Missouri attorney general calls for restarting executions

Missouri attorney general calls for restarting executions
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Four days after a federal appeals court ruling opened the way for restarting executions in Missouri, Attorney General Jay Nixon asked the state Supreme Court to set execution dates for ten condemned inmates Friday.

Normally, the requests come one at a time as an inmate reaches the end of the appeals process.

But Missouri hasn't executed an inmate since October of 2005. Last year, a federal judge ordered a moratorium while the courts consider a case filed by condemned killer Michael Taylor.

At issue was the state's three-drug method of executions. A three-judge panel of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a lower court ruling, saying the three-drug protocol does not violate constitutional guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment.