Justices Agree To Consider Constitutionality Of Lethal Injection

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider the constitutionality of lethal injections in the case of two death row inmates from Kentucky.

The high court will hear a challenge from convicted killer Ralph
Baze and fellow death row inmate Thomas Clyde Bowling Jr. The two
inmates sued Kentucky in 2004, claiming lethal injection amounts to
cruel and unusual punishment. Baze's execution had been scheduled
for Tuesday night, but the Kentucky Supreme Court halted the
proceedings earlier this month.

"This is probably one of the most important cases in decades as
it relates to the death penalty," said David Barron, the public
defender who represents Baze and Bowling.

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