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Is Lethal Injection Unconstitutional?

September 25, 2007

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether lethal injection is unconstitutional.

Justices will hear an appeal from two Kentucky death row inmates who claim the procedure is cruel and unusual punishment.

Dougherty County prosecutors are pursuing one death penalty case right now and only one inmate on Georgia's death row was convicted in Dougherty County.

Assistant D.A. Greg Edwards says capital punishment is rare but should remain legal. 

"The option should be something that is decided by the people and at this time the people have decided that death is an appropriate punishment, sometimes it may be the appropriate punishment based on all of the circumstances," he says.

Defense attorneys around the country will likely try to put off lethal injection executions as they wait for the Supreme Court to rule on the case.

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