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Steve Henley v George Little Application for Stay of Execution

Steve Henley v George Little Application for Stay of Execution

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Steve Henley submits application for stay of execution.

A Tennessee man convicted of murdering an elderly Jackson County couple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block his execution.

Steve Henley is scheduled to be executed Wednesday at 1 a.m.

On Tuesday, he asked the high court to block the execution because he wants his lawyer to ask the state to commute his sentence to life in prison, but has no way to pay for that process.

The justices currently have before them another capital case from Tennessee that concerns whether poor death row inmates seeking mercy from state officials have a right to lawyers paid for by federal taxpayers. Henley is asking the court to prevent his execution at least until that case is decided.

Henley also wants to pursue a challenge to the lethal injection process used by Tennessee to execute inmates. Lower federal courts already have ruled Henley waited to long to file his federal civil rights lawsuit. He is asking the high court to allow that suit to go forward.

http://tennessean.com/article/20090203/NEWS03/902030364
Steve Henley submits application for stay of execution.

A Tennessee man convicted of murdering an elderly Jackson County couple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block his execution.

Steve Henley is scheduled to be executed Wednesday at 1 a.m.

On Tuesday, he asked the high court to block the execution because he wants his lawyer to ask the state to commute his sentence to life in prison, but has no way to pay for that process.

The justices currently have before them another capital case from Tennessee that concerns whether poor death row inmates seeking mercy from state officials have a right to lawyers paid for by federal taxpayers. Henley is asking the court to prevent his execution at least until that case is decided.

Henley also wants to pursue a challenge to the lethal injection process used by Tennessee to execute inmates. Lower federal courts already have ruled Henley waited to long to file his federal civil rights lawsuit. He is asking the high court to allow that suit to go forward.

http://tennessean.com/article/20090203/NEWS03/902030364

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06/14/2009

 
No.______________  ___________________________________ 
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES _____________ October Term, 2008
  ___________________________________ 
STEVE HENLEY,Petitioner,
 v.
GEORGE LITTLE
 
et al.,Respondents
.
 _____________ STEVE HENLEY,Petitioner,
v.
RICKY BELL, Warden,Respondent. _____________ APPLICATION FOR STAY OF EXECUTION _____________ 
 
THIS IS A DEATH PENALTY CASEMR. HENLEY IS SCHEDULED TO BE EXECUTED ONFEBRUARY 4, 2009 at 1:00 a.m. (C.S.T.) _____________ 
Thomas C. Goldstein
Counsel of Record 
A
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,
 
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,
 
S
TRAUSS
,
 
H
AUER 
&
 
F
ELD
LLP1333 New Hampshire Ave., NWWashington, DC 20036Amy HoweH
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&
 
USSELL
,
 
P.C.7272 Wisconsin Ave.Bethesda, MD 20814Paul S. DavidsonW
ALLER 
,
 
L
ANSDEN
,
 
D
ORTCH
,
 
&
 
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LLP511 Union St., Suite 2700 Nashville, Tennessee 37219Paul R. BotteiO
FFICE OF THE
F
EDERAL
P
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EFENDER 
 810 Broadway, Suite 200 Nashville, Tennessee 37203
 
 1
APPLICATION FOR STAY OF EXECUTION
Petitioner Steve Henley is a condemned Tennessee inmate scheduled for execution thisevening – at 1a.m. Central Time, February 4, 2009. He respectfully requests a stay of his executionand suggests that this Court treat the stay as a petition for certiorari and grant certiorari with respectto one of the two issues presented by his case.
 STATEMENT OF THE CASE
1. Petitioner was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in 1986. TheTennessee Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence on direct appeal.
State v. Henley
,774 S.W.2d 908 (Tenn. 1989). Direct review concluded in 1990 with this Court’s denial of certiorari.
See
 
 Henley v. Tennessee
, 497 U.S. 1031 (1990) (denying certiorari).Petitioner filed a state post-conviction petition in 1990, which the trial court denied. TheTennessee Court of Criminal Appeals reversed on the ground that petitioner had received ineffectiveassistance of counsel, but the Tennessee Supreme Court reversed by a three-to-two margin.
 Henleyv. State
, 960 S.W.2d 572 (Tenn. 1997). This Court denied review in 1998.
 Henley v. Tennessee
,525 U.S. 830 (1998).On federal habeas review, the Sixth Circuit denied petitioner relief by a divided vote.
 Henleyv. Bell 
, 487 F.3d 379 (6th Cir. 2007). Federal habeas review concluded in 2008.
See
 
 Henley v. Bell 
,128 S. Ct. 2962 (June 23, 2008) (denying certiorari); 129 S. Ct. 19 (Aug. 18, 2008) (denyingrehearing).2. On September 11, 2008, the State filed its motion to set petitioner’s execution date. OnOctober 20, 2008, the Tennessee Supreme Court issued its Order directing that the execution proceed. The Order set the execution date for February 4, 2009. The State plans to carry out the
 
 2execution at 1a.m. Central Time on the 4th.3. The day after the Tennessee Supreme Court set petitioner’s execution date (October 21,2008), petitioner immediately moved in federal district court for an Order under 18 U.S.C. § 3599(e)authorizing his appointed counsel in the federal habeas corpus proceedings to pursue state clemency proceedings. App.,
infra
, at A:1 (the “3599 Motion”). Petitioner did not merely seek compensationfor his counsel. Rather, he sought that appointment because his principal counsel – a federal publicdefender – would otherwise be
 forbidden
from participating in the clemency process.The question whether such an appointment is permissible is the subject of a circuit split andis currently pending before this Court in its review of a ruling of the Sixth Circuit’s decision in No.07-8521,
 Harbison v. Bell 
(argued Jan. 12, 2009). Petitioner accordingly requested in the alternativethat the district court hold his Motion in abeyance and that he be granted a stay of execution pendingthis Court’s disposition of 
 Harbison
.On November 18, 2008, the district court denied petitioner’s motion for a stay of execution.App.,
infra
, at B:3-5. Because existing Sixth Circuit precedent holds that there is no right to such anappointment (
 see Harbison
,
 supra
), the district court held that it was powerless to issue a stay under the All Writs Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1651.
 Id.
at B:3-4. Alternatively, the district court held that it woulddeny a stay of execution because petitioner had not shown a likelihood of success on clemency or irreparable harm.
 Id.
at B:4-5. But in the same order, the district court refused to adjudicate petitioner’s 3599 Motion, ordering it held in abeyance pending this Court’s disposition of 
 Harbisonv. Bell 
, notwithstanding that
 Harbison
likely would not be decided until after petitioner’s execution.
 Id.
at B:5.Petitioner timely appealed the denial of his stay request and simultaneously moved in the

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