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Local District Attorneys React to Supreme Court Ruling

Randall Sims Randall Sims
James Farren James Farren

The way has been cleared for lethal injections to continue and local district attorneys are not surprised.

D.A.s in both Potter and Randall counties say there was no persuasive evidence in the case to put a stop to lethal injection.

Some state jurisdictions put a hold on executions all together while waiting for the outcome of the case. District attorneys state-wide did one of two things when deciding how to proceed with their cases.

Potter County District Attorney Randall Sims says, "they either pulled it off the docket to wait and see what happened or set a date for down the road when they believed the court would have ruled."

Sims says Potter County did set some cases for later in the year.

In Randall County, no capital punishment cases were pending but the district attorney says the Supreme Court case would not have affected his seeking the death penalty.

James Farren says, "we have to proceed under the law at the time of trying the case."

Both Farren and Sims say they did not believe the Supreme Court would buy into the idea that inmates were suffering when lethally injected.

Those opposed to lethal injection argued even though the inmates are unconscious, their bodies still feel pain.

Farren and Sims say the seven to two ruling only reaffirms what they thought was a weak argument.

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