1. Individual is convicted of Capital Crime and sentenced to Death.
2. State Supreme Judicial Court MUST review the case within 10 days (not business days). If no error is found in the proceedings, the Defense is then asked if they want to appeal to the SCOTUS.
3. If SCOTUS appeal is requested, the SCOTUS is required to rule on whether they'll hear the case or not within one month.
4. If SCOTUS decides not to hear the case, execution occurs within 24 hours.
At the most this means there is a roughly six week period that a guilty individual remains on death row. At the end of that time either their case is thrown out, the sentence is reduced to life, or they're carted away in a pine box.