The Florida Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for the execution of a man convicted in the 1978 killing of a police officer, rejecting arguments that a new anaesthetic would cause undue pain and suffering.
The court had temporarily halted Manuel Valle's execution last month after his attorneys argued the state's use of pentobarbital in its three-drug lethal injection cocktail might not render Valle unconscious, thus putting him in agony when the other two drugs were administered.
The court's 44-page opinion lifts the stay and also clears the way for future executions.
The justices unanimously ruled there had been no credible evidence offered to show that administering pentobarbital at 10 times the highest normal sedation dosage would not render Valle unconscious.
Even a medical expert brought in by Valle's attorneys could not testify that such a massive dos
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