High Court to Rule on Lethal Injections

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal the from death row Oklahoma inmates who are challenging the state’s procedures for lethal injections.

The court voted Friday during its conference day to decide whether the state’s protocol of using different drugs in recent lethal injections represents cruel and unusual punishment, USA Today reported.

Dale Baich, a lawyer representing one of the inmates in the case, said states are now using expiremental drug combinations that are incapable of producing a humane execution.

“The time is right for the court to take a careful look at this important issue, particularly given the bungled executions that have occurred since states started using these novel and experimental drugs protocols,” he said in a statement.