Stay of Execution for Kenneth Mosley

Late on September 23, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution of Kenneth Mosley – a death row prisoner from Texas. The Court decision came one day before Mosley’s scheduled execution. During Mr. Mosley’s trial, his lawyers failed to provide the jury with evidence on his abusive upbringing, on his exposure to toxic pesticides as a child, his possible brain damage, his depression and his use of cocaine to self-medicate. A similar Alabama case (Wood v. Allen) will be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court this November, on the question of inadequate legal assistance during the sentencing phase of a death penalty trial. The high Court’s decision in that case will determine the next step in Mr. Mosley’s case. We want to thank all of our activists who worked hard to make Mr. Mosley’s story heard!