That's the title of Marcia Coyle's report at the National Law Journal. It's subtitled, "Supreme Court test of protocol seems likely." Here's the beginning:
In the long arc of America's search for the most humane way to execute criminals, lethal injection evolved as the gold standard. So why are Utah and Wyoming lawmakers reconsidering firing squads?
Problems with obtaining drugs for lethal injection, lawsuits over state secrecy surrounding the drugs being used and a botched execution last month in Oklahoma may be diminishing the confidence that some lawmakers and judges have expressed in that execution method, some death penalty experts say.
Adding to the controversy, the U.S. Supreme Court, in an unusual order on May 21, halted the execution of a Missouri inmate and directed a lower federal appellate court to take a closer look at his claims that lethal injection, in his unique medical condition, would violate his constitutional rights.
"We're in the throes of that good-faith effort to make [the death penalty] work, but the wheels have come off the wagon as we see how states are trying to carry out these executions," said Diann Rust-Tierney, executive director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. "As the death penalty gets rarer and rarer, questions of arbitrariness are coming up again. It may be beyond us to really make this work in a way that any of us would want it to work."
Earlier coverage of the Missouri case of Russell Bucklew begins at the link.