The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has denied Chattanoogan Lee Hall's petition to delay his execution in order for the courts to consider the possible bias of a juror who helped sentence him to death decades ago.
Hall's defense has embarked on a last-minute legal battle to overturn his conviction after they discovered information they say indicates a juror was biased at his trial. As part of that effort, the attorneys asked Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee's Supreme Court to delay the execution in order to give the courts time to examine the possible constitutional violation. They also filed motions in federal court in hopes of accomplishing the same thing.
" ... the Supreme Court has told lower courts that "[l]ast-minute stays" of executions "should be the extreme exception, not the norm," the court noted in its ruling. "We see no grounds for finding that Hall's case should be that rare exception. We deny his motion to remand, his request to file a second or successive petition, and his motion to stay his execution."