Supreme Court to rule on lethal injection, Congressional redistricting
ALABAMA (WAFF) - The Supreme Court is set to release its last three decisions for this term.
They will release their decisions on cases covering Congressional redistricting, mercury emissions, and lethal injection.
The Supreme Court has Monday and Tuesday left to release its rulings.
With the lethal injection case, they'll decide if the sedative midazolam used in lethal injection executions is constitutional. This comes after the drug was implicated in several botched executions.
The argument is that the drug doesn't reliably induce a coma-like sleep that would prevent death row inmates from experiencing the pain of the other drugs that follow sedation.
Some justices said if an inmate isn't sedated properly first, when the drug that stops their heart is injected, it would be like burning them alive from the inside.
Alabama's executions are on hold right now pending the outcome.
We're also expecting to see a ruling that could change up to one-third of America's congressional districts. Arizona lawmakers are suing, saying they have the right to redraw congressional districts as they see fit.
An independent group of experts disagree, saying the process is too partisan, and their redistricting plan is more fair.
Under Arizona law, the independent group was approved by voters, and has the power. If the legislators win, similar commissions in five other huge states could also be shut down. In Alabama, the state legislature already controls redistricting.
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