Supreme Court building

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision against Russell Bucklew, a death row inmate in Missouri, who claimed that his execution by lethal injection would cause him "severe harm and suffering" because he has a rare disease. Bucklew suffers from cavernous hemangioma, which causes blood-filled tumors to grow on his head, neck and throat, and if he were to undergo lethal injection he could suffer from prolonged suffocation due to this condition. 

Justice Neil Gorsuch, who wrote the opinion for the majority, emphasized that the Eighth Amendment "does not demand the avoidance of all risk of pain" in carrying out an execution. Bucklew had argued the state could consider death by lethal gas as an alternative, but the court ruled against it. In a strong dissenting opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that Bucklew had established that lethal injection could subject him to "constitutional impermissible suffering" but the majority holds that "the state can execute him anyway."

April 5, 2019 - 11:38am

Latest Posts

Missouri Denies New License to St. Louis Planned Parenthood

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has rejected the license application of the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. The decision...Read more

Judge Rules that Missouri Legislators Cannot Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

Last week, a St. Louis judge ruled that the Missouri legislature cannot cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. Lawmakers had...Read more

Supreme Court Rules that Bladensburg Cross Can Remain on Public Land

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the Bladensburg Peace Cross does not violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. The cross, which...Read more

Subscribe to Blog
  • 1 of 69