The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in the case of Russell Bucklew, who was scheduled to die by lethal injection earlier this year. The justices put Bucklew's execution on hold so that they can consider whether his rare medical condition would violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. He suffers from a condition known as cavernous hemangioma, which causes blood filled tumors to grow in his head, neck and throat. His attorneys maintain that he is likely to undergo a "gruesome" death even if the execution goes as planned. They argued for a hearing to discuss how to move forward to minimize the risks that could arise at Bucklew's execution. The state argued that was simply a delaying tactic. The judges are expected to rule in a few months.
November 13, 2018 - 8:18am