Okla. Lethal Injection Procedure To Go Before Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review Oklahoma's lethal injection procedure, specifically the use of the controversial midazolam drug.By Jake Godin | January 24, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge against Oklahoma’s lethal injection program, and whether it violates the 8th Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
Oklahoma uses three drugs when administering lethal injections — midazolam, an anesthetic, vecuronium bromide, a paralytic, and finally, potassium chloride, which stops the heart.
The focus of the challenge to Oklahoma’s injection procedure is whether the first drug, midazolam, is effective at rendering a person unconscious.