Lethal Injection Questionable
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take a hard look at the method of lethal injection most states use to put inmates to death. The high court will hear a challenge concerning a Missouri inmate who claims that lethal injection as practiced by the state amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Eighth Amendmendment. The high court will hear a the review from earlier this month concerning condemned Missouri inmate Michael Taylor. His petition won't be considered until November. Taylor's attorney, Ginger Anders, says the practices and risks of lethal injection vary from state to state, so it's impossible to predict how a decision being made in a Kentucky case right now will affect other states. In Missouri, 66 offenders have died of lethal injection since 1989. A more than year-old stay on executions was lifted in August.
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