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Zink v. Lombardi

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

December 4, 2014

David Zink, et al., Appellants
v.
George A. Lombardi, et al., Appellees Richard Strong and Marcellus S. Williams, Intervenors

Petition for certiorari filed at, 12/05/2014

Appeal from U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri - Jefferson City. (2:12-cv-04209-BP).

For David Zink, Walter T. Storey, Roderick Nunley, Paul T. Goodwin, Andre Cole, Reginald Clemons, Cecil Clayton, Mark Christeson, Russell Bucklew, David Barnett, Plaintiffs - Appellants: Elizabeth Unger Carlyle, Kansas City, MO; Joseph Luby, DEATH PENALTY LITIGATION CLINIC, Kansas City, MO; Kathryn Parish, SINDEL & SINDEL, Clayton, MO; Richard H. Sindel, SINDEL & SINDEL, Clayton, MO.

For Richard Strong, Marcellus S. Williams Intervenors: Elizabeth Unger Carlyle, Kansas City, MO; Joseph Luby, DEATH PENALTY LITIGATION CLINIC, Kansas City, MO; Kathryn Parish, SINDEL & SINDEL, Clayton, MO; Richard H. Sindel, SINDEL & SINDEL, Clayton, MO.

For George A. Lombardi, David R. Dormire, Terry Russell, John Does, 2-40, Defendants - Appellees: Andrew Bailey, Susan D. Boresi, David J. Hansen, Stephen David Hawke, Michael Joseph Spillane, Assistant Attorney General, Shaun J. Mackelprang, ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE, Jefferson City, MO.

Before, RILEY, Chief Judge, WOLLMAN, LOKEN, MURPHY, BYE, SMITH, COLLOTON, GRUENDER, SHEPHERD and KELLY, Circuit Judges, En Banc.

OPINION

Michael E. Gans, Judge.

ORDER

The court, on its own motion, orders that Paul Goodwin's motion for stay of execution be heard en banc. The motion for stay of execution is denied.

Judge Murphy, Judge Bye and Judge Kelly would grant the stay of execution.

Judge Benton did not participate in the consideration or disposition of this matter.

DISSENT

BYE, Circuit Judge, dissenting, with whom Judge Murphy and Judge Kelly join.

I would grant a stay of Paul Goodwin's execution and therefore respectfully dissent from the order denying a stay.

As I have previously discussed, Missouri's lack of disclosure and transparency accompanying its execution protocol is

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cause for concern and has precluded us from conducting a meaningful review. See, e.g., Zink v. Lombardi, 14-2220 (8th Cir. Nov. 18, 2014) (en banc) (Bye, J., dissenting) (regarding Leon Taylor); Zink v. Lombardi, 14-2220, (8th Cir. Oct. 24, 2014) (en banc) (Bye, J., dissenting) (regarding Mark Christeson); Ringo v. Roper, 766 F.3d 880, 881 (en banc) (Bye, J., dissenting), cert. denied 135 S.Ct. 41, 189 L.Ed.2d 892 (U.S. 2014); Zink v. Lombardi, 756 F.3d 1123, 1123 (8th Cir. 2014) (en banc) (Bye, J., dissenting) (regarding Michael Worthington).

Accordingly, I would grant Goodwin's motion for a stay of execution.


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