmicC" Yes, there have been plenty of studies showing..."

      And intelligent people know that you can find a study that "shows" anything. Give me $100 and I'll publish a study showing you are the result of cross breeding between space aliens and Bigfoot.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Wow RealTime, that was really insightful. How about I pay you $100 to write a book on an invisible man that watches over us from the sky.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Case

      Cosmic... MY question wasn't whether capital punishment deters crimes...

      My question was whether NON-capital punishment deters crimes.

      Do people who leave prison NOT commit crimes anymore?

      If it doesn't deter crime, why use it?

      April 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Josh

    How many murderers who had their death sentence commuted or only received life sentences end up killing other inmates, guards, etc?

    April 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |

    Funny how when people fail to make a point they resort to name calling.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jorge washinsen

    I have never figured how a bunch of bible thumpers can sit on a jury and convict anyone on DNA evidence and still claim to believe in the bible.We suppose to have sprung from two so it stands to reason we should all have the same DNA.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealTime

      "We suppose to have sprung from two so it stands to reason we should all have the same DNA."

      So you flunked the basic biology classes that every 11 year old passes. Hint.... do you have the SAME DNA as your parents? If you do, then your parents and you are identical triplets!

      Come back when you are smarter than a 5th grader. Which might happen by 2030.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DOC

    Why do they always pull stuff like this? So this guy gets to sit in a cell, get 3 hots and a cot, medical services, and does so for years and years. In the mean time the victims family has to sit back and call it closure. That isn't right...solution...1's cheap. it's a flawed system that needs an overhaul.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Uncle Sam

    Oh I see it's much better to let this idiot serve life and let the taxpayers work real hard to pay for him to stay in prison

    April 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. danny

    This guy is not proclaiming his innocense he admits his guilt, he just does not want to suffer any pain from the drugs so he has the US Supreme court deciding that a person that brutally murdered multiple innocent people should not have to suffer. Give me a break! Go back to eletrocution and do away with the put you to sleep drugs.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. texas...steersandbeers

    i think its very sad if a person gets wrongfully convicted and death sentenced.however,if i were in that position i,d rather be killed than to be locked up for the rest of my life,or untill the verdict was overturned.especially if i was gunna be locked up with this case i'd usually say execute him,but i've heard about this guy and what he did,and in my mind those door to door mormons and they'r puppies had it comeing.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ken

    Good job CNN of giving us readers detailed information. This is seriously the whole article "The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday morning halting the execution of Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster."

    Who is cleve foster? What did he do? Why did the Supreme court intervene?

    April 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |

    i say if theres anybody in prision for life.. just give them the death penalty right away.. dont wait 15 years to do it.. my tax dollars are going to killers and rapists to live a care FREE life in prison, i dont want to feed them..clothe them.. put a roof over their head.. nothing! they didnt have morals or humanity to end up where they are.. so why should we just let them live.. kill em get it over with! if i could pick where my tax dollars went.. it would be to schools.. firefighters.. health insurance etc..

    April 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustinFromNJ

      LOL @ prison being a "care-free life".

      April 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CosmicC

    It's pretty clear that innocent people have been falsely convicted and executed. Even if you believe that execution is a valid punishment, why are you willing to execute some innocents in order to punish the guilty?

    April 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jorge washinsen

    At last survey 99.44 /100 percent of everyone in prison is innocent.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank - Ohio

    $4 gas is here. Don't buy gas on Fridays.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealTime

      Ah yes.... the ignorant reappear. The clueless twits are too stupid to realize that if they don't buy gas on Friday, they'll buy it in Thursday or Saturday. And the impact..... NOT ONE IOTA OF DIFFERENCE!

      April 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank - Ohio

      RealTime Read!
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      April 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Really? He called you a name, get over it. This isn't the first grade anymore.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DOC

    Kill him

    April 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      If he can kill Gaddaffi, we should let him go

      April 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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