17 April 2008

State Sanctioned Killings in the US to Resume

The Supreme Court in a 7 - 2 vote rejected an appeal that the current form of lethal injection used to put death row inmates to death regarding its constitutionality; simply, the method is legal and constitutional.

The appeal hinged on whether the method breached an inherent right not to be subject to cruel and unusual punishment.

The decision is interesting as it includes seven separate opinions. This is indicative of a court with sharply divergent opinions and reasoning. This should also translate to more appeals regarding constitutionality. Whether the court accepts the appeals is a different story.

More to follow once I read the decisions.

(the photo of the Supreme Court is from my personal collection)

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