High Court Considers Legality of Execution Method

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Supreme Court is considering whether a prisoner can challenge the way he is executed.

Convicted murderer Clarence Hill is challenging Florida's execution method of lethal injection -- specifically, the drug being used. Hill claims Florida's drug causes pain that is cruel and unusual punishment.

American University law professor Jamie Raskin says the court will decide whether a death row prisoner can bring a challenge against the method used to execute him. Raskin says Hill is willing to be executed by injection, he just doesn't want to undergo execution under Florida's current method.

Hill, who killed a police officer, was strapped to a gurney with IV tubes in his arm when he was granted a last-minute stay of execution in January.

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