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Thomas Arthur Execution Appeal Rejected by Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme court justices on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, turned down an appeal from inmate Thomas Arthur. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 04:02 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Thomas Arthur that would have stayed his execution for the eighth time in 15 years, giving Alabama the green light to set a new date for his execution.

The court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, said Arthur’s appeal did not “merit the court’s review,” according to The Associated Press. The appeal stated those who challenged the method of execution had to name an alternate method that was feasible and allowable by state law.

"Arthur argued to the high court that it is virtually impossible to challenge Alabama's lethal injection procedures after a federal judge said inmates must identify an alternate source of execution drugs and a detailed plan for carrying out the execution," the AP said.

There was no comment Tuesday from Arthur’s attorney Suhana Han.

Alabama is expected to seek a new date for the execution based on the ruling, the AP reported.

Arthur was convicted in 1982 of killing Troy Wicker in his home after Wicker’s wife, with whom Arthur had been having an affair, paid him $10,000 to kill the man. At the time of the killing, Arthur was on work-release from prison after killing his sister-in-law in 1977.

Arthur has said he is innocent of the 35-year-old murder.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer dissented from the decision. According to the AP, Sotomayor also pointed out the court has never ruled any state’s method of execution to be “cruel and unusual punishment,” which is prohibited by the Constitution.

“We should not be proud of this history. Nor should we rely on it to excuse our current inaction,” Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, the AP reported.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Thomas Arthur that would have stayed his execution for the eighth time in 15 years, giving Alabama the green light to set a new date for his execution.
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