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Last minute efforts to stop tonight's execution

The ACLU of Nevada, Mario De La Rosa, and Ahora Newspaper have filed an Emergency Petition for a Writ of Mandamus, or in the alternative a Writ of Prohibition, Enjoining All Executions, including the Execution Scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Today, Oct. 15, 2007. The petitioners' summarize their petition: "The impetus for this action is the Supreme Court of the United State's grant of certiorari in Baze v. Rees, No. 07-5439, to decide whether a lethal injection protocol used by the State of Kentucky, which utilizes the very same three druges used in Nevada, would violate the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the Eighth Amendment, and whether Nevada's mandatory administration of pancuronium bromide, a muscle relexant, in a dosage the Director now plans to double, creates a chemical veil that violates the First Amendment right of the press to accurately report on the effects of lethal injection."

The appendix is available here.

Pedro Rodriguez, who is a capital defendant, and the Nevada Coalition Against The Death Penalty have asked for leave to appear as Amicus Curae or Intervenor and have asked for an Emergency Motion for Stay of Execution of Death Sentences.

The Nevada Supreme Court has scheduled at emergency hearing on the petition for today at 4:00 p.m. It will be video-conferenced to the Supreme Court Courtroom on the 17th Floor of the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas.

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