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US Supreme Court agrees to hear Florida death row appeal

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday agreed to hear [cert. grant, PDF] the appeal of a Florida inmate who is challenging the lethal injection method that is to be used in his execution. Justice Kennedy granted a last minute temporary stay of execution [JURIST report] Tuesday night for Clarence Hill [NCADP advocacy letter], and the full Court on Wednesday made the stay permanent and agreed to hear Hill's case. Hill argues that the three chemicals used in Florida do not fully anesthetize inmates and therefore constitute cruel and unusual punishment, but in granting certiorari the Court limited its consideration of the case to procedural issues. AP has more.

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