The Supreme Court on Monday appeared unconvinced that the lethal-injection procedure used for capital punishment poses enough risk of pain that it raises constitutional objections as "cruel and unusual" punishment. The three-drug "cocktail" used to anesthetize, paralyze and then kill inmates is the focus in Baze v. Rees. "Where does that come from, that you must find the method of execution that causes the least pain?" asked Justice Antonin Scalia. "Is that somewhere in our Constitution?"
High Court Skeptical Over Lethal Injection Challenge
January 7, 2008