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What’s a Reasonable Way to Kill Someone?

As prisons run out of drugs for execution by lethal injection, the Supreme Court considers a case that could reshape the death penalty
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today in the latest high court case about capital punishment, addressing some of the most contentious questions over lethal injection—and possibly reshaping the death penalty.

The case, Glossip v. Gross, is named for Richard Glossip, a convicted murderer, and three prisoners who filed a lawsuit in June 2014 in Oklahoma district court. The suit alleges that the use of a drug in their impending executions violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Their argument centers on the botched execution in April 2014 of Clayton Lockett, convicted of raping and murdering a 19-year-old woman in 2000.