The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed reluctant to place too many procedural barriers in the path of death row inmates who want to challenge a state's method of execution. Exploring for the first time the humaneness of lethal injections, the justices appeared reluctant to give states carte blanche to use any combination of chemicals. Justice John Paul Stevens, citing a brief filed by veterinarians, noted that the combination of drugs used by Florida would be prohibited for use in euthanizing dogs and cats.
Supreme Court Looks at Humaneness of Lethal Injections
April 27, 2006