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SCOTUS Rules Against Man Whose Blood Could Kill Him - Page 2

Russell Bucklew wanted to be put to death using nitrogen gas
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2019 1:09 PM CDT
Updated Apr 1, 2019 2:19 PM CDT

  • In the majority opinion, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote Bucklew did not provide evidence that dying by gas would be less painful: "We agree with the courts below that Mr. Bucklew's claim isn't supported by either the law or the evidence."
  • Another line for Gorsuch: "The Eighth Amendment does not guarantee a prisoner a painless death—something that, of course, isn't guaranteed to many people, including most victims of capital crimes."
  • The Washington Post reports Breyer wrote that, on the contrary, Bucklew had given evidence that lethal injection could lead him to "sputter, choke, and suffocate on his own blood for up to several minutes before he dies."
  • The New York Times titles its piece on the ruling, "Rancor and Raw Emotion Surface in Supreme Court Death Penalty Ruling." It digs into the majority's finding that Bucklew had waited too long to protest the execution method, and how that relates to February and March execution-related decisions.
  • Bucklew was sentenced to die for the murder of Michael Sanders, who was living with Bucklew's ex-girlfriend, whom he raped in the trailer she shared with Sanders.
(Read more death penalty stories.)

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