Tuesday, June 5, 2007
From STLToday.com: Federal appeals judges in St. Louis put Missouri back in the execution business Monday, finding there are sufficient safeguards to protect the condemned against pain from lethal injection.
State officials pledged to resume the process immediately but could not say who would go next, or when.
Lawyers for Michael A. Taylor, a Kansas City killer whose appeal is at the center of the case, began preparing to seek a reconsideration by the full 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. If that fails, they said, they will seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Such an appeal could take until fall.
Lethal injection, the primary method used by 37 of the 38 states with the death penalty, is under heavy assault by critics who claim the combination of drugs used could simultaneously cause excruciating pain and mask it. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]