Judge Rules Missouri Executions Constitutional

By: AP
By: AP

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal judge in Missouri has ruled that the state's method of executing condemned prisoners by injection is constitutional.

U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan in Kansas City made the ruling late Tuesday. Two years ago he issued a moratorium on executions in Missouri.

But he says the state has since revised its procedures and that they are now constitutional.

On Friday, the Missouri Supreme Court postponed the execution of John Middleton, scheduled for July 30. There was no immediate word on rescheduling it.

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