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Human Rights Watch Amicus Brief in the Case of Baze v. Rees

Argument to the Supreme Court on the Issue of Lethal Injections in the US

Human Rights Watch filed an amicus brief in the lethal injection case of Baze v. Rees that is now before the Supreme Court. We argue that the Court should interpret the Eighth amendment to meet the human rights requirement that states with the death penalty must choose the method of execution that has the least risk of inflicting pain and suffering on the condemned. Such consideration must take into account a clear examination of current lethal injection protocol.

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