Nevada Stays Execution

Since the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the use of lethal injections to execute prisoners violates the Eighth Amendment, at least ten states have stayed executions. Nevada is the latest.

A killer's execution was halted 90 minutes before he was set to die amid arguments from death penalty opponents that the state should wait until the U.S. Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of lethal injections. ... The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada appealed to halt any executions in the state.

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    confused (none / 0) (#1)
    by doubleL on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 04:45:34 PM EST
    It sounds like there is ample documentation that botched executions occur. Can the Court rule if it a question of a number of poorly performed events versus a completely ill conceived strategy?  In other words, could the Court rule against the procedure used in some cases as Cruel and Unusual Punishment, but still leave "properly performed" Lethal Injections as an option?  

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    by Deconstructionist on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 05:51:10 PM EST

      It can rule certain methods C&U and other constitutional. Distinguishing between methods of lethal injection is conceptually not really different than distinguishing between more grossly different methods of execution.