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United States Supreme Court


No. 95-5650

Argued: Decided: August 31, 1995

[ RODRIGUEZ v. TEXAS, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 1]  

JUSTICE SCALIA, Circuit Justice.

I have before me an application for a stay of execution pending disposition of a petition for writ of certiorari to the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas. Petitioner seeks direct review of that court's judgment, entered May 17, 1995, affirming his conviction and death sentence. The petition was timely filed on August 15, 1995, and petitioner's application states that he is scheduled to be executed on November 8, 1995.

I have said that "I will . . . in every capital case on direct review, grant a stay of execution pending disposition by this Court of the petition for certiorari." Cole v. Texas, 499 U.S. 1301 (1991). I have also made clear, however, that the purpose of such a stay is to prevent the execution date from "interfer[ing] with the orderly processing of a petition on direct review by this Court." Ibid. In the present case, and at the present time, there is no reason to believe such interference will occur. A petition for certiorari filed in this Court on August 15 will ordinarily be disposed of well before November 8.

Staying the hand of state justice is no small matter, and should not be considered when no need exists. Accordingly, the application for stay is denied, without prejudice to its renewal at a later date. [ RODRIGUEZ v. TEXAS, ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 1]