Stayed Executions Revive Lethal Injection Debate The Supreme Court plan to consider in a case later this term whether a drug combination that's used in many state lethal-injection executions causes the prisoner so much pain that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, which is banned by the Constitution.
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Stayed Executions Revive Lethal Injection Debate

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Stayed Executions Revive Lethal Injection Debate

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The Supreme Court has been delaying executions that involve a drug combination that's used in many state lethal-injection executions.

The justices plan to consider in a case later this term whether these particular drugs cause the prisoner so much pain that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, which is banned by the Constitution.