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US Supreme Court Allows Lethal Injection Drug

US Supreme Court ruled against limiting the use of the midazolam drug during executions, which opponents argue can cause severe pain and needless suffering, local media reported on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The majority of justices said lethal injection remains the most humane method of execution, USA Today reported.

In the 5 to 4 ruling the justices dismissed the case filed in June 2014 by four death row inmates, who protested against the use of the midazolam drug during executions because it creates a sensation of burning.

On April 29, US Justice Samuel Alito said the case was part of a “guerilla war” against the death penalty in the Unites States. On April 29, 2014, US state of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack 43 minutes after he was administered the three-drug combination, including the midazolam. The injection left him writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney.

The incident with the botched lethal injection caused a nationwide debate over the lawfulness of the three-drug practice.

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