Missouri death penalty case seems to turn on Kavanaugh vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh seems open to the arguments of a Missouri inmate in Kavanaugh’s first death penalty case. The new justice could hold the key to the outcome.

The high court heard arguments Tuesday over inmate Russell Bucklew’s claim that his rare medical condition could result in severe pain during lethal injection.

Kavanaugh is seemingly the tie-breaking vote in Bucklew’s case. That’s because his eight colleagues split 4 to 4 in January over whether to allow Bucklew’s execution to proceed. Justice Anthony Kennedy provided the fifth vote to spare Bucklew. Kavanaugh replaced Kennedy, who retired in July.

Bucklew says a tumor in his throat is likely to rupture and bleed in a lethal injection execution.

He is on death row for a 1996 murder.

Associated Press

Associated Press

More News

STORMTRACKER 18 WEATHER
Osseo
25°
Menomonie
22°
Chetek
24°
Durand
27°
Ladysmith
26°
Neillsville
30°
Rice Lake
24°
New Richmond
26°
Black River Falls
29°
Medford
24°
River Falls
Duluth
20°
Green Bay
32°
La Crosse
29°
Madison
31°
Milwaukee
34°
Twin Cities
26°
Weather Outlook: Snow tonight, but decent conditions return for hunting this weekend

Weather Outlook: Snow tonight, but decent conditions return for hunting this weekend

Fresh snow ahead for hunters heading into the woods Saturday.

Connect With WQOW
Top Stories

UPDATE: 4 from Loyal, including 3 kids, killed in Apostle Island kayak incident

Sheriff Michael Brennan said Erik Fryman, 39, and his kids 3, 6 and 9-years-old died. The mom, Cari Mews, 29,

NEW: Missing Mondovi man found dead Wednesday afternoon

According to Mondovi Police Chief Colin Severson, the department is looking or Nathan D. Kummer who was reported missing by

UPDATE: Gas leak contained in Boyd

Boyd's fire chief told News 18 crews were digging up a leaking water line at Double D's Saloon and workers

Sex offender faces new charges in Eau Claire

A convicted sex offender living in Eau Claire is charged with two counts of first degree sexual assault of a

UPDATE: Middleton shooter was employee of business where he opened fire

The Middlelton Police department sent a phone message to residents about an active shooter.

Scroll to top
Skip to content