SCOTUS Will Not Hear Challenge to Tennessee's Lethal Injection Method

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to Tennessee's lethal injection method, officially ending a battle over the controversial drugs used to kill death row inmates here, the Tennessean reports. That decision came days before death row inmate Donnie Edward Johnson, 68, is scheduled to die. Had the high court agreed to hear the case, it might have delayed his execution. The challenge, brought by Johnson and 22 other death row inmates, argued that the state's three-drug protocol, led by the sedative midazolam, does not keep inmates from feeling excruciating pain as they die.
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