US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Opinions
Young v. Gutierrez
Opinion Date: July 17, 2018
Judge: Per Curiam
Areas of Law: Criminal Law
The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of Christopher Young's requests to stay his execution. Young alleged that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles' decision not to recommend commutation to the Governor violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The court held that the district court had jurisdiction in this case, but that Young failed to show that he was likely to succeed on the merits. The court explained that Young has not made a strong showing that if the court were to temporarily stay the execution and allow discovery, he would find evidence of discrimination.
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