By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Witnesses to two Alabama executions told a federal judge they never saw corrections officers do a “pinch test” to make sure the inmates were unconscious before they were given lethal drugs.

The Montgomery Advertiser ( ) reports that a lawyer for death row inmate Thomas Arthur called the witnesses to the stand Tuesday. Arthur is challenging Alabama’s execution process as potentially cruel and unusual punishment.

All witnesses are lawyers with the Federal Defenders Office for the Middle District of Alabama who witnessed their clients’ executions in 2010 and 2011.

Arthur argues that the state does not use a reliable anesthetic and does not do adequate checks to make sure an inmate is unconscious.

The hearing is expected to last several days.


Information from: Montgomery Advertiser,


Information from: Montgomery Advertiser,

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