Death Row Inmates Sue Over Lethal Injection

1 decade 3 years 6 months ago Thursday, April 20 2006 Apr 20, 2006 Thursday, April 20, 2006 4:30:41 PM CDT April 20, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS - Four convicted killers on Missouri's Death Row claim in a federal lawsuit that the state's method for putting inmates to death is unconstitutionally cruel. The lawsuit was filed yesterday by four men who could face death relatively soon. The state has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to set execution dates for all four -- Reginald Clemons, Richard Clay, Jeffrey Ferguson and Roderick Nunley. The lawsuit contends Missouri's use of a three-drug method could result in a painful death for the inmate if the anesthesia doesn't take effect or wears off. On Monday, the Eighth Circuit U-S Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case of another Missouri Death Row inmate, Michael Taylor of Kansas City, also over the state's lethal injection method.

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