What's the future for death row executions?

Excerpt photo by Rina Palta.

Last night, death row inmate Albert Greenwood Brown got a piece of good news – U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel granted Brown a stay on his execution, which was planned for Thursday night at San Quentin State Prison. Fogel ruled that the execution will not go forward until he can ensure California’s death penalty process is constitutional.

Brown was scheduled to be executed for the murder and rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1980. 

KALW's criminal justice reporter Rina Palta explains what led to Judge Fogel’s ruling yesterday, what happens from here on out and whether the execution could still take place in the near future.

Rina Palta is KALW’s criminal justice reporter. You can follow her stories and her blog on The Informant.