US Supreme Court on executions

The US Supreme Court has voted 5 to 4 that the sedative called midazolam did not infringe death-row inmates’ constitutional right, under the Eighth Amendment, not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

Use of the sedative in recent lethal-injection executions has led to claims of botched executions, with convicts sometimes writhing in apparent agony.

One member of the court, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, wrote a 41-page dissenting judgement in which he asked the question: “is the death penalty itself unconstitutional?”


Picture source: James Heilman via Wikimedia Commons