Supreme Court rejects Alabama death penalty inmate's appeal

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 21, 2017 9:37 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a death penalty appeal brought by an Alabama man convicted in the 1982 shooting death of his girlfriend's husband.

The court's announcement that would not hear Thomas Arthur's case came after the eight-justice court narrowly agreed to block his execution in November.

Two justices, liberals Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, said they would have taken the case.

Arthur's attorneys had challenged the constitutionality of Alabama's lethal injection method of execution on the grounds that it is cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)