Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Glossip v. Gross: SCOTUS to Consider Oklahoma’s Lethal Injection Protocol

On Friday 23rd January, 2015, the US Supreme Court granted three Oklahoma death row inmates certiorari to challenge the state’s three-drug lethal injection protocol. In Baze v. Rees 553 U.S. 35 (2008), it was held that an execution protocol which provided for an initial injection of a fast-acting barbiturate (sodium thiopental), then a paralytic agent (pancuronium bromide) which stops respiration, and finally a drug to induce a cardiac arrest (potassium chloride), did not violate the US Constitution’s Eighth Amendment’s Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause.  

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