The U.S. Supreme Court stopped Texas officials Thursday evening
from executing a Houston murderer who was sentenced to die after
jurors were told he posed a greater danger to public safety
because he is black.
The justices acted on an emergency appeal after Texas Gov. Rick
Perry and state judges refused to intervene. […]
The reprieve came nearly two hours into a six-hour window when
Buck could have been executed, but state officials did not act
while his emergency appeal was pending.
That these reprieves come at the last hour, just like in the movies, always strikes me as crazy and cruel.