Some federal judges say their colleagues should take notice of the suffering of crime victims, not just the possibility that an inmate being executed may feel pain.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday refused to block an Arizona execution, rejecting a challenge that injection methods could cause unconstitutional pain and suffering for inmates.
Several judges’ dissents cited the possibility of pain during injections, but three other judges said Friday that such concerns are groundless and misdirected.
The three judges said there’s always going to a risk of pain in an execution but that suffering experienced by Lopez’s victim must not be ignored.
The victim was gagged, blindfolded, sexually assaulted and stabbed at least 26 times.
Another court blocked Lopez’s scheduled execution because of another issue.