Post by SoulTrainOz on Jul 12, 2006 5:15:02 GMT -5
A new lawsuit asks the Montana Supreme Court to suspend executions in the state. The suit filed by civil liberties groups says there should be no executions, before there's a judicial review of lethal injection and whether it's humane.
The groups say there's mounting evidence that lethal injection can be a very painful way to die.
Lawyer Ron Waterman filed the lawsuit today in Helena on behalf of groups that include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Montana Catholic Conference.
The case comes as the date for execution of David Dawson approaches. He is scheduled to die on August 11th, for the 1987 murders of 3 people he took captive at a Billings motel.
If the execution takes place, Dawson will be the 1st inmate put to death in Montana since 1998.