Supreme Court Upholds Lethal Injection Executions in Oklahoma

Supreme Court Upholds Lethal Injection Executions in Oklahoma July 2, 2015

Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Global Panorama
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Global Panorama

The United States Supreme Court upheld Oklahoma’s execution by lethal injection law on Monday.

Justice Alito said that the prisoners who petitioned the Court “failed to identify a known and available method of execution that entails a risk of lesser pain, of all Eighth Amendment execution claims.”

“By saying that there are no alternatives available, that doesn’t magically make whatever you were doing acceptable,” ACLU executive director, Ryan Kiesel said in response to the ruling.

From NewsChannel4:

OKLAHOMA CITY – Executions in Oklahoma are already being rescheduled after the Supreme Court upheld the decision to use a controversial drug for lethal injections.

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office is on one side of the debate, while the Oklahoma ACLU is on another, but it’s the offenders on death row who will ultimately see the results of this decision.

The first execution could be as early as August 5.

Richard Glossip, one of the men who said the drug is cruel and unusual, will now face his ultimate fate.

“It’s like you’re in a tomb,” Glossip said during a rare death row interview with News Channel 4. “Just waiting to die so they can finish it off.”

He, along with three other inmates, argued midazolam would violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. It went before the Supreme Court.


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3 responses to “Supreme Court Upholds Lethal Injection Executions in Oklahoma”

  1. Lethal injection spares the feelings of people who don’t have to watch the more traditional, bloody means of execution. The guillotine was originally designed for efficient, painless execution. The only problem is the gore.

    I’m against the death penalty, but part of me thinks it should be as public, gory as possible. But the other party of me fears the party approach some people would take.

  2. The death penalty should be used very sparingly. However, IMO, there are those that actually deserve it due to the nature of their crime. Would I want to witness one? No.