Missouri's Death-Row Procedures Questioned For Constitutionality

1 decade 3 months 1 week ago Friday, September 07 2007 Sep 7, 2007 Friday, September 07, 2007 4:18:13 AM CDT September 07, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Attorneys for a Missouri death-row inmate are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection procedures. The attorneys want the High Court to rule that Missouri's procedure is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual. And, they say the Michael Taylor case provides an opportunity for the court to offer guidance to all states and lower courts grappling with the issue. Taylor came close to being executed early last year, but his challenges to Missouri's lethal injection procedures halted his and other executions in the state. Last month, a federal appeals court in St. Louis lifted the more than year-old stay on executions in Missouri. That ruling cleared the way for the Missouri Supreme Court to set execution dates.

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