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Monday, February 8, 2010

Execution procedure upheld

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 4:46 PM

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the constitutionality of Arkansas's lethal injection procedure. Here's the opinion.

It says that the injection protocol "does not subject inmates to a substantial risk of serious harm." Unless you count death, of course.

More seriously, the case summary says the court finds that the protocol, among others, "contains sufficient safeguards to ensure inmate is fully unconscious before pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride are administered. and any risk that the procedure will not work as designated is merely a risk of accident."

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