The nation’s third botched execution in six months has death row lawyers, including one in Missouri, crying foul.
The justices said a lower federal court needs to take another look at the case of Russell Bucklew.
A Missouri inmate with a rare condition that affects the blood vessels was handed a reprieve less than two hours before his scheduled execution, but the state may end up killing him later Wednesday if the U.S. Supreme Court says it can.
Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate remain hopeful that a court will halt his execution, even if the governor has shown little inclination to do so himself.
They say there’s not enough information about these lethal injection drugs, where they come from or who makes them.
The attorney for Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls has asked a federal court for a 60-day stay of execution.