Russell Bucklew Granted a Stay of Execution

The execution of Russell Bucklew was put on hold Tuesday evening when the U.S. Supreme Court voted  5-4 to halt the execution until the justices can review his case. It is the second time the high court halted Bucklew’s execution over concerns about his rare medical condition, cavernous hemangioma. The ailment causes tumors in his head, throat, lips, and also causes problems with his veins. Bucklew’s attorneys argued that the medical condition would cause him to suffer an unconstitutionally gruesome death. Bucklew, 49, had his execution stopped in 2014 for the same reason. The court’s stay of execution is temporary; the argument on the case is expected in the coming months.