Missouri Supreme Court upholds execution procedures

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 | 1:52 p.m. CST

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.


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.