Lethal Injection Hearing

A little more than a month after the Supreme Court ruled lethal injection is constitutional lawyers for two death row inmates are asking for another hearing. This time it would be to determine whether the public should have input in deciding how lethal injections are performed.

The two Kentucky death row inmates challenged the lethal injection method in April 2006, stating the Kentucky Department of Corrections did not follow state administrative procedures before instituting it.

The inmates also challenged the method of executing condemned prisoners in 2004, saying the drug formula used amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

After that suit was filed the state changed the mixture of drugs used in giving a lethal injection as well as procedures for how it is administered.

Kentucky has 40 death-row inmates, and the state has executed two men since reinstating the death penalty in 1976.