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Lethal Injection Appeal Rejected

Posted Aug 9, 2007 10:16 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A federal appeals court has refused to grant a rehearing in a case challenging Missouri’s lethal injection procedure.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to review a panel decision that upheld the procedure last June, the Associated Press reports.

Inmate Michael Taylor had succeeded at the trial level, when a lower court judge suspended executions. The suspension order could be lifted within days unless the appeals court agrees to a request to keep it in place pending further appeals.

Taylor’s lawyer, Ginger Anders, said she would seek U.S. Supreme Court review. Anders is a Jenner & Block lawyer handling the case pro bono, according to the firm’s Web site.

“This has a better shot than most,” she told AP. “It’s an extremely important issue, one that is going on in a lot of states.”

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