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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, September 10, 2012

"Montana judge strikes down state lethal injection law"

From Jurist:

Montana's Lewis and Clark County District Court [official website] ruled[opinion, PDF] Thursday that the state's lethal injection method [technical manual, PDF] violates the provision of the Montana constitution [text, PDF] that forbids cruel and unusual punishment. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana [advocacy website] on behalf of two death row inmates. Judge Jeffrey Sherlock held that Montana's execution procedure, which involves injections of three different drugs, is cruel and unusual under US Supreme Court [official website] precedent.

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