Oral arg. – Miss.S.Ct. – August 10, 2016

At 2:30, the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case of Charles Ray Crawford v. State. Two death-sentenced inmates filed a lawsuit in Hinds County  against the state alleging that  “MDOC’s plan to execute Mr. Crawford ‘with compounded drugs that may be counterfeit, expired, contaminated, and/or sub-potent,” which presents an unnecessary risk of causing excessive and gratuitous pain to Plaintiffs if and when they are executed.'”

The case was filed in Chancery Court which transferred it to the Circuit Court.  The Circuit Court granted the State’s Motion to Dismiss but not on the grounds argued by the State but rather on the basis that the same claims were being pursued by Crawford on poct-conviction.

Crawford’s brief

State of Mississippi’s brief

Crawford’s reply brief

Watch the argument here.

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