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May 22, 2006

Noting the SCOTUS lethal injection dodge

The Supreme Court's decision today not to take on a Tennessee case that directly addresses the constitutionality of lethal injection protocols (basics here) has drawn the attention of a number of media outlets:

I am a bit surprised by the somewhat tepid nature of many quotes in these article.  As I have suggested in a series of posts (such as here and here and here), the lethal injection litigation over the last four months has to be considered a national disgrace, and I think SCOTUS deserves much of the blame for the ugliness.  But while the Supreme Court apparently has enough time and energy to consider a "odd flyspeck" Fourth Amendment case with only misdemeanor charges hanging in the balance (details here), the Court will not yet spend its precious time on a truly life-and-death Eighth Amendment issue.  Hmmm...

May 22, 2006 at 07:26 PM | Permalink


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