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US Supreme Court backs use of controversial lethal injection drug

Over 1,000 inmates in US prisons have been executed since 1982 using a lethal injection, according to Amnesty InternationalThe US Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial sedative in executions by lethal injection, saying it does not violate the Constitution. As a result, they said, the drug — more commonly used in hospitals as a pre-surgery sedative — does not violate the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. “The prisoners failed to identify a known and available alternative method of execution that entails a lesser risk of pain, a requirement of all Eighth Amendment method of execution claims,” said Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the majority opinion.

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