TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to lift a stay of execution ordered by the state's highest court.
Bondi filed the request after the Florida Supreme Court on Monday ordered a month-long stay for Manuel Valle.
He was had been scheduled for execution Aug. 2 for killing a Coral Gables police officer 33 years ago.
The state justices, in a 4-3 ruling, ordered the stay so a trial judge can hold a fact-finding hearing on whether Valle would feel pain from a new drug Florida plans to use for lethal injection.
Bondi's filing says that issue already has been decided in cases from other states.
Thomas can lift the stay, but death row cases usually are referred to the full court.
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