Death Sentence Requested For Two Mississippi Inmates

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Attorney General Jim Hood will ask the Mississippi Supreme Court to approve execution dates for two inmates, even though court challenges to the state’s lethal injection methods are still pending. The state plans to seek dates for Richard Jordan and Thomas Loden if state prison officials confirm they have needed drugs. On Thursday the court rejected Jordan’s challenge to use of a particular drug because lawmakers changed state law. Justices also rejected Jordan’s claim that 41 years on death row makes his execution cruel and unusual. In a federal lawsuit, Jordan claims that the sedative midazolam won’t render people unconscious, meaning prisoners could feel pain as executioners administer drugs to kill them. Another suit challenges the drug’s use in state court.



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