ST. LOUIS— A federal appeals court panel in St. Louis hears arguments Thursday on whether Arkansas' method of executing inmates is unconstitutional.
A lawsuit by four men sentenced to death in Arkansas claims the state's lethal injection process may cause inmates to suffer pain before the three-drug cocktail sedates and kills them.
The Arkansas attorney general says a 2008 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that allowed lethal injection doesn't protect the condemned from every possible pain during the procedure.
Arguments were scheduled Thursday before a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis. The case will be closely watched in Missouri and several other capital punishment states.