Interview with Campaign to End the Death Penalty and the Young Conservatives of Texas about Lethal Injection

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Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Baze v. Rees (2008) that Kentucky’s use of a four drug lethal injection procedure does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment ban on “cruel and unusual punishment.”

The Court ruled that since the defendants conceded that the lethal injection method is humane when administered properly and failed to properly show the risk of pain of maladministration of the four drug lethal injection cocktail, Kentucky’s lethal injection procedure does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, the Court held that the continued and unjustified use of lethal injection in the face of a superior alternative may violate the ban on “cruel and unusual punishment.”

In light of the Baze v. Rees ruling, do you think that lethal injection violates the U.S. Constitution’s Eight Amendment ban on “cruel and unusual punishment”? Why? Do you think that the use of lethal injection is humane (when administered properly)? Why? Please vote and comment below!

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