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Civil Rights – Eighth Amendment – Execution Method – Lethal Injection (access required)

A Virginia death-row inmate loses his Eighth Amendment challenge to the commonwealth's method of execution by lethal injection or electrocution. Plaintiff's claims focus strictly on the methods of performing such procedures under Va. Code Sect. 53.1-234. Aside from questioning the utility of one element of the chemical formula and the prescribed quantity of another, plaintiff ...