Audio: U.S. Supreme Court considers Missouri inmate’s argument against lethal injection for his execution

Russell Bucklew

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether lethal injection would be a cruel form of execution for Missouri inmate Russell Bucklew. His attorney, Robert Hochman says a tumor in Bucklew’s throat could rupture, causing his client to suffocate.

 

 

He says the method could make a tumor in his throat burst and cause him to suffocate – a claim that State Solicitor John Sauer (pronounced like sour) says is meant to delay Bucklew’s execution.

 

 

Bucklew says his tumor could burst and make him suffocate – an argument that State Solicitor John Sauer says aims to delay Bucklew’s execution.

 

 

Bucklew has asked to die by gas chamber – a method allowed inside a current Missouri prison. None of Missouri’s prisons have one. In 1996, Bucklew murdered Michael Sanders of Cape Girardeau in southeast Missouri.