Richard Glossip during an interview earlier this year. (Micah Leon / YouTube)

The execution of Richard Glossip was postponed Wednesday for 37 days, thanks to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

Glossip’s case — discussed in depth here by Truthdig columnist Bill Blum — has drawn widespread attention, as activists and high-profile supporters continue to rally behind a man they believe is innocent and yet soon could be put to death.

The New York Timeslater relayed the news about the reason for Fallin’s decision:

But more than an hour after the scheduled execution time, Gov. Mary Fallin intervened, issuing a 37-day stay to address questions about the state’s execution protocols. Ms. Fallin said the stay would allow the Department of Corrections and its lawyers to determine whether potassium acetate — a drug the state planned to use that it had not previously disclosed — complied with the state’s court-approved protocols.

“Last-minute questions were raised today about Oklahoma’s execution protocol and the chemicals used for lethal injection,” Ms. Fallin said in a statement. “After consulting with the attorney general and the Department of Corrections, I have issued a 37-day stay of execution while the state addresses those questions and ensures it is complying fully with the protocols approved by federal courts.”

A new execution date was set for Nov. 6.

This is the second time this month that Glossip’s execution was postponed; the first instance occurred on Sept. 16.

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

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