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Case: Baze v. Rees
Subject(s): Eighth Amendment, cruel and unusual punishment, lethal injection, death penalty
Appealed from: Supreme Court of Kentucky

Docket No: 07-5439
Decision Rendered: No
Decision: None

Question(s) presented: Whether death sentences carried out by lethal injection violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Holding of appellate court: The Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of lethal injection last year, noting that of the 38 states that permit capital punishment, the majority use the injection method because it is "universally recognized as the most human method of execution and the least apt to cause unnecessary pain." Baze v. Rees, 217 S.W.3d 207, 210 (Ky. 2006).

Date of Oral Arguments Your Prediction Your Prediction by Justice Update
Affirm Reverse Vacate Justice Affirm Reverse Vacate
Jan 07, 2008 Alito
Breyer
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Kennedy
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Souter
Stevens
Thomas