Sepulvado v. Jindal, No. 13-70007 (5th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
The State appealed a preliminary injunction and stay of execution granted to a death-row inmate who was convicted of murdering his six-year-old stepson. The court concluded that there was no violation of the Due Process Clause from the uncertainty that Louisiana has imposed on the inmate by withholding the details of its execution protocol. The district court abused its discretion by granting the inmate's untimely motion for a stay. Even assuming arguendo that the motion was timely, there was no equitable basis for further delay because the inmate was not entitled to injunctive relief. Accordingly, the court reversed the preliminary injunction and stay of execution.