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US Supreme Court allows the execution of Alabama inmate James Barber

The New York Times reports on the execution of James Barber in Alabama, after the US Supreme Court allowed it to go ahead despite dissent from three judges.

James Barber was executed a few hours after the Supreme Court’s ruling at 1am, despite a series of botched executions in Alabama in 2022 that cast doubt on whether Barber’s execution could go ahead without him experiencing intense pain.

Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve, said: “When Alabama presents killing a man in the dead of night with extra straps on the gurney to prevent him writhing in pain as an execution going smoothly it just goes to show how broken lethal injection is.”