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U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs inmate’s firing squad request

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By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to let a Missouri death row inmate with significant health problems pursue his effort to face execution by firing squad instead of lethal injection. The justices, with the three liberals on the nine-member conservative-majority court dissenting, turned away the appeal brought by Ernest Johnson, who has epilepsy prompted by a brain tumor and further damage to his brain caused by a surgical procedure. Johnson, sentenced to death for three murders he committed during a 1994 gas station robbery, said that execution …

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