On This Date in Legal History

In Baze v. Rees two death row inmates challenged the lethal injection protocol used in Kentucky death penalty cases. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli argued that the “procedures pose a danger of cruelly inhumane executions.”

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. argued this case on behalf of

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. served as Solicitor General of the United States from June 2011 to June 2016

On April 16, 2008, the United States Supreme Court disagreed (in a 7-2 decision), and found the protocol constitutional under the 8th Amendment.Chief Justice Roberts explained–“Kentucky has adopted a method of execution believed to be the most humane available, one it shares with 35 other States.” You can listen to the court proceedings at https://goo.gl/V18BZt.

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Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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