Crime Trial to start in case over Tennessee lethal injection drugs

20:50  09 july  2018
20:50  09 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Lethal injection trial: Bloody foam shows drugs cause pain, panic for condemned, expert says

  Lethal injection trial: Bloody foam shows drugs cause pain, panic for condemned, expert says If death row inmates are essentially drowning when executed, their attorneys say Tennessee is conducting unconstitutional torture, attorneys say.An expert medical witness testified in Davidson County Chancery Court that autopsies of previously executed inmates showed evidence the inmates suffered symptoms also typically found in drowning, after injection of toxins into the body or after exposure to toxic gas.

Lethal injection is the practice of injecting one or more drugs into a person (typically a barbiturate, paralytic, and potassium solution) for the express purpose of causing immediate death.

As of January 2017, there were 63 inmates on death row in Tennessee . Executions have been on hold pending a challenge by inmates to the single-dose drug protocol. Karen Grigsby / The Tennessean.

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2010 file photo shows an armrest in the interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. The California Supreme Court heard arguments over whether to block a voter-approved measure to speed up executions at a hearing in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The case was brought by death penalty foes after voters approved Proposition 66 in November. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) © AP FILE - This Sept. 21, 2010 file photo shows an armrest in the interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. The California Supreme Court heard arguments over whether to block a voter-approved measure to speed up executions at a hearing in Los Angeles Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The case was brought by death penalty foes after voters approved Proposition 66 in November. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A trial is set to begin in a case challenging the three-drug combination for lethal injections in Tennessee.

The trial is slated to start Monday in Davidson County Chancery Court. It's still unclear whether the legal proceedings will delay one death row inmate's execution scheduled for Aug. 9.

In the lawsuit, attorneys for 33 death row inmates claim the drugs haven't been used yet in Tennessee but present a substantial risk of serious and severe pain and suffering and were used in botched executions in other states.

In a previous filing, Attorney General Herbert Slatery argued the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal appeals courts have rejected constitutional challenges to using midazolam as the first drug in a three-drug combination.

Tennessee last executed someone in 2009.

Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug .
A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of a two-time killer on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez disallowed the use of the drug in a ruling that came down less than nine hours before Scott Raymond Dozier, 47, was to be executed with a three-chemical injection never before tried in the U.S.Nevada state prisons spokeswoman Brooke Santina had no immediate comment.

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