South Dakota executes first prisoner under new lethal injection protocols Michael Sung at 7:58 AM ET
[JURIST] South Dakota held its first execution in 60 years Wednesday, putting to death 25-year-old Elijah Page [SD AGO backgrounder]. Page was executed under new lethal injection protocols [text] passed in February to ensure that prison wardens have the legal authority to use a three-drug combination instead of a two-drug mixture. South Dakota's 1984 state lethal injection law specified a particular two-drug combination, while the new legislation grants prison wardens the authority to use any drug mixture subject to the approval of the Secretary of Corrections.
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