Baze v. Rees Oral Argument

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Baze v. Rees. The Court will decide if the lethal injection drugs used to execute prisoners on… read more

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Baze v. Rees. The Court will decide if the lethal injection drugs used to execute prisoners on death row have such a high probability of inflicting unnecessary pain that it violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. 

Two inmates, Ralph Baze and Thomas C. Bowling, challenged Kentucky’s three-drug lethal injection protocol as violating the Eighth Amendment’s ban against cruel and unusual punishment. John D. Rees was the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Corrections. The question before the Court is whether the combination of drugs causes a risk of unnecessary pain and suffering. 

This program contained audio released by the court immediately after the arguments were presented with still images of participants as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Baze v. Rees Oral Argument

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Program ID:
202808-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jan 7, 2008
Last Aired:
Jan 12, 2008

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  • Jan 07, 2008 | 11:17am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 07, 2008 | 8:31pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 07, 2008 | 11:33pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 12, 2008 | 6:59pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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