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Old 02-21-2006, 11:49 PM
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Calif. Execution Postponed Indefinitely
California Execution Postponed Indefinitely As Anesthesiologists Refuse to Take Part
By DAVID KRAVETS
The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO
- State officials on Tuesday postponed indefinitely the execution of a condemned killer, saying they would be unable to comply with a judge's order that a medical professional administer the lethal injection.

Prison authorities called off the execution after failing to find a doctor, nurse, or other person licensed to inject medications to give a fatal dose of barbiturate, said Vernell Crittendon, a spokesman for San Quentin State Prison.

"We are unable to have a licensed medical professional come forward to inject the medication intravenously, causing the life to end," he said.

It was unclear when the execution would be carried out, but the delay could last for months because of legal questions surrounding California's method of lethal injection.

The 24-hour death warrant for Michael Morales was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. After that, state officials have to go back to the trial judge who imposed the death sentence in 1983 for another warrant.

Morales, 46, was supposed to die by lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. But the execution was put off until at least Tuesday night after two anesthesiologists who were going to be present objected to that they might have to advise the executioner if the inmate woke up....

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Old 02-22-2006, 02:36 PM
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I am so speechless about this. I cant imagine how he felt, but I am so grateful. Maybe this will start a change in the DP, gotta have some hope. I know it was a techacality that postponed it but still gotta have hope...
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