Justices Deny 11 Capital Appeals

Court passes on death-row cases following ruling upholding lethal injection
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2008 2:49 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court today dismissed appeals from 11 death-row prisoners in seven states, including three who received last-minute stays of execution last year; the result was no surprise 1 week after the landmark ruling upholding lethal injection in Kentucky, the New York Times reports. The earlier opinion held that the execution method does not amount to cruel and unusual punishment.