November 9, 2009
Posted: 02:11 PM ET
Editor's Note: Don't miss Larry King Live's exclusive interivew with the "DC Sniper's" ex-wives and one of his sons. One night before his scheduled execution, his first ex-wife will be there to hear his last words before he is put to death. That's tonight at 9ET/6PT.
The Supreme Court Monday denied John Allen Muhammad's request to stay his execution, clearing the way for Virginia to put to death the man who terrorized the Washington region as the Beltway Sniper.
Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor objected to the court's haste, saying it "highlights once again the perversity of executing inmates before their appeals process have been fully concluded."
Stevens, writing for the three, said Virginia had short-circuited the process by scheduling Muhammad's execution for Tuesday night, earlier than the court would normally have reviewed his petition for the court to take his case.
"By denying Muhammad's stay application, we have allowed Virginia to truncate our deliberative process on a matter - involving a death row inmate - that demands the most careful attention," Stevens wrote.
He said he did not disagree with the court's ultimate decision that Muhammad's petition did not warrant the court's consideration.
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