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Death Row Inmates: Lethal Injection is Cruel and Unusual Punishment



Lawyers for death row inmates from South Florida cases have petitioned the Florida Supreme Court to witness the autopsy of Angel Diaz, who remained alive for 34 minutes after being administered the first dose of lethal injection drugs Wednesday night. He received a second dose of drugs.

Lawyers for Capital Collateral Regional Council of South Florida filed a petition seeking to enjoin the autopsy, which began at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, and asked the court to declare lethal injection in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the United States.

Separately, Gov.-elect Charlie Crist told reporters Thursday that he expected Department of Corrections Secretary James McDonough to make a statement later Thursday on the execution. Meanwhile, Crist, still Florida's Attorney General, has until 11:30 a.m. Thursday to respond to the inmates petition, the court has ordered.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:43am]


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