Possible developments in Pa. death-penalty appeal
Updated: 11/08/2012 11:09:57 AM EST
Several developments are possible in the death-penalty appeal of 56-year-old Hubert L. Michael Jr., who is set to be executed Thursday.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a stay of execution, as federal judges in Harrisburg have done in two separate cases, but appeals of those rulings are pending in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.
—The appeals court could reject both stays and Michael's lawyers could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
—The appeals court could grant one or both stays and the Department of Corrections could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
—The Supreme Court could order or revoke a stay.