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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Teresa Location: Nicholasville on Sep 28, 2007 at 09:31 AM
    If some one has been given the death penality why should their punishment not be as painful as the way they killed their victims? Did the criminal stop to think how much pain they were inflicting on the person they were hurting? Probally not..so why should the criminal not have pain as well. Maybe crime would go down if the the electric chair and such were used. Why should murder's be given an easy death?
  • by s Location: Somerset on Sep 28, 2007 at 02:26 AM
    Cruel? Go to sleep and that's it. The way the government is going, you'll soon get 30 days for murder, and 20 years jay walking.
  • by Kim Location: Ky on Sep 27, 2007 at 12:49 PM
    I say just take this kind of people out a put a bullet in their head. PERIOD!!!
  • by me Location: winchester on Sep 27, 2007 at 09:44 AM
    I agree with you Jamie from London... It is getting where they will be put behind bars for us tax payers to pay for there food, cloths, housing, medical, etc expenses for the rest of their lives. What is going to happen when the jails over run. Seems there are more in then out these days. Are they just going to through fences up around us law abiding citizens and let the killers, murders, thieves loose?
  • by Jamie Location: London on Sep 26, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    What about the cruel and unusual punishement that the victims of these men suffered? Has everbody forgotten what these men did!!!????? Captial punishment is apart of our legal system, and if you take out a part of the system then it will fall apart. If they back down from putting these men to death, then what will happen next? The justice system is getting to lack with punishment these days anyway and something needs to be done about it.
  • by pat Location: campton on Sep 26, 2007 at 02:18 PM
    Let them feel the electric. The two low life cowards,afraid of a little pain.
  • by Concerned Location: London on Sep 26, 2007 at 12:19 PM
    I think they shouldnt get leathal injections! THEY SHOULD GET THE ELECTRIC CHAIR! Make them suffer. Im sure they wasnt thinking of cruel and unusual punishment when they pulled the trigger on the officers. PUT THEM TO DEATH ALLREADY!!!
  • by Karen Location: Nicholasville on Sep 26, 2007 at 08:17 AM
    I think that we should bring back the public hangings because that seems to be the most cost effective way to execute. I know that it is not the most beautiful thing, but I am willing to bet that if these convicts knew what was to come, then there would not be nearly as many occurences. And to Daniel, if you are defending them, then you are no better than the people that committed the crimes.
  • by gail Location: all over ky on Sep 26, 2007 at 07:40 AM
    Kim there is a choice in the state of KY. Either lethal injection or the electric chair. Baze refused to choose one and if he refuses to choose then the state will automatically use lethal injection because it is more humane. I say hang them both from the highest tree. Let them swing until they die. If they think lethal injection is cruel and unusual. To the courts do you think that these criminals thought what they were doing was cruel and unusual punishment to the victim? Did you Ralph Baze think once about what your victims felt or thought? I believe once you have been given the death penalty then it should be as swift as your rights to a speedy trial! The courts say a criminal has a right to speedy trial or they can get off on what they did. So why not give the same when the punishment is set forth. Pull the switch, inject, or swing them from a high tree branch the day the verdict is handed down!
  • by Mr. Obvious Location: KY on Sep 26, 2007 at 06:59 AM
    Great idea Joe! Either the guillotine or an lethal injection of lead right between the eyes.
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