This week the state carried out the execution of Herbert Smulls despite his attorney’s request for a 60-day stay because of concerns about the lethal drug used in executions. Last week the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to death row inmates when it ruled that the inmates’ attorneys couldn’t find out more about the pharmacy hired by Missouri to make the drugs for lethal injection. Attorneys had been trying to examine whether Missouri’s lethal injections are unconstitutional because they could cause excruciating death. Smull’s lawyers appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court who issued a temporary stay, but later lifted the ban to allow the execution to proceed.
Even with the drug controversy continuing, the MO Supreme Court has set an execution date of Feb. 26 for Michael Taylor from Kansas City.
Posted: January 31, 2014