Skip to comments.Justice Elena Kagan's first vote is against an execution
Posted on 10/27/2010 11:16:52 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
WASHINGTON Justice Elena Kagan cast her first vote on the Supreme Court late Tuesday, joining the liberals in dissent when the high court cleared the way for the execution of an Arizona murderer.
The 5-4 ruling overturned orders by a federal judge in Phoenix and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that had stopped the execution by lethal injection of Jeffrey Landrigan.
His lawyers, in a last-ditch appeal, had raised questions about one of the drugs used in the execution. Since the only U.S. manufacturer of sodium thiopental had suspended production, Arizona officials said they had obtained a supply of the drug from a British company.
The judge in Phoenix put the execution on hold because she said she was "left to speculate" whether this drug was safe for its intended use.
But state lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, which lifted the judge's order.
"There is no evidence in the record to suggest that the drug obtained from a foreign source is unsafe," the justices said, and "speculation cannot substitute for evidence that the use of the drug is 'sure or very likely to cause serious illness and needless suffering'."
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I think all Texas Death Roll Inmates should be enrolled in an expedited Clinical Trial of this drug. Outcome should be 100% effective with no verbal complaints by those that receive the drug.
The blade might have rust on it and cause gangrene.
hey, that decision wasn’t very wise. Can’t wait to read her first opinion.
America’s doctors put thousands of people to sleep each day. How on earth can we not have an acceptable method for ending a person’s life with anasthesia?
One of the best scenes from Star Trek TOS ever!
Thanks for the LOL moment.
What a joke. This a-hole probably ingested and shot himself up with any drugs he could get his hands on when he was on the streets.
Speculate on this, sweetie. The killer is now at room temperature.
Gee we wouldn’t want the POS murderer to get a rash or be dizzy or permanently injured or anything. Arizona should have simply replaced the “drug” with a commercial vermin poison..no FDA approval needed.
I agree. The shame of it is, several of our U.S. Supreme Court justices would smile and nod in agreement with the statement "Logic is a little tweeting bird chirping in a meadow. Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which smell BAD".
Reality is more absurd than fiction. You'd think it would get easier over time to accept that fact, but nope, it does not.
And the republicans who helped put this MARXIST on the court??? These are the senators who must be defeated in upcoming elections.
she was “left to speculate” whether this drug was safe for its intended use.
It’s SUPPOSED to be unsafe.’
A great oxymoron.
She looks like Rodney Dangerfield in drag.
This crap of the drugs used in lethal injection is total BS. This is so political it hurts. Shows Justice in the USA is nothing but a political football.