"La. judge refuses killer's plea to halt executions," is the title of Mary Foster's AP report, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.Hours after Louisiana conducted its first
execution in eight years, a state judge on Friday dismissed
a request to halt all executions in the state until the
Department of Corrections changes its procedures.
Attorneys from the Capital Post-Conviction Project of
Louisiana, acting for condemned killer Nathaniel Code,
maintained that Louisiana's guidelines for execution by
a three-drug lethal injection are not specific enough.State District Judge R. Michael Caldwell agreed with
attorneys from the attorney general's office, however,
and dismissed the matter, ruling that the question should
have been presented under a different set of laws designed
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Fourth Circuit rejects a challenge to lethal injection in Virginia The Fourth Circuit on Thursday rejected a challenge to the Virginia lethal injection scheme (Emmett v. Johnson, No. 07-18 (4th Cir. July 10, 2008)). The panel split. Virginia’s protocol for lethal injection is substantially similar to that approved by the Supreme Court in Kentucky...
Legal challenge to Washington's lethal injection methods turned away This new AP story, headlined "Judge affirms Wash. lethal injection method," provides details on another failed challenge to a state execution protocol. Here are th basics: A judge has affirmed Washington state's procedures for executing prisoners by lethal injection, turning...
"Lethal injection allowed" "Lethal injection allowed": At "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post that begins, "In a widely splintered decision, the Supreme Court cleared the way for executions to resume across the country, concluding that the most common method of lethal injection does not violate the Constitution...