The Florida Supreme Court ruling in Muhammad v. Florida is available in Adobe .pdf format.
"Florida Supreme Court OKs new lethal injection procedure," is the AP report filed by Brendan Farrington. It's via the Tampa Tribune.
The Florida Supreme Court is giving its approval for the state’s new lethal injection procedure and the execution of a man who killed a prison guard while on death row can proceed.
The court ruled Thursday that a new drug used to render condemned prisoners unconscious works effectively.
Askari Abdullah Muhammad, formerly known as Thomas Knight, was scheduled for execution Dec. 3. The court delayed the execution and ordered hearings on a claim that the sedative midazolam hydrochloride doesn’t prevent pain after being administered.
The Orlando Sentinel posts, "Florida Supreme Court OKs new drug for executions," by the News Service of Florida.
Justices agreed with Bradford County Circuit Judge Phyllis Rosier that the use of midazolam hydrochloride -- instead of the previously used pentobarbital sodium -- as part of a three-drug cocktail would not violate the rights of convicted murderer Askari Abdullah Muhammad.
The Supreme Court also lifted a temporary stay of execution for Muhammad, who is slated to be put to death for the 1980 murder of a correctional officer.
Earlier coverage of Florida lethal injection issues begins at the link.