Nos. 08-2807/08-2813/08-2894/08-2895.

585 F.3d 1119 (2009)

Reginald CLEMONS; Richard D. Clay; Jeffrey R. Ferguson; Roderick Nunley, Plaintiffs, Michael Anthony Taylor; Martin Link; Mark Christeson; William L. Rousan; John Charles Middleton; Russell Earl Bucklew; Earl Ringo, Jr., Intervenor Plaintiffs/Appellants, v. Larry CRAWFORD; James D. Purkett; Terry Moore, Defendants/Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Filed: November 10, 2009.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Matthew S. Hellman, Jenner & Block LLP, Washington, DC, argued, for appellants.

James R. Layton, Asst. Atty. Gen., Jefferson City, MO, argued (Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon, Atty. Gen., Michael Pritchett, Stephen D. Hawke, Asst. Attys. Gen., on the brief), for appellees.

Mark J. Stien, David Elbaum, John C. Anderson, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York, NY, John K. Power, Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP, Kansas City, for appellant Reginald Clemons.

Elizabeth Unger Carlyle, Columbus, MS, Jennifer Herndon, Florissant, MO, for appellant Richard D. Clay.

Michael J. Gorla, St. Louis, MO, for appellant Jeffery Ferguson.

Jennifer Herndon, Florissant, MO, for appellant Roderick Nunley.

Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., Matthew S. Hellman, Ginger D. Anders, Carrie F. Apfel, Jenner & Block LLP, Washington, DC, for appellant Michael Taylor.

Christoper E. McGraugh, Leritz Plunkert & Bruning, P.C., St. Louis, MO, for appellant Martin Link.

Eric W. Butts, St. Louis, MO, for appellants Mark Christeson and William Rouson.

John W. Simon, Constitutional Advocacy, LLC, St. Louis, MO, for appellants John Charles Middleton and Russell Earl Bucklew.

Cheryl A. Pilate, Rebecca L. Kurz, Morgan Pilate LLC, Olathe, KS, Jeremy S. Weis, Berkowitz Oliver Williams Shaw & Eisenbrandt LLP, Kansas City, MO, for appellant Earl Ringo, Jr.

Before RILEY, SMITH, and SHEPHERD, Circuit Judges.

RILEY, Circuit Judge.

Eight condemned Missouri prisoners1 appeal the dismissal of their 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action challenging the manner in which Missouri's written lethal injection protocol might be implemented in future executions. The prisoners allege the State of Missouri, through its officers Larry Crawford, James Purkett, and Terry Moore (collectively, Missouri), has a "well-documented history of employing incompetent and unqualified...


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