NEWS (9/28) : The Florida Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the two death sentences imposed on Victor Jones . The court ruled that its decision declaring non-unanimous death sentences unconstitutional did not apply to Jones because his death sentences became final in 1995. The jury unanimously recommended death on one count of murder and split 10-2 on a second count. The court also denied a challenge to the legal standard the state courts applied in rejecting Jones's claim that he is ineligible for the death penalty because he has Intellectual Disability.
"The Supreme Court said states can continue to conduct executions using the sedative midazolam, rejecting claims the drug poses too great a risk that condemned prisoners will suffer excruciating pain.
The 5-4 decision bitterly split the court on Monday. Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, said the prisoners who brought suit failed to suggest an alternative to midazolam. He added the scarcity of more effective sedatives could be traced to the anti-death-penalty movement, which has pressured pharmaceutical manufacturers to stop supplying execution chambers.
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas joined the majority.
In a dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the majority's position left the condemned men 'exposed to what may well be the chemical equivalent of being burned at the stake.' Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan joined the dissent."
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