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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Cites Professor James S. Liebman in Dissenting Opinion

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 to uphold a procedure used by states to carry out executions by lethal injection, stating that use of the drug does not violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, despite plaintiffs’ claims that the drug posed a risk of causing excruciating pain.

Justice Stephen Breyer issued a separate dissent in the case, Glossip v. Gross, writing that it is “highly likely that the death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment” and four times citing the work of death penalty expert Columbia Law School Professor James S. Liebman.

June 29, 2015

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