The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled on Glossip v Gross this Monday morning, announcing that states can continue to use the execution drug which was involved in a botched execution in Oklahoma.
Earlier this year Alabama Today reported that Attorney General Luther Strange joined an amicus brief asking in a statement at the time he said, “These killers have raped and murdered children and stabbed prison guards to death. It is outrageous for them to argue that lethal injection has too high a risk of pain to be a constitutional method of execution. It is better than they deserve.”
Of today’s ruling, Strange said in a prepared statement:
“Opponents of lethal injections have repeatedly used court challenges of certain lethal injection drugs as ways to delay or avoid lawful executions,” Attorney General Strange said. “The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed our belief that executions using these lethal injection drugs are not cruel and unusual punishment, and therefore are not prohibited under the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
Alabama wrote an amicus brief joined by 12 other states in support of Oklahoma’s right to use a three-drug lethal injection protocol. States, including Alabama, have adopted the three-drug protocol because of their inability to acquire other suitable drugs.
“The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken on the constitutionality of states’ use of lethal injections and death penalty opponents cannot continue to indefinitely delay lawful executions.”
Alabama was joined by Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming in the amicus brief.