1. US Supreme Court upholds use of contentious drug in executions

US Supreme Court upholds use of contentious drug in executions

The United States Supreme Court has upheld the use of a contentious drug that is used in executions as it does not violate a ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

By: | Published: June 30, 2015 2:30 AM

The United States Supreme Court has upheld the use of a contentious drug that is used in executions as it does not violate a ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

According to BBC, opponents of the drug argue that midazolam is not suitable for lethal injections.

The drug raised concerns in 2014 after it was used in executions in three US states that took longer than usual.

Executions have been delayed recently in the US amid problems buying drugs as many firms have refused to sell them.

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  1. Jakob Stagg
    Jun 30, 2015 at 3:01 am
    What is the problem? Any veterinarian can get a reliable drug capable of putting down an elephant instantly. It is not as if humans haven't figured out how to kill one another. Why do something known to be unreliable?
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    1. Tigre Blanco
      Jun 30, 2015 at 2:39 am
      This is a very bad decision. Midazolam does not put a lot of people to sleep or even relax them. It does cause amnesia so one may forget the pain they suffered but that is not relevant in an execution now is it?
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