Appeals court rules Missouri execution not cruel, unusual punishment

Appeals court rules Missouri execution not cruel, unusual punishment
By: Associated Press
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A federal appeals court rules that Missouri's three-drug method of execution is not unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.
The decision allows Missouri to renew execution of condemned inmates. The case filed on behalf of condemned killer Michael Taylor had effectively halted Missouri executions by lethal injection since early last year.
The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by federal judge Fernando Gaitan Junior in Kansas City. He who ordered reforms to Missouri's lethal injection procedures, including the use of a doctor specializing in anesthesia.
So far, the state has been unable to find one willing to participate in executions.
Missouri is among nine states that have put executions on hold as they grapple with whether lethal injection is inhumane.
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