Supreme Court to Take up Lethal Injections With Okla. Case

The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that it would review Oklahoma's system for execution — the first time it has taken up such a case since it rejected a challenge to lethal injection in 2008, NBC News reported. The case was brought by three death-row inmates who say they three-drug combination Oklahoma uses to carry out capital punishment is unconstitutional. "The time is right for the Court to take a careful look at this important issue, particularly given the bungled executions that have occurred since states started using these novel and experimental drugs protocols," the inmates' lawyer, Dale Baich, said. The botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma last April put the issue of lethal injections under a spotlight.

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