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April 18, 2006

Missouri lethal injection litigation update

As detailed in this AP article, the litigation of Missouri's lethal injection protocols moved forward today with oral argument in the Eighth Circuit.  Here's a snippet of the article:

Lawyers for a Death Row inmate said Tuesday they want to depose a doctor and nurse involved in Missouri executions so they can argue their case that a drug combination used to kill condemned prisoners is unconstitutionally cruel punishment.  But the state has blocked it -- in part over concerns medical personnel would be harassed. The defense said it has agreed to shield their identity.

Interestingly, the article also reports that attorneys "for four other condemned prisoners were expected to file suit Wednesday in federal court in St. Louis challenging Missouri's lethal injection method."

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