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Indiana High Court To Review Lethal Injection Drug Issue

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The Indiana Court of Appeals issued a ruling in June that effectively halted lethal executions in Indiana.

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to review an appeals court ruling which found that the state cannot execute prisoners with a previously unused three-drug combination.

A man sentenced to death for the 2001 rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl contends that correction officials cannot alter Indiana’s lethal execution protocol without submitting the proposed change for public review and comment.

The Indiana Court of Appeals agreed in a June ruling that effectively halted lethal executions in Indiana.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the state Supreme Court’s decision to grant transfer in the case vacates the appellate court ruling. The high court will now review the case, hear arguments and issue a decision.

Thirteen people are currently on Indiana’s death row. The state hasn’t executed an inmate since December 2009.

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  • lastcamp2

    How macabre!
    Perhaps the day will come when the US follows other developed countries in abolishing the death penalty. And after all, the Indiana Constitution prohibits “vindictive justice.”

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