AZ Executes Killer After High Court Votes 5-4 To Proceed


In only the second Arizona execution since 2000, convicted killer Jeffrey Landrigan died by lethal injection last night after the U.S. Supreme Court removed the last legal barrier, reports the Arizona Republic. Landrigan had been on Arizona’s death row for 20 years for the 1989 murder of a Phoenix man.

The execution moved relatively quickly after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a temporary restraining order that had been imposed Monday by a judge in Phoenix and affirmed by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court imposed the order as it tried to force Arizona to disclose where and how it had obtained its supply of sodium thiopental, one of three drugs used in executions. The high court agreed by a 5-4 decision with Arizona prosecutors that there was no reason to force disclosure. “There was no showing that the drug was unlawfully obtained, nor was there an offer of proof to that effect,” the court order said. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented.

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