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A gurney sits in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the drug midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment.Associated Press

Supreme Court upholds use of midazolam for executions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday against three death row inmates who had sought to bar the use of an execution drug they said risked causing excruciating pain. In the process, two dissenting members of the court — Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — came very close to announcing that the …