JOHN WAYNE CONNER v. ERIC SELLERS, WARDEN

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United States Supreme Court

JOHN WAYNE CONNER v. ERIC SELLERS, WARDEN(2016)

No. 16-5229

Argued: Decided: July 18, 2016


     The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied. The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.

     Justice Breyer, dissenting from denial of certiorari and application for stay of execution.

     John Conner was initially sentenced to death 34 years ago. He now asks this Court to decide whether the Eighth Amendment permits a State to keep him incarcerated under threat of execution for so long. For reasons I have previously expressed, I would grant the petition to consider this constitutional question. See Lackey v. Texas, 514 U. S. 1045 (1995) (memorandum of Stevens, J., respecting denial of certiorari); Boyer v. Davis, 578 U. S. ___, ___ (2016) (Breyer, J., dissenting from denial of certiorari); Valle v. Florida, 564 U. S. 1067 (2011) (Breyer, J., dissenting from denial of stay); Knight v. Florida, 528 U. S. 990, 993 (1999) (Breyer, J., dissenting from denial of certiorari); see also Glossip v. Gross, 576 U. S. ___, ___ (2015) (Breyer, J., dissenting) (slip op., at 19-23).

     I respectfully dissent from the denial of certiorari and application for stay of execution.