USA Today – Supreme Court denies case on death penalty drugs

Richard Wolf and Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY 11:45 a.m. EDT April 7, 2014

WASHINGTON — As states scramble to find drugs needed to carry out executions, the Supreme Court won’t decide for now whether condemned prisoners deserve to know how they will die.

The justices denied a hearing Monday to a Louisiana inmate who asked that state officials tell him what lethal-injection drugs they have planned for his demise.

The case would have put the court squarely at the center of a life-and-death debate over the constitutional rights of even the most depraved killers to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment.

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