The Baton Rouge Advocate reports, "2 death penalty case appeals rejected." It's written by Bill Lodge.
Appeals of two death penalty cases have been rejected, the Louisiana Supreme Court announced Friday.
An attorney for one of the convicted murderers had argued that a lack of information about the state’s lethal injection formula poses risk of paralyzing, mute and agonizing executions for death row inmates. The same attorney argued for a second inmate that state officials did not follow proper administrative procedures when they adopted lethal injection for executions in Louisiana years ago.
Supreme Court justices did not issue a written opinion in either case.
Gary P. Clements, attorney for condemned killer Christopher Sepulvado, already had filed a motion with U.S. District Judge James J. Brady in Baton Rouge to merge Sepulvado’s complaint over the risk of excruciating pain from lethal injections with that of death row inmate Jessie Hoffman.
Clements said late Friday that Brady had not yet ruled on the request by Sepulvado to join Hoffman’s suit. Sepulvado is scheduled for execution on Feb. 13.
"Execution can go forward, Louisiana Supreme Court decides," is John Simerman's New Orleans Times-Picayune report.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied condemned inmate Christopher Sepulvado's bid to stay his scheduled Feb. 13 execution. The decision leaves Sepulvado, 69, with dwindling chances to avoid lethal injection, although he continues to press for a federal reprieve and clemency from Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Sepulvado, a Shreveport-area man, would be the first person executed in Louisiana since 2010 and the first non-voluntary execution in the state in more than a decade.
His lawyers have argued that he should be allowed to challenge the drug combination that the state would use to kill him. They claim a worldwide shortage of sodium pentathol, the first drug in the traditional three-drug mix for lethal injection, has thrown the execution procedure in Louisiana into a constitutional haze.
Just what the current state protocol is for lethal injection is unclear. Pam Laborde, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections, has said she can't comment on the procedure, citing pending federal litigation.
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