The Supreme Court will hear Oklahoma inmates' lethal injection case this week
The US Supreme Court will hear a case this week challenging the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s lethal injection procedure, The New York Times reports. The case is being brought by three death row inmates who are arguing for the discontinued use of midazolam, the first drug in Oklahoma’s three-drug execution cocktail. The motion was initially filed by four inmates, but one, Charles Warner, was executed in January despite requesting a stay.
Oklahoma currently uses midazolam as a sedative, despite its questionable effectiveness as one. A petition filed by the inmates at the start of this year argued that midazolam “cannot maintain a deep, coma-like unconsciousness” necessary to prevent the prisoner from feeling excessive pain. Last year,…
Source:: The Verge