Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Use Of Lethal Injections:
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court upheld Kentucky's use of lethal injection executions Wednesday.
The justices, by a 7-2 vote, turned back a constitutional challenge to the procedures in place in Kentucky, which uses three drugs to sedate, paralyze and kill inmates.
"We ... agree that petitioners have not carried their burden of showing that the risk of pain from maladministration of a concededly humane lethal injection protocol, and the failure to adopt untried and untested alternatives, constitute cruel and unusual punishment," Chief Justice John Roberts said in an opinion that garnered only three votes. Four other justices, however, agreed with the outcome.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter dissented.
The 7-2 margin is quite surprising. Next stop, Florida and Ohio.