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Bucklew v. Precythe, 17–8151

Held that a death row inmate's execution by lethal injection would not subject him to constitutionally impermissible suffering, even if his unusual health issues meant that he would experience particularly excruciating pain. The inmate contended that his medical condition meant Missouri's legal injection protocol was unconstitutional as applied to him. In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that he failed to satisfy the Baze-Glossip test. Justice Gorsuch delivered the majority opinion.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2019/04/01


  • Gorsuch


  • United States Supreme Court


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