TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 5, 2018
A lawsuit filed by more than 30 inmates over the state’s use of a lethal injection cocktail will head to trial on July 9 and could have far-reaching implications for the way the state executes prisoners, the Nashville Scene reports. The lawsuit claims that the combination of drugs is cruel and unusual punishment that amounts to torture. Concerns were sparked by cases like that of Oklahoma prisoner Clayton Lockett, who was executed in 2014 using the same combination of drugs. It took 43 minutes for Lockett to die from his injection, during which he wasn’t fully unconscious.