Albert Greenwood Brown Jr.

*In California, state officials called off the scheduled execution of a convicted murderer on Wednesday, hours after the state’s Supreme Court intervened in the case and made it all but impossible to carry out the death sentence, reports the LA Times.

The attorney general’s office had begun the day by asking a federal appeals court to allow the execution of Albert Greenwood Brown Jr. to proceed but later asked the court to dismiss the request. Brown had been scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 9 p.m. Thursday.

“A new execution date will be sought in accordance with applicable law and in conformity with all court orders,” said Christine Gasparac, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.