Appeals Court Will Hear Execution Case

1 decade 1 month 3 weeks ago January 02, 2007 Jan 2, 2007 Tuesday, January 02 2007 Tuesday, January 02, 2007 6:39:00 PM CST in News
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ST. LOUIS - A condemned killer's lawyers said they would file a response late Tuesday in a case that has stopped executions in Missouri for nearly a year. Last month, the state told a federal appeals court in St. Louis that lethal injection executions are humane and constitutional and do not require a doctor trained in anesthesia. The state also said it may be impossible to find a doctor to participate in executions. The state is appealing a federal judge's order requiring Missouri to have a doctor trained in anesthesia to oversee lethal injections. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis will hear the case next week. Missouri is among eight states that have put executions on hold as they grapple with lethal injection. Two other states, Illinois and New Jersey, have imposed moratoriums on executions.

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