a stay of execution

a stay of execution

An official order to halt a court-ordered execution of a prisoner. The governor ordered a stay of execution after new DNA evidence had been discovered by investigators.
See also: execution, of, stay
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a stay of execution

a delay in carrying out a court order.
See also: execution, of, stay
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What's important is being able to manage these situations without risking injury." Parma are lucky to even be playing having been declared bankrupt last month and only winning a stay of execution thanks to an injection of funds by league and federation officials.
The prisoner was granted a stay of execution. The district court held that the state's failure to timely produce the execution protocol violated due process, and the balance of hardships favored a stay of execution.
Naturally, he applied for a stay of execution to allow him to present his claims, and that application reached the Supreme Court on Sept.
grant or a hold vote wouldn't be effective unless the court also issued the defendant a stay of execution. In the absence of a stay (requiring five votes), the defendant would be dead before the court took final action on his case.
Ever since Abu-Jamal received a stay of execution following national protests last summer, Weinglass has been petitioning the courts for a retrial based on new evidence.
He thought he was going to be executed on August 17, particularly after repeated applications for a stay of execution had been denied.