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Alabama
Alabama
Supreme Court Divided Over Lethal Injection
(2008-01-07)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated they're deeply divided over a challenge to the way most states execute prisoners by lethal injection. Critics say the method creates an avoidable risk of excruciating pain.

The high court heard arguments in a case from Kentucky that calls into question the mix of three drugs used in most executions.

A lawyer for Kentucky says the state works hard to execute inmates humanely.

The ruling could have far-reaching consequences for Alabama and the 36 other states that use lethal injections to execute death sentences.

Justice Antonin Scalia was among several conservatives on the court who suggested he would uphold Kentucky's method of execution and allow capital punishment to resume.

But other justices said they are troubled by the procedure in which three drugs are administered in succession to knock out, paralyze and kill prisoners.

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