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Justices Uphold Use Of Drug Implicated In Botched Executions

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Posted at 9:12 AM, Jun 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 00:37:31-04

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions.

The justices on Monday voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

The drug was used in executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma in 2014 that took longer than usual and raised concerns that it did not perform its intended task of putting inmates into a coma-like sleep.

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