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Glossip v. Gross

United States Supreme Court
___ U.S. ___, 135 S. Ct. 2726 (2015)


Facts

Richard Glossip and several other death-row inmates in Oklahoma (plaintiffs) filed a petition in federal district court against Kevin Gross and other state officials (defendants) to enjoin executions in the state. The inmates alleged that one of the drugs used in the state’s three-drug lethal injection constituted cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because the drug might not prevent extreme pain. The district court rejected the claim, and the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted review.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Alito, J.)

Concurrence (Scalia, J.)

Dissent (Breyer, J.)

Dissent (Sotomayor, J.)

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