Marshall Lee Gore was set for execution at six pm Monday, but the 11th Circuit issued a stay, albeit a brief one, to consider arguments that Gore is too insane to be executed. Only in America.
There will be briefs filed and oral argument before the 11th Circuit this Thursday. If the court declines to allow further argument, the execution could take place soon after unless the U.S. Supreme Court issues a stay.
Trivia: Name the REGJB prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges in Gore's two REGJB trials.
There were two opening statements in the George Zimmerman trial Monday, and the statements highlighted the different styles of the opposing counsel. Prosecutor John Guy got right down to it:
"Good morning. Fucking punks, these assholes all get away,'" Guy quoted Zimmerman. "These were the words in this grown man's mouth as he followed this boy that he didn't know. Those were his words, not mine."
Defense attorney Don West countered with a "knock-knock" joke, always a risky proposition in a murder case: "Knock knock. Who's there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Good, you're on the jury."
Retired Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and John Paul Stevens showed up Monday to watch the justices read decisions from the bench. O'Connor was awaiting the decision in University of Texas v. Nassar, which could have affected her legacy in affirmative action cases, but the court punted and voted 7-1 to return the case to the Circuit Court for further review.
Litigators and former opponents Ted Olsen and David Boies were was also present awaiting a decision in the same-sex marriage case. Alas, no decision was announced.
There's a lot of law to discuss over the summer, no more basketball to argue about, and a promising Dolphins season to anticipate.
See you in court.