Hallford attorney bids for execution delay

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Attorneys trying to halt the lethal injection of Alabama death row inmate Phillip Hallford, set for March 19, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to lift his stay of execution.

In a court filing Tuesday, attorney Andrew E. Kantra of Philadelphia urged the high court not to lift the stay granted by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has a hearing set March 31 in Atlanta on Hallford's suit that challenges use of lethal injection.

Alabama prosecutors say the Supreme Court has already upheld use of lethal injection, but Kantra said that decision came in a Kentucky case.

He argues that no court has issued a final decision on Alabama's lethal injection procedures and the 11th Circuit needs time to rule on it.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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