The gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. On Monday the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Filmmaker Christopher Lee attends a 1999 film festival. Elizabeth Sheldon/Courtesy of Elizabeth Sheldon hide caption

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In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that under the majority's reasoning it would not matter if the prisoner was being "drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake," as long as there was no more humane method of execution available. Justice Antonin Scalia orally rebutted Justice Stephen Breyer's dissent, calling it "gobbledygook." Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Supporters of same-sex marriages gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28, in Washington, D.C. Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. in January 2015. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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Ben Wideman (left) is the campus minister for University Mennonite Church in State College, Pa., and Marv Friesen is the church's pastor. Emily Reddy/WPSU hide caption

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