“Haynes has already outlived the policeman whom he shot in the head by 14 years. I cannot join the Court’s further postponement of the State’s execution of its lawful judgment.”

November 13th, 2012

Justice Scalia, joined by Justices Thomas and Alito, dissented from granting a stay of execution of Anthony Cardell Haynes, who shot and killed a Houston police officer 14 years ago. Justice Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ginsburg, issued a statement concurring with the grant of the stay of execution, noting that staying the execution was necessary to provide a chance to reconsider the case in light of a 2012 precedent. Justice Scalia said this is futile, as even on the merits, the claim will lose.