Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Drug Used In Lethal Injections
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the use of the drug midazolam, which has been linked to several botched executions, does not violate the Constitution.
The case against midazolam was brought forward by Oklahoma inmates after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, which marked the first time the drug was administered in the state. Lockett took 43 minutes to die, according to the Associated Press, writhing and moaning on the gurney as the drug failed to properly sedate him.
According to Buzzfeed News, Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the 5-4 decision that the court had found that midazolam “is highly likely to render a person unable to feel pain during an execution,” and thus does not violate the Eighth Amendment banning cruel and unusual punishment. Additionally, the inmates who challenged the drug did not provide a superior alternative method of execution, according to the court.