Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Kentucky's Lethal Injection Statute Is Constitutional

By a vote of 7-2, the Supreme Court just upheld against constitutional challenge Kentucky's method for execution of death row prisoners by lethal injection. However, as the Associated Press reports, the majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Roberts, "did leave open subsequent challenges to lethal injection practices if a state refused to adopt an alternative method that significantly reduced the risk of severe pain." The Court's opinion in the case, Baze v. Rees, is available here.

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