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US Supreme Court takes on lethal injections

The US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, is set to hear arguments about lethal injections, after states began using alternative drugsThe US Supreme Court was set to hear arguments about lethal injections, after states began using alternative drugs — believed by some to cause pain and suffering — to carry out the executions. The case, which is being brought by three death-row inmates in Oklahoma, could have broader implications for capital punishment in America if the court decides to use it as a vehicle to make a larger statement on the issue. Shortages of the drugs most commonly used in lethal injections prompted officials in 32 states where the death penalty is in force to come up with new lethal “cocktails” during some recent executions. The Oklahoma inmates are challenging an untested triple combination of drugs — known as a “three-drug protocol” — that has been used in several botched executions.

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