The Supreme Court just announced it will review the legality of the lethal injection method used in Arkansas and 36 other states that impose the death penalty.
The court will hear arguments from two death-row inmates in Kentucky who say the method violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The inmates, Ralph Baze and Thomas C. Bowling, note executions in Ohio and Florida that took as long as two hours to complete.
UPDATE: Jeff Rosenzweig, attorney for death row inmate Jack Jones Jr., will ask the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals to hold up a ruling on the constitutionality of lethal injections pending the Supreme Court ruling. Rosenzweig represents death row inmate Jack Jones Jr., scheduled to die Oct. 16 for the 1995 murder of a Bald Knob woman; Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled against his claim that lethal injection.