Supreme Court Faces Decisions on Where to Go Next with the Death Penalty

While some inmates and lawyers are asking the justices to take on the constitutionality of executions, other cases present more subtle questions about process.

5 months after 2 Supreme Court justices made clear that they have serious questions about the constitutionality of the death penalty, lawyers are bringing plenty of related cases to the justices – and they’re due to consider whether to hear one of them this week.

When Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg disagreed with the court’s ruling in June allowing Oklahoma to use the sedative midazolam in its execution protocol, they also made it clear – in Breyer’s dissenting opinion – that they saw bigger problems with the death penalty, including whether the punishment itself is constitutional.    Continue reading: Buzzfeed