Texas Sticks with Lethal Injections Despite Supreme Court Review

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DALLAS (AP) - Despite a Supreme Court review of whether executing inmates by lethal injection is cruel and unusual, officials in Texas say the state isn't budging from plans to continue using the practice.

Governor Rick Perry says, "We will go forward with our interpretation of the law."

Ten of the 37 states that use the three-drug cocktail under review by the Supreme Court have suspended its use after opponents alleged it was ineffective and cruel. That's according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

But Texas is unlikely to join states who have halted legal injection executions unless the Supreme Court issues a blanket stay.

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