Protestors from the Washington Coalition for the Abolition of the Death Penalty say Monday's Supreme Court ruling uholding use of a controversial drug in lethal injections doesn't go far enough. (June 29)
3. SOUNDBITE (English): Dave Avolio, Washington (State) Coalition for the Abolition of the Death Penalty:
"This a side issue. It's just an issue about how you kill people. It's important to the people on the Oklahoma death row. I understand that. But as far as we're concerned, it's a side issue. We shouldn't be killing people. Doesn't matter how."
5. Pan from court building to protestors
6. SOUNDBITE (English): Dave Avolio, Washington (State) Coalition for the Abolition of the Death Penalty:
"My personal feeling is that while it's somewhat disappointing, by the same token I think that either way the decision could have gone, there is a positive to it because it focuses our attention on something that's truly bad. I think it will raise peoples' consciousness about the death penalty and make it easier in the long run to abolish the death penalty."
7. Various of protestors.
8. SOUNDBITE (English): Megan Miller, Washington (State) Coalition for the Abolition of the Death Penalty:
"I feel that it's unfortunate. I think that it doesn't really address the bigger issue that killing people is wrong, regardless of the medications used. That's my personal belief. That's why I'm here."
9. Close of brochure reading "Why end the death penalty?"
The Supreme Court remains deeply divided over capital punishment.
By a 5-to-4 vote, in a case from Oklahoma, the court today upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injections.
But in a dissent, two justices said for the first time that they think it's "highly likely" that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.
The justices voted that the sedative midazolam (mih-DAZZ-oh-lam) can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
The drug was used in executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma in 2014 that took longer than usual and raised concerns that it did not perform its intended task of putting inmates into a coma-like sleep.
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