A controversial lethal injection drug can be used for executions. That’s the decision of the US Supreme Court.
The justices ruled in a 5-4 vote that the drug in question does not violate a constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Four Oklahoma death row inmates brought the challenge, saying that the drug, a 500-milligram dose of “midazolam” will not render them unable to feel pain.
Six states use the drug as an option for lethal injection executions.
The decision comes amid growing debate about the death penalty.
A recent CNN/ORC poll found that 70% of Americans surveyed did not believe the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment.