Federal judge rules lethal injection 'unconstitutional'

Published: Friday December 15, 2006
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A federal judge in California has ruled the state's execution by lethal injection to be unconstitutional, according to an Associated Press report.

"U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel ruled in San Jose that California's 'implementation of lethal injection is broken,'" writes the AP, adding Fogel's remark that "[I]t can be fixed."

The ruling follows an earlier development in Florida, where Gov. Jeb Bush (R) halted all further executions after a botched injection on a convicted murderer.

The Los Angeles Times today reported that "executions in the U.S. declined to their lowest level in a decade this year," per a recent study by an anti-capital punishment organization.