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Supreme Court upholds states’ use of midazolam as execution drug
On June 29, by a 5-4 majority, the United States Supreme Court refused to ban states’ use of midazolam in executions. The opinion, written by Justice Alito and joined by Justices Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas, held that Oklahoma could continue to use midazolam as part of its execution protocol, finding that petitioner Richard Glossip had failed to “identify a known and available alternative method of execution that entails a lesser risk of pain,” and failed to show that a large dose of midazolam “entails a substantial risk of severe pain.” Writing for the minority, Justice Sotomayor opined that the Court’s ruling would permit prisoners to be “drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake” by states. A separate dissent by Justices Breyer and Ginsburg argued that it is “highly likely the death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment,” in part because it is now “unusual” and “imposed arbitrarily.” [Glossip v. Gross, No. 14-7955, S.Ct., 576 U.S. _____ (2015), June 29, 2015; http://bit.ly/1LQPOA7]
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Supreme Court sustains Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell ruling
On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that tax credits under the Affordable Care Act are available to individuals in states that have a federally-run insurance exchange, thus disposing of the latest challenge to the ACA’s legality. Read More
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2015 DPLXXVI Seminar
November 12-15, 2015