U.S. Supreme Court Issues Stay of Execution for Richard Glossip

May 5, 2023 | Client Results

On May 5, the United States Supreme Court issued a stay of execution for Richard Glossip after it was requested by the State of Oklahoma and Glossip’s defense team.

This comes after the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals (OCCA) denied Glossip’s request, joined by the State of Oklahoma, to have his conviction overturned.

The State of Oklahoma confessed its error and agreed that Glossip did not have a fair trial in accordance with the United States Constitution. Following that ruling, Glossip was denied clemency by a 2-2 vote before the Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board after one member recused himself, so there was not a full contingent of five board members. Glossip’s defense team is now challenging the Board’s decision in a separate lawsuit in Oklahoma.

The defense has also filed a new cert petition with the Supreme Court challenging the OCCA’s recent decision, and the State of Oklahoma has indicated it will support Glossip’s new petition and confess error before the Supreme Court.

“We are grateful to the U.S. Supreme Court for issuing this stay of execution and for Attorney General Drummond for continuing the quest for justice in this case,” said Christina Vitale, partner at Jackson Walker and co-lead of the independent investigation into Glossip’s case.

  • Read the stay of execution (PDF, May 5, 2023) from the United States Supreme Court.
  • Read the filing (PDF, May 1, 2023) in the United States Supreme Court.
  • Read the filing (PDF, May 3, 2023) in the Oklahoma County District Court

The investigative team included attorneys from Reed Smith, Jackson Walker, and Crowe & Dunlevy. The full report (PDF, June 16, 2022), executive summary (PDF, July 21, 2022), first supplemental report (pdf, Aug. 9, 2022), second supplemental report (PDF, Aug. 23, 2022), third supplemental report (PDF, Sept. 20, 2022), fourth supplemental report (PDF, Oct. 18, 2022), and fifth supplemental report (PDF, March 27, 2023) are available to the public. Also available is evidence that was not disclosed to the jury in State v. Glossip.

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Christina Vitale
Partner, Houston