TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on May 26, 2017

Alabama inmate Thomas “Tommy” Arthur, 75, was executed early today, the eighth time an execution had been scheduled for him. The U.S. Supreme Court had initially stayed Arthur’s execution on Thursday, then allowed it to proceed, writes the ABA Journal. In a dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed concern about use of the execution sedative midazolam, and that the state denied Arthur’s counsel access to a phone "through which to seek legal relief if the execution fails to proceed as planned.” The state's action, she wrote, "means that when Thomas Arthur enters the execution chamber tonight, he will leave his constitutional rights at the door.”