May 25, 1989
MICHAEL LINDSEY, APPLICANT
MORRIS THIGPEN, COMMISSIONER, ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Rehnquist, Brennan, White, Marshall, Blackmun, Stevens, O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy
The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied.
Justice Brennan and Justice Marshall dissenting:
Adhering to our views that the death penalty is in all circumstances cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153, 227, 231 (1976), we would grant the application for stay of execution in order to give the applicant time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari, and would grant the petition and vacate the death sentence in this case.
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