Bloomberg Law
April 1, 2019, 2:04 PMUpdated: April 1, 2019, 6:41 PM

Ruling on ‘Gruesome’ Execution Case Exposes High Court Rifts (3)

Jordan S. Rubin
Jordan S. Rubin

A Missouri death row inmate with a rare medical condition lost a contentious appeal at the U.S. Supreme Court on April 1, clearing the way for what he warns will be a gruesome execution filled with bursting and bloody tumors.

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote the 5-4 opinion against Russell Bucklew, reigniting a death penalty feud on the high court that was already in the spotlight recently, after the same majority in February allowed Alabama to execute a Muslim inmate without his imam present.

The Bucklew case further highlights the ideological divide on the court when it comes to capital ...

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