S.C. Highest Court To Hear Arguments Over Execution Options

The S.C. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that executions by electrocution or firing squad cause intense and severe pain that many have labeled "cruel and unusual punishments".

South Carolina’s highest court is set to address arguments concerning the state’s execution options.

The state has not conducted an execution since 2011. Now, the state’s lethal injection drugs have expired and companies have refused to provide more due to the backlash they could receive for participating.

Without the option of lethal injection, the only two remaining are electrocution or firing squad.

On Thursday, the S.C. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that executions by electrocution or firing squad cause intense and severe pain that many have labeled “cruel and unusual punishments”.