Supreme Court Rules Controversial Execution Drug Legal
Supreme Court justices upheld the use of the sedative midazolam in lethal injections despite some questioning the drug's effectiveness.By Katie Link | June 29, 2015
The Supreme Court voted 5-4 Monday to uphold the use of a sedative that's part of a cocktail in lethal injections. The drug, known as midazolam, has reportedly been linked to several "botched" executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma.
Midazolam is the first of three drugs administered to death row inmates. It's designed to reduce pain.
But, it might not always work. During three executions last year, inmates reportedly moaned and struggled before they were declared dead.