A federal court in Indiana has obstructed the scheduled execution of Daniel Lee. The court determined that there is evidence of prosecutorial misconduct and that added time is needed to address these issues. The federal government had planned to execute Daniel on Monday, December 9th at 8:00 AM.
Two of the five men scheduled by the federal government to be executed this month and next by the federal government have received individual stays unattached to the lethal injection litigation currently staying all 5 federally scheduled executions.
So what does this mean? The short explanation is, if this stay holds up, it doesn’t matter for Mr. Lee what happens with SCOTUS on the injunction. With this stay in place, he wouldn’t be executed on Monday.
It also has possible effects on the Supreme Court’s review of the injunction. If Daniel Lee’s execution is off, the first possible execution would be Friday, December 13, giving the Court time to more thoroughly examine the injunction arguments.
Daniel Lee’s legal counsel have issued the following statement below concerning the district court’s order granting him a stay of execution.