'BAZE V. REES' | Fearing too much justice

, The National Law Journal

The U.S. Supreme Court recently approved Kentucky's administration of lethal injection in Baze v. Rees. On the limited facts before the court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. took the view that delivery of the anesthetic is a relatively simple endeavor. But in other states, where courts have allowed full inquiry, it has become apparent that getting the first dose "right" is not a simple matter. It is scrutiny that some members of the Supreme Court fear — too much truth about how the death penalty operates.

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