Lethal injection case challenges procedure.
If the court favors Hill, inmates could start time-consuming litigation on the particulars of lethal injection, each time there are changes to procedure, which could deter states form seeking to make the procedure less painful, said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. If the court favors Florida, proving that Hill is just acting to postpone or evade death, his case could be dismissed as just another habeas corpus petition.
Lethal injection becomes cruel and unusual when the first of the three drugs, an anesthetic, does not make the inmate unconscious. The second drug, which paralyzes the inmate, could prevent any visual signs of pain caused by the heart-stopping third drug.
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|Date:||May 1, 2006|
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