Bucklew v. Precythe

Argument:  November 6, 2018
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Bucklew:  The Eighth Amendment DOES NOT REQUIRE an inmate with a unique and severe medical condition to prove an adequate alternative method of execution when raising an as-applied challenge to the state-authorized method of execution.
A court evaluating an as-applied challenge to a state’s method of execution MAY NOT ASSUME that medical personnel on the execution team are competent to manage the inmate’s condition.
The petitioner MET his burden in proposing an alternative execution method under Glossip v. Gross.

Precythe:  The Eighth Amendment REQUIRES an inmate with a unique and severe medical condition to prove an adequate alternative method of execution when raising an as-applied challenge to the state-authorized method of execution.
A court evaluating an as-applied challenge to a state’s method of execution MAY ASSUME that medical personnel on the execution team are competent to manage the inmate’s condition.
The petitioner DID NOT MEET his burden in proposing an alternative execution method under Glossip v. Gross.

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