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Washington State Supreme Court Denies Stay For Death Row Inmate

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for death row inmate Cal Coburn Brown. He's scheduled to be executed early Friday.

The court denied the stay 8-1 on Wednesday. Justice Richard Sanders dissented, writing that Brown had raised constitutional issues about the basis of his sentence and that the court cannot act in haste while ensuring justice is done.

Brown is scheduled to be executed for the 1991 torture and murder of 22-year-old Holly Washa, a Burien woman.

Brown reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder. Prison staff have prescribed medication to control the condition since 1994. Gov. Chris Gregoire also denied clemency Wednesday.
      
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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire has denied clemency for Washington death row inmate Cal Coburn Brown.

Gregoire issued a statement Wednesday saying she found no basis to change the death sentence that was imposed by the jury.

Brown is scheduled to be executed early Friday for the 1991 torture and murder of 22-year-old Holly Washa, a Burien woman.

Gregoire said the jury considered whether Brown knew right from wrong and was in control of his conduct at the time of the murder. Brown had asked the governor to consider his diagnosis of a mental disorder.

Brown reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder. Prison staff have prescribed medication to control the condition since 1994.
      
      (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
   

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