Tennessee Executes Inmate With Controversial Drugs Despite Sotomayor’s Powerful Dissent

Tennessee Executes Inmate With Controversial Drugs Despite Sotomayor’s Powerful Dissent

Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a blistering dissent that we are “accepting barbarism” after the Supreme Court refused to halt Tennesee’s execution Thursday night of Billy Ray Irick, 59, using a controversial drug combination. Irick was put to death for the 1985 rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer. He coughed, choked and gasped for air after the three-drug…

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