No. 06-3651.

487 F.3d 1072 (2007)

Michael Anthony TAYLOR, Appellee, v. Larry CRAWFORD, Director, Missouri Department of Corrections; James D. Purkett, Superintendent, Eastern Reception Diagnostic & Correctional Center, Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Filed: June 4, 2007.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James R. Layton, Asst. Atty. Gen., argued, Jefferson City, MO (Michael Pritchett and Stephen D. Hawke, Missouri Atty. General's Office, on the brief), for appellant.

Ginger D. Anders, argued, Washington, DC (C. John Pleban and Lynette M. Petruska, St. Louis, MO, Donald B. Verrilli Jr. and Matthew S. Hellman, Washington, DC, on the brief), for appellee.

Before RILEY, BEAM, and HANSEN, Circuit Judges.

HANSEN, Circuit Judge.

The State of Missouri, through its officers Larry Crawford and James D. Purkett (collectively "the State"), appeals the district court's judgment, which concludes that Missouri's lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional. Finding no wanton infliction of cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment, we reverse.


Michael Anthony Taylor pleaded guilty and was sentenced to death in Missouri state court...

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