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Case Name LaGrand v. Lewis CJ-AZ-0001
Docket / Court 4:92-cv-00026-JMR ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
After his murder conviction was affirmed, and his first petition for habeas corpus was denied, Karl LaGrand, an Arizona death row inmate, filed a second habeas corpus petition in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. In the second petition, which was filed in 1998, the plaintiff ... read more >
After his murder conviction was affirmed, and his first petition for habeas corpus was denied, Karl LaGrand, an Arizona death row inmate, filed a second habeas corpus petition in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. In the second petition, which was filed in 1998, the plaintiff argued that the use of lethal gas as a means of execution violated his constitutional rights because it was cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The District Court denied relief, finding that it lacked jurisdiction over the issue because the plaintiff should have raised the lethal gas argument prior to his first habeas petition. The plaintiff appealed. On February 24, 1999, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Judge Thomas G. Nelson) reversed in part and remanded, holding that the plaintiff had established cause for failing to raise his challenge to the constitutionality of the lethal gas prior to his first habeas petition, that the petitioner established prejudice required to excuse the procedural default of the lethal gas challenge, that the petitioner's voluntary choice of lethal gas as a method of execution did not waive his claim that the use of lethal gas was unconstitutional, and that the Arizona method of using lethal gas to execute inmates violated the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. LaGrand v. Stewart, 173 F.3d 1144 (9th Cir. 1999).

The defendants appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking them to vacate the stay of execution of the death sentence. On February 24, 1999, the same day as the Ninth Circuit opinion, the Supreme Court granted the defendants' request and vacated the stay of execution order without issuing an explanatory opinion. Stewart v. LaGrand, 525 U.S. 1173 (1999). The plaintiff filed a petition for a writ of certiorari, and on April 14, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the petition. Stewart v. LaGrand, 526 U.S. 1061 (1999).

Karl Hinze LaGrand was executed on February 24, 1999 by lethal injection.

Kristen Sagar - 08/23/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
None on record
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Arizona Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description an Arizona death row inmate
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Links Philadelphia Forfeiture
http://ij.org/case/philadelphia-forfeiture/
By: Institute for Justice (Institute for Justice)
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Docket(s)
92-0217 (D. Ariz.) 02/26/1999
CJ-AZ-0001-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
92-0026 (D. Ariz.) 03/05/1999
CJ-AZ-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 01/30/1987 (733 P.2d 1066)
CJ-AZ-0001-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 10/05/1987 (484 U.S. 872)
CJ-AZ-0001-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order 02/16/1995 (883 F.Supp. 451) (D. Ariz.)
CJ-AZ-0001-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order 03/30/1995 (883 F.Supp. 469) (D. Ariz.)
CJ-AZ-0001-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 01/16/1998 (133 F.3d 1253)
CJ-AZ-0001-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Ruling on Petition for Certiorari 11/02/1998 (525 U.S. 971)
CJ-AZ-0001-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Ruling on Petition for Rehearing 12/07/1998 (525 U.S. 1050)
CJ-AZ-0001-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion 02/24/1999 (173 F.3d 1144)
CJ-AZ-0001-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order 02/24/1999 (525 U.S. 1173)
CJ-AZ-0001-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Amended Order 02/26/1999 (170 F.3d 1158)
CJ-AZ-0001-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order [Case dismissed] 04/14/1999 (526 U.S. 1061)
CJ-AZ-0001-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Brennan, William Joseph Jr. (SCOTUS)
CJ-AZ-0001-0007
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (SCOTUS, D.C. Circuit)
CJ-AZ-0001-0010
Gordon, Frank X. Jr. (State Supreme Court)
CJ-AZ-0001-0006
Hug, Procter Ralph Jr. (Ninth Circuit)
CJ-AZ-0001-0005
Marshall, Thurgood (SCOTUS, Second Circuit)
CJ-AZ-0001-0007
Nelson, Thomas G. (Ninth Circuit)
CJ-AZ-0001-0002 | CJ-AZ-0001-0003 | CJ-AZ-0001-0005
O'Connor, Sandra Day (SCOTUS)
CJ-AZ-0001-0010
Pregerson, Harry (C.D. Cal., Ninth Circuit)
CJ-AZ-0001-0005
Roll, John McCarthy (D. Ariz.)
CJ-AZ-0001-0001 | CJ-AZ-0001-0004 | CJ-AZ-0001-9000 | CJ-AZ-0001-9001
Scalia, Antonin (SCOTUS, D.C. Circuit)
CJ-AZ-0001-0010
Stevens, John Paul (SCOTUS, Seventh Circuit)
CJ-AZ-0001-0010
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Burke, Bruce A. (Arizona)
CJ-AZ-0001-0001 | CJ-AZ-0001-0002 | CJ-AZ-0001-0004 | CJ-AZ-0001-9001
Claiborne, Elizabeth F. (Arizona)
CJ-AZ-0001-0006
Ryan, Carla G. (Arizona)
CJ-AZ-0001-0001 | CJ-AZ-0001-0002 | CJ-AZ-0001-0003 | CJ-AZ-0001-0004 | CJ-AZ-0001-0005 | CJ-AZ-0001-9000 | CJ-AZ-0001-9001
Weeks, Lawrence B. (California)
CJ-AZ-0001-0001 | CJ-AZ-0001-0002 | CJ-AZ-0001-0004 | CJ-AZ-0001-9000 | CJ-AZ-0001-9001
Weiss, Stephen M. (Arizona)
CJ-AZ-0001-0006
Defendant's Lawyers Corbin, Robert K. (Arizona)
CJ-AZ-0001-0006
Fadell, Gary A (Arizona)
CJ-AZ-0001-0006
McMurdie, Paul J (Arizona)
CJ-AZ-0001-0002 | CJ-AZ-0001-0003 | CJ-AZ-0001-0005
Ramsey, Diane M. (Arizona)
CJ-AZ-0001-0001 | CJ-AZ-0001-0004 | CJ-AZ-0001-0006 | CJ-AZ-0001-9000
Schafer, William J III (Arizona)
CJ-AZ-0001-0006
Woods, Grant (Arizona)
CJ-AZ-0001-0001 | CJ-AZ-0001-0004
Other Lawyers None on record

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