Supreme Court Upholds Use of Drug

Thursday, July 16, 2015

 Alabama is seeking to proceed with executions after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a drug that the state plans to begin using in lethal injections. The state attorney general's office asked a federal judge in U.S. District Court filings Monday to dismiss a death row inmate's lawsuit claiming the sedative midazolam is ineffective. A divided Supreme Court last month ruled 5 to 4 in a case from Oklahoma that the same drug can be used in executions without violating the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. However, a lawyer for Alabama inmate Tommy Arthur says the case should still go to trial. Attorney Suhana S. Han says Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol differs substantially from Alabama's. Alabama has not carried out an execution in almost two years.



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