A Change In The Lethal Cocktail May Spark Suits
A change to the lethal cocktail Texas uses to execute prisoners is likely bad news for taxpayers.
The European manufacturer of a drug used to execute inmates has bowed to pressure from anti-death penalty activists and has stopped making it.
South Texas College of Law Professor Gerald Treece says it'll lead to more lawsuits.
"It won't make things easier for the state. You have people who oppose the death penalty and the lawyers representing these individuals who will come forward and say the exact same thing."
Professor Treece says they'll again argue the death penalty is Constitutionally “cruel and unusual punishment.”
But Professor Treece says it's ultimately probably a waste of time and taxpayer money, because those arguments have always lost in court and the death penalty is upheld.