JEFFERSON CITY — The state Supreme Court upholds the means by which Missouri adopted its execution procedures.
Missouri has not executed anyone since October 2005 because of various legal challenges to its method of lethal injection.
The latest case was brought by 17 condemned inmates. They claimed Missouri's execution protocol was invalid because it was not adopted as an official rule by the state Department of Corrections.
A circuit judge had ruled against them. In a 4-3 decision Tuesday, the state Supreme Court also sided against the inmates in deciding that the execution procedures did not have to be adopted as formal rules.