On June 6, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States voted to vacate an emergency stay on the execution of Robert Melson of Alabama. Mr. Melson had been granted an emergency stay on June 2, 2017 by a lower court to decide appeals from Melson and other inmates. The appeals before the court claim that the drug used for executions in Alabama, midazolam, will not render subjects unconscious, and is therefore cruel and unusual punishment, which violates the constitution.
The Supreme Court of the United States voted to vacate Mr. Melson’s stay, but Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor opposed the vote. Despite handfuls of botched executions using midazolam in multiple states, Alabama continues to regularly kill inmates using the drug. The Supreme Court recently ruled in 2015 that executions using midazolam are not a form of cruel and unusual punishment, even when they potentially cause severe and prolonged pain before the subject’s death.
HOW THE MAXWELL FIRM CAN HELP
When it comes to capital criminal cases, having an advocate that cares is essential. Capital, along with all criminal cases, require significant trial experience. We believe in our clients and we fight for justice. The Maxwell Law Firm has seasoned staff – from our attorneys to our investigators – and financial resources to aggressively defend criminal cases.
In a criminal case, it is especially important that a client finds an attorney they feel comfortable with, have confidence in and can fully trust. There will come a time when you must decide whether to resolve your case through a plea or take it to trial. At that point, confidence and trust in your attorney is essential. Over the years, The Maxwell Law Firm has helped numerous criminally accused take back their lives.