Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Statement from Warden Steven Ornoski pertaining to the Feb. 21 stay of execution of condemned inmate Michael Morales on February 21, 2006, at San Quentin State Prison

"Because we are unable to comply with Judge Fogel's order, tonight's scheduled execution of Michael Morales will not proceed.

The order issued by the court this afternoon specifically required that the lethal injection be completed by someone licensed by the State of California to inject medications intravenously.

After lengthy discussions, the decision has been made that the state cannot proceed with the execution under the conditions set by the district court.

As a result, we expect an evidentiary hearing to be scheduled for May 2 and 3 on the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process."