Updated 11 a.m. central time: The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate with a history of schizophrenia, just hours before he was to be put to death in Huntsville. Read more: Federal Appeals Court Issues Stay For Panetti
Reuters is reporting that Republican-controlled states who made "bold" proclamations about never accepting the expanded Medicaid option for the poor uninsured under the Affordable Care Act, derisively known as "Obamacare," are beginning to come around by following the lead of Pennsylvania.
An execution scheduled for Tuesday in Huntsville was stayed by a federal appeals court in New Orleans two hours before Robert James Campbell was set to be put to death.
The court said prosecutors in Campbell's case did not take into account evidence that he had an intellectual disability.
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