Despite Supreme Court decision, executions in La. on hold
BATON ROUGE - A Supreme Court ruling Monday concerning a drug used in the lethal injection process does not settle ongoing issues surrounding the process in Louisiana.
The court upheld the use of the sedative midazolam in executions. It found it did not violate a federal prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
But, another legal fight involving another drug has put a hold on executions here. The Associated Press reported Monday evening, the state's lawyer said the decision this week does not end a federal lawsuit over the painkiller hydromorphone, a second drug in the execution method.
The lawyer, James Hilburn, said Louisiana doesn't have any of the lethal injection drugs on hand right now and won't execute an inmate while litigation is pending. A hearing in the hydromorphone suit has been delayed until July 2016, at the state's request.
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