The death penalty, which is still legal in many states, has recently been dealing with some extra controversy. In the case Glossip v. Gross, the Supreme Court chose to uphold the practice of using a controversial drug called midazolam in executions. Many questioned the effectiveness of the drug.
"You're not going to give me a lethal injection are you?" That time doctors gave me an execution drug. http://t.co/1ylw0YsonI
— Stephanie Mencimer (@smencimer) June 30, 2015
in other terrifying news, SCOTUS approves drug in executions that might not actually sedate the person……. http://t.co/MJV9s0PETN
— Theodore Forsyth (@NikolaTedsla) June 29, 2015
This decision has reopened the debate regarding the humanity of the death penalty.
— ChristianChristensen (@ChrChristensen) June 29, 2015
While some are taking the opportunity to share their opinions, others find that it has shut down the purpose for debate over the death penalty.
SCOTUS approves lethal injection 5-4, which we learned Friday means it's settled law and the death penalty can't be debated ever again.
— Razor (@hale_razor) June 29, 2015
On the other hand, many are questioning the decision of the Supreme Court. According to a USA Today article, the reasons listed for the decision was that the prisoners did not provide an alternative, nor did they fully prove that the drug is incapable of preventing extreme pain.
— Jon-Michael Poff (@JMPoff) June 29, 2015
— Patricia Fontanet (@pattyfontanet) June 29, 2015
With several decisions made by the Supreme Court this week, the online controversy is at an extremely high level. However, the decisions are bringing some closure to recent issues, large and small.