Georgia conducts first execution since US Supreme Court death penalty ruling Mike Rosen-Molina at 8:00 AM ET
[JURIST] Georgia Tuesday evening carried out the first execution in the United States since the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Kentucky's lethal injection protocol [JURIST report] and ended a de facto national moratorium on the death penalty. Both the Georgia Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court earlier Tuesday declined to stay the execution by lethal injection of William Earl Lynd, who was convicted of the 1988 murder of his girlfriend. Last week, a Georgia court rejected [JURIST report] a challenge by another condemned inmate to its execution protocol, ruling that Georgia's method was sufficiently similar to Kentucky's so as to be constitutional. That ruling is currently under appeal [JURIST comment]. AP has more.
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