A man who filed suit demanding permission to watch William Andrews' planned execution has lost another round.
In August, shortly before the execution of the Hi Fi killer was expected to take place, Max Sandoval filed suit in U.S. District Court. The Utah man, who did not list an address in the suit, claimed that his rights to view the execution are just as great as that of the media. He said the state has no right to discriminate in favor of allowing reporters in while keeping the general public out.U.S. Magistrate Ronald N. Boyce ruled in September that Sandoval's claims are not "clearly settled" by prior cases. Meanwhile, the execution is delayed while Andrews' sentence is reviewed by three levels of federal courts.
Because the execution is on hold, Boyce recommended against issuing an injunction in Sandoval's favor, as he saw no need for one.
As for the status of the case, U.S. District Judge David Sam recently adopted a report from Boyce, who recommended against issuing a temporary restraining order.