The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected arguments that executing inmates by lethal injection violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment and paved the way for Texas and 35 other states to resume executions after a seven-month hiatus.
"It is clear, then, that the Constitution does not demand the avoidance of all risk of pain in carrying out executions," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the 7-2 ruling that not only upheld Kentucky's method of administering lethal injection, but had strong ramifications for all the states that put condemned inmates to death with the controversial three-drug cocktail.
Gov. Rick Perry wasted little time signaling that Texas' busiest-in-the-nation death chamber would be back in action now that the court issued its directive.
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