High Court’s Ruling, Say Critics, Endorses ‘Torturing People to Death’

-“Under the Court’s new rule, it would not matter whether the State intended to use midazolam, or instead to have petitioners drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake,” write dissenting justices.

In the most closely-watched death penalty case in years, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 that Oklahoma can use the controversial and experimental execution drug midazolam that was behind the last year’s horrific killing of 38-year-old man Clayton Lockett – who writhed and groaned for 43 minutes before ultimately succumbing to a heart attack.   Continue reading: Common Dreams

Click here for the text of the ruling: Glossip v. Gross
Selected lines from the ruling and the dissent: CNN.com